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22. Thomas BENNETT Alderman (Richard Thomas , Thomas "of Clapcot" , John , Thomas , Thomas ) was born in England. He died about 1627 in Babraham, Cambridgeshire, England.

Thomas married Dorothy MAY.

They had the following children:

+ 35 M i Thomas BENNETT.
  36 F ii Rebecca BENNETT.
+ 37 M iii Governor Richard BENNETT was born on Aug 6 1609 and died about 1674.

23. Sir John BENNETT (Richard Thomas , Thomas "of Clapcot" , John , Thomas , Thomas ) was born in England. He died about 1627 in Christ Church, London, England.

John married Anne WEEKS.

They had the following children:

  38 M i Thomas BENNETT was born on Jun 27 1592.
        Thomas married Elizabeth HUNT.
+ 39 M ii John BENNETT.
  40 iii BENNETT.
  41 iv BENNETT.
  42 v BENNETT.

28. Richard BENNETT (Thomas , Thomas "of Clapcot" , John , Thomas , Thomas ).

Richard married Elizabeth CRADDOCK.

They had the following children:

  43 M i Simon BENNETT was born in Manor of Bechampton, England.
        Simon married Grace MOORWOOD.

30. Simon BENNETT (Thomas , Thomas "of Clapcot" , John , Thomas , Thomas ) was born about 1567 in Manor of Bechampton, England. He died on Aug 21 1631.

Simon married Elizabeth INGRAM.

They had the following children:

  44 F i Grace BENNETT.
  45 F ii Margaret BENNETT.
  46 F iii Elizabeth BENNETT.

31. John BENNETT (Thomas , Thomas "of Clapcot" , John , Thomas , Thomas ) was born about 1571.

John married Jane WRIGHT.

They had the following children:

  47 M i John BENNETT.
  48 M ii Ambrose BENNETT.
  49 F iii Mary BENNETT.
  50 F iv Elizabeth BENNETT.

34. Thomas BENNETT 1, 2, 3, 4 (John , Thomas "of Clapcot" , John , Thomas , Thomas ) was born in Jun 1580 in London, Berkshire, England. He died about 1641 in James City, Isle of Wight County, Virginia.

Notes for THOMAS BENNETT:
Thomas Bennett was a Member of the House of Burgesses as he represented Mulberry Island in 1632 (Burgess Journals 1619-59, p. xiii). Mulberry Island is in Warwick County, and as Warwick's records were destroyed in the Civil War, nothing more can be found out about Thomas Bennett. However, a clue to his family is found in the will of Anthony Barham, the former Burgess of Mulberry Island who died in England in 1641.

Source:
Boddie, 17th Century Isle of Wight Co., Vol 1 pp 290-291 as made available thru Michael D. Bennett's website.

Thomas arrived in 1618 on the ship "NEPTUNE" and settled near Edward's Plantation.
- Source New World Immigrants "The Muster of Thomas Bennett'
Passengers and Immigrants Lists Index. Edited by P. William Filby with Mary K. Meyer.

No birth record is known. He was most probably born in England. He is believe to have immigrated to Virginia in 1718.
There are two Thomas Bennett's along the James River in 1624, the headrights of Thomas were claimed by Richard Bennett, the nephew of Edward Bennett a member of the original London Company that founded the Virginia settlement. The 1624 muster roll identifies two Thomas Bennett's one with wife Mary and the other with wife Margery.
Thomas Bennett resided near Lawne's Creek on the South side of theJames River in 1624. He was a plantation owner. Member of the House of Burgesses representing Mulberry island in 1632.
He is believed to had had only one son, Richard Bennett.
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Thomas Bennett was most probably born in England and may have been a relation of the Edward Bennett family and Henry Bennett, Lord Arlington.
Edward Bennett was a member of the original London Company that founded the Virginia colony. He was a wealthy shipper engaged in the Virginia trade and elsewhere. He is reputed to have been captured by a Dutch pirate on one voyage and negotiated a pardon for the pirate from the King of England in return for which the pirate gave him 64 ships. He also held contracts for shipping supplies for the British Army.
Richard and Robert Bennett were nephews of Edward Bennett who came to Virginia and established two large plantations on his behalf in Isleof Wight County. There were also two early Thomas Bennett's who were associated in early records with Richard in Isle of Wight County, in1624, the headrights of both were claimed by Richard Bennett. However, their relationship to Edward, Richard or Robert is unknown. Richard Bennett later became governor of Virginia during the Cromwellian period.
Later in this period, Henry Bennett, Lord Arlington, was a close advisor to Charles I King of England. He was a member of the same Bennett family possibly owed its economic advantage to kinship with them.
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Bibliography

Seventeenth Century, Isle of Wight County, Virginia; by John BennettBoddie, Chicago Law Printing Company, Chicago;

Southside Virginia Families, Volume I, by John Bennet Boddie, PacificCoast Publishers, Redwood City, California, 1955.

Wills and Administrations of Surry County, Virginia, 1671-1750; by ElizaTimberlake Davis, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, Maryland,1980.

Selected portions of Bennett Family information were contributed by
Patrick J. Anderson and Frankie Krausse

Bennett Sources include:

Bennetts on the Bias. written by Muriel Minimum
Seventeeth Century, Isle of Wight County, Virginia. written by John Bennett Boddie.
Southside Virginia Families. Volume I. written by John Bennett Boddie.
Broderbund Family Archive #110. Volume 2.

