This is a very interesting message. Reuben and Micajah Bennett were two brothers who moved from Bedford Co., VA to Wilkes Co., GA. in the 1780s.Their parents were Peter Bennett and Frances.I have never found any documentation for the maiden name of Frances, but it is widely believed to be Vardeman.Some of the Vardemans actually moved to Wilkes Co. with Reuben and Micajah.Micajah Bennett also married in Wilkes Co., Ga to Ann Johnson.Although this marriage was some years after the birth of Johnson Bennett, it does establish a relationship between the Bennett and Johnson families.We don’t really know how far back this relationship goes.
All of Reuben’s children are known from estate records.So, Vardeman and Johnson are not sons of Reuben.I think we know all the children of Micajah also, so they are not his children either.However, given the birthdates of Vardeman and Johnson, they could be grandchildren of either Micajah or Reuben.In fact, there is evidence that both were grandparents by 1803.Perhaps one of their children married a Johnson also.So, one child is given the wife’s maiden name, and the other the maiden name of a grandmother.I think this is worth looking into.
I can suggest a place to start looking.In the 1803 land lottery, Reuben, Micajah, Alex, and Peter Bennett were each awarded two draws.Every white male 21 or over was awarded one draw.White males with a wife and one or more legitimate children were awarded two draws.So, we know that Peter and Alex Bennett each had at least one child by 1803.This fits very well with the birthdates you have for Vardeman and Johnson.I think that Peter is the son of Micajah, and Alexander is a son of Reuben.
Please let me know if you find anything.