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                                                   Scard Early Maternal Families


                                                The Benness Family 
                                                of Eling, Hampshire
 

                                         Susannah Benness married Thomas Scard
                                         at All Saints Southampton 10th Feb. 1763 



                                                                                            Scard Early Maternal Families 

                                                                                   John Benness
                                                                                                                                                   [<1720-1770]
                                                                                               Maltster of Eling, Hampshire

                                                                               Daughter - Susannah Benness married Thomas Scard
                                                                                        at All Saints Southampton 10th Feb. 1763

                                                                                       Compiled and Written by J.S.Adams, combining the Original & Independent Researches of both JSAdams & LMealey

                    John Benness  a maltster at Eling, Hants, is estimated born before 1720,.  The Hampshire Archives and Local Studies Online Catalogue 
                    has some early entries for the Benness Family under several variations of the name, which may point to an ancestral family.  The Latter
                    Day Saints online Genealogical Index has several early entries in the parish of East Willow consistent with an Early Will in the Hants
                    Archives.  From the latter source the Will and Inventory of William Bennis, Yeoman of Eling, Hampshire dated 1671 is another example
                    which descendants may wish to pursue.  

                    John Benness married Elizabeth [nee unknown] implied to have had one son and three daughters. Elizabeth's Will also implies that she
                     was the natural mother of these children.  John Benness died testate . buried at Eling 4th April 1770. His widow Elizabeth survived him by 
                     a further 17 months and also  died testate , buried at Eling 18th September 1771. 

                                                                                                      Issue 
                                                                                               (by inference) 

               Son:           John Benness
                                  Reference to his existence is found in his marriage to Elizabeth Durley and also his Will in 1764 which mentions the children of 
                                  his sisters by name consistent with the Will of both his parents. 
                                  John Benness (the younger) is estimated born before 1740.  John Benness 'noted junr' married Elizabeth Durling "of Ringwood" 
                                   at Eling  20th May 1761.  Young John died Testate four years after his marriage without surviving issue, buried 11th June 1764 
                                   at Eling [HBI] predeceasing his father by six years.

                                        Submitted by Lyn Mealey: The Will of John Benness (the Younger) - written 1764 mentions nephews John Abbott and John Scard 
                                          and nieces Ann Kent and Elizabeth Abbott.  His executors were his father John Benness and his wife Elizabeth Benness. Witnesses 
                                          were Wm Durling (father or brother of his widow Elizabeth), Thos Dawkins (both signed) and Elizabeth Benness (assumed mother 
                                          or spouse made her mark/"EB").

              Daughter:  Susannah Benness estimated born 1743 married Thomas Scard of Eling 10th Feb. 1763 at All Saints Southampton and had issue 
                                  legatees in several Wills. 
                                  Susanna was buried at Eling 9th November 1815 at the recorded age of 72yrs.
                                  [Further information access the Biography of her Spouse: Thomas Scard].
  
              Daughter:  Ann Benness married Stephen Newland at Eling 17th December 1758, the son of Arthur Newland of Eling.  They had two children
                                  William and Jenny legatees in several Wills.  Ann appears to have predeceased her father.  

              Daughter:  Sarah Benness married John Kent at Eling 22nd January 1758.  The Kent Family were resident at Eling for some time.
                                  Two children: Sarah Kent and Ann Kent.

              Daughter:  Mary Benness married John Abbott at Eling 29th December 1755.  Two children: John Abbott and Elizabeth Abbott. 

