I am trying to locate ancestry for my 4th great grandfather Benjamin Griffin Warner born 16 Oct 1779 in Berkeley County (West)Virginia. Other sources have older siblings being born in MD as early as 1765. His motherís name was Jemima and I believe his fatherís name was Thomas. Our family has several generations of Benjamin, Samuel, and Thomas.
In researching the area I found that a Samuel Warner residing St Georgeís County in was called as a witness in a Frederick Court case Rachel Sprigg v John Bell in 1751.
(Osborn Sprigg, Rachel deceased husband had operated a ferry at the mouth of the Moncacy river at the Potomac and owned property some 2.5 miles away in Prince Georgeís county. Later, in 1791 half of the property was transferred to George Washington.)
Checking the area for other occurrences of Samuel Warner, I found:
I. In the 1776 Census, a Samuel Warner b 1719 in Frederick Parish, Montgomery Co. with 2 Negroes.
II. A will for a Samuel Warner, planter, Prince Georgeís Co died 21 Nov 1731 listing wife Elizabeth, son Samuel, and daughter Sarah.
III. A Samuel Warner (Reverend in the Church of England) immigrated to Prince Georgeís County in 1719.
It is possible that Samuel in (II.) is the father of Samuel (I.) and grandfather of Thomas and great grandfather of Benjamin Griffin.
There is also a tradition of adopting the motherís maiden name as a middle name. Therefore, Jemima may have been a Jemima Griffin.
I realize that I have stretched this rather thin and I consider it nothing more than a working hypothesis. From what I have been able to deduce, all this could have occurred within 25 miles of Benjamin Griffinís birthplace. Unfortunately, there has been scant information available on the internet and thus this letter.
I would appreciate any information you might be able to glean from your resources.
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