North Carolina, USA
Needham Benefield was born in Wake County, NC. He and his four sons settled in
Randolph County, Alabama, between 1840 and 1850. He lived previously in Heard County, Georgia, where he and two sons, John Benefield and Henry Benefield, remained.
All other sons Caleb Benefield, born 1805 married Lucinda Stone ;William Benefield born 1809 married Deborah Stone ; Azariah Benefield born 1813, married Elizabeth ; and
Robert Benefield born 1820 married Minerva, were listed in the 1850 census, Randolph County, Alabama. 1 (Beat 1)
The Benefield ancestors were English, spelling their names as, Bedingfield. The variations in spelling of this name are numerous... Beningfiled, Bendenfield, Benfiels, Bennyfields and Benifield.
After arriving from England, members of the Benefield-Bedingfield family made their way to Wake County, NC in 1774. His grandson Needham Benefield grew up on a plantation about ten miles east of Raleigh, NC. Needham and his wife, Mary Rogers, left North Carolina living in several counties of Georgia before eventually settling in Randolph County, Alabama by 1850. Needham was a farmer and a bareknuckle prize fighter. While living in Heard County, Georgia in 1836, Needham and his neigbors sent a letter to the Govenor of Georgia concerning the organization of a special Battalion to guard against the Indians of Heard County. At this period of time there were numerous stories whether real or not about Indians raids along the Alabama and Georgia state lines.
Sources of this article from the Randolph County Heritage Book,
Heritage of Wake County, NC Genealogical Society,
Mary Polly Rogers Benefield (1780 - ____)*
Created by: Jayanna Dotson
Record added: Jun 24, 2012
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