This week features Rebecca or Peggy Bennett. She was my third great grandmother. As with Margaret Maurer, I know nothing about her until after her marriage. I try to look into her every once in awhile, and recently I had an idea as to who her family might be, but so far have not had a chance to look any further into it.
Rebecca was born about 1787, per the census records. That's about all I have for a birth record. One census record lists Loudoun, VA, as her place of birth. I don't really know yet. It would be great if she was, I have a lot of historical context for the Loudoun area up to the Civil War.
The next record I have is the marriage record, as reported in Vogt and Kethley's Virginia Marriages 1775-1850. 15 December 1807, Abraham Shaver and Peggy Bennett are married, bondsman is Thomas Hommon. New Market, Shenandoah, VA.
Now this is where I think I might have a clue. There aren't any Bennetts in the New Market, Shenandoah VA area, so I was thinking that Rebecca might be a Bennett by marriage, and that perhaps Hommon (or Hamman) might be her maiden name, based on the bondsman's name. Here's the other clue:
In the records from 200 Years in the Shenandoah Valley by A.P. Kelley, he lists “William Benason was born into the world the 12 August in the year 1804 and baptized. Sponsor: Barba Hammon” (sic)--yet all the other children under Abraham and Rebecka are written as "to me was born into the world..." (see below for document...)
Addendum 1-14-14: I just noticed an interesting discrepancy. Klaus Wust's Old Pine Church Baptisms 1783-1828 lists Abraham and Rebecka's first child (after the mysterious William) as Jacob. His sponsors were Jacob Nes (Neese/Nehs) and wife. Arthur Pierson Kelley's transcription of the same records lists the first child as David, with the sponsor David Ness and wife. Ahhh the perils of secondary sources! Especially ones transcribing a foreign language! But I am pretty sure there was not a David Neese (Nehs/Ness). If there are any Neese family out there you could confirm for me. (I do not have a Klaus Wust's OPC Baptisms scanned, but I do own the book. The record in question is on page 39, should you care to check it out - here is the APK 200 Years in the Shenandoah Valley record:)