Here's a piece of the puzzle:
Hardesty's History of Kanawha, pp. 156-157:
"James Lanham - is a native of Putnam County, born September 22, 1823.In Kanawha county, this State, September 25, 1845, he was joined in wedlock with Nancy Jane, daughter of William and Elizabeth Lilly, now both deceased.She was born in Kanawah county, on the 15th of September, 1821.The children of Mr. and Mrs. Lanham are:William Pleasant, born Oct 27, 1846; Elizabeth Jane, November 13, 1848; James Levi, August 27, 1852; Margaret A., August 9, 1857; Hannaniah V., May 3, 1859; Garland Davis, May 20, 1862.William, Elizabeth and Margaret, have made their homes in Kanawha County, the others live in Putnam.Christopher Columbus Lanham, a brother of James, was a Conferderate soldier during the war between the States, serving in the 22d Virginia Regiment.He was made prisoner at Gettysburg, and sent to Elmira, New York,William Lanham, grandfather of James, was born in Albemarle county, Virginia, as was his son, William P., father of James.The latter was born in 1801, came to Putnam county in 1821, and married Jane McConn, about 1822.They settled on the waters of Pocatalico river, where the father is still living, his wife deceased.William Lilly, grandfather of Mrs. James Lanham, came from England to America as a soldier in the British Army and served in the Revolutionary war; he then remained in this country, and his son, William, was born in Nicholas county, then a part of Virginia, in 1786.Mr. Lanham is serving his second term of three years as one of the school trustees of this district.He is a farmer and a blacksmith, and is a minister in the faith of the Methodist Church (South ).Address, Poca, Putnam County, West Virginia."
So this says that William is father of William Pleasant in 1801, who fathered James in 1803, who fathered (another) William Pleasant in 1846.All very well and good.
But I would like to find where the "grandfather" William fits into the Lanham line.I haven't found any proof yet that says he is a son of Benjamin and Sarah Lanham, but that's my working hypothesis.
Has anyone linked Benjamin and William?