Book: A Pictorial History of Smithfield" by Dashiell pg. 81
"Col. Josiah Parker retired to "Macclesfield" where he died March 18, 1810, and is known to have been buried there, along with other members of his family, but there is no trace now of his grave or of a monument." The site is now lost.
"Just across the highway, in a well-kept lawn in front of Benn's Methodist Church, one finds a single flat marble slab on which is crved: "George Benn, Esq., who departed this life Nov. 21, 1813 -- age 51 years". George BENN had owned and lived on the farm that is now Red Point Heights and was buried near what is now Pagan Point Drive. Since this land was developed into suburbia, his tomb and his remains have been moved to this honored position in front of the church that bears his name. He had no children, but in his will he left to his sister, Charlotte Copeland, "land at the Brick Church, adjoining land on which the Methodist Meeting House stands."
Book: "Historical Notes on Isle of Wight County Virginia" by King
"This Methodist Church was known in 1804 as Benn's Church" At his death, George Benn left to the church the land on which the Methodist Chapel was built. It was organized on the grounds of the Old Brick Church soon after the Rev. War, when all Episcopal churches were disestablished."
I find NO info on "Old Blue Church" in my books.
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