|Birth: ||Sep. 12, 1782|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 14, 1841|
Served as a Captain in the Tennessee Militia with MAJOR GENERAL ANDREW JACKSON in his campaign against the Creek Indians and other battles in the War of 1812.
Military records from the National Archives show that he served with his own Company in the 2nd Regiment, Colonel A. Cheatham's Regiment. General Thomas Johnson's Brigade. West Tennessee Militia Infantry in the War of 1812 from January 28, 1814 to May 10, 1814, in the services of the United States on an expedition against hostile Creek Indians. He was paid at the rate of $40 per month and given a subsistence of twenty cents a meal (60 cents a day) during his service.
Richard Allen Benson maintained a "copy book", home-made book bound with rough leather which he used at various periods in his life from July 28, 1800, until his death in 1841. Additional entries were made by his family until, at least, 1850. He probably moved from Springfield, Robertson County, Tennessee, to Graves County, Kentucky about 1823. For some period of time he lived in Barren Plains, Robertson County, Tennessee, near Springfield.
The first 58 pages of the book are devoted to rules of weights and measure, money, arithmetic, etc., apparently from school. Additional entries include:
1) A list of birth dates of his children.
2) A list of children born to his slaves.
3) A list of marriages of his children, including what was given them.
4) Several pages covering his military service as a Captain in the Tennessee Militia where he served with Major General Andrew Jackson in his campaign against the Creek Indians and other battles in the War of 1812.
5) Several pages of sample legal documents he would use in his capacity as Justice of the Peace.
6) Several pages of accounts from a general store he operated.
This book is in the possession of John Frederick Marshall and is reported to have been submitted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Salt Lake City for microfilming. His original hand-written will is also with the book.
Richard Allen Benson built his home in Graves County, Kentucky, on State Line Road between Fulton and Dukedom, about six miles from Fulton in Section 33, Township 1 North, Range 1 West and is shown on the 1880 Graves County Atlas map as being owned by his granddaughter, Tallula Benson.
Father ~ William J. Benson Sr.
Born between 1750-1760 in North Carolina
Died before Apr. 16, 1831 in Robertson Co. Tennessee.
Mother ~ Nancy (Thompson) Benson
Wife ~ Sarah "Sally" (Jones) Benson
Born May 2, 1787 in North Carolina
Died Sep. 14, 1858 in Mayfield, Kentucky
Richard & Sarah were married in Springfield, Tennessee on Nov. 26, 1807.
Children by order of birth:
1) Elizabeth Benson
2) William Jones Benson
3) James Baker Benson
4) Richard Allen Benson Jr.
5) Sarah (Sally) Erwin Benson
6) Nancy Wilmuth Benson
7) Susannah Cole Benson
8) Mary Holman Benson
9) Joseph Washington Benson
10) Martin Carroll Benson
11) Martha Harriett Benson
12) Amanda Jackson Benson
*See Sarah Benson's memorial for more info on their children.
*Special thanks to John Frederick Marshall for his time and research in gathering this information that it might be recorded!
Sarah Jones Benson (1787 - 1858)*
Nancy Wilmuth Benson Rose (1819 - 1908)*
Martin Carroll Benson (1827 - 1878)*
Old Bethel Cemetery
Maintained by: CSC
Originally Created by: Jake McNatt
Record added: Feb 15, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65698596