Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia, V1-16.
Richard Bennett, a Revolutionary soldier, was born in 1756 in
Robeson County, N. C. He and his brothers, William and James,
all moved to Georgia in the 1780s and settled in Effingham County
where they granted land in 1793 and at other times. In 1796, in
the creation of Bulloch County out of Effingham, they became residents
of that county. Record is found where he registered his stock-mark
in Effingham County in 1790. About 1794 he moved with his family
to Bryan County, where record is found of his services in the
militia as an ensign, commissioned June 12, 1801. He moved in
1819 to the new county of Appling and established his home near
the Altamaha River in what is now Wayne County. He died there
Mr. Bennett was married in 1785 to Mary Cook, born 1769, died
1847. Nothing is known at this time of her antecedents.
Richard Bennett was a soldier in the Revolutionary War in North
Carolina, serving under Capt. Thomas Clark, and was paid for his
services Nov. 15, 1783. Certificate No. 89843 was issued to him
(see p. 4, "Roster of Soldiers from North Carolina in the
BENNETT, RICHARD (p. 16): (1) His wife, Mary, was a daughter of
James Cook, R. S., and his wife, Margaret, of Effingham County,
and is so shown in a deed of gift, dated Sept. 16, 1786, to the
Cook children (see deed book A, page 13, Effingham County). (2)
The Revolutionary War records of Georgia, edited by Gov. Candler,
show that he and his brother, William Bennett (p. 15), together
with nearly 100 other Effingham County citizens, were amerced
by resolution of the House of Assembly (legislature) in July,
1782. Among those named was James Cook, father-in-law of Richard
Bennett. This shows the Bennett brothers were residents of Georgia
during the Revolution, and married here. The fact that the 1790
Census of Robeson County, N. C., shows Richard and William Bennett
residents there, may be a co-incidence and that they may have
been different men of the same name from those in Georgia.
Note: These people were amerced [punished] for helping the British.
See the sketch on John Goldwire for
more on this.
[His so-called service seems to have been tainted.]
Children of RICHARD BENNETT and MARY COOK are:
i. ELIZABETH BENNETT, b. Abt. 1785, Georgia; d. Bef. 1860,
Georgia; m. REV. MOSES WESTBERRY, SR, Abt. 1815, Georgia; b. March
02, 1772, High Hills Santee, Statesburg, South Carolina; d. Abt.
1864, Holmesville, Appling Co, Georgia.
ii. WILLIAM BENNETT, b. 1786, Georgia; m. URSERY.
iii. HENRY BENNETT, b. 1789, Georgia; d. 1835; m. MARGARET SHEFFIELD;
b. 1785, Georgia; d. Aft. 1850, Georgia.
iv. WILEY S. BENNETT, #, b. 1800, Georgia; d. 1861; m. MATILDA
ROBESON, July 08, 1832; b. 1812.
v. BRAXTON BENNETT, b. March 18, 1808, Bryan Co, Georgia; d.
April 03, 1881, Wayne Co, Georgia; m. (1) MARTHA HOPPS, May 27,
1833; b. August 04, 1816, Georgia; d. June 20, 1846, Georgia;
m. (2) ELIZABETH WESTBERRY, June 1847, Wayne Co, Georgia; b. January
07, 1827, Appling Co, Georgia; d. 1861, Wayne Co, Georgia; m.
(3) CAROLINE BOZEMAN, 1863; b. 1847, North Carolina.