Charles David Benbow

Charles David Benbow

Male 1859 - 1947

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  • Born  13 Oct 1859  Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  10 Aug 1947  St. Petersburg, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I46  Benbow Family and Allied Lines
    Last Modified  2 May 2008 

    Father  DeWitt Clinton Benbow,   b. 23rd day, 2nd month, 1832, Oak Ridge, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Sep 1902, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mary Elizabeth Scott,   b. 1835, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1898 
    Married  30 Nov 1857  Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Documents
    DWC Benbow & Mary Elizabeth Scott marriage announcement
    DWC Benbow & Mary Elizabeth Scott marriage announcement
    Fayetteville Observer, Fayetteville NC, dated 3 December 1857
    Family ID  F14  Group Sheet

    Family  Elizabeth Caroline Perry,   b. 04 Nov 1858, Wakefield, Washington County, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec 1943, Reidsville, Rockingham County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  09 Apr 1881  Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • 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.
    Children 
     1. Mary Elizabeth Benbow,   b. 17 Jan 1885, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Charles David Benbow, II,   b. 21 Jul 1887, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Aug 1970, Rocky Mount, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Edward Perry Benbow,   b. 21 Apr 1890, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 1971, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Annie Benbow,   b. 1891, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1907
     5. Julia Benbow,   b. 1895, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1900
    Last Modified  1 Jan 2011 
    Family ID  F15  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Charles David Benbow, I
    Charles David Benbow, I

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


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