                                                                                    SYNOPSIS FOR BENNESS WILLS
                                                                                                       By LMealey
                                          The Will of John Benness of Eling (proved 1770), maltster, indicated that his wife was Elizabeth.  His daughters were 
                                          Ann Newlands (deceased, wife of  Stephen Newlands), Sarah Kent (wife of John Kent) and Susannah Scard 
                                          (wife of Thomas Scard).  He also mentions grandson William Newlands, John Abbott and Elizabeth Abbott 
                                          (parents both dead).   Executrix, daughter - Susannah Scard.  See Full Transcription Below.
                                          Submitted by LMealey.
                                         The Will of Elizabeth Benness of Eling (written 1771), widow of John Benness gives more information regarding
                                         children and grandchildren.  Grandchildren mentioned are Jenny Newland, Elizabeth Abbott, Sarah Kent, John Abbott 
                                         and Benness Scard.  Her executors  were James Warwick (Eling) and Andrew Worsem (Totton).  Witnesses were 
                                         Peter Smith, James Worsem and  John Collis (all signed). Elizabeth  made her mark. (Dec 2007).  
                                         Submitted by LMealey.
                                         The Will of John Benness (the Younger) (written 1764) mentions nephews John Abbott and John Scard and nieces
                                         Ann Kent and Elizabeth Abbott.  His executors were his father John Benness and his wife Elizabeth Benness. 
                                         Witnesses were Wm Durling (father or brother of his spouse Elizabeth), Thos Dawkins (both signed) and (assumed mother 
                                          or spouse made her mark/"EB").
                                         Submitted by LMealey.
                                                 WILL of John Benness
                                                                                                                         Transcribed by Judith-Ann S Adams (site author)
                                                                                                                        and also Transcribed in full separately by LMealey 
                  In the name of God Amen I John Benness of Totton in the Parish of Eling in the County of Southampton Maltster being of  perfect mind and understanding 
                  praised our God do make and publish this my present Last Will and  Testament in manner following,  that is to say first and principally I command my soul 
                  unto Almighty God hoping for Salvation through my blessed Saviour Jesus Christ and my body I commit to the earth to be properly buried at the discretion 
                  of my  executrix hereinafter named and as to such worldly Estate as it forth provided God to bestow upon me I dispose thereof as follows  In the first place I 
                  will and devise that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid and discharged  Also I give devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife Elizabeth Benness 
                  and to her assigns all my Estates as well Freehold and Leasehold and Copyhold whatsoever and whosoever which and shall be possessed of to be lived and 
                  enjoyed by her or them during her natural life [???] my widow and shall keep the same in [???] and from and after her decease or marriage.  I give and 
                  devise my Freehold Estate called [Honness’s] with the [?] land thereto belonging situated at Totton aforesaid unto my beloved  daughter Susannah Scard 
                  and her heirs for ever subject [???] to this condition  that she and they shall permit and suffer my beloved daughter Sarah Kent to hold and enjoy the house 
                  wherein she lives being part of the Estate called [Hommes’s?] without payment of any sort for the same during her natural life [?] with this proviso that she 
                  shall not [??] under this my Will and disturb my said daughter Susanna or her heirs in their enjoyment of the said Estate called [Hommess’s]  but in case 
                  she shall attempt so to do then my Will is that the said Susannah  Scard and her heirs shall have and be entitled to the full Rent of the said house wherein 
                  my said daughter Sarah now lives from the time such attempt shall be so made and from and after the decease or marriage of my said wife which shall first 
                  happen.  I give and devise unto my said daughter Susannah Scard and her heirs for ever all that my freehold Estate which I purchased of Robert [or  Richard] 
                  Oviatt situated in the Parish of Eling aforesaid subject [?] to the payment of four hundred pounds [??] in equal shares and proportions vis. Two hundred  
                   pounds [?] to my two grandchildren John Abbott and Elizabeth Abbott in full satisfaction and discharge of the two survival Legacies given to them by their 
                  late uncle deceased and I do hereby expressly charge the same upon the sold last mentioned estate and from and after the death or marriage of my said wife  
                  which shall first happen. I give and devise unto my said daughter Sarah Kent and her  heirs for ever my Freehold Meadow or piece of Land situated at
                  [Calmore] in the said Parish of  Eling  which I sometime since purchased of Peter Serle Esq. and from and after my said  wife’s decease or marriage as 
                  aforesaid I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah Kent and to her Executors administrators and assigns my Leasehold Estate situated at Totton 
                  Lopperwood within the said parish of Eling known by the name  of [?] to hold to her and them for and during all the then Residue and remainder of my 
                  Term and Interest therein.  Also I give and bequeath unto my said daughter Sarah Kent the sum of two hundred pounds to be paid by my Executrix hereinafter 
                  named in  twelve months next after my decease.  Also I give and bequeath unto my grandson William Newland,  son of Stephen Newland the full sum of one 
                  hundred pounds for the purpose of investing his ? in a Trade of the [?]  at  Millbrook now in the occupation of his grandfather Arthur Stowlands as soon as the
                  same can be offered but in case the aforesaid purpose cannot be accomplished then I Will and direct that the said sum of one hundred pounds shall be applied 
                  and laid out by my Executrix in  such manner as shall be thought most [?] to his advantage.  Also I give and bequeath to my said wife Elizabeth Benness the 
                  sum of one hundred pounds at her own disposal and the [?] and enjoyment of  all my household goods plate [?] and furniture during her widowhood.  And all 
                  the rest and residue of my personal Estate Goods, Chattels  moneys and Annuities for money Stock in Trade Debts and Effects whatsoever and  wheresoever I 
                  give and bequeath to my said daughter Susannah Scard and unto her  Executors Administrators and assigns. And I do hereby name and appoint my said daughter 
                  Susannah Scard to be sole Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament and I do hereby revoke all former Wills by me at any time before made.  In Witness 
                  whereof I have to this my Will contained in three pages of one sheet of paper to the two first thereof inscribed my name and this third of my hand and seal the 
                  sixteenth day of December in the Year of our Lord  one thousand seven hundred and sixty nine – John Benness – [signed].  Signed  sealed published and 
                  declared by the Testator as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request have inscribed our names  as witnesses thereto 
                  W. Daman, John Marsh, Thomas Warner. 
                   
                  PROVED: This Will was proved at London on the twenty seventh day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy before the Right 
                                     Worshipful George Day  Doctor of Laws [??] or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully [?] by the oath of Susannah Scard wife
                                     of Thomas Scard the daughter of the Deceased and sole Executrix named in the said Will to whom administration was granted of all said singular 
                                     the goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased having been first sworn by Commission duly to administer.