Re: Benjamin Darrow, Ct & Tn, Rev War
Dear Madeline (& others),
I also was confused about these two BENJAMIN DARROWs. They were born at the same time, 1759 & 1762, in CT. My ancestor is the one who moved to Tennessee after the Revolutionary War. The other Benjamin Darrow who married Grace Stratton in Fairfield CT is very clearly recorded as living and dying in Fairfield CT having never visited Tennessee. I have quite a bit of research on this, the wrong (for me) Benjamin Darrow. He was quite an interesting fellow: an early US Marine who served on a warship cruising the Atlantic. He left his ship just before John Paul Jones took command. If I remember correctly, his wife's family has a distant connection to English Royalty (John I? Edward? I forget.)
In any case, he is a different man from my ancestor, the Benjamin Darrow who helped settle early (1790)western Tennessee. My Benjamin Darrow served as a Private in the Army from 1777 to the end of the War. His service included action along the Connecticut coast, New York's battle of Long Island, and other skirmishes. Most notably he was at Valley Forge.
Madeline, there is also some confusion when it comes to Martha Ann Darrow. My research shows a niece and aunt with the same name born very close in time and space to each other. My great-grandmother MARTHA ANN DARROW was born 11 August 1856 in Davidson (later Cheatham) Co. TN, the daughter of Eli L. Darrow and Elizabeth Follis of Davidson (later Cheatham) Co. TN. They later moved to Perry Co. IL. Her father, Eli L. Darrow had a sister also named MARTHA ANN DARROW born 1847 in Davidson (later Cheatham) Co. TN, the daughter of James W. Darrow (who was the son of BENJAMIN DARROW of CT and TN)
If these are your lines, I will be happy to share what I know. -GUY