Benjamin Gosnell and Candace Black

Benjamin Gosnell and Candace Black

Benjamin Gosnell was born March 15, 1761 in Baltimore County, Maryland to Peter and wife unknown. His mother died when Benjamin was only seven years old. Benjamin grew to manhood and when the war for independence came he entered by draft the service of the United States under the command of Colonel Charles Linch in the Company commanded by Captain James Adams. He was stationed at the lead mines on the New River and served three months then was discharged by Colonel Charles Linch of the Virginia line. Benjamin then volunteered in the United States Service in March of 1781 under the command of Colonel Charles Linch in the company commanded by Captain William Jones. They marched from Bedford County, Virginia through Hillsborough on to Guilford Courthouse, NC and were in the battle fought at that place where Captain Jones was killed. After the battle the company marched to the Iron Works thence on across Deep River thence on to the Cumberland Road. Colonel Charles Linch discharged him for three months service and in the month of September 1781 he was again drafted in the regiment commanded by Colonels Calaway and Trig. He joined the Regiment at the Red Store in Bedford County, Virginia. He belonged to the company commanded by Captain James Bullock. They marched through Petersburg, Williamsburg, to Yorktown then they were transferred to General Lawson's Brigade of the Regular, line and were at the siege of Yorktown and taking of Lord Cornwallis.

Colonel Tucker discharged him. He lost his discharge papers and had no documentary evidence that he knew of when he applied for benefits of the Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832. He had a sister who knew of his going into the Army and returning home. He served under the leadership of Gen. Nathaniel Greene while in General Lawson's brigade. Rev. Pension #5142.

After the war was over he came home and married first Mrs. Candace Burnley and had two children by her, William and Mary. Then he married again to Judith Echold in Halifax Co. Va. 3-24-1788. Their marriage was childless. He married a third time to Elizabeth (Polly?) Barlow. To them seven children were born Benjamin, Joseph, John, Thomas B., Edith, Wilkinson, and Patience.

Benjamin Gosnell moved to Harrison County, Kentucky, Several years after the war was over, he came to Decatur County, Indiana. where he died. It is believed his first two wives died in Virginia and his third wife in Kentucky He married a fourth and last time to Dorcas Fornash Porter, a widow. To them were born five children, George, Washington, Alexander, Nancy, and Delilah.

He is buried just over the Decatur County line in Rush County, Indiana. I (William Garard) believe this burial place is a family graveyard. There are about 30 stones here, Plus or minus, Phyllis and I did not count them, this was in the spring of 2000. It is a located in a grove of trees and all grown over with weeds and such. His military stone is engraved: BENJAMIN GOSNELL, Virginia gen Lawson's brig rev war 1761 1846.and it is about three feet from his regular head stone with a tree growing between them. We looked at a list of persons buried in Rush County, Indiana at the Court house in Rushville and none of the Gosnells buried at this grave yard were listed and it was not located on the map of Rush County that showed the locations of cemeteries.

Per Chris H. Bailey: the family record kept by Ada (Gosnell) Finley, great granddaughter of Benjamin Gosnell claims that Benjamin's father was "Peter Gosnell of Virginia.

Burnley, Candace is listed in 1782, Halifax County, VA, VA Early Census Index as head of household with 4 white persons and 1 black person. VAS1a519227.