I believe my Chichester Benson will tie back to Prou and Frances Benson.I'm about to order all his Rev. War/Military/Pension/Bounty papers to see if I can document his service and tie back to his father, Prou Benson.Naming patterns in his family point that direction, especially the name Zachariah, Robert, George.
Here's part of what I have collected:
Today, Nov. 1, 2012,I discovered published in a book at the Tyler Library, The Virginia Genealogical Socierty Quarterly, Vol. 2, No. 3, April 1964,the name of Chidester Benson , 17 years old, enlisted in Revolutionary serviceat Chesterfield, Virginia after 1 of September 1780.In Volume 2, No. 2, his name was again found, saying he was 17 years old, born Caroline County, VA - and giving his place of residence as Stafford County, VA - adjacent to Caroline County.Now - to order his military service record, pension application and bounty land application, if there was one.
One Chichester Benson, who may possibly be "our" ancestor is documented in Surry Co. NC State Census of 1784-1787 on Page 146, with head of family consisting of one male 21-to 60 years old, and one female (so this appears to me that they were probably newly married and had no children by those dates, until Judith was born on August 27, 1787.
Since Betsy, the daughter of Chichester Benson, married Elias Wood in Shelby Co. KY on Feb. 6, 1805, Chichester was probably in the county by at least 1803, if indeed Betsy is the oldest and married first.
Other records document that Chichester Benson arrived in Shelby County at least before August Term of Court 1807 when he was paid for "crying the sale for the Estate of Elizabeth Butler."This data transcribed from Film 33970, part 2, 259,250: Shelby Co. Wills, page 172,Volume 2, Indexed.Copied by George E. Kimble in Florida from microfilmed records in Salt Lake City, Utah.He stated that lack of time prevented an exhaustive study of the available records, but, however, that this data should provide a basis for further study.Part of his notes follow:
Will of Chichester Benson, dated 26 September 1825, recorded August Term 1826, in Will Book No. 7, Pages 168/170.Names wife, Mary; children - Judy Mitchell, wife of Robert Mitchell; George Benson, Zachariah Benson, Sally Snelling, wife of George Snelling; Rosey Mitchell; Ann Benson; grandchildren - John, Polly, Thompson and Jonathan Mitchell, children of Joseph Mitchell, deceased.(Joseph was first married to Judith Benson).
Appraisement of personal property of Chichester Benson, October 23, 1826, includes two negroes.
Some of the Rentfro family were involved in a search for a silver mine as outlined in an agreement made in Shelby County, Kentucky, on 02 November 1810: (*P 28,52*History of Shelby County, Kentucky*P 28,53*,
George L. Willis, Sr., Shelby County Genealogical and Historical Society, Shelbyville, 1929, reprinted Cook and McDowell Publications, Hartford, KY, 1979.)
Know all men by these presents that John Blackbourn, Isaac Rendfroe, Bland W. Ballard, James Bradshaw, William Renfroe, Chichester Benson; all of the State of Kentucky and counties of Henry, Shelby, Lincoln, and Garrett and Elisha Wallin, John Wallin, and James Renfroe, all of the county of Claibourn, State of Tennessee, vein the penal sum of ten thousand dollars to each other to be levied on our goods & chattells lands & teniments if defalt be found in the condition under written. That is to say whereas the sd John Blackbourn, JOSEPH RENTFRO, :Prepared by WILLIAM G SCROGGINS, revised 07 Nov 1989 : 718 MILL VALLEY DRIVE, TAYLOR MILL KY 41015
Isaac Rendfroe, Bland W. Ballard, James Bradshaw, Chichester Benson, William Renfroe, Elisha Wallin, John Wallin & James Renfroe have this day a flattering prospect of obtaining & finding a silver mine sd formerly to beoccupied & worked at by a Mr. John Swift together with the Hopes of finding a number of dollars & crowns sd to be Hid by the sd Swift, now if this Companey or only part of them Shall be so successful as to find the same we jointly agree and covinant to each that we will make An Equal Divide and go our Equal Shair in all Profits and Lossis that may occur by venture of the foresaid enterprise and that we will not Directly or Indirectly make known the plan (or place) to any other person or persons whatever without the Consent of three or more of the sd Companeys Consent nor take in any other Person or Persons in any wise whatever except as Shaires in the mine and not in the
silver already sd to be bouried and Hid and that we will further make such exertions and no such other things as shall be only and of advantage to the Promoting the intrust and advantage of each other as a Companey in the above mentioned persuit and do further by these presents discontinue all others who have here to fore be a part of sd Companey until sutch times as satisfaction be maid for their conduct in witness whereof we have here unto set our Hands and seals this second day of november 1810.
atest: Judith Renfro, John Blackbourn,Mary Renfro, Issac Renfro,Bland W. Ballard,James Bradshaw, Chichester Benson.
Note that the above named James Bradshaw and for the use of his name in the body of the within obligation is done with consent and approbation of us, the undersignedChichester BensonBland W. BallardJohn WallinJames Renfro.
In November 1810, he signed a pact with 8 other men to search for the famous lost silver mine of John Smith in Kentucky.If the mine was found, the pact spelled out the distribution of the money. The mine was never found.
For much more information on Chichester's family, google this topic:Judith Benson Mitchell, Shelby and Ohio Co. KY
or see this blog:Ohio County, Kentucky History, and read Judith Benson Mitchell's life story that I compiled.If you find errors, please let me know and I will make corrections.