Re: two sons of Charles Benson (1718 to 1813) of Culpeper Co., VA
The William Benson who settled in Pendleton Co KY was the son of Prue and Elizabeth Benson.Prue Benson was the son of Robert Benson and Frances Prou and was the brother of Charles Benson of Culpeper/Stafford Cos VA.For more information on this family, please see my post 2514 on this message board (July 12, 2002).
John and James Benson are both named in the 1805 Culpeper Co Virginia Will of Charles Benson.If sons John and James had moved to Kentucky by the time their father's will was written, that information might be found in the county will or order books of Culpeper and/or Stafford Cos.
This transcript was made by descendant Charles Brooks, date not known.I do not have a photocopy of the original.
descendant of Prue Benson through his son Robert Benson of Greenville Co SC
Co-administrator, Benson Y-DNA study
Culpeper County, Virginia Will Book F- Page 448. Will of Charles Benson
In the name of God, Amen, I Charles Benson, of Culpeper County do make my last will and testament as follows VIZ:
First, My will is that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid-
2ndly I give and bequeath to my sons James and John the tract of land whereon I now live to be equally divided between them- James' part to lie on the North River and John’s part to be on the north River to them and their heirs forever.
3rdly I give and bequeath to my grandson Charles Bullard any four of my slaves he is to have the liberty of choosing them from all my slaves except for Harry and Davy, the said four slaves I give to the said Charles and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten him.
Item I give the said four slaves and their increase to be equally divided among the sisters of the said Charles living at the time of his death, to them and their heirs forever- I also give to the said Charles Bullard my negro woman named Patt, to him and his heirs forever.
4thly I give unto my daughter Agatha Yancy during her natural life, my two slaves, Harry and Davy, and after her death the said Harry and Davy to be equally divided among all my granddaughters then living to them and their heirs forever.
5th Having heretofore given to my son William, as much of my estate as I think his fair proportion thereof; I now give him one shilling only.
6th It is my will and desire that my two slaves Glasgow and Lark be not sold, but that they have the liberty of choosing their mistress from among all my children and grandchildren.
7th I give and bequeath to Isaac Bingham the younger, One Hundred Dollars to be raided out of my estate and paid by my executors as soon after my death as it can be conveniently done.
And lastly, I nominate and appoint my son in law Richard Bullard and my grandson Charles Bullard Executors of this, my last will and testament. In witness thereof I have set my hand and seal the 23rd day of September 1805. Charles Benson [seal].
Signed, sealed and acknowledged before us.
William Brooke, Thomas Brookes, Abraham Tunson.
This will was also recorded in Stafford County, Virginia .