|Researching Benjamin's family has been difficult because of the numerous shifts and creation of counties in Virginia during the mid and late 1700's.|
Some have speculated that Benjamin Mize was born about 1755 in Lunenburg Co., Virginia in the area that was to be later part of Henry Co., Virginia.However, since his father, Joshua Mize moved to Anson Co., North Carolina about 1752 he was probably was born in what was originally part of Anson County.The next year, in 1753, this same are was taken to form Rowan County.In 1771 Surry County, and lastly in 1777 was made part of Wilkes County.The first public record I have found of Benjamin Mize comes from the book Surry & Wilkes Co., North Carolina Taxables 1771-1800. The 1774 Surry County Taxables lists him and his father, Joshua Mize. Apparently, Benjamin moved from Surry Co., North Carolina Patrick Co., VA by 1775 as his father is only found in the 1775 Surry County Taxables. Evidence that supports this is that all Census Records of his children list themselves as born in Virginia as well as grandchildren listing their parents as born in Virginia.Soon after his Joshua Mize's death in 1790, we find Benjamin selling lands in Patrick Co., Virginia.
Patrick Co., Virginia Land Records:
24, Apr. 1804, David Crews purchased 246 acres on South branch of Smith River from Benjamin Mize for 500 pounds. Deed Bk 2: page 330
12 Sept. 1804 David Crews and Thomas Craddock to Benjamin Mize sold one tract of land containing 80 acres more or less lying and being in Patrick Co. on Gobling Town Creek .
Witnessed: James Cradock, Moses Waldorn, Jacob Blackburn & James Mize
Recorded: April 1805 Barron Co., Kentucky
Benjamin is found in the 1800 Rowan Co., North Carolina Federal Census, pg. 410 which lists Benjamin Mize 1 male under 10, 1 male 26-45, 1 female under 10, 1 female 16-26.
The above deed proves that Benjamin Mize and his son James Mize were in Barren Co., Kentucky at least by 1804.
This is the migration pattern of Benjamin's children as evidenced by their children's place of birth as listed in various census records and land deeds.
Born about 1775, Patrick Co., Virginia.Having been married in 1800, he was well established in home at the time of the move and therefore didn't take part in the migration.
Born about 1777, Patrick Co., Virginia.Moved to Barren Co., Kentucky by 1805, resided there until at least 1823.Moved to Fountain Co., Indiana by 1829 where he died June 05, 1831.
Born about 1785, Patrick Co., Virginia, was in Tennessee 1811-1812, in Barren Co., Kentucky by 1814.Resided there until his death before 1850.He and wife, Ruth were divorced in 1838 in Barren Co., Kentucky and soon afterwards she moved to Shelby Co., Illinois where she died about 1855.
Born about 1790, Patrick Co., Virginia, was in Barren Co., Kentucky by 1812.He lived in the NE part of the county near the boarder of Metcalfe Co., Kentucky.Died between 1850-1853 as evidenced by probate of his lands