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Descendants of

"Smiling Dave"
David Benge

Nancy Ellen (Lincks) Benge


David "Smiling Dave" Benge
son of
John "Jackie" &Delphia(Harrison-Hart) Benge
grandson of
David &Lucinda(Seaborne-Perry) Benge
b: May 1818? Laurel Co, KY
d: 1906 Clay Co, KY
buried: Martin Cemetery, Manchester, Clay Co, KY
Nancy Ellen Lincks,
on 04 Feb 1841, in Clay Co, KY
daughter of
Friedrich "Frederick" &Nancy(Hayes) Lincks
b: 01 Feb 1822 Clay Co, KY
d: 17 Mar 1890 Clay Co, KY

Other spellings/derivatives of the surname Benge:
Bange, Bench, Bengay, Bengey, Benjay, Benjey
Binch, Bing, Binge, Bunch, Byng, Bynge.
It is said that the Benge family originated in
Sandwich Village, Kent County, England

Much of the lineage info for this page
was found in files at

An entry from the
"Dr. John J. Dickey Diary"
Fleming County, KY
Reprinted in "Kentucky Explorer,"
Volume 10, No. 5 - October, 1995, p. 84, Clay Co, KY
David Benge,
Wednesday, June 15, 1898

My grandfather, David Benge (called King David) came to Ky. and settled in
Madison Co. While living there he used to drive stock to this section and
herd them on the range. If he had any brothers and sisters I never heard
of them. Thomas Benge, son of David and father of Jane Benge, killed ---
Porter, stood his trial, came clear and then went first to Indiana and
then to Iowa. It occured near McWhorter. It was at a corn shucking; the
pile was divided and these men fell out, perhaps were Captains, and Benge
struck Porter with a rake. He lived a week or ten days and died. My
grandfather was a soldier in two wars, Revolutionary and 1812. My father
was John Benge. He volunteered in the War of 1812. My grandfather would
not let him go but went in his stead. His other sons were: William, Joseph and
Lewis Franklin. His daughters were: Nancy (William Cornett, son of Roger);
Sallie Ann (George Treeman); Adeline (Elisah Stiver); Zilpah(Robert Stiver);
Lucinda (Benjamin Johnson); Mary (Elijah McGee).

John, my father, had thirteen children, ten girls and three boys, all still
living but one, eldest is 86. My brother's name was James, he lived here in
Clay County. He married Benge's second cousin. I am the next to the oldest.
I married Nancy Lynx, daughter of Fred Lynx. I had twelve children, all
living but two. My oldest sister, Sallie Ann, married John Johnson and lives
near Bernstadt. Lucinda married Zeesa McWhorter, they had a large family.
Lydia Ann married James Hawes. They had a large family. Martha married
James Bolling, lives on Goose Creek. Betsey maried Henderson Howes,
parents of Mark and William Howes. They had a good family.
Eliza married Adam Bolling, both are living and have eight or nine children.
Bina married Gillum House, both are living. Jennie married William Bolling,
both living on Little Goose. Nancy married Byrd, she died in childbirth.
Evaline married William Martin, had a large family.

I have lived where I now reside 60 years.
I used to make whiskey before the war. I think it was a bad business.
I never drank much whiskey, ruins a neighborhood.

David's & Nancy's
List of Descendants
  • (1) John Wesley Benge
    b: 15 May 1841
    d: 20 Jul 1916
    m: #1=KATE BENGE

  • (2) Frederick "Fred" Benge
    b: 05 Jan 1842 Clay Co, KY
    d: 28 Aug 1890 Clay Co, KY
    m: ADELINE GRAY, on 09 Jun 1872, in Clay Co, KY
    daughter of Stephen &Lucinda(Bowling) Gray
    b: 1848 Laurel Co, KY
    d: 11 Oct 1887 Clay Co, KY

  • (3) Eliza Benge
    b: 05 Jan 1843
    d: 20 Nov 1851

  • (4) James White Benge
    b: 02 Mar 1848
    d: 13 Feb 1943
    m: SUSAN FRANCES SHORT, on 04 Nov 1873

  • (5) Barton Benge
    b: 1849 Clay Co, KY
    d: 11 Apr 1937 IA

  • (6) Sally Ann Benge
    b: 1850
    m: SAMUEL "SAM" CORNETT, on 08 May 1862
    son of Isaac &Mourning(Bowling) Cornett
    b: 1840
    d: 1897

  • (7) Eveline "Eva" Benge
    b: 31 Mar 1851
    d: 22 Sep 1925
    m: BOB BUTTERY, on 05 Oct 1872

  • (8) Nancy Ellen Benge
    b: 14 Apr 1853
    d: 19 Apr 1953
    m: JOHN G. CREECH, on 27 Aug 1893

  • (9) Ann Elizabeth Benge
    b: 14 Apr 1854 Clay Co, KY
    d: 24 Mar 1931
    m: WILL NICHOLSON, on 09 Jun 1881

  • (10) William David "Billy" Benge
    b: 20 Oct 1855 Clay Co, KY
    d: 18 Mar 1936 Shidler, OK
    m: MARY "EMILY" HAMMONS, on 07 Mar 1877, in London, KY
    daughter of John &FNU(LNU) Hammons
    b: 29 May 1860 KY
    d: 12 Jul 1912 OK

  • (11) Lina Ann Benge
    d: at age 9

  • (12) Martha Jane Benge
    b: 20 Feb 1862
    d: 12 Sep 1943 West Los Angeles, CA
    m: JESSE P. McWHORTER, on 19 Aug 1879, in Clay Co, KY
    son of Thomas Jefferson &Mary Ann "Polly"(Porter) McWhorter
    b: 03 Aug 1859 Clay Co, KY
    d: 1890 Washington Co, AR

  • (13) Susan Benge
    b: 01 May 1863 Clay Co, KY
    d: 29 Aug 1949 Clay Co, KY
    met: #1=ELIHU W. ALLEN
    b: 10 Oct 1856 Laurel Co, KY
    d: 23 Jan 1933 Carroll Co, AR
    met: #2=SAM WYATT

  • (14) David "Dave" Benge
    b: 1866 KY
    d: 30 Oct 1948 Laurel Co, KY
    buried: Berea, Madison Co, KY
    m: ELIZABETH F. HALE, on 31 Mar 1887
    daughter of Thomas "Rass" &Anna(Tankersley) Hale
    granddaughter of James &Betsy(Athey) Hale
    b: Abt 1859

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