I'm focusing on slavery in Connecticut at present, which work is coming along nicely. With nearly 200 slaveowners now categorized, you'd think Fairfield County, CT was a national hotbed of slavery! (I'm actually only working on that one county, not the whole state.)
My first step is working through the US Census for households that included slaves. At present I'm working on the town of Fairfield, CT. Having done my first run through 1790 & 1800, I'm now working on 1810. (Slavery was phasing out in Connecticut during this period. There were many more slaves and slave owners in 1790 than later on.)
The one I'm working on now is Abraham Benson, whose Fairfield, CT household in 1810 consisted of:
- 2 males <10
- 1 male 10-16
- 1 male 26-45
- 1 female <10
- 1 slave
I'm pretty sure this is Capt. Abraham Benson, who was a (ferry?) boat captain, but I need to have more info on the family before I can be confident of the match with the family in the 1810 Census.
Abraham's WikiTree profile's bio says relocated to Ohio, getting land there as a veteran of the War of 1812. But he was a coastal boat captain, and is buried in Fairfield, CT, so I'm thinking there's been two (or more) different people's info combined into a single profile.That's what I'm looking for help with: sorting this out.
The profile shows Abraham's first born, his first wife's only child, born in Maryland. The mother died in Connecticut within a month if the child's birth in Maryland; Abraham & Esther were married in CT a year earlier. I'm returning to this family, as I uploaded photos of the graves of Esther (wife #1) and her parents earlier this year.
Jacobus doesn't have much on the Bensons, just the first two of Abraham's marriages in Fairfield. From that, we know the first wife's LNAB was Jarvis, although it's still Unknown on the profile. The profile manager made their last contribution over 2 years ago. (If this post doesn't catch the attention of someone with appropriate permission to fix the LNAB, I'll start the non-responsive manager process.) But that's just a bit of housekeeping, not the main issue.
Where I see a problem is that the first child listed, Esther (Jarvis) Benson's only child, called Maria Hannah (Benson) Plotner, looks to me to be problematic. Perhaps a source of the potential error is that both families were located in "Fairfield County", albeit in different states?
Anyhow, maybe Maria was not really born in Maryland, and the parentage was correct. If Maria was born in Maryland, then Esther was married @ CT 16 May 1802, relocated to Maryland to give birth 8 months later in Maryland, 2 Jan 1803, then returned to Connecticut to die a month later, 3 Feb 1803. This strikes me as beyond unlikely.
I'm going to be looking into this, but anything anybody else finds would be appreciated. I'm well-versed in Fairfield County, CT, but not so much for Maryland. And the easiest fix would be to find Maryland parents for Maria. Did boat captain Abraham Benson go to Ohio, but then get shipped back to CT for burial? Seems unlikely. Did his first wife travel to Maryland to give birth, then return to CT, dying a month later? Seems even more unlikely. Any takers?
Bonus thought on Abraham Benson: His father died before he was born in NY, and there's not any other Benson family I've found in the Fairfield, CT area during this period. And there's a major road, CT state hwy 135, named North Benson Rd. - it's the main access to Fairfield University &c. I'm guessing it might have been named after Capt. Benson.