Minutes of the Mt. Paran Primitive Baptist Church in Crawford County, GA shed some light of Benjamin Stripling's family. He and his wife, Mary, were members off and on there from about 1831. Mary died in November 1847, I believe, and then he married Mrs. Temperance Hancock in 1848. Minutes show that she moved her letter in 1849, which corresponds with their move to Kemper County, MS by the time of the 1850 census. Benjamin probably died there in the 1850s, Temperance moved back to her kin in Crawford Co., GA by the time of the 1860 census, and Abner Jackson and Nancy moved on to Texas. Also, Abner's mother in law, Lydia Nichols, was a charter member of Mt. Paran in 1824, and her father, James Nichols, was baptized there late in life in 1849. You can also find references to Benjamin Stripling in the deed records of neighboring Talbot and Upson Counties in the 1830s and 1840s.
Placing Benjamin within the context of the larger Jones Co., GA descendants of Thomas Stripling of Kershaw Co., SC has been problematic. I believe he is too young to be the Benjamin Stripling, son of Thomas. Nor is he the Benjamin Stripling, son of John, who married Sarah Ward in 1812 in Jones County, GA. I believe he is one of the 2 Benjamin Striplings on the 1820 census of Jones County, GA, and the Benjamin Stripling on the 1830 census of Upson County, GA.
The 1804 will of Thomas Stripling lists only 4 sons: John, Moses, Benjamin and Robert. John had a son Benjamin, but he was the other one who married Sarah Ward. Robert's known children were much younger than Benjamin, so it is highly unlikely that he was our Benjamin's father. This leaves only Moses and Benjamin as prospective fathers of our Benjamin. Some researchers tag the Benjamin of Tattnall County as the son of Thomas. I'm not sure if this is correct, but if so, then I don't believe he would be the father of our Benjamin. So that leaves Moses. Moses was old enough to be Benjamin's father. 1820 and 1830 censuses show a very large family, of which our Benjamin could be one of the older children. So, we still don't know for sure. I feel confident that Benjamin was a grandson of Thomas, but am not sure through which son; Moses or Benjamin. The use of the name Moses in our line is significant, I think--but then Benjamin is used just as much!
Much of this is still speculative, so I would be interested to hear your thoughts. Terry
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