|Birth: ||Mar. 15, 1815|
|Death: ||Oct. 25, 1858|
In the Register of Deaths in the Stafford County Court Clerk's Office, there is record of the death of WILLIAM W L BENSON in October 1858,age 44 years, white male, farmer, cause of death is "decline", buried Stafford - represented by his friend, JOHN SHELTON.
WILLIAM W L BENSON was a wealthy farmer in Stafford County, Virginia. In 1850 his real estate was worth $2,500.
His wife, ELIZABETH, had died in 1855, so when he died, his children were "orphans".
The 1860 Census states that "Estate of W W L BENSON - real estate is worth $2,000 and personal estate is worth $30,000". By 1860, JOHN C SHELTON has assumed ownership of 38 BENSON slaves.
His so called friend, JOHN SHELTON, who was the administrator of his estate, kept most of WILLIAM's estate for himself, leaving the children little to nothing.
William Willis Lee Benson (____ - 1815)
Eleanor Bullard Benson (1786 - 1846)
Elizabeth T Sanford Benson (1825 - 1855)
Ella Lee Smith (1847 - 1927)*
Sanford Family Cemetery #1
Created by: Melinda Albarado
Record added: Aug 19, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 95586967