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Benjamin Bonwell (1740 - 1815)

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Benjamin Bonwell
Born in Accomack Co., VAmap
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Died in Worcester Co., MDmap
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ID: D7D08224-552A-4D93-BEE3-707E6A3372D7
ID Number: MH:IF333523
Accomack Co., VA


ID: B1A9441C-CCED-4859-AFC1-A155735E2684
ID Number: MH:IF333524
10 MAR 1815
Worcester Co., MD

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ID Number: MH:I396

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07 FEB 2009 23:08:35 GMT-6


Worcester Co., MD Wills 1813 - 1822 MH (2),
(Abstracted by Ruth T. Dryden), Pg. 7, f.86;
Will of Benjamin Bonnewell,
to dau-Mary Bonnewell
to sons-George, Edward Hearn Bonnewell, Severn, John
wit: John Allen, Sr.; Levin Tull; Cornelius Dickerson.
Dated April 4, 1807
The name Benjamin Bonnevill appears in Tax list of Somerset and Worcester County 1783 by Ruth Dryden. Benjamin Bonnevill in the Mattapony 100 (located in the southern most part of Worcester County just above the Virginia line), owned Wakefield, 200 acres and Discovery, 200 acres. Benjamin Bonnewell is mentioned again, assuming that he is the same, in Land Records of Somerset County by Ruth Dryden.Benjamin buys Rotten Quarter from Ezekiel Bramble, Febuary 11, 1793. Again we see Benjamin in the sale of 96 acres of Fox Harbor and 7 acres from J. Brumble Febuary 8, 1800.
Benjamin Bonnewells will is listed in the Worcester county wills by Ruth Dryden and is dated April 4, 1807 and the following sons and a daughter are shown; Mary, George, Edward Hearn, Severn and John.The date of death is March 10, 1815. John and Severn are probably the same persons listed earlier as witnesses to wills.
"...Mr. Benjamin E. Bonneville one of Pocomokes best known carpenters on Friday met with a painful mishap. He was working on a farm near Crossroads and fell from a stage to the ground a distance of several feet and broke one of his legs above the knee joint. He was otherwise bruised and mangled."
From the Wicomico Weekly News, Thursday Jan. 13, 1921, Worcester county news in brief:
Benjamin Bonnewell
M, b. circa 1735, d. February 1815
Benjamin Bonnewell|b. c 1735\nd. Feb 1815|p1107.htm#i46607|John Bonnewell Senior|b. c 1702\nd. c 1790|p1106.htm#i46553||||John Bonnewell|b. c 1680\nd. Mar 1729|p1104.htm#i46510|Gratiana Michael|b. c 1682|p1104.htm#i46511|||||||
Benjamin was born circa 1735 at Accomack Co, VA. He was the son of John Bonnewell Senior. He married Mary (-----) circa 1756. Benjamin Bonwell and Mary Parker, widow of Sacker, were married between 1756 and 1764, and this undoubtedly places him as a member of the fifth generation of Bonwells of Accomack County. The only member of the fourth generation who died without a will naming sons, was John Bonwell, Senr. Since he was married and had three known sons, it is only logical to suppose he had others, one of whom was Benjamin Bonwell..1 Benjamin sold land in 1764 at Accomack Co, VA. The name of Benjamin Bonwell first appears in Accomack County, Virginia, records in 1764, when he and his wife Mary sold her one-third dower right in her former husband Sacker Parker's land (Deeds 1757-1770. p. 182a). It can be assumed that Benjamin was at least 20 years of age at this time, placing his birth date not later than 1744. Indeed, he could have been slightly older, for Sacker Parker died testate in 1756, naming wife Mary, his father, brother John, a sister, and an unborn child (Wills 1752-1757, p. 352). While there is no proof in the records, several other factors point to Benjamin being the son of John Bonwell, Senr. Since this John Bonwell heired land from his father on the north side of Onancock Creek, and lived there with Fooks, Michells, Parkers, and Wises as neighbors. The land owned by Sacker Parker, called Ohio, was located on the south side of Deep Creek, and only slightly north of the Bonwell land (Whitelaw, p. 967). This shows that Benjamin Bonwell and the widow, MaryParker, were neighbors. One final substantiation would be that Benjamin Bonwell named a son John..1 Benjamin was living circa 1775 at Worcester Co, MD. The records indicate that Benjamin Bonwell moved from Accomack County, after 7 June 1774 when he last appeared in court there, into Worcester County, Maryland, by 1 March 1778, when his name was included on the return of William Hopewell, listing those who had taken Oaths of fidelity in Worcester County (DAR Library, Wash. D.C.). His name again appeared on a roster of Worcester County Militia in 1780, among those of Capt. Walton's Company, Snow Hill Battalion (DAR Library). Later records show that other members of the 8th Class were neighbors: Joshua Driden (Dryden), Jacob Merrill, Smith Carey, Joshua Riggen, John Redden, Zadok Ardis, Staten Trader and John Allen.
. He made a will on 4 April 1807 at Worcester Co, MD. He left his "dearly beloved daughter" Mary Bonnewell a bed and furniture. He gave son George Bonnwell a hand mill. He directed that the remainder of his estate, both real and personal, be equally divided between his five children; Severn Bonnewell, John Bonnewell, George Bonnewell, Edward Hearn Bonnewell, and daughter Mary. He named no executor. (Wor. Wills MH#10, p. 86).. Benjamin died in February 1815. Benjamin's will was probated on 10 March 1815 at Worcester Co, MD. The will was presented by son Severn Bonnewell on the day it was recorded and John Allen, Senr and Levin Tull, two of the witnesses, gave oaths on the same day that they had seen Benjamin Bonewell sign the will. (Wor. Wills MH#10, p. 86). On 22 March 1815, Benjamin Gunbyand Nehemiah Holland, arbitrators, signed a statement that they had been appointed by Benjamin Bonnewell's sons to put a valuation on the lands of their father and to award said lands to son George Bonnewell, "he paying unto said Severn Bonnewell, John Bonnewell and Edward Bonnewell the several sums of money" (Wor. Deeds AL, p. 232). Severn Bonnewell and wife Ann, of Sussex County, Delaware, gavea deed to George Bonnwell of Worcester County, Maryland, on 5 September 1820, for all his right and title to the 109 acres "that fell to him by his father", including three tracts, Fox Harbor, AllensIndustry, and Rotten Quarter (Wor. Deeds AL, p. 230). George paid Severn $163 for his share and it can be assumed he paid his other two brothers or their heirs a like amount.
Children of Benjamin Bonnewell and Mary (-----)
* Mary Bonnewell b. c 1765, d. b 1815
* Severn Bonnewell+ b. c 1766, d. 1821
* John Bonnewell+ b. c 1768, d. 29 Sep 1815
* George Bonnewell+ b. c 1770, d. Sep 1837
* Edward Hearn Bonnewell+ b. c 1773, d. Aug 1819


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