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Marriage of Jacob Darden and Ann Bennett Hill?
Posted by: James Pace (ID *****9230) Date: March 28, 2010 at 15:07:10
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What is the evidence for a marriage of Joseph Darden and Anne, Anne being the daughter of Nicholas Hill and Sylvestra Bennett? Here is what I have.

Joseph Darden was married to an Anne. No record of her being Anne Bennett has been found. Anne was probably a little younger than Joseph, having survived him and remarried to a Mr. Leigh. Her will probated in NC lists both Dardens and Leighs. Both Anne and Joseph were residents of Isle of Wight Co., VA.

The will of Nicholas Hill (1675) lists a Anna or Anne. She was listed along with brothers and sisters, and received a ‘residual,’ which could mean anything.

John Darden, son of Jacob, was willed land at ‘Carrawaugh’ in Isle of Wight. John deeded this land March 6, 1775, to his “loving son Hardy Darden.” * This was 200 acres north side Carrawaugh Swamp and Reedy Branch.

Hardy Darden “made his will Oct. 2, 1773, probated Dec. 3, 1792, as follows; to son John Darden 100 acres called ‘Bennett’s.’ ” Now the naming of a property “Bennett’s” suggests a link to the Bennet family.

I do not know much about Isle of Wight County, and cannot show that Hardy Darden’s ‘Bennett’s’ property was derived from the holdings which Sylvestra Bennett brought to her marriage with Nicholas Hill. Sylvestra Bennett inherited 750 acres of land from her father, Edward Bennett. But there is room for some of Sylvestra’s land to have been passed down to grandson Jacob.

Does anyone have any additional information on this subject?

*John B. Boddie, “Southside Virginia Families,” Vol. 2, Baltimore, MD, Genealogical Pub. Co., Inc., 2003, pp. 96 – 99.

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