Thanks for the info. As to the name Benskin, it comes from my New Kent Co. family unit, who later spread into Brunswick Co. VA. A William Harmon (of New Kent Co., VA) married Mary Benskin (of James City Co., VA) in 1692. Their first son was Benskin Harmon, b. 1695 or so. This name appeared in the next two generations and was so unusual that it made a good marker for me to know when I was dealing with part of my New Kent family.
Now, because of DNA testing, I find I am related to someone from the German side of the family---one of the Harman family line who spread down from 1733 PA, settleing along the Virginia/West Virginia border. This has caused me to have a second look at my Brunswick Co. VA and Adair Co., KY family transactions covering the 1770 to 1820 period. I have found many times my name was spelled Hermon in Brunswick Co. records--this is a common way the Herman family spelled the name in those days.
Thanks again for hour help.
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