John father of Wm. C.1780-1852 GA m. Margarett Bailey
Okay, so it "only" took me 11 years to find William C. Bennett's father...
Georgia genealogical magazine, Issues 103-110
Southern Historical Press., 1987 - History
Pages 227-228.Headed Lincoln Co.21 October 1800.Ann Bennett, John Bennett, Jacob Bennett, William Bennett, Thomas Howard, & Joseph Harriss, all of Lincoln Co., heirs and representatives of **John Bennett. dec’d.**, to Henry Carleton of Greene for $60, all that tract or bounty of land, 230 a., in the fork of Oconee and Appalatcchee, which said bountyland was surveyed 5 Jul 1784 by Reuben Dejarnett…got Francis Tennelle [end of excerpt]
With the additional clues, I hope someone can help connect more to John Bennett's history and relatives.I'm not finding the Bennett DNA project pages very helpful.I don't know of any close male Bennett descendant cousins to participate in a DNA study.
From land records, it appears John and his wife Ann were in Columbia Co., GA or what was once considered St. Paul's Parrish in the area of Greenbrier Creek starting in the 1770s. By 1795, they were noted to be in Wilkes Co., GA
Date: Saturday, March 8, 1800
Paper: Augusta Chronicle (Augusta, GA)
To all to whom it may concern.
Take notice, I shall proceed with the lawful surveyor, on the first day of April next, to lay off 50 acres out of 150 acre tract of land granted to John Bennett, 2d of August, 1774, bounded as follows:By Wm. Jackson southeastwardly, by land Edmund Bugg northwestwardly, north-eastwardly by lands of Edwd. Bunard, and on all other sides by vacant land at the time of survey, lying when granted in St. Paul’s parish, in the province of Georgia on Greenbrier creek, now in the county of Columbia, state of Georgia.The said fifty acres being my right of dower to the said 150 acre tract above described.
One unusual given name also mentioned in the same area of Columbia Co., GA is a "Stout" Bennett.
Possibly John is related to Reuben Bennett.
Any help is very much appreciated!