Robert G. Benbow

Male 1847 - 1925


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  • Born  Aug 1847  Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  20 Jan 1925  Deep River Township, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I6626  Benbow Family and Allied Lines
    Last Modified  16 Sep 2011 

    Father  Robert Benbow, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Eliza Cruse, Forsyth County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F2262  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Ella,   b. 1853 - 1854, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Before June 1900 
    Children 
     1. Thomas Benbow,   b. 1874 - 1875, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Alice Benbow,   b. 1877 - 1878, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Celia Benbow,   b. Apr 1881, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Mabel Benbow,   b. Dec 1883, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Eliza Benbow,   b. Jun 1886, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  16 Sep 2011 
    Family ID  F2263  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Julia A.,   b. About 1873, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  About 1901 
    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.
    Last Modified  16 Sep 2011 
    Family ID  F2261  Group Sheet

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