Family: Robert G. Benbow/Julia A. (F2261)

m. About 1901


Family Information    |    Notes    |    All    |    PDF

  • Father | Male
    Robert G. Benbow

    Born  Aug 1847  Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  20 Jan 1925  Deep River Township, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Married  About 1901   
    Other Spouse  Ella | F2263 
    Married     
    Father  Robert Benbow | F2262 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Eliza Cruse | F2262 Group Sheet 

    Mother | Female
    Julia A.

    Born  About 1873  North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died     
    Buried     
    Father   
    Mother   

  • Notes 
    • "The Benbows, Robert and wife Julia.
      Robert Benbow (ca. 1848-1922) was one of the better known blacks in central Deep River in the early years of the century. Bob, as we called him, had worked for the Paris Benbows for many years before they moved to Oak Ridge, and I suspect that they assisted Bob Benbow and his wife Julia in getting the old Cornelius Carter home and a good part of the farm. In any event, Bob and Julia lived there from about 1905 to 1920, and they not only farmed but they also built and operated a distillery, not for making whiskey but sassafras oil. There was a good market for this oil, and there were a great many sassafras trees on the farm, and, what was more, Bob's neighbors allowed him to dig the roots from large sassafras trees on their farms. Bob built his distillery close to a strong spring just east of the house, and piped water from this spring to his plant. He operated his distillery for several years, and sold many gallons of sassafras oil which was used mainly for flavoring cakes, candies, and the like. Bob and Julie made a good living and were good neighbors. They died in the early 1920's, and were buried in the Saint John Baptist Church Cemetery. (See Churches in Deep River)."
      Source: "Something of the Story of Deep River," by William Wesley Pegg, Sr., published by Guilford County Genealogical Society, Greensboro, NC, 1999, 2nd edition, pp. 73-74.


Home Page |  What's New |  Most Wanted |  Surnames |  Photos |  Histories |  Documents |  Cemeteries |  Places |  Dates |  Reports |  Sources