1859 - 1947
||13 Oct 1859
||Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina
||10 Aug 1947
||St. Petersburg, Florida
||Benbow Family and Allied Lines
||2 May 2008 |
||DeWitt Clinton Benbow, b. 23rd day, 2nd month, 1832, Oak Ridge, Guilford County, North Carolina , d. 02 Sep 1902, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina |
||Mary Elizabeth Scott, b. 1835, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina , d. 1898 |
||30 Nov 1857
||Guilford County, North Carolina
||DWC Benbow & Mary Elizabeth Scott marriage announcement|
Fayetteville Observer, Fayetteville NC, dated 3 December 1857
||Elizabeth Caroline Perry, b. 04 Nov 1858, Wakefield, Washington County, Rhode Island , d. 27 Dec 1943, Reidsville, Rockingham County, North Carolina |
||09 Apr 1881
||Providence, Rhode Island
- He was born in Fayetteville, while his father was living there, and he moved with his family to Greensboro when he was a young boy. He attended Moses Brown School at Providence, Rhode Island, and Eastman Business School at Poughkeepsie, NY. He operated the old Benbow Hotel for many years; it later became the Guilford Hotel, and was located on the lot later occupied by the Woolworth store on South Elm Street. He became one of Greensboro's leading citizens. In 1918 he went to St. Petersburg, Florida, where he was active in the development of that city. (obituaries from Greensboro Daily News & Greensboro Record, 11 August 1947)
"Public-spirited, wide-awake and thoroughly progressive, Charles D. Benbow has achieved an honorable record as a promoter of all enterprises conducive to a bigger and better Greensboro, his home city, for which he believes nothing is too good, and for whose advancement and prosperity he is ever willing to freely contribute his time, energy, and money, his loyalty as a man and a citizen being above reproach. A native of North Carolina, he was born in Fayetteville, Cumberland County, and is of Welsh ancestry, being a descendant in the fifth generation from the immigrant ancestor, his line of descent being thus traced: Charles, Thomas, Charles, De Witt Clinton, and Charles David.... [information about ancestors is recorded under their names].
"Following the educational path trod by his father, Charles D. Benbow attended both Guilford College and the Friends' School in Providence, Rhode Island. He afterwards took a course of study at Eastman's Business College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Soon after his return to North Carolina, Mr. Benbow went to Pinehurst to superintend the erection of various buildings for Mr. Tufts, the founder of the now noted winter resort. At that time there was but one hotel in the place, a building containing thirty-two rooms, and twelve cottages. When he left there, five years later, there were accommodations in hotels and cottages for upwards of 5,000 people. Returning to Greensboro, Mr. Benbow became associated with his father in the management of some of his properties, and superintended the erection of the Benbow Building and managed the Benbow Hotel, at the same time having charge of the Grand Central Hotel in Columbia, this state.
"The democratic convention that nominated Governor Glenn was invited to meet at Greensboro. The committee in charge said there were not sufficient hotel accommodations for so large a gathering. Mr. Benbow assured the committee that there would be at the date appointed, and immediately began the construction of the "Benbow Arcade," which was entirely completed in forty-six days, with its 126 rooms ready for guests. Like his father, Mr. Benbow has always taken a genuine interest in local affairs, and has heartily endorsed and supported beneficial projects of all kinds. He is interested in financial matters as one of the directors of the Greensboro National Bank.
"Mr. Benbow married in 1880 Elizabeth C. Perry, who was born in Providence, Rhode Island, a daughter of Edward and Hannah Perry. Three children have been born of their union, namely: Mary, Charles D., Jr., and Edward Perry. Mary, wife of R. Watt Richardson, has three children, Robert, R. Watt, Jr., and Mary. Charles D. married Marjorie Long, and they have two children, Mary Long and Charles D., Jr. Edward Perry married Ann Riddick, and they are the parents of three children, Elizabeth, Edward, and De Witt Clinton. Fraternally, Mr. Benbow is a member of Greensboro Lodge No. 80, Knights of Pythias; of Buena Vista Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; and of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Religiously he belongs to the Society of Friends, and Mrs. Benbow is a member of the Baptist church." (published biographical sketch)
Charles was received by New Garden Monthly Meeting, Guilford County, North Carolina, on request, on March 26, 1873 (Hinshaw 1: 527).
He was the postmaster of Pinehurst, a village of 300, in 1898.
He is buried at Green Hill Cemetery in Greensboro. The funeral was conducted at Hanes Chapel and Rev. Howard Cope, pastor of Asheboro Street Friends Church, officiated.
| ||1. Mary Elizabeth Benbow, b. 17 Jan 1885, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina |
| ||2. Charles David Benbow, II, b. 21 Jul 1887, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina , d. 20 Aug 1970, Rocky Mount, North Carolina |
| ||3. Edward Perry Benbow, b. 21 Apr 1890, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina , d. 30 Oct 1971, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina |
| ||4. Annie Benbow, b. 1891, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina , d. 1907|
| ||5. Julia Benbow, b. 1895, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina , d. 1900|
||1 Jan 2011 |