Joseph Waff & Elizabeth Benbury

Line of Lillie Waff Smith [Mrs. T Beaurie Parker]

Joseph Thomas Waff 1825 – 1896 | his parents
& 1847 Elizabeth Ann Benbury 1827 – 1896 | her parents
Of Edenton, Chowan Co, and Reynoldson, Gates Co NC


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


Joseph Thomas Waff and Elizabeth Benbury were married 9 Feb 1847.

Joseph Thomas Waff, son of Thomas and Mary Waff, was born 15 Feb 1825 in Chowan County and died 9 June 1896 in Gates County, NC.
Elizabeth Ann Benbury, the wife of Joseph T Waff, was born 4 April 1827 in Chowan County and died 26 March 1896 in Gates County, NC.
Elizabeth Benbury was the daughter of William Benbury and Sarah Sutton Norcom, his wife, both of Edenton, Chowan County, NC.

“Joseph T Waff of Edenton bought in 1876 the dormitory property from Mr. Cross and moved his family to Reynoldson, Gates County NC to help his son and educate his younger children.”
“Joseph T Waff and his wife Elizabeth Benbury Waff lived in the “Reynoldson Hotel.” Thomas Edward Waff and his wife Caroline Rawls Waff lived in the Institute, where all five of their children were born.”

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Reynoldson Hotel – the dormitory
built-in 1855 – burned 16 Oct 1938

Children of Joseph T Waff and Elizabeth Benbury:
1. Sarah Carpenter Waff 10 Jan 1848 –
Married 21 Oct 1867 Thomas W Warren
a. Peter Warren.
b. Maude Warren.
c. Rufus Warren.
d. Pattie Warren.
e. Paul Warren.
f. Joseph Warren.

2. Thomas Edward Waff 10 Oct 1849 Edenton NC – 14 Oct 1893 Brunswick GA of yellow fever
In 1872, Tom Waff bought Reynoldson Male Institute and opened the school to girls and changed the name to Reynoldson Institute. He operated the school for 14 years. Then he sold the school to his brother W.B. Waff and moved to Georgia.
Married 23 Nov 1876 Caroline [Carrie] Murianna Rawls
8 Dec 1854 Isle of Wight Co VA – 28 Feb 1924 Athens GA
daughter of Edward and Caroline Parker Rawls of Isle of Wight Co VA

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Carrie & Tom Waff

a. Howard Joseph Waff.
b. Ralph Thomas Waff.
c. Mary Elizabeth Waff.
d. Emily Constance Waff.
e. Elizabeth Waff.

Reynoldson

3. Mary Elizabeth Waff 3 May 1851 – 17 Dec 1853 age two yr 7 mos
4. Rev William Benbury Waff 13 Nov 1853 Edenton NC – 11 Jan 1933 Winton NC
married 21 Dec 1882 Willie LeGrand Traynham 14 Dec 1862 – 18 Nov 1954
5. Joseph Judson Waff 5 March 1856 – 21 Jan 1891 McRae, Georgia
A lawyer died of pneumonia.
Married Sarah [Sackie] P Edwards dau of Britain Edwards
a. Dr. J J Waff Jan 1891 –

6. Claudia E Waff 31 July 1858 –
Married 23 May 1895 Marshall Orlando Carpenter
a. Elizabeth Carpenter.
b. Mildred Carpenter.

7. Mary Penelope Waff 9 July 1860 – 6 Aug 1878 age 18 yrs

8. John Benbury Waff 17 Mar 1863 – 3 June 1865

9. Martha Lelia [Lillie] Waff 22 April 1865 – 1949
married 22 Nov 1885 Earnest Smith 1863 – 1931

10. Robert Lee Waff 22 Dec 1867 –
married Jane Adams no issue

11. Emeline Waff 4 Nov 1870 – 16 Nov 1870

Ref: “Family Records as compiled by Emily Waff Bailey and Mary Elizabeth Waff Staples.”
“Pride of the Past, Hope for the Future, Piney Grove-Reynoldson Baptist Church 1827-1977” by Edith H Freeman Seiling
see also “History of Reynoldson Institute” by Lillie Waff Smith 1916

