2011-01-12 22:14:45 UTC
Wentworth, who was born 1682, died before 1690. Samuel's other son
John, lieutenant governor of N.H., also had a son called Benning
Wentworth, born 1696, who went to Harvard College, and was later
The name Benning came into the family through the marriage of Samuel
Wentworth with Mary Benning in _circa_ 1665.
The _Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire_ says, p. 738
(sketch of Samuel Wentworth):
"m. by 1666 Mary Benning, sis. of Harry, and step-dau. of Henry
The sketch of Henry Deering in the same source says (p. 190) ...
"He m. 1st at Salis[bury]. 8 June 1664 Mrs. Ann, wid[ow]. of Ralph
Benning of Boston, 2d 15 Nov. 1676 Elizabeth (Mitchelson) Atkinson,
wid[ow]. of Theodore ..."
... while the sketch of Henry Benning says (p. 88) --
"Harry, b. ca. 1661, mariner, s. of Ralph of Boston, stepson of Henry
In the Additions and Corrections in the back (p. 785), sub Dering, it
says that Ann (-------) (Benning) Deering/ Dering was "[aged about] 43
in May 1672."
So, this all seems to show us that Samuel Wentworth's wife Mary
Benning was a daughter of Ralph and Ann (-------) Benning of Boston.
The 1663 _Visitation of Middlesex_, p. 5, shows a Benning family of
Tottenham, Middlesex, with a child named Ralph:
The P.C.C. will (PROB 11/242) of Francis Benning of Tottenham,
Middlesex, "yeoman," dated 25 Feb. 1652 mentions:
--my body to be buried at the discretion of my loving son Ralph whom I
make Executor of my will
--son Francis and his son Francis
--son William and his daughter Elizabeth and son William
--son Symon and his heirs
--son Ralph and his heirs, lands at Thaxted, Essex
--poor of the parish of Tottenham
--brothers William and Thomas Benning to be overseers
--my cousin Elizabeth Benning, dau. of brother Matthew
Therefore we have two records showing that the Benning family of
Tottenham used the given name Ralph.
Notice that the _Wentworth Genealogy_ dealing with the New Hampshire
family states that Samuel Wentworth married "Mary Benning, who was
born at TATMOUR High Cross in London" ...
There is no such place as "Tatmour High Cross" near London. But
"Tottenham High Cross" is a well-known location in the county of
Middlesex (i.e., near London). I suspect that Tottenham was probably
written down as "Totnam" on some old paper belonging to the N.H.
Wentworths and was later misread as "Tatmour."
Therefore, there seem to be a number of clues that Mary (Benning)
Wentworth belonged to the Benning family of Tottenham, Middlesex
treated in the 1663 Visitation.