Bennet George
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Bennet George

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Bennet E. George
Born 1940s.
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Father of [private daughter (1960s - unknown)]
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Bennet Edwin George was born 30 Mar 1948 in Portsmouth, Virginia, USA, to John Bennet George and Augusta Lois Finch George. He was given his first and middle names from his father's (Bennet) and paternal grandfather's (Edwin) midddle names.

That fall the family moved to Blacksburg, Virginia, where his father attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute as a benefit for having served in the Army during World War II. In 1952 John graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering and obtained a job with General Electric in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. In 1954 the family moved to Rome, Georgia, where John was transferred by GE.

While in Rome, Bennet received his basic education in public schools but went to high school at Darlington, a prep school. During his youth he was a Boy Scout and loved the outdoors, often hiking, camping and riding a bicycle around the county.

He attended the University of Georgia 1966-70, where he earned a degree in journalism. While at UGA he was a photographer for the student newspaper. He also met and married Joan Ellis, an art student. Bennet and Joan had one child, Margaret.

On graduation Bennet worked as a photographer for a series of small town newspapers around Georgia. Bennet and Joan divorced in 1974 and Bennet met and married Sandra "Sandi" Perkins, a teacher of special needs children, in 1977. They had no issue.

In 1979 Bennet and Sandi moved to Starkville, Mississippi, where Bennet took a job as a photojournalist with Mississippi State University. Bennet worked for MSU until he retired in 2010, rising to the position of assistant director of the public relations department. In the early 1980s he developed an interest in computing technology. He purchased one of the first personal computers, a Commodore 64, and began preaching the benefits of the technology at work. As a result he became the computer resource person for his department and became a pioneer in Internet communication, creating the world wide web site for MSU and managing it until retirement.

In 1988 he helped create a fire department for his rural community, serving as a firefighter and -- from Sept. 1996 to June 2013 -- as fire chief. He also served for many years on the board of directors of his community water association and other non-profits.

Shortly before retirement Bennet developed an interest in wooden boats and built a kayak and a canoe. During retirement he and Sandi purchased a 26-foot sailboat and enjoyed many days on the water.

Bennet also devoted a vast amount of time to genealogy.


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  • Paternal relationship is confirmed with an AncestryDNA test match between Bennet George and his first cousin. Their MRCAs are their grandparents, Charles Edwin George and Grace Sharp Bowman. Predicted relationship reported by AncestryDNA: 1st Cousins based on sharing 676 cM across 39 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed with an AncestryDNA test match between Bennet George and his mother. Predicted relationship reported by AncestryDNA: Parent/Child; Confidence: Extremely High. Amount of Shared DNA: 3,472 centimorgans shared across 53 DNA segments.

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Hi Bennet!

It's time for our annual Scotland Project check-in!

This year we are hoping to learn what our membership would like to accomplish over the next 12 months. In case you aren't aware, this year is WikiTree's "Year of Connections" and the Project's leadership would like to contribute to this in as many ways as possible.

We would appreciate it if you would share your thoughts and ideas with us on how we can accomplish this goal. We would also appreciate it if you would provide some feedback on our existing goals, including:

  • If you have not yet signed up to help on one of the project's teams, which team(s) would you be interested in joining?
  • How often should we provide a Project Newsletter?
  • Have you participated in the Tartan Trail? If not, is this something you'd be interested in doing?
  • Do you have a question(s) that we could add to a Frequently Asked Questions page?
  • Any suggestions or ideas you have on ways to improve the Scotland Project in general

We continue to communicate with our Project members via Google Group (official) and Discord (unofficial), as well as G2G. You may also reach out to any of the Project leaders via WikiTree's internal messaging system at any time.

Thank you for all you do to help the Scotland Project become a knowledge hub for Scottish genealogical research! We wish you all the best in 2022!

Sincerely, Amy Gilpin on behalf of the Scotland Project Leaders

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Hi George,

I would to thank you for all your contributions towards the goals of the England Project during the past six months. We have achieved a huge amount during this period and we couldn't have done it without you and our other project members.

As the England Project Leaders, we are completing our six monthly check-in with all project members. Are you happy to stay in your current project teams? Which teams are you most active in? Are there other teams you would like to join or become more active in?

Also, do you have any feedback on what the project is doing well and anything we could do better in the future? Please respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message. I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks!

Mike Christmas, England Project Leader

posted by Michael Christmas
HI, Michael. I'm fine with being on the England Project as I am. Thanks.
posted by Bennet George
Thanks Bennet and apologies for getting your name the wrong way round!
posted by Michael Christmas
Hi! You didn't reply to the January 2021 check-in for the US Southern Colonies Project - just wanted to give you a last shout-out before removing your Southern Colonies project badge. If you'd like to stay a member of the project, please reply to this comment. (The project's participation requirements are that you join a Team - you are listed as a member of the Sourcerers Team - and respond to the check-ins.)


P.S. You may have missed the check-in notice, since it went to the Google Group - Project's Discussion Group.

