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Benjamin-Bedford,PA- Surry,NC-,Scott,VA
Posted by: Jack Templeton Date: September 22, 2000 at 18:33:09
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I am looking for any information or links to my great(5)grandfather, Benjamin Wigfield. He may be originally from Prince Georges Co, MD were there was a large number of Wigfield's in the early, mid-1700s. He first appears in Bedford Co, PA in the 1779 tax list, then again in the 1783 & 1784 tax lists with another Wigfield, Joseph...both in Colerain Twp. Benjamin then appears in Surry County, NC on the north fork of Hunting Creek (warrant #277 issued on 15 Nov 1787). Deed Book D:199; 1 Nov 1788...William Cocksey to Benjamin Wigfield 60 pds, "all that remains of 200 acres after Edward Riley has got his 100 laid off, adjacent to said Riley". Then in Deed Book E, 24 Dec 1792...NC Grant to Benjamin Wigfield, 100 acres North fork of Hunting Crek adjacent to his own land. 1790 federal census lists Benjamin with 4 females in the household. In 1792, Benjamiin's daughter Mary married my great(3)grandfather Thomas Templeton. Then he sells his property in 1799 ref Deed Book L:270, 28 Aug 1799...benjamin Wigfield of Surry County to Trustram Coggshall of Surry. 150 pds lawful money 200 acres on north fork of Hunting Creek adjoining Riley's old line. It was witnessed by Frances Barnard, Jesse Denny and Benja Johnson. He next appears in Scott County, VA (at the time it was part of Russell Co). Daughter mary and husband Thomas moved to Scott Co, by way of TN. He shows up in personnal property tax lists starting in 1800 through 1814. Both families are living on Copper Creek per property tax lists in 1814. By 1820 census he is no longer listed, assume he has died.
A number of extra females are living in the Templeton household that year. One additional child was sarah...she appears in property transactions in 1830s as Wigfield property is purchased by Templeton's and is living with grandson of Thomas Templeton in 1850 Scott Co census. If anyone has any information on my Benjamin, relationship to Joseph or origin of Bedford Co, Wigfield's...I'd love to hear from you.
Thanks, Jack Templeton


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