My Bennight line currently ends with William (1795) and Sarah Bennight (1804), both born in South Carolina. Other than their children’s names, that is all we know about them. A few years ago my brother found a marriage record for William D. Bennight and Sarah Jane Dawson, married November 11, 1866, and we were so excited!
In my "on-again-off-again way," I started researching this family more to see what else I could discover. It didn’t take long to notice that if this was the marriage record for our William and Sarah, a few things weren’t lining up quite right. For example, they would have been 71 and 62 years old when they got married. Hmm, this was going to require some more digging.
The funny thing is, when I started looking for records on Ancestry.com, I noticed several family trees had listed this as the correct marriage record for these two, despite their advanced ages. It kept nagging at me and I was getting a very unsettled feeling about it, so I finally decided to focus all of my attention on figuring this out. Luckily for me, it didn’t take too long to get the story straight once I started looking at the census records, death records, Civil War records, and Find A Grave records - - - this wasn’t the marriage record for our great-great grandparents. **frowny face**
William Danford Benight (1842) first married Sarah Jane Dawson’s sister, Nancy Millie Dawson, who died soon thereafter in 1866 (no children). He then married Sarah Jane Dawson that same year, and they had five children (see below). Sarah died in 1890. His third wife was Mary H. Grinlin, and they had twins, Bessie and Jesse, in 1893. I found a few generations of William Danford Benight’s ancestors, as well, and so far there is no connection to my family.
But, on the bright side, I have another section of the puzzle put together correctly, and I don’t have that nagging feeling anymore. Since I still think all of the Benights/Bennights in the US are related, I expect to someday figure out how this piece fits into my own family tree.
Happy Searching, Loraine