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Hi, Liz. To tell the truth, I'm not sure I ever got set up for Google Group access for this project. I am swamped by Google Group messages from my other projects and I should probably resign from this project, at least for now. I am actively researching early free people of color in North and South Carolina and Virginia, but haven't added much to WikiTree, lately.
posted by Bennet George
OK. Let us know if you ever want to re-join. Have you heard of the new US Black Heritage Project? Check it out:
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
P.S. You can change the settings for your Google Groups - kinda defeats the purpose to go "no mail", but that is an option. You can also select to receive a digest (I think that's the "Abridged" option). I sort my incoming mail into folders based on where they're from, so project e-mails go into project folders (easily done with Outlook [right-click on the message in your inbox & select Create Rule to get to the window with the option to move it to a folder] - not sure how it's done with other e-mail programs).
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett

It’s time for a Project check-in!

Scotland Project Leaders check in with you at least once a year to see how you are doing. With the changes happening around the world, we understand that life is hectic right now.

What are you planning to work on for the Scotland Project this year? Are you happy with the team(s) you part of, or would you like to make some changes?

This time round, we’re also looking for feedback on the use of Google Group and Discord. Do you use one or both of these? If you don’t use either of them, what is the best way to ensure you receive Project communications? If you would like to join us on Google Group or Discord, let us know in your response.

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
I'm still here and working on Scottish profiles. I use Google Groups but have so much traffic I often don't catch up for a week or more. Thanks.
posted by Bennet George
Hi Bennet,

We have not received a reply from you regarding the message we recently sent about England Project. We hope you are OK. We realise that your interests could have moved on, and so if we do not hear from you by the end of December we will presume that you wish to be removed from the Project. You will be welcome to rejoin us at a later time if you wish

Joan, Amy & Lizzie.

Hello, Joan. I did, in fact, reply on 13 Nov. You may remember my message began, 'Hello, Joan. "I'm not dead yet!"'

I am active, adding sources and bios, and creating about one new English profile a day.

Take care.


posted by Bennet George
Hi Bennet,

It's that time of the year again: check-in time! As England Project Leaders, we like to check in with you every six months or so to see how things are progressing. Back in May, we didn't ask for a response due to the rapid emergence of Covid-19 because we understood that people's lives were changing rapidly. While we are still living in a Covid world, we do need to hear back from you this time around.

First of all, how are you doing? What are you currently working on? Are you happy with the team(s) you're in, or would you like to change things up?

Secondly, we're looking for some feedback on the Google Group and our Discord server. Do you use either or both of these? If you don't use either, why not? Do you have any suggestions on how we can improve participation and collaboration, either generally or for you personally?

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Joan, Amy & Lizzie.

Hello Bennet

Your England Leaders are completing the six monthly check in with all team members. Thank you for your work on English Profiles and your work in the Warwickshire and Northampton teams.

These are unprecedented and difficult times, and we understand as Project Leaders that your situation may have changed somewhat in the last few months. What we are all able to/ wish to contribute on Wikitree has changed. Please let me know if you are happy with your current role and team choice, or if you wish to do something additional or different. Thank you again on behalf of all the Project Leaders for everything you do.


posted by Jo Fitz-Henry
Thanks for the info on John, son of John/Lucy Perkins, Bennet! I'll look into it, Appreciate it!
posted by Traci Thiessen
Hi Bennet,

On behalf of the England Leaders, I wanted to say a huge thank you for all your contributions towards the project in the past six months as a Team Member for Warwickshire, Northamptonshire and Arborist Prep. We've achieved a great deal during this time and we couldn't have done it without you.

Are you happy to stay in your current teams and the project as a whole? Are there any other teams you'd like to join? What are we doing well, and what would you like to see us doing differently moving forwards?

Please respond to this message via e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks,

Susie, England Project Leader :-)

Thanks Bennet! I will send you a E-mail in a few hours on the progress with the earlier George's of Newfoundland!
posted by R Power
Hi Bennet,

On behalf of the England Project Leaders we're carrying out a check-in to see how all the members are doing and taking the opportunity to thank you for all your hard work over the past six months. We have been so impressed with the way everyone has rallied together and gone the extra mile to make this one of the most dedicated, productive and friendly communities on WikiTree. What are you enjoying most about being in the project? What would you like to see improved or changed? Would you like to continue in the project moving forwards?

We're looking forward to hearing back from you,

Amy, Susie, Gillian and Wendy

posted by Amelia Utting
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Regards: George Churchill

posted by George Churchill
Hi Bennet

A warm welcome to the England Project. We are so glad you joined us!!

You have received the England badge for being an active member of the England Project.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions and don’t forget to add England to your tags.

Wendy :)

posted by Wendy (Ling) Sullivan
Hi Bennet and thanks for your post on G2G.

The Scotland Project is part of the umbrella UK Project. I've therefore added the UK project badge to your profile. If you click on the badge it will take you to the full list of our wonderful members. Click on United Kingdom Project will take you the first page of the project. Scroll down to participants. I've added your good self and your Country of interest etc. I've also added you to the Scotland Project member interests page.

Thanks again for joining, enjoy and good luck with your research.


posted by Maria Maxwell
Hi Bennet, you are correct re question on the profile of George-5719 but how do you remove (George)? If I had know how to do this it wouldn't be there as I think it was just a typo error on entry (put first name in the wrong spot). Never mind - worked it out... thanks for making me dig deeper to fix this.


posted by Judy (Dyer) Weggelaar
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Bennet participated in the April 2018 Quakers Challenge to help protect Quaker profiles

Thanks, Bennet!

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Hello Bennet,

Welcome to the Quakers Project! You are now officially part of the group. Please check out the Quakers Project Page to find how you can help. I see you are already following the Quakers tag, that's great! Thank you for your involvement!

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