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Benedict Bristol
Born Aug 24, 1781 Cheshire CT
Died Apr 16, 1868 Morganton NC

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Father
Mother
Emigrant
SPOUSE CHILDREN
Jane (Jennie) McCall

m. 1810
Lovelady Twp., Burke Co., NC
b. 1790
Franklin Co. VA
d. Aug 20, 1820
Burke Co. NC
George Washington

b. Oct 15, 1810
Morganton NC
d. Nov 4, 1892
Hayesville, Clay Co. NC
Abigail

b. Nov 9, 1811
NC
d. Dec 1, 1856
NC
Eudocia "Docia"

b. 1813?
Burke Co. NC
d. 1910
Caldwell Co. NC
Emeline Elizabeth

b. Nov 29, 1815?
NC
d. Oct 24, 1896
Clara

b. 1816
NC
d. Nov 11, 1914
Margaret Delight

b. 1818
NC

Nancy Caroline

b. 1820?
NC
d. 1903
Elizabeth McCall

m. Feb 10, 1827
NC
b. 1806?
Franklin Co. VA
d. 1863
NC
Gideon

b. 1826?
NC
d. 1880
Caldwell Co. NC
Orah (Orrie)

b. 1828?
NC
d. Nov 16, 1829?
Burke Co. NC
John McCall

b. 1830?
NC
d. Sep 19, 1867
Burke Co. NC
Donna Maria

b. Apr 8, 1833
NC
d. Oct 25, 1925
Morganton NC
Robert Benedict

b. Nov 3, 1834
NC
d. Mar 16, 1923
William H.

b