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Benjamin Dumas, Jr. m. Jamima M. McClendon 1759
Posted by: Linda Cox (ID *****9699) Date: October 17, 2009 at 00:10:24
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Looking for more information on this family:

Benjamin Dumas, Jr., born 1729 (some say 1728) in Louisa County, Virginia and died 1797 in Richmond County, North Carolina (some say Cumberland County). He married Jamima M. McClendon (some say Jemima or McLendon) who was born October 13, 1727 in Cumberland County, North Carolina (in the piedmont) (some say Craven County – baptismal record recorded in St Fredrick Parish Records, Craven South Carolina - the children were baptized in Craven County North Carolina, but the Minister recorded the record in South Carolina) and Jamima died before 1784 (some say incorrectly 1754 ) - they married in 1759 when she was 32 and he was 30 years of age in probably Cumberland County, North Carolina.

Benjamin Dumas, Jr., born 1729 (some say 1728) in Louisa County, Virginia and died 1797 in Richmond County, North Carolina (some say Cumberland County). He married Jamima M. McClendon (some say Jemima or McLendon) who was born October 13, 1727 in Cumberland County, North Carolina (in the piedmont) (some say Craven County – baptismal record recorded in St Fredrick Parish Records, Craven South Carolina - the children were baptized in Craven County North Carolina, but the Minister recorded the record in South Carolina) and Jamima died before 1784 (some say incorrectly 1754 ) - they married in 1759 when she was 32 and he was 30 years of age in probably Cumberland County, North Carolina (some say Anson County).

Benjamin had about 9 (some say 6) children by Jamima over a 20-year period (1760 - 1780 – she would have been 53 at the age of her last child’s recorded birth and apparently she had one more after that; maybe she died in childbirth).

Benjamin also had 5 children by his second wife Mrs. Ruth Clark Serdow, a widow, for a total of about 14 children - so perhaps and probably Ruth was younger. After death of Benjamin Dumas, in 1797, Ruth Clark Serdow Dumas married William Richardson and moved to York County, South Carolina. Her five daughters by Benjamin would have been ages 4, 6, 10, 11, and 12 years when their father Benjamin Dumas died. She then had 3 more children by William Richardson, who had 10 children by his first wife, some of them young when they married. Ruth died July 06, 1826.

About 1748, Joel McClendon settled at end and above the mouth of Buck, now called McClendons Creek after Joel, in Cumberland County, North Carolina, along with his brothers Jacob and Thomas, and his sister Jemimia. From the land deeds in Cumberland County, it shows he had land on Buck Creek, McClendon Creek, Deep River, and Bush Creek, which was probably named for his mother’s family. Of either Irish or Ulster Scot extraction, they were large landowners prior to 1760, about which time they moved on to Anson County where Jamima married a Dumas of Anson. Joel McClendon was known as “Hatter McClendon,” in both North Carolina and South Carolina; he lived in both states. In South Carolina he owned property in 96th District.

Joel McClendon or McLendon was originally from Moore County, North Carolina. Before moving to Anson around 1769, he lived on McLendon’s Creek, a tributary of the Deep River in upper Moore County. The McLendon Cabin which Joel built about 1760 has survived more than 200 years and is now a historic site… Joel McLendon’s sister Jemima McLendon was married to John Cheek’s neighbor Benjamin Dumas (another migrant from Moore to Anson County), and John Cheek’s son Randolph Cheek sold land to Joel McLendon in 1769.

1760, Eleanor ‘Nellie’ Dumas, Benjamin’s daughter, was born in Anson County, North Carolina.

1763, David Dumas, Benjamin’s son, was born in probably Richmond, North Carolina.

August 14, 1769, Benjamin Dumas, III, Benjamin’s son, was born in Richmond, North Carolina when Jemima was age 41 years, 10 months, and 1 day.

1771, Penelope Dumas, Benjamin’s daughter, was born in Cumberland County, North Carolina.

1773, Silus C. Dumas, Benjamin’s son, was born in probably Anson County, of North Carolina.

January 23, 1773, Benjamin Dumas, Jr. lived in Anson County, North Carolina between the Peedee and Rocky Rivers on the upper side of Rocky River, adjoining John Colson and William Collson.

