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Re: DNA finally proves Travis Carter of Pittsylvania
Posted by: Don Bennett (ID *****3520) Date: December 17, 2012 at 17:52:14
In Reply to: DNA finally proves Travis Carter of Pittsylvania by Dick Zieman of 22774


I misspoke, but only slightly. The only perfect match is 25-marker. There are several (4 or 5) matches with a genetic distance of only 1. I don't think this changes the conclusions any. I did not have the test done so I was communicating to you the information given to me. This test is now posted on the Carter DNA Project so you can verify the results for yourself. It is kit #259858. I have just seen the results with my own eyes for the first time today.
The site has the earliest ancestor as George Hazel Bennett. This is the son of Travis Bennett. I don’t think this is controversial at all. Travis Bennett married Jenny Goin. I have a copy of the marriage bond and the consent. The consent reads,” This is to certify that I am willing for Travis Bennett to have my Daughter Jenney Gowen under my hand and seal this Twentininth of May 1798.” It was signed by Sitha Logan. I also have a copy of Sitha Logan’s will which names her daughter, Jane Bennett, and lists Lewis and Hazel Bennett as heirs. I am including a transcription of the will at the end of this message. You can see these records here:

and here
Travis is associated with the family of John Bennett and Elizabeth Dodson b. 1732. John is my brick wall. I have no idea where he came from. John and Elizabeth married about 1749, probably in Hamilton Parish, Va. On 3 Dec 1762, Betty Bennett, wife of John, was one of ten founding members of the Broad Run Baptist Church in Fauquier Co., Va. The next day, John Bennett was added to the membership by baptism. Six months later, John Bennett and other members of the church were cited by the courts in Fauquier County for absenting themselves from Hamilton Parish for the last six months. Many members of Broad Run Baptist left Fauquier Co. and planted a new church in “Halifax” now Pittsylvania County. John Bennett came to Pittsylvania County with his family by 1769. I should mention here that there were Carters among the membership of Broad Run Baptist, although I don’t know if any of these moved to Pittsylvania. Also, some of the names I see associated with the Carters in Pittsylvania I know came from Broad Run Baptist. Stamps is one of these.

The new church in Pittsylvania was located at the head of Birch Creek. This would be very near where the Kentuck Baptist Church is today. All these families lived in this area.

It will be easiest to look at my website to get the layout of this family. Start with John Bennett, husband of Elizabeth Dodson, here:

I had estimated the birthdate of Travis Bennett to be about 1775. That deed I posted showed that Travis Carter was bound out until 20 Oct 1794. I assume this is the date he came of age so his birth year would be 1773. So Travis Carter is the right age to be Travis Bennett. Travis appears in many records with the children of John Bennett and Elizabeth Dodson.

•       John Bennett is bondsman for the marriage of Travis Bennett and Jenny Going.
•       Travis Bennett is bondsman for the marriage of Ralph Dodson and Elizabeth Bennett.
•       Travis Bennett is witness for a deed from James Gillespy to Thomas Bennett. The other two witnesses for this deed were Roderick McDaniel, husband of Winifred Bennett, and James Watson, husband of Milly Bennett.
•       Travis Bennett is witness for a power of attorney from Jesse Bennett to John Bennett. Other witnesses were Roderick McDaniel, Thomas Bennett and Dotson Bennett (son of Thomas).

I’m sure there is more, but that will do for a start. You can see from these records that Travis looks very much like a sibling to these other Bennetts. However, I have never been able to find a place where he fits. That is why I have been interested in him. If Travis was a Bennett, and he is not a son, he could be a nephew. In that case, if I found Travis’ father, it would lead back to the family of John Bennett. However, the DNA proves that Travis is not a Bennett, but a Carter.

So, there are two possibilities. Travis could be the illegitimate child of one of the Bennett daughters; or Travis was adopted. After finding the deed record naming Travis Carter, orphan of Richard Carter, I am leaning more towards the second option. Since I know almost nothing about the Carters, I am very interested in your thoughts.

Don Bennett

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