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James Benning (1740 - 1831)

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James Benning
Born in Buckingham, Buckingham, Virginia, British Colonial Americamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 1 Nov 2019 | Created 17 Oct 2011
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James Benning was born about 1740. [1] 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: Fayette County, Kentucky, Marriage Index, 1803-1814 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: 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

Census History

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.


  1. Benning, Eva Hardin, Francois Benin (Francis Benning): His Descendants and Allied Families (1981).

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