|. Benford Dickens, s/o Thomas Dickens
. author: Michael D. Nestor, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
. Benford Dickens (Thomas,Thomas)
. ? m Elizabeth ____.
. The ancestry of Thomas, Ephraim, and Benford Dickens of Montgomery Co is unproven, and partly came from the references
. below, which give no evidence. It is presented here for future research and documentation.
. Thomas, Ephraim, and Benford Dickens settled on Burks Fork, Montgomery Co, Va in the late 1770's, and were prob brothers.
. One source said their father was Rev Binford James Dickens, s/o Thomas Dickens, but that name is inconsistent with the fact
. that Thomas had sons James and Binford. Also supposedly Benford was b 1727, which is inconsistent with the fact that
. Thomas' 1727 will left land to him. However the basic lineage has the appearance of being likely. In this brief genealogy, there is
. no evidence of Benford Sr's existence other than his being mentioned in his father's will, the following will of Thomas Eldridge,
. and a deed in Granville, NC.
. 1741, 20 May: Surry Co, Va Will Bk 9, p 317 (dated 17 Aug 1739): Will of Thomas Eldridge Sr: .....land I purchased of James
. Dickens and Binsford Dickens on South side of Nottoway River in Surry Co..... etc. (see Ref below)
. 1754, 26 Apr: Granville Co, NC Deed: Patent Book 14, p 5 (abstact 2474): Mathias Miers purchased 400 acres in Granville Co,
. on both sides of Skelton Creek. Wit: Jno Haywood, Sher Haywood, SCC Benford Dickens, Griffin Nunary, Wm Churlton,
. 1780 Montgomery Co, Va: Jarret Branson accused Thomas, Ephraim, and Benford Dickens of being Tories.
. issue: (apparently the three brothers who went to Montgomery Co, Va)
01 1. Thomas Dickens, b prob 1750's, m Mary Millie ?Cock.
. Left the Grayson Co, Va area in the 1820's, although some children, including Benford, Nancy, Mary, and Jesse stayed.
02 2. Ephraim Dickens. (spouse was Elizabeth Collier acc to some ref)
. Left the Grayson Co, Va area around 1815.
03 3. Benford Dickens, m ?Elizabeth ____.
. Left the Grayson Co, Va around 1806.
. Ref 1. "The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography", Vol II, 'An Intimate Study of Thomas Eldridge, Junior and Senior',
. will of Thomas Eldridge: "... to Wm. land I purchased of James and Binsford Dickens on So. side of Notaway Riv, in
. (Surry Co Deed Bk 3, p 317, dated 17 Aug 1739, rec 20 May 1741).
. (from website: http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/ELDRIDGE/1998-12/0912902710
. 2. "Carroll Co 1765-1815 The Settlements", 1985, John P. Alderman, p 48-50.
. 3. John L. Dickens' email: email@example.com