Bennett of Nansemond county Virginia.
Arms: Gules a bezant between three demi lions rampant argent. 
Crest: Out of a mural coronet or, a lion's head gules, on the neck of a bezant.
Born in Wiveliscombe 1607/8. 
On November 21, 1621, Edward Bennett, a rich merchant of London, was granted a patent for a plantation upon the condition of settling two hundred emigrants. Associated with him in that patent were his brother, Robert Bennett, and his nephew, Richard Bennett, Thomas Ayres, Thomas Wiseman and Richard Wiseman; and in February, 1622, the "Sea Flower" arrived with one hundred and twenty settlers, under command of Captain Ralph Hamor, one of the Council. Among them were Rev. William Bennett and George Harrison, kinsmen of Edward Bennett. Their place of settlement was called Warrosquoyacke, or sometimes "Edward Bennett's Plantation," and was located at the place on James River known as the "Rocks," the estate of the late Dr. John W. Lawson, who for many years represented this county in the General Assembly of the State, the Second Congressional District in Congress, and this county in the late Constitutional Convention.
Bennett had a plantation on the Nansemond River called Bennet's Welcome. 
It is known that three of his uncles ( Edward Bennett, merchant; Richard Bennett, and Captain Robert Bennett) all of London had founded a plantation in Virginia called "Bennet's Welcome:, and had spent some time in the new settlement.
On the day the patent last mentioned was granted, Arthur Swaine, Captain Nathaniel Basse and others, undertook to establish another plantation in the same neighborhood. Captain Basse came over in person and his plantation was known as "Basse's Choice," and was situated on Warrosquoyacke (now Pagan) River. The houses of Captain Basse's Plantation were building when a great calamity happened to the infant colony. At midday on Good Friday, March 22, 1622, there were twelve hundred and forty inhabitants in the State of Virginia. Of these, three hundred and forty-seven, in a few hours, were killed by the Indians in the eighty settlements on the north and south sides of the James River, of which number fifty-three were residents of this county. 
Yours Out of the John and Frances.
The census of 1623-24 (February) showed as then living at "Worwicke-Squeak" and "Basse's Choice" fifty-three persons, "twenty-six having died since April last." Among those who had died were Mr. Robert Bennett, the brother of Edward Bennett, the rich London merchant, and first minister, Mr. William Bennett, doubtless one of the same family. 
Richard Bennett was a member of the House of Burgesses in 1629 and 1631, and member of the Council 1642-9, removing in the latter year to Maryland. 
About 1640 he married Mary Ann Utie, the widow of John Utie. They had issue: 
In England, King Charles-I and his Army was defeated at Marston Moor in 1644.
The population of the Virginia Colony in 1648 was estimated to be about 15,000 English and 300 Negroes.
The trial and beheading of King Charles-I was in 1649, and Virginia remained loyal to the crown.
He had been a leader of the south-of-James River Dissenters who moved to Maryland in 1649 
He returned to Virginia and in 1651 was appointed by Parliament one of the Commissioners to reduce Virginia and Maryland. He was Governor of the Colony from 30 April, 1652, to March, 1655. In 1658 he was again a member of the Council. 
Richard Bennett, William Claiborne and Edmond Curtis were instrumental in writing & signing a document with England that made "VA almost as free and independent as she was after the Revolutionary War."
He was elected Governor of Virginia and when Maryland was on the verge of war with the Indians, he headed a peace mission to them and arranged a satisfactory treaty. He was re-elected Govenor 3 successive terms and was sent as Comissioner to England by the House of Burgesses. 
He came back to Virginia in 1652 when Oliver Cromwell named him governor, after Cromwell deposed Charles I as King of England. 
Richard Bennett was elected Governor of the Virginia General Assembly 30 March 1652 and was re-elected three successive terms. 
Articles of surrender in 1652 to the Commonwealth of England was agreed to by the House of Burgesses. The same year, Richard Bennett was elected Governor by the General Assembly replacing William Berkeley. Oliver Cromwell ignored Virginia and self-government went serenely on in '53, and Westmoreland County was created out of Northumberland County. 
In 1652, William Clayborne and Richard Bennett (a Puritan from Nansemond County, Virginia) were appointed Parliamentary Commissioners over both Virginia and Maryland by the new Commonwealth of England Following the execution of Charles I in 1649, Maryland, not surprisingly, remained steadfastly Royalist, but for once she and Virginia were on the same side of the fence, as Virginia, too, continued to favor the monarchy (a considerable number of Royalists having removed to that Colony during the Civil War). Clayborne moved swiftly, and on the 5th of April 1652, a petition was signed by residents of the Isle of Kent 5th April 1652: promising to be true and faithful to the Commonwealth of England, without King or House of Lords. 
He was then sent as Commissioner to England by the House of Burgesses. 
1656-7, Bennett, Richard, Esq. of Virginia, Now in London, age 49. 
Returning to Virginia in 1658 he was re-elected to the Counsel each year until his death. 
Returning to Virginia in 1658, he was re-elected to the council each year until his death. From 1662-72, he was Major-General of the forces in Virginia.
From 1662 he was Major General of the Virginia Forces. 
In 1666 he was a Major-General of Militia, and in the "Sainsbury Abstracts" we find that in that year Thomas Ludwell, writing to Bennett, Lord Arlington, states that Major-General Bennett bore his (Arlington's) arms, and was he believed of his family. 
He was a friend of the Friends (Quakers) for the rest of his life. 
His will is dated 15 March, 1674, and was proved in Nansemond 12 April, 1675. 
When he died in 1675/6 he willed 2000 lbs of tobacco to each of four Nansemond Quaker neighbors. Two Quakers were among the executors of his will. 
William Bennett married Mary Ann Utie, and they had the following children: 
Robert Bennett, a brother of Edward Bennett of London, also came to Virginia prior to January, 1623-4, and in 1648 Mr. Philip Bennett, administrator of Robert Bennett, had a grant of land in Nansemond county. 
Richard Bennett's descendents include General Robert E. Lee. 
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