July 25, 1774, William Colson adjoined the Dumas Land in Anson County, North Carolina, North East of the Peedee River. (Benjamin would have been age 45 years).

This area was part of Anson County before 1790 and then became Richmond County; they seemed to have lived near the Anson County line near the Pee Dee River and not far from the Montgomery County line.

1775, Jacob McClendon, Jamima’s father, purchased land from Benjamin Dumas and wife Jemima McClendon.

1775, Jeremiah Dumas, Benjamin’s son, was born in probably Richmond County, of North Carolina.

May 15, 1775, Amos Dumas, Benjamin’s son, was born in Richmond, North Carolina when Jemima was age 47 years, 7 months, and 2 days.

July 1786: Richmond County, North Carolina; Ordered that John Howard be appointed overseer of the road, from where the road crosses the river road that lead from Hillen Ford, a direct course to Matthew Rayfords and the Benj Dumas, Senr hands, Benj Dumas Jr, Andrew Dumas, James Picketts hands, Samuel Lipscombs hands, Hardy Stephens, Thos Walker, Wm Moore, John Mask hands, James Patterson hands work thereon.

1779 Montgomery County, North Carolina Tax List: Dumas, Benjamin; Dumas, David (Benjamin would have been age 50 years).

1779-1838 Richmond County Tax Lists:
Benjamin Dumas, Junior; Benjamin Dumas, Senior, 1595 acres

1780, Frances Dumas, Benjamin’s daughter, was born in Richmond County, North Carolina. Jemima would have been age 52 years.

August 24, 1781, Obediah Dumas, Benjamin’s son, was born in Richmond, North Carolina when Jemima was age 54 years and 4 days. This child is not always mentioned.

March Court 1785, Richmond County, North Carolina...Ordered that the following persons appointed a jury to serve at the next June Court (to wit).... Benjn Dumas Senr, Benjn Dumas Jr, Andrew Dumas...and make return to the next court. June 1785, Benjn Dumas Jr was sworn in…

1785, Pleasant S. Dumas, daughter of Benjamin, was born in probably Richmond County, of North Carolina by his second wife Ruth.

1786, Fanny Dumas, daughter of Benjamin, was born in probably Richmond County, of North Carolina by his second wife Ruth.

April 1786, Richmond County, North Carolina - ordered that the Sheriff summons the following persons to attend as jurors at the next court (viz)...Benja Dumas Junr...

July 1786, Richmond County, North Carolina; Ordered that John Howard be appointed overseer of the road, from where the road crosses the river road that lead from Hillen Ford, a direct course to Matthew Rayfords and the Benj Dumas, Senr hands, Benj Dumas Jr, Andrew Dumas... work thereon. (Benjamin would have been age 57 years).

1787, Elizabeth A. Dumas, daughter of Benjamin, was born in Richmond County, North Carolina by his second wife Ruth.

1790 Census Fayette District, Richmond County, North Carolina:
Benjamin Dumas; 3 free white males 16 and upwards incl. head of household; 3 free white males under 16; 4 free white females; 21 slaves (Benjamin would have been age 61 years).
Andrew Dumas; 1 free white male 16 and upwards incl. head of household; 5 free white females; 1 slave
Jeremiah Dumas; 1 free white male 16 and upwards incl. head of household; 1 free white female; 1 slave
Susannah Dumas; 3 free white males under 16; 1 female; 1 slave
Dumas surname
Salisbury District, Montgomery County, North Carolina:
David Dumas, Sr.; 1 free white male 16 and upwards incl. head of household; 5 free white males under 16; 2 free white females; 15 slaves

1791, Anne Dumas, daughter of Benjamin, was born in probably Richmond County, of North Carolina by his second wife Ruth.

1792-1793 Richmond County, Sheriff’s Tax Book: No Benjamin Dumas, but the other three Dumas’ were on it:
Jeremiah Dumas - (his brother, probably), also Andrew Dumas and Susannah Dumas, (both unknown).

1793, Sally Dumas, daughter of Benjamin, was born in Richmond County, North Carolina by his second wife Ruth.

Some say that Benjamin and Jamima had another son, John Lilly Dumas, born before 1809, but that seems doubtful; he may have been and probably was the son of a different Benjamin Dumas.

Especially interested in more specific information, especially on Censuses.
Any help appreciated,
lindajcox3@hotmail.com


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