from the Waff Bible

Children of Joseph Thomas Waff and Elizabeth Ann Benbury
(married Feb. 9, 1847 )
1) Sarah Carpenter Waff was born January 28th, 1848.
2) Thomas Edward Waff was born October 10th, 1849.
(died Oct. 14th, 1893 )
3) Mary Elizabeth Waff born May 3rd, 1851 and died Dec. 17th, 1853.
4) William Benbury Waff was born November 13th, 1853.
(Died Jan. 8th, 1933)
5) Joseph Judson Waff was born March 5th, 1856. (died Jan. 21st, 1891 )
6) Claudia Elizabeth Waff was born July 31st, 1858.
7) Mary Penelope Waff born June 9th, 1860 and died Aug. 9th, 1878.
8) John Benbury Waff born March 17th, 1863 and died June 3rd, 1865
9) Martha Lelia Waff (Aunt Lillie) born April 22, 1865.
10) Robert Lee Waff born in 1867.
11) Emeline Waff born November 4th, 1870 and died on November 16th, 1870

These are the Marriages of the children of Joseph Thomas Waff and Ann Banbury Waff.
Sarah Carpenter Waff married Thomas W. Warren on Oct 21st, 1867
Thomas Edward Waff married Caroline M. Rawls on November 23rd, 1876 (Caroline died Feb. 28th, 1924 in Athens, Georgia)
William Benbury Waff married Willie Le Grand Traynham (daughter of J. P. and Nannie P. Traynham) on Dec. 21st, 1882.
Joseph Judson Waff married Sarah (Sackie) Edwards (daughter of Britain and Annie Edwards) (Sackie died in August 1932)
Martha Lelia Waff married Ernest L. Smith on Nov. 22nd, 1885. (Ernest died Oct 26th, 1931 at age 68)
Claudia Elizabeth Waff married Marshall Orlando Carpenter on May 23, 1895
Robert Lee Waff married Jane Adams in Florida.


Elder Thomas Edward Smith Waff 1797 – 1856 | his parents
& 1818 Mary Carpenter 1785 – 18xx | her parents
Of Chowan County NC


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


Obituary of Elder Thomas Waff copied from an old Minute of the Chowan Baptist Ass.
Elder Thomas Waff, son of Thomas and Sarah Waff, was born in
Edenton, N.C. on 12 Feb 1797. On the 14th of April 1818, he was married to Mary, eldest daughter of Capt. Stephen Carpenter of Edenton, and granddaughter of Capt. Stephen Miles of Eastern Virginia.
He was ordained to the full work of the ministry on the fourth Sunday in June 1842.
He was for several years Pastor of Salem Church, also preaching to destitute places in Chowan and Perquimans, occasionally in Edenton. His last text was peculiarly appropriate– “It is finished.”
He died on Sunday evening 30 November 1856. Age 59 years, nine months, 18 days

Children of Thomas E S Waff & Mary Carpenter:
1. Sarah Elizabeth Waff 7 May 1819 –
Married 7 May 1846 John Bonner
a. Mary Carpenter Bonner 11 Mar 1847 –
b. Elizabeth Norfleet Bonner 7 Aug 1848 –
c. Emeline Jane Bonner 30 Nov 1850 –
d. Rebecca Trotman Bonner 29 Dec 1852 – 16 Mar 1853
e. Sarah Cornelia Bonner 20 April 1854 –
2. Stephen Carpenter Waff 8 Oct 1821 – 15 Dec 1821
3. Emeline Merriam Nixon Waff 16 Feb 1823 – 8 Oct 1843
Married 17 Dec 1839 Micajah I Bunch
a. Mary Cornelia Bunch 28 Feb 1841 –
b. Thomas Micajah Bunch 6 Dec 1842 – 3 Mar 1844
4. Joseph Thomas Waff 15 Feb 1825 Chowan Co – 9 June 1896 Gates Co
married 9 Feb 1847 Elizabeth Ann Benbury 4 Apr 1827 Chowan Co – 26 Mar 1896 Gates Co

Ref: “Family Records as compiled by Emily Waff Bailey and Mary Elizabeth Waff Staples.”
“History of the Chowan Baptist Association 1806-1881” compiled by James A Delke

Waff Bible Records

From the family Bible of Elder Thomas Edward Smith Waff.
The Bible is over 100 years old and now in the possession of W. B. Waff.
Stephen Miles was born January 15th, 1733.
Jean Watlington was born
November 1st, 1738. (She died on Sept. 4th, 1808 )
Stephen Miles and Jean Watlington married on April 27th, 1757.
Miriam Miles (their daughter) was born on July 15th, 1762.

