PVT Jordan Bennett


PVT Jordan Bennett

Virginia, USA
Death 4 Oct 1822 (aged 62–63)
Mecklenburg County, Virginia, USA
Burial Marengo, Mecklenburg County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 182310509 View Source
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Jordan Bennett was likely the 6th or 7th son of Joseph Bennett Sr., based on Joseph Sr's will and the precedence of property awarded to his older brothers. He grew up on a tobacco plantation in southern Virginia, near the present day town of La Crosse.

According to an application for pension filed by his widow, Nancy Bennett, (W2713, April 1852), Jordan was a private in the 10th Virginia Regiment. Affidavits from his comrades Williamson Rainey Sr., Bartlett Cox, and William Coleman state that Jordan served under Capt. Witten, Maj. John Holcomb, and Col. George Tucker, and Gen. Lawson in 1781. Bartlett Cox recorded that Jordan was at the Battle of Guilford and continued in service until the surrender of Lord Corwallis at Yorktown in October 1781.

Jordan Bennett's first wife was Mary Ann Tanner, married in Mecklenburg County, VA on March 17, 1791. (according to Mecklenburg County Marriages, 1765-1810)
According to unverified online sources, they may have had one daughter, Margaret Haskins Bennett, b. 1791.

Jordan Bennett's second wife was Ann "Nancy" Murphy/Murfey, the marriage taking place in Mecklenburg county, VA on December 17, 1795. (according to Mecklenburg County Marriages, 1765-1810). He was married to Nancy at the time of his death in 1822, according to Nancy's widow pension application. Her pension application also mentions that "Nancy" is an alias for Ann Nancy Murphy.

According to Nancy Bennett's 1846 will (Mecklenburg County will book#18, page 375, 387), she mentions the following children:

Joseph Bennett (b.?d. ?) (administrator)
William M. Bennett (b.?d.?)
Francis (b.?d.?)
Ann B. (b.?d.?)
Catharine R. (b.?d.?)
Mary Arnold (b.?d.?)
Elizabeth Walker (b.?d.?)

After the Revolutionary war, Jordan Bennett was a tobacco farmer and slave owner, like his father before him. His will (Mecklenburg county will book 10, pages 129, 130, 432), divides up substantial farming equipment among his wife and family. Nancy is probably listed in the will by her legal name "Ann Bennett", given the amount that went to that person. The administrator of Jordan's will was Dr. Joseph Bennett, likely his son.

His widow Nancy divided their remaining six slaves among their children in her 1846 will.

The listing of "Bennett Plantation" as Jordan's burial site is an educated guess, based on the usual practices in those days and the approximate location of his land from Mecklenburg county deed books.

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