James Benning was born about 1740.  The will of James Benning (Fayette, Kentucky Will Book K, page 158 states the following children and grandchildren:
1. Daughter - Constance (deceased), married to John Watkins. Granddaughters - Roanna Watkins South, Judith G. Watkins
The Lexington Kentucky Gazette 18 April 1809 p. 4, col. 6: All persons are hereby forwarned from purchasing of John Watkins of Jessamine county, a Negro Girl, named Milley, as the said girl is my property, and has been only lent to the said Watkin's wife. James Benning. March 30, 1809.
2. Son - Anthony
3. Son - William
4. Daughter - Lucy Gray, formerly Lucy Benning.
Lucy Benning married George Gray 22 April 1808 Fayette County, Kentucky. Father: James Benning. Bondsman: William Gray.
Marriage Records Fayette County, Kentucky 1803-1809 Volume I; Volume: I. Source Information: Ancestry.com. Fayette County, Kentucky, Marriage Index, 1803-1814 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2001. Original data: Ellsberry, Elizabeth Prather, comp. Marriage Records Fayette County, Kentucky 1803-09 Volume I. Chillicothe, MO, USA: Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry, circa 1965.Marriage Records Fayette County, Kentucky Volume II 1810-14. Chillicothe, MO, USA: Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry, circa 1965
5. Isaac Benning
6. James Benning
7. Judith Lewis , formerly Judith Benning
8. Perkins Benning
9. John Benning
The following slaves are mentioned by name in James's will:
Aggy Amy Moody Henry
1810 United States Census - Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky. James Benning, head of household. [Uncertain]
1820 United States Census - Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky. Free White Males, 45 and up - 1 Free White Females of ten and under 16 - 2 Free white females of 26 and under 45, including heads of family - 1 Free white females of forty five and up, including heads of family - 1 4 persons are shown to be engaged in agriculture.
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