The Two Families of John “Old Trader” Benge

BENGE, John Born: about 1735 in Virginia. Other records suggest he may have been born as early as 1726. Known as “Old Trader, and operated a trading post on the Cumberland. He was of Scottish descent.

BENGE, Elizabeth Lewis Born: about 1740, and was the, first wife of John Benge. She was a white woman, and the daughter of William Terrell Lewis and Sally Martin Lewis

BENGE, William Lewis First child of John and Elizabeth Benge Born 1758 Albemarle County, Virginia. He was a white man.

BENGE, Elizabeth Second child of John and Elizabeth Benge. Born: 1760 in Virginia. She was a white woman.

BENGE, Sarah ‘Sally’ Third child of John and Elizabeth Benge. Born about 1761 in Virginia. She was a white woman

BENGE, Obediah Martin Fourth child of John and Elizabeth Benge Born 1763 in Virginia. He was a white man.

BENGE, Joseph Fifth child of John and Elizabeth Benge Born about 1764 He was a white man

Wurteh Second wife of John Benge and the sister of Old Tassel. Probably born in Toqua, in the Cherokee Overhills Probably met John Benge before 1761. She was a Cherokee woman.

BENGE, Robert “Bob” First child of Wurteh and John Benge Born: about 1760-1762 in Toqua, in the Cherokee Overhills Duiing the Chickamauga-Cherokee war with the Americans. Bob Benge lived in Running Water Town. There he was closely associated with the Shawnees It is said he wits a friend of Chiksika, a Shawnee warrior of Running Water Town. Later, he relocated near Trenton, Georgia. He was murdered by Vincent Hobbs on 9 April 1794 near Powell Mountain in southwest Virginia. Stone Gap and Cumberland Gap are also listed as the location of his death. He was also known as “Captain Benge”and “Captain Bench.” He was noted for his red hair. He was a Cherokee man

BENGE, Richard Second child of Wurteh and John Benge, Born before 1764 he married Betsey. He was a Cherokee man.

BENGE, ? Third child of Wurteh and John Benge, Born before 1764 This birth is questionable, but at least one source mentioned the possibility of an older daughter

BENGE, “The Tail” Fourth child of Wurteh and John Benge. Born about 1764 The Cherokee term for tail was Utana. He may have also been called “Martin”. He lived at Willstown (Fort Payne), Alabama. He, was a Cherokee man.

BENGE, Talahuske Fifth child of Wurteh and John Benge. Born 1766, he was a Cherokee man.

BENGE, Lucy Sixth child of Wurteh and John Benge Born 1776 Several sources indicate that Lucy was born in 1786, while others suggest her birth was much earlier. She married Major George Lowery about t796 She was on the “Trail of Tears in 1839. Lucy died on 10 October 1846 in Greenleaf, Cherokee Nation. She was a Cherokee woman.

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4 thoughts on “The Two Families of John “Old Trader” Benge

  1. Robert Benge, son of Trader John, was believed to be the father of Edmund Benge, and the husband of Dorcas Lightfoot. Dorcas went on to marry Young Charles Gordon Duncan and Edmund added the Duncan name to his, becoming Edmund Benge Duncan.

  2. L. Dwayne Rogers or Dawn – I’m wondering if you have any knowledge/sources on the following? Matilda Benge is one of my ancestors, and I have noticed in several family trees around the web that her father is said to be Edmund Benge. I have looked in History of the Cherokee Indians and Their Legends and Folk Lore: http://archive.org/details/historyofcheroke00lcstar, and this source shows that Matilda Benge married James Buffington. It also shows that Edmund married Mary Rains, but it doesn’t explicitly list Matilda as one of their children as far as I could tell. If Edmund Benge added Duncan to his name, it explains why his children have the last name Duncan (thanks for that!). Maybe Matilda was born before Edmund made this change? Or is Matilda Benge known by another name?

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