Stephen Carpenter was born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1754.
Capt. Stephen Carpenter and Miriam Miles were married about 1782.
Mary Carpenter, their daughter, was born on March 12th, 1785. (Died March 18th, 1856)

Thomas Edward Smith Waff, son of Thomas Waff and Sarah, his wife, was born on February 12th, 1797. (Died Nov. 30th, 1856)
Thomas Edward Smith Waff and Mary Carpenter married on April 12th, 1818.
Their children are as follows:
1) Sarah Elizabeth Waff was born on May 7th, 1819.
2) Stephen Carpenter Waff was born on October 8th, 1821.
(died on December 15th, 1821 .)
3) Emeline Meriam Nixon Waff was born on February 16th, 1823.
(Died Oct. 8th, 1843.)
4) Joseph Thomas Waff was born on February 15th, 1825.
(died June 9th, 1895 )


Capt Stephen Carpenter 1754 – | his parents
& ca 1782 Miriam Miles 1762 – | her parents.
of Providence RI & Edenton NC


Stephen Carpenter was born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1754.
Capt. Stephen Carpenter and Miriam Miles were married about 1782.
Miriam Miles was born 15 July 1762 daughter of Stephen Miles & Jean
Watlington

Child of Capt Stephen Carpenter & Miriam Miles:
1. Mary Carpenter 12 March 1785 – 18 March 1856
married 12/14 April 1818 Thomas Edward Smith Waff 12 Feb 1797 – 30 Nov 1856


Capt Stephen Miles 1733 – | his parents
& 1757 Jean Watlington 1738 – 1808 | her parents
of Eastern Virginia


Stephen Miles was born January 15th, 1733.
Jean Watlington was born
November 1st, 1738. (She died on Sept. 4th, 1808 )
Stephen Miles and Jean Watlington married on April 27th, 1757.

Children of Stephen Miles and Jean Watlington:
1. Thomas Miles born January 31st, 1759
2. Rhoden Miles (daughter) born Oct. 11th, 1760
3. Miriam Miles July 15th, 1762
Married ca 1782 Capt Stephen Carpenter 1754 Providence RI –
4. Easter Miles was born April 15th, 1778.
5. Francis (twin daughter) Miles born April 15th, 1778.
6. Jane Miles born December 10th, 1779
7. Mary Miles born February 16th, 1780
8. Jehosabeth Miles born September 22nd, 1782


 

Thomas Waff ca 1758 – 1803 | his parents
& 1779 Sarah Jones 17xx – by 1785 | her parents
& 1785 Esther Luten 17xx – by 1788 | her parents
& 1788 Sarah Liles 17xx – by 1790 | her parents
& 1790 Penelope Bunch 17xx – by 1796 | her parents
& 1796 Sarah Hall 17xx – 1820 | her parents
Of Chowan County NC


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


Children of Thomas Waff and Sarah Jones married 7 April 1779
1. George Waff 5 Aug 1782 –
Married 17 Jan 1804 Mary Liles, Joseph Childress, bond’s man
Married 5 Mar 1816 Nancy Hinton, Thos. I Purdie, bond’s man

No issue by Esther Luten married 2 May 1785

Children by Sarah Liles married 26 June 1788
2. Elizabeth Waff 5 Feb 1789 –
Married 15 May 1808 Thomas Mann, William Liles, bond’s man

No issue by Penelope Bunch married 2 July 1790

Children by Sarah Hall married 28 May 1796
3. Thomas Edward Smith Waff 12 Feb 1797 – 30 Nov 1856
Married 14 April 1818 Mary Carpenter, Chas. Roberts, bond’s man
4. John Edward Smith Waff 20 May 1799 – 1856
5. Edward Smith Waff 11 Feb 1801 –
Married 10 Feb 1824 Rhoda Fitt, Geo. Lamb, bond’s man
6. William Henry Waff 10 April 1803 –

