Curious how James Bennett d. 1711 (late of the City of New Sarum in the County of Wiltshire, Merchant) connects with Gov. Richard Bennett of Nansemond Co., VA d. 1675?I recently discovered the will of James Bennett’s wife Mary was witnessed by a John Day.The will of Richard Bennett mentions a James Day, so it feels like there is some connection here.It was an Edward Bennett that had a daughter Mary Bennett that married 1st Mr. Day, 2nd Thomas Bland and 3rd Luke Cropley of London.Mary had a daughter Elizabeth Day that married a Charles Mollory of Lincoln’s Inn, Esq. in 1670 in London.
The will of Gov. Richard Bennett mentions "My Cousin Mary, wife of Mr. Luke Cropley, of London".The will of James Day d. 1701 of Isle of Wight Co., VA – son of Mary (Bennett) Day Bland Cropley – mentions "his ever honored mother Mrs. Mary Cropley”.
The will of Mary Bennett wife of James Bennett of Sutton Mandeville in Wiltshire was written in 1694/95 (witnessed by a John Day), with consent of her husband (he was still living).Mary Bennett appears to have been married 1st to a Richard Batt, Gentleman of Mudford, Somerset (will dated 1682).Mary Bennett leaves all her land lying and being in West Coker in Somerset to a Robert Coker the younger my kinsmen of May powder (Mapowder) in the County of Dorset, Esq. and to William xxxxxx of Cowsfeild? in Wiltshire.Also leaves them her Mannor Lands in Burkland? in the County of Dorset to be disposed of.Proceeds go 1/3 to the children of her sister-in-law Dorothy the wife of John Polden of Burkland?, 1/3 to the children of Anne the wife of Thomas Newman of xxxxxx of Dorset and 1/3 to Margaret the daughter of her husband James Bennett (appears Margaret was a step-daughter of Mary Bennett).