By coincidence today I was just looking through some Benson documentation I have, and a certain William Thornton of Prince George, VA is involved. Is he related to this same Thornton family? I have not been able to make the link between he and my Benson line. Here are a couple of references that I have saved:
5 Apr 1744:Will of James Jones [grandfather of Pres James Monroe] of Hanover Parish witnessed by Frances Benson [have not pinpointed identity of this Frances, nor whether this is female or male.This appears to be Frances, wife of Robert Benson, although married women with living husbands rarely witnessed legal documents in this time period.]Source:King George Co, VA, Will Book A-1, p 126
RELATIONSHIP NOT PROVEN:1 Nov 1734:William Thornton, gent., named as administrator of estate of Thomas Benson, deceased, and guardian of his orphaned children Mary, William, Ann, Sarah, and Susannah Benson.John Grant and James Jones, securities for bond of Thornton.Source:King George Co, VA, Will Book A-1, 1721-1752
[Thomas Benson] was a witness to the 1716 will of Mark Rymer (Rimer),Jr., Margaret Prou's husband, with William Thornton as exc.
(Thornton was also connected to John Prince who later married Sarah Berry. Appendix H deals with the Prince Family.) When Thomas died intestate in 1734 in King George County, the clerk wrote: "Administration on the estate of Robert [sic] Benson, deceased is granted to William Thornton, Gent. and he is also appointed guardian to his orphans Mary, William, Ann, Sarah and Susannah Benson." [Court Order Book #1, p. 680 1 Nov 1734] George Harrison Sanford, comp., in King George County Virginia Will Book A-1 (1721-1752) and Miscellaneous Notes, Private, 1978, p. 217, writes: "All (Research is courtesy of a Benson family researcher who shared her files with me.) Rebecca