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Re: [jacksongenealogy] Benge

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  • Jerry Triplett
    Clay: Thanks very much! ... From: Clay Gullatt To: jacksongenealogy Sent: Wed, Oct 5, 2011 4:44
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      Clay: Thanks very much!

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Clay Gullatt <blackcloud27030@...>
      To: jacksongenealogy <jacksongenealogy@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wed, Oct 5, 2011 4:44 pm
      Subject: [jacksongenealogy] Benge

      One of my interest a few years ago was Chief Robert Benge a Cherokee War Chief said to have red hair and European features. Following from reading about him, don't know how accurate it is.

      Thomas Benge Sr/Jr b. ca 1735/38 Albamarle? Co. VA m. Susannah Lewis ca 1764 Albamarle Co. VA moved to Wilkes Co. NC ca 1778. They had 12 children. Will written 21 Jan 1811 probate Apr 1811 Wilkes Co. NC. Two of his daughters mentioned in the will were Sally Gray and Susannah Martin. This is the Gray/Benge line in Jackson Co. that Ann refers to.

      John "Trader" Benge (brother to above Thomas) b. ca 1734 Albamarle? Co. VA mar. Elizabeth Lewis ca 1758 (sister to Susannah) Albamarle Co. Va he had as a 2nd wife Wur- Teh (Wurteh) "Sally" Red Paint Clan Cherokee mar. ca 1761 at the same time to Elizabeth Lewis. Nothing unusal back then for Indian traders to have both a white family and a Indian family in Indian Terr. some had two Indian wives.

      Children of John "Trade" Benge and Elizabeth Lewis
      1. William Lews Benge died at Battle of Kings Mtn
      2. Sarah Ann "Sally" Benge
      3. Obadiah Martin Benge fought at Battle of Kings Mtn. Two of Obadiah's sons said to have married Indian wives starting most of the Cherokee Benge lines.

      Children of John "Trader" Benge and Wur-Teh Red Paint Clan (sister of Chief Old Tassel)
      1. Chief Robert Benge "The Bench" "Capt. Bench" b. ca 1761 d. Apr 1794(called the most notorious Cherokee in history)
      2. Utana Benge "The Tail" lived at Willstown, DeKalb Co.AL
      3. Lucy Benge
      4. Talshleshke/Talohuske female

      Chief Robert Benge was said to be related (1/2 brother?) to Sequoyah b. 1770s son of Nathaniel Gist/Guest/Guess and War-Teh.

      Son of Chief Robert Benge? and ?? ?
      1. John "Wagonmaster" Benge b. ca 1787/90 Cherokee Nation (Jackson Co. AL)?? (Jackson Co. Reservation was his?) . Not at all sure of this.

      A common warning from mothers to their children on the VA/TN/KY/GA/AL frontier was "if you don't watch out Capt. Benge will get you".

      Elizabeth (Lewis) Benge annulled or divorced John "Trader" Benge when she found out about his Indian wife and children, she remaried James Fielder ca 1779, she died ca 1813 Morgan Co. GA.

      Also on the Wagonmaster John Benges andWagonmaster George Lowery's wagon train were
      1.Robert H. Benge (grandson of John "Trader" Benge and Elizabeth Lewis) his wife Jane "Jennie Lowery a Cherokee and their 5 children. Robert H. Benge was son of Obadiah Martin Benge.
      2. Martin Benge brother of Robert H. and his wife Lucy Lowery and children
      3. George Lowery and his wife Lucy Benge (aunt of John Wagonmaster Benge) and their children.

      Benge Heads of Household muster lists on the Wagon Train were 1. John Benge (13 Cherokee 2 slaves) 2. Robert Benge (7 Cherokee) 3. Martin Benge (7 Cherokee 2 slaves) 4. Rebecca Benge (4 Cherokee) 5. Richard Benge (4 Cherokee).

      Chief Robert Benge while on a raid was killed near Stone Mtn VA by Lt Vicent Hobbs. Benge was scalped and the scalp sent to Gov. of VA by Co. Arthur Campbell. Lt Hobbs was award a silver mounted rifle by the General Assembly of VA.

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