Thomas married Alice PIERCE about 1624 in James City, Isle of Wight County, Virginia. Alice was born about 1600 in England. She died about 1647 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.

Alice's maiden name is unknown. She married Thomas Pierce before Thomas Bennett. She was a young widow when she married Thomas Bennett.


Notes for ALICE PIERCE:
Pierce was not her birth name, but was her former married name. "Thomas Pierse was slain at the Indian Masssacre of March 26, 1721/22 at Martin's Hundred. Records show that Thomas Peerce and "his wife and childe" were all killed, however many of the women and children were not killed but held captive by the Indians. The colonist retaliated by destroying the Indian's crops and causing much suffering for both the Indians and their hostages. Hostages were later released in exchange for assurance that the Indians could plant their next year's crops in peace. Later records prove that Alice Pierse, widow, who married Thomas Bennett was the widow of Thomas Pierse of Virginia, 'Sargent at Armes of America's First Constitutional Convention and First Legislative Assembly in 1610.' In the General Court of October 1624, Elizabeth Pierce, probably the 'childe' reported killed, chose her step-father, Thomas Bennett, to be her guardian. Elizabeth had been engaged to John Filmer who died leaving all his property to her. Elizabeth Pierce later married 1) Anthony Barham and 2) Richard Jackson."

Source:
Vaughn Ballard, Solomon Mangham: Ancestors & Descendants (1989, Family Hists)

On October the 4th, 1624, Alice Bennett was a witness before the General Court at the trial of John Proctor for cruelty to his servants. She was sworn and examined as to the beating of Elizabeth Abbott, serving maid of Mr. Proctors', and stated that she "found her by the waterside by Mr. Burrow's plantation lying behind a boat wrapped in a rug *** whereupon this examinat, with Her Husband, and Richard Richards carryed her and and delivered her to her master." (Va. Mag., 19, p. 389)
"Richard Grove, servant of Mr. Proctor sayeth that the said wench often times ran away and that she was corrected for it, but that she never received over 20 or 30 lashes, etc., that when Mr. Richards and Mr. Thomas Bennett brought her home last she received no correction, but when they two and the Wife of Mr. Thomas Bennett brought her home last she had received correction from William Moyle, servant of Mr. Proctors."

The above testimony seems to prove that Alice Bennett was the wife of Thomas Bennett. Several othe witnesses testified at this trial and among them was John Burroughs by whose plantation on the waterside Alice Bennett and her husband had found Elizabeth Abbott. John Burroughs was living at Jamestown in 1625 but had a plantation called "Burrow's Hill" on the south side of the James in James City Co., now Surry. James City's records were destroyed in the Civil War.
At the same court Anthony Barham swore that "he saw Mr. Proctor strike Elias Hinton one of his servants." In 1626 Anthony Barham had a patent of 100 acres next to Capt. Nathaniel Basse's on the James River in Isle of Wight, (V.M., 7, p. 218) In March, 1629-1630 he was a member of the House of Burgesses from Mulberry Island across the James from Basse's Choice. He came to Virginia with Capt. Basse on the Abagail in 1621. His wife, Elizabeth came on the "William and Thomas" in 1618.
It seems that Thomas Bennett's wife, Alice was formerly the widow of one Pierce, for at that same General Court in October, 1624, "Elizabeth Pierce chose her father-in-law (step-father), Thomas Bennett, as her guardian." (V.M., 20, p. 155) She was unmarried then because John Filmer to whom she was engaged had just died, and left all his property to her. This was the reason for her choosing a guardian. It is probable that this Elizabeth Pierce afterwards married Anthony Barham.

Source:
Boddie, 17th Century Isle of Wight Co., Vol 1 pg 289-290, Michael D. Bennett.

(See record for Anthony Barham) Alice Bennett, seemingly the "Mother Bennett" of Anthony Barham's will, in 1641 was residing in the vicinity of Lawne's Creek, for on June 10, 1642, George Hardy received a grant of 300 acres upon the eastermost side of Lawne's Creek adjacent to Alice Bennett. Jone 19, 1642, one John Stocker patented 200 acres adjoining Mr. Hardy's land and the widow Bennett.

She bought 150 acres from her neighbor, Justinian Cooper the 2nd of April 1644 for a cow and a calf and a barrell of corn. Justinian Cooper had previously patented 1050 acres in 1636 lying at the head of Lawne's Creek.
Alice Bennett, sometime after purchasing the above mentioned 150 acres from Justinian Cooper, deeded the same to her grandaughters Sarah and Mary Jackson. They were probably very young at the time as she seems to have married Thomas Bennett about 1624. Her grandaughters were married by 1666.

Source:
Boddie, 17th Century Isle of Wight Co., Vol 1 pg 293, Michael D. Bennett.

Thomas and Alice had the following children:

  51 F i Alice BENNETT was born about 1613 in Bedfordshire, England. She died in Jun 1677 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.
        Alice married John HARDY. John was born about 1613 in Bedfordshire, England. He died in Jun 1677 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.
  52 M ii John BENNETT was born on Jul 10 1624. He died before 1714.
+ 53 M iii Richard BENNETT was born about 1625 and died about 1709.
  54 M iv Philip BENNETT was born on Mar 6 1626. He died before 1717.
+ 55 F v Mary Pierce BENNETT was born about 1627 and died after 1648.

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