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Benjamin Underwood (1739 - 1778)

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Benjamin Underwood
Born in Chester, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Husband of — married (to ) in Pennsylvania, USAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Yohogania County, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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Underwood-214 created 10 Mar 2011 | Last modified | Last edit: 1 Sep 2017
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The Underwood family moved to Greene County, Pennsylvania, where both Benjamin and Mary Underwood are listed in 1773 as founding members of the Goshen Baptist Church there: [1]

A Church constituted by Rev Isaac Sutton and Daniel Fristoe on 7th day November 1773 consisting of thirty members men and women which mutually gave themselves to each other by the will of God in covenant.

Jacob Vanmeter and wife

Edward Robins and Rebecka

Abraham Vanmeter and wife

John Vanmeter and Rebeccah

Benjamin Underwood and wife

Eastwood and wife

Elias Garard and wife

David Henton and Mary his wife

Benjamin evidently had a drinking problem as the church minutes show that he went from April 8, 1774 until his death without being allowed to take communion.

Benjamin Underwood died as a Revolutionary soldier on July 21, 1778.[2] Before his death, he had already claimed land in Kentucky on a trip he took there in 1776, and his son, John, his "heir-at-law," inherited the land.

The Virginia Land commissioners issued a certificate on June 28, 1780 to John Underwood as follows:

Jno. Underwood Heir at Law to Benj. Underwood dec’d by William Crow this day claimed a preempt’n of 1000 Acres of land at the State price in the district of Kentucky on account of Marking & improving the same in the year 1776 lying on the Waters of Sunfish Creek waters of Breasheirs Creek near the Lands of Abraham Vanmetrs . . . .[3]

[1] Goshen Baptist Church Records, Whitely Township, Greene County, Pennsylvania, transcribed by Marty Burns.

[2] See minutes of Goshen Baptist Church.

[3] April 22, 1780 Court held by Commissioners of Kentucky District for Adjusting Titles to Unpatented Lands according to the "Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society," September 1923, No. 63.

Brashear's Creek was also known as "Guess" Creek (now Guist Creek) according to a July 17, 1797 deposition of Squire Boone.


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