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Subject: Bennett came to America late 1790's
Category: Family and Home > Families
Asked by: dbennett-ga
List Price: $200.00
Posted: 12 Mar 2005 18:15 PST
Expires: 11 Apr 2005 19:15 PDT
Question ID: 493569
Looking for information regarding a James or Noah Bennett pressed into
service in the English Navy during the late 1790s.  James/Noah had a
brother Dr. Joseph W. Bennett who settled in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Referenced documentation (Military/Census/Immigration/Other) required for payment.

My source for this information is as follows:

>>Penny Casey - Aug 18, 2003 

Here is something Barbara Robeson (cousin in Hawaii) just emailed me:

This was notes from a conversation on March 1996 with Karl & Winifred
Mason, Ernie & Joye   Aulds Mason, and Barbara Mason Robeson. (Ernie
and Karl were sons of Nellie Zoe Bennett Mason, Barbara is Ernie's

Bennett originally came from England to Dublin, Ireland.   James
Bennett was pressed into service on a British ship.   The ship landed
in Oglethorpe, Georgia, where JB was sent to talk to the Indians about
getting some food.   JB didn't return to the ship.   He later married
a Cherokee woman and made his way west to Tennessee where he died

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 12 Mar 2005 19:44 PST

My colleague, scriptor-ga, has provided some excellent links to
information about a James A Bennett who is, quite possibly the
ancestor you are seeking information about:

--the name, although a common one, is correct

--an alternative nickname is Noah

--the dates are right

--his death occurred in Tennessee

--he had earlier lived in Dublin, Ireland

--his wife, Hester Henderson, was thought to be a full-blooded Cherokee

I have since come across some additional information that indicates
that Hester Henderson (presumably after the death of James Bennett)
re-married to a Dr. Joseph Bennett, who your question indicates was
James' brother.

The available information also shows that that the line of James
Bennet's continued, with a son James Hannibal Bennett, who himself had
a son, James Franklin Bennett, both of Missouri.

Thus far, all the above information comes from roots-type records --
family histories posted to various databases and available, in whole
or in part, on the internet.

I don't want to give out the full details here of the people who
provided this information (who perhaps are relatives of yours) but a
bit of detail seems appropriate...the information was provided by a
Ms. Graham in Tuscaloosa, AL, Ms. Morris in Venus, TX, and a Ms.

Bottom line...none of this is the sort of primary reference you seem
to be looking for.  Still, I wanted to let you know what is out there,
and get your reaction to the information thus far.

Thanks...looking forward to hearing back from you.


Clarification of Question by dbennett-ga on 13 Mar 2005 15:18 PST
See comment below.
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Bennett came to America late 1790's
From: scriptor-ga on 12 Mar 2005 18:43 PST
A note to my colleagues:

It seems that the name of James Bennett's Cherokee wife was Hester
Henderson. Furthermore, it is possible that his father was one James
Bennett from Bolton, Lancashire, England.

Subject: Re: Bennett came to America late 1790's
From: dbennett-ga on 13 Mar 2005 15:18 PST
I apoligize for not being more detailed with my current research. 
Including my GED file,  I am active on rootsweb,
(subscriber), and (LDS).

Here is my rootsweb GED link to avoid any further duplications:

Also,  a possible link to a Noah Bennett in Lancashire (
that I already know about (if this can be documented further as a good
match I will pay some)

We are unsure about the Hester/Esther Henderson although it is a
popular believe amoung researchers of this line (and in my GED file
above).  She
is believed to be Cherokee or possibly Melungeon.  My Great Grandfather 
Samuel T. Bennett had documented proof of James/Noah Bennett's wife's
heritage that was sent to Washington DC at one time.

More specifically I am looking for:

  - English Navy Records regarding a possible Bennett desertion along the
    US coast +/-10 years from 1790  (Georgia/Carolinas)
  - Other US immigration records for James/Noah Bennett abt. this time.
  - A James/Noah Bennett born in England/Ireland 1770 +/1 abt. 10 years with
    a brother Joseph W. and medical education.
  - A marriage certificate for a James/Noah Bennett 1795-1800 (GA/NC/SC/TN)
   (I will tip extra if wife's name is disclosed!)
  - A death certificate / article / grave stone for James/Noah Bennett in TN
    near 1812-1813.
I apoligize for the confusion,  if this could be answered with a
rootsweb, genealogy, ancestry or familysearch query I wouldn't be
offering $200 :)

Sorry for not clarifying this,  this is my first attempt and using GA.

Please no more public database links as I have been at this for several years now.

Subject: Re: Bennett came to America late 1790's
From: dbennett-ga on 13 Mar 2005 15:21 PST
Sorry, link above to Noah Bennett, Lancashire was a
frameset link..  Here is the record link tinyurl'd...
Subject: Re: Bennett came to America late 1790's
From: fp-ga on 15 Mar 2005 01:32 PST
The link to Noah Bennett without using TinyURL:

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