Will of Thomas Waff, Edenton, N.C. 8th April 1803
In the name of God, Amen, I, Thomas Waff, of Edenton, in the County
of Chowan, being very sick and weak, being desirous of disposing of my
property that it has pleased God to bestow on me does make and ordain this
my last will in the manner and form following, viz,
1st I give unto my son George Waff my negro man Dick,
my two lots of ground in the new plan of Edenton with the Hatters Shop and my shop that I have lately moved down on Mr. Nathanael Allen’s lot
also my stock of furs and hats now on hand and the trimmings.
2nd I also give to my son George Waff all the pelts and trimmings
which I have sent for to New York, on the condition that he pays to my
Executor or Executors hereafter to be named, the sum of one hundred dollars
that is if they arrive safely in Edenton, to him his heirs and assigns forever.
I give unto my son George Waff one feather bed and furniture
and all the furs I have at Mr. Devans in Windsor, Bertie County, to him his heirs and assigns.
3rd I give unto my beloved wife Sarah Waff, the use and occupation of my dwelling house and outhouses, the lot No. 100 in the old plan of Edenton until my son Thomas Waff shall arrive at the age of Twenty-one years. She is keeping, maintaining and schooling my children until they are of sufficient age to be bound out or otherwise provided.
4th I desire that my negroes be hired out annually until my son Thomas Waff shall arrive at the age of twenty-one years. This money used for
the maintenance and education of my children and wife and payment of my debts if required.
5th My will is that my Executors sell as they judge best, all the perishable part of my Estate. After the collection of such debts as are due to me, and the payment of my just debts.
My desire is that my executors equally divide the balance, and the Negroes that I own, between my wife Sarah Waff, my daughter Elizabeth, my sons Thomas, John, and Edward
Waff and the child of my now pregnant wife, (Negro Dick, which I have devised to my son George excepted) to them their heirs and assigns forever.
I give to my wife Sarah Waff three beds and furniture. The use of the Stables and Cribs (for the horses) on the lots given to my son George during the term of five years if she should require it.
Lastly, I appoint my friend Elisha Norfleet of Edenton and my wife Sarah Waff Executor and Executrix, to this my last will revoking all other wills heretofore made my me.
I set my hand and seal the 8th day of April in the year of our Lord 1803. In the presence of:
William Satterfield, James Satterfield Thomas Waff
It is further my desire that my wife keeps for the family use all provisions, liquors we now have on hand. And that my Executors lease or rent the piece of ground which I have on lease from the Commissioners of Edenton or sell the rails as they judge most advantageous for the benefit of my Estate.
Codicil to my will: having omitted to dispose of my houses and lot where I now live after my son Thomas becomes twenty-one years of age. It is my will and desire that my Executors sell the lot and houses after my son Thomas arrives at the age of twenty-one years. And the net sales are equally divided between my wife, My daughter Elizabeth, my sons Thomas, John and Edward Waff and their Heirs forever.

Sarah Waff, the wife of Thomas Waff, deceased, departed this life the 12th day of August in the year of our Lord 1820.

Ref: “Family Records as compiled by Emily Waff Bailey and Mary Elizabeth Waff Staples”


Sally’s great-great-great-great-great Grandparents:

William Smith Waff est 1725 – | his parents.
Of Chowan Co, NC


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


William Smith Waff signed Oath of Allegiance in Chowan Co in 1776.

A William Waff married 17 Dec 1777 Celia Steward with Frederick Vail, bondsman
[not certain if this is this man or maybe his son]

Possible Children of William Smith Waff:
1. Mary Waff ca 1749 –
Married 3 May 1764 Robert Sanderlin ca 1742 – aft 1783
Smith Waff, Bondsman
2. Thomas Waff ca 1758 – 1803
Married 7 April 1779, Sarah Jones
Married 2 May 1785 Esther Luton
Married 26 June 1788 Sarah Liles, Henry Bond, Bondsman.
Married 2 July 1790 Penelope Bunch, Benj. Coffield, Bondsman.
Married 28 May 1796 Sarah Hall, Wm. Satterfield, Bondsman.
3. Keziah Waff
married 8 July 1779 Richard Groves
4. Lydia Waff
married 8 Sept 1779 Peter Morrell

Waff families on 1790 census Chowan Co NC
Thomas Waff 3 males over 16, one under 16, two females, five slaves
William Waff 1 male over 16

A George Waff mentioned in NC Colonial Records Vol 17, pages 258 and 263 for service in Continental Line from Warren County, settled for pay at Warrenton 1786 for 17 pounds, 11 sh, 9 pence.


