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1774
From John A. Brayton, By a Line of Marked Trees, 2000, pp. 537 and 542:
--A deed from Stephen Westcot Sr. to son Stephen Westcot, 300 a. A witness was Hodges Binsham.
--A deed from Stephen Westcot Sr. to daughter Ann Beasley & Jacob Beasley Sr., 60 a. on Roanoake Island. A witness was Hodges Binsham.

1775
From William Doub Bennett, Currituck Co., NC 18th Century Tax and Militia Records (Baltimore: Clearfield Co., 1993), p. xvii:
Hodges Brinsham listed as being among Currituck Co. troops who fought in the Battle of Great Bridge in the American Revolution.

1778
From Clarence S. Peterson, Known Military Dead During the American Revolutionary War (Baltimore: Clearfield Co., 1999), p. 23:
Bencham, Hodges; Sgt. in the 8th NC; Died 3-30-1778.

From Pierce's Register, Vol. X, p. 297:
No. 3210
To whom granted and rank: The heirs of Hodges Bencham, Pt.
No. acres: 640
Service in months: 84
[Note: for purposes of land warrants, a man who died in service was given credit for having served the entire length of the war].

1792/93
From N.C. State Archives MARS ID #12.14.18.481:
File no. 619, Private, Continental Line, Hodge Bincham, Heirs of
Military Warrant #3210 Entered Dec. 10, 1792; Issued May 20, 1793
Sumner Co., TN Grant #1891
On E. Branch of Goose Creek, 640 acres.

1796
From Sec. Of State Rev. War Military Papers, No. 1408, NC State Archives:
State of North Carolina
We Gee Bradley and John Medearis Captains in the North Carolina Continental line do Certify that the undernamed Soldiers Served in the Continental line of said State and died in the service thereof-
[List of 29 soldiers includes]:
6. Hodge Bincham
Signed at Raleigh July 6th 1796 with our hands and seals the day and date aforesaid.
Gee Bradley Capt.
John Medearis Capt.

From Sec. Of State Rev. War Military Papers, No. 1219, NC State Archives:
State of N. Carolina
Camden County} Know all men by these presence that I Samuel Benchham of the County & State Aforesd. Have constituted & appointed Selby Harney my true & lawful Attorney for me & in my name to Ask for Demand & Receive from the State N. Carolina the lands due my father Hoggis Benchham for his sarvises as a soldier in the American War with Grate Britton Hearby Ratt[torn] & confirming what my said Attorney may Do concerning the premacies In Witness whareof I have hearunto Caused my hand to be set & fixed my seal this 8th Day Novmr. 1796
Selby Harney for Samuell Binchham (seal)

From Sec. Of State Rev. War Military Papers, No. 1219.2, NC State Archives:
This May certifie that I inlisted Hogis Benchham for the War above Mentioned and that he sarved as a Sergent untill his Death at Valey Forge.
Given from under my hand this 8th Day Novmr. 1796
Selby Harney Late Lieut. Colo. In sd. War

Note evolution of surname from Binsham to Benson in the following records:

Feb. 1800:
From Currituck Co. Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions minutes:
--Ordered that Thomas Tillett Esq., Thomas Garrett Esq., Thomas Best and James Best audit and settle the accounts of Samuel Binsham administrator on the estate of Jacob Coffee decd. with said estate and make return &c.
--Deed from William Dunston to Abraham Dunston Jurat Saml. Benson.

1800 Currituck Co., NC Census:
Saml. Binsham--1 wm 26-44, 3 wf under 10, 1 wf 16-25, 1 wf 26-44

Feb. 1802:
From Currituck County Pleas and Quarter Sessions minutes:
--Samuel Benson deed to Avery Tillitt Jurat Thomas Garrett.
--Samuel Benson Adm. Audited acct. with the Estate of Jacob Caffee deceased.

Nov. 1803:
--Maher Gamewell deed to Samuel Benson, Jurat T. Baxter.

1810 Currituck Co., NC census:
Samuel Bensam--2 wm under 10, 1 wm 26-44, 3 wf under 10, 1 wf 10-15, 1 wf 26-44

Feb. 1818:
From Pleas and Quarter Sessions minutes:
--Ordered that Samuel Benson orphan of Samuel Benson decd. be placed & bound an apprentice to Spence Hall until he arrives to the age of 21 to learn the art of a mariner he being now about 12 years of age.

May 1820:
From Pleas and Quarter Sessions minutes:
-- Ordered that Sally Benson orphan of Samuel Binson decd. be placed and bound an apprentice unto Spence Hall & wife Dorcas until she arrives to the age of 18 she being now about 12 years of age to learn the art of a spinster.

1831
From Currituck Co. Deedbook 19, pp. 136-138:  [Also see Sumner Co., TN deeds for mention of lands in Sumner County]
Willis Gallop & wife & others Power of attorney to Spence Hall
State of North Carolina
Currituck County} Know all men by these presents that we [blank]
heirs at Law of Hodges Bencham deceased have constituted made and appointed our friend Spence Hall of Currituck County and State aforesaid our true and Lawful attorney for us and in our names and behalf to ask for demand and receive as also to sue for and recover from such persons as may have possession of the same all the Lands which were surveyed for the heirs of Hodges Bencham in Sumner County State of Tennessee for his servises in the Revolutionary War and furthermore we do hereby authorize Spence Hall to bring suit or suits against all and singular every person or persons who may have any of the said Lands in possession in as full and ample a manner as we would or could do were we personally present and when the said Spence Hall shall recover any part or all of said Lands we furthermore empower him to take possession of the same in our names and we furthermore authorize and empower the said Spence hall to bargain for sell and convey any part or all of the said Lands and for us and in our behalf and as our true and Lawful attorney in our names to bargain for sell and convey the same and deeds and other conveyances to make to the purchaser or purchasers thereof in as full and amply a manner as we could would or should do were we then and there personally present and furthermore we do authorize the said Spence Hall to do whatever he may think just and right Relative to the said lands as to bringing suit or compromising for said Land and as to sell and conveying all or any part of the same and deeds releases acquittances and receipts or other discharges to give in as full and ample a manner as we would or could do were we then and there personally present to execute the Same & we hereby ratify and confirm all and Singular the acts and deeds of our said attorney in fact and we do hereby remove, annul, recall and make void all and every other power of attorney as also every other paper writing which come within the perview and meaning and objects of the Power of Attorney which we have this day executed to the aforesaid Spence Hall. In witness whereof we have hereby set our hands and Seals this [blank] day of February One thousand Eight hundred & thirty one.
Willis Gallop [seal]
Polly x Gallop [seal]
John (his x mark) Benson [seal]
Rachel (her x mark) Benson [seal]
Gideon (his x mark) Marchant [seal]
Sally (her x mark) Marchant [seal]
Sollomon (his x mark) Chapple [seal]
Polly (her x mark) Chapple [seal]

Signed sealed and delivered in presence of us
Test. Mathias Toler JP
Caleb Forbes Jurat
Jo. Harrison

State of North Carolina
Currituck County} Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions Feby term 1831. Whereas Spence Hall hath produced a power of attorney executed to him by Willis Gallop & wife Polly Gallop, John Benson, Rachel Benson, Gideon Marchant and wife Sally Marchant, Solomon Chapple & wife Polly Chapel and the same having been proved in due form of Law by the oath of C. Forbes a subscribing witness and the said Spence Hall have prayed that a commission should extend to any two Justices of said county to take the private examination of Polly Gallop wife of Willis Gallop & of Sally Marchant wife of Gideon Marchant on account of their being unable to attend this court. To Caleb Forbes & Mathias Toller Esquire these are therefore to empower you to cause to come before you the said Polly Gallop & Sally Marchant & them privately examine Seperately and apart from their husbands as whether they executed the aforesaid Power of Attorney of their own free will & accord & the said examination you are required to send under your hands & seals written on said power of attorney or some paper annexed thereto to our said Court now in Session at Currituck Court house on the last Monday in February & this you will in no wise omit Witness Spence Hall Clerk of our Said Court at office in Currituck the last Monday in February 1831 & 55 year of our Independence.
S. Hall CCC

North Carolina
Currituck County} In pursuance of the anexed commission personally appeared before us Mathias Toler & C. Forbes two of the Justices of the peace in and for the county aforesaid Polly Gallop wife of Willis Gallop and Sally Marchant wife of Gideon Marchant and being privately examined in pursuance of said commission they acknowledged that they executed the within power of Attorney for the purpose therein set forth of their own free will and consent without fear or compulsion of their said Husbands & that they hereby acknowledge the execution of said power of Attorney to Spence Hall for all and every purpose therein set forth.
Given under our hands and seals this 1st day of March A. D. 1831.
Mathias Toler J.P. [seal]
C. Forbes J. P. [seal]

Feby. Term 1831
It appearing to the court that the private examination of Polly Gallop & Sally Marchant has been taken in form of Law it is ordered to be confirmed & entered of record.
S. Hall Clk.

State of North Carolina
Currituck County} Court of pleas & Quarter Sessions February Term 1831.
Personally appeared in open court Polly Chapel wife of Solomon Chapel and on being privately examined in open court by Tully Bell one of the Justices of said court appointed for that purpose separately and apart from her said husband she acknowledged that she executed this power of attorney to Spence Hall of her own free will and consent without fear or compulsion of her said husband and at the same time this power of attorney was proved in due form of Law by the oath of C. Forbes subscribing witness & ordered that a commission issue immediately to take the private examination of Polly Gallop & Sally Marchant done in open court. Attest S. Hall CCC

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