Alternate Birthplace : Town, Rockdale, Georgia, United States. Alternate DOB: 1742.
The Cherokee were the most powerful tribe in the southwest covering some 40,000 square miles. The Indians highly esteemed this provider of European trade goods. So much so, that the peace chief Onitostah gave his sister in marriage to John Benge, her name was Wurtah 'Elizabeth' Watts.
They sat up housekeeping at the Cherokee town of Chota. There were three children born to them. Bob, Lucy, and Martin. For a period of some years John cohabitated with both Elizabeth Lewis Benge, and Elizabeth Watts Benge, each in her turn depending on which end of the trade route he happened to be on.
By 1761, John Benge’s double dealing had been exposed. Elizabeth Watts was living as the wife of William Dorton, and Elizabeth Lewis Benje married John Fielder and her daughter Sarah Benge had married a James Fielder. John Benge continued to live out his life among the Cherokee. ...
Her son with Old Trader John, Bob Benge, was born ca. 1760. He was born into the Cherokee culture, and formed a strong life long bonding with his mother’s brothers. When his mother moved to the Yadkin and lived in the white society it confused him.
Bob grew up as a redheaded Cherokee, speaking perfect unaccented English. His two halves of his being were at war with each other throughout his youth. He lived part of his youth with his mother’s Dorton family on the edge of the frontier in Castles Wood, three miles from Dickensonville, Russell Co. Va. toward the Glade Hollow Fort at Lebanon. Later that year the Dorton’s moved further down the valley of the Clinch River toward the Cherokee to build their own blockhouse, Dorton’s Fort in present Scott Co. Va.
William Dorton Sr. became a man of local prominence, and a captain of the Russell Co. Militia. He and Elizabeth had five children, William Jr., Moses, Sally, Edward, and a brother name unknown, who was killed by Indians in 1777 while scouting for the Militia in Powell’s Valley...
October 19, 1781 Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown Va., ending the fighting in the American Revolution. In the Spring or early Summer of 1782, the Cherokee caught William Dorton Sr. away from his blockhouse, and perhaps not knowing who he was, killed him. His son William Dorton Jr. took over his fathers role in the community. It is a twist of irony that Elizabeth Watts Benge-Dorton may have lost both of her husbands within the span of a year as old trader John Benge died in 1783. Moses Dorton, whose mother Elizabeth (Watts) Benge Dorton sent him to bring back Bob Benge when he ran away to his uncles, grew tired of being referred to by his neighbors as “one of those Benge-Dortons”, moved to Kentucky where he changed his name to Dalton.
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