William Benbury 1799 – 1872 | his parents
& 1822 Sarah Sutton Norcum 1805 – 1881 | her parents


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


Children of William Benbury 1799-1872 & Sarah Norcum:
1. William Benbury no issue
Fought in Civil War 1861-5, wounded several times, shot through both thighs in the battle of Richmond.
married
2. Elizabeth Benbury 4 Apr 1827 – 26 Mar 1896
married 9 Feb 1847 Joseph Thomas Waff 15 Feb 1825 – 9 June 1895
3. Alethia Benbury
4. Penelope Benbury


Joseph Creecy Benbury 1771 – 1837 | his parents
& 1792 Sarah Blount 1771 – 1843 | her parents.


My working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


Children of Joseph Creecy Benbury and Sarah Blount:
1. Charles Benbury 21 Dec 1792 – 2 Oct 1795
2. Edmund Benbury 20 Sept 1794 – 17 Oct 1824
3. Charles Benbury 13 Jan 1797 – 2 Jan 1811
4. William Benbury 12 Aug 1799 – 16 Sept 1872
5. Mary Benbury 11 Dec 1801 – 6 July 1804
6. Elizabeth Benbury 27 Mar 1804 –
7. Sarah Ann Benbury 7 June 1806 –
8. John Benbury 26 Dec 1808 – 6 Aug 1814
9. Richard Benbury 13 June 1811 – 5 Feb 1844


Charles Benbury est 1738 – 1777 | his parents
& Mary Ann Creecy ca 1755 – bef 1777| her parents


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


Only child of Charles Benbury and Mary Ann Creecy:
1. Joseph Creecy Benbury 1771 –


John Benbury 1707 – 1774 | his parents
& Mary Boyd 17 – bef 1744 | her parents
& ca 1744 Rachel
& 1752 Ann Luten [Boyd]


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


John Benbury married 1st Mary Boyd daughter of John [d1738] and Lydia [d1766] Boyd.
Is Mary Benbury the daughter of John Benbury and Rachel Luten?

Children of John Benbury:
1. John Benbury
2. William Benbury
3. Thomas Benbury 1736 – 1793
4. Charles Benbury est 1738 – 1777
5. Mary Benbury 1745 – 1789
married 1763 Timothy Walton 1710 – 1770 as his 2nd wife
married 1771 Thomas Hunter
6. Luten Benbury


 

William Benbury ca 1663 – 1709 | his parents
& ca 1684 Jane Wells | her parents
Of Chowan Precinct, Albemarle County, NC


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


William Benbury was in Albemarle County NC in 1684 when he had a deed of gift recorded from his mother in law, Mrs. Dorothy Minsey.
William Banbury was a member of the first vestry of St Pauls Parish, Edenton in 1701.
He served until 1708. This vestry voluntarily assessed itself in 1705 for the benefit of the Church.

Tradition says that the family of Banbury, settled first on the James River, later moving to Nansemond Co VA finally migrating to Albemarle, in the province of Carolina. (this whole section)

Children of William Benbury/Banbury and Jane Wells:
1. Jane Benbury
2. William Benbury d. 1755 [d 1762]
married 28 May 1745 Elizabeth
married Bridgett unknown [of his will]
had sons Edmund, William, John, Joseph, James, Miles, dau Sarah
3. John Benbury 1707 – 1774
4. Martha Benbury
5. Hannah Benbury

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  1. I AM THE SON OF ERNEST LINWOOD WAFF. EDENTON N.C. BORN IN JANUARY 1900. MARRIED LILLIAN HARDESTY WAFF, WHEN HIS WIFE PASSED AWAY, LEAVING 3 GIRL. GRACE, WILLIE-ETTA, BEATRICE WAFF. THE THREE HAVE PASSED AWAY, THE LAST WAS GRACE, A. WAFF (MOORE).BORN 11 FEB PASSED AT AGE 91. 30 OCT 2014 REST IN PEACE. HORTON CEMETARY SUFFOLK, VA. WITH HER HUSBAND A NAVY VET EUEL T MOORE FROM OKLAHOMA.
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