Thomas J. Benbow

Male 1st day, 9th month, 1797 - 1878


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  • Born  1st day, 9th month, 1797  Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  28 Mar 1878  near Honey Creek Meeting, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Thomas and family were granted a certificate by Hopewell Monthly Meeting, NC, to Deep Creek Monthly Meeting, NC, on May 13, 1843 (Hinshaw, I: 605), where they were received on June 3, 1843 (Thomas, sons Evan, Thomas Alexander, Charley E., and wife Ann are listed). Deep Creek minutes show a birth date of July 1, 1797 (I: 973); the other MM's dates have been given precedence over those of Deep Creek for now, until further checking can be done.

      He was born in Guilford County, where he owned and lived on a farm in the vicinity of Horse Pen Creek near the Guilford Battleground. There he was the neighbor of the father of Honorable Joseph Cannon of Illinois, who was speaker of the House of Representatives of Congress.

      The marriage of Thomas and Ann is recorded thus in the minutes of New Garden Monthly Meeting: "Whereas, Thomas Benbow and Ann Mendenhall, daughter of James and Rachel Mendenhall, all of the County of Guilford and State of North Carolina, having said their intentions of marriage with each other before a monthly meeting of Friends held at New Garden in the County aforesaid, and after due inquiry nothing appearing to hinder, were allowed by said meeting to proceed, which they did 10th day of 2nd month 1820 at Hopewell Meeting House in the County and State aforesaid, and before many witnesses of whose names are here annexed: Nancy Hunt, Sarah Benbow, Ann Benbow; Phebe Stanley, Rachael Stanley, Ann Rayle, Thomas Rayle, William Rayle, Abel Stanley, Charles Fisher, Thomas Thornburg."

      This family was received by Deep Creek Monthly Meeting from Hopewell Monthly Meeting on the 6th day of the 3rd month of 1843. Around this time, the Quakers Quarters located in New Garden elected to send a member of its quarters to Yadkin County to revive and to further extend the Quaker religion there. They chose Ann Mendenhall Benbow, the wife of Thomas Benbow. She was a cultured woman and a member of one of the most distinguished Quaker families in the state. She was also a physician.

      Thomas Benbow and their entire family went with her to Yadkin County and they settled in the neighborhood of Buck Shoals for a short time (about five years) while Thomas owned and operated an oil mill. The family then moved to East Bend and built their home on what is now known as the Sanford Benbow homeplace located in the eastern part of East Bend.

      Ann was appointed an elder in 1844 and a minister in 1847. She held meetings in the churches of Hunting Creek, Deep Creek, and elsewhere in Yadkin and other counties. She rode the Indian trails on horseback, administering to the sick and carrying out her Quaker religious duties.

      Her ministries led her to travel as far north as Hillsville, Virginia, and as far south as Davidson, North Carolina. In 1859, she was authorized to attend the "Indiana Yearly Meeting and most of the meetings that constitute it, and to appoint some meetings among those not of our Society if truth should open the way."

      Perhaps this journey had something to do with the following episode, which is part of the family's oral tradition: At one time, while living in East Bend, Thomas Benbow, who was strongly opposed to slavery and secession, desired to take his family and move to Indiana. His wife Ann did not wish to go. "If thou goest, I will not go with thee," Ann told him. "If thou goest, thou will go alone. I wish to live among my people to whom I have administered during their sicknesses and to whom I have taught the Friends' religion."

      Thomas Benbow did not leave North Carolina until after his wife's death, when he took his entire family with him, except Evan, who remained at East Bend. Accounts vary as to whether he went to Indiana first; he eventually settled in Iowa, where he married his second wife; and he died there.
    Person ID  I34  Benbow Family and Allied Lines
    Last Modified  27 Jun 2008 

    Father  Thomas Benbow,   b. Before 1755, Bladen County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Feb 1825, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Hannah Ann Stanley,   b. 2nd day 1st month 1762, Hanover County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25th day 12th month 1832, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  24th day 3rd month 1787  New Garden Meeting, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F7  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Nancy Ann Mendenhall,   b. 6th day, 9th month, 1801, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1864, Yadkin County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  10th day, 2nd month, 1820  New Garden Meeting, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Type: Society of Friends 
    Children 
     1. Susannah Benbow,   b. 11th day, 12th month, 1820, Yadkin County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1904, Crab Orchard, Johnson County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Rachel Ann Benbow,   b. 25th day, 1st month, 1824
     3. Evan Benbow,   b. 23rd day, 7th month, 1827, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1894
     4. John Benbow,   b. 8th day, 2nd month, 1829, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5th day, 11th month, 1829, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Thomas Alexander Benbow,   b. 11th day, 7th month, 1830, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1908, Colorado Springs, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Charles Sanford Benbow,   b. 27th day, 10th month, 1832, Yadkin (then part of Surry) County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1914, probably LaCrosse, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  2 May 2008 
    Family ID  F18  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Margaret McPherson,   b. 1806, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  24 Nov 1866  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Thomas and Margaret appear in the federal census for Providence Township, Hardin County, Iowa, dated 14 June 1870:
      Benbow, Thos., age 72, male, white, farmer, born in NC
      Benbow, Margaret, age 64, female, white, keeping house, born in NC, father of foreign birth
    Last Modified  3 Apr 2009 
    Family ID  F19  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    Benbow Y-DNA Project - participating line
    Benbow Y-DNA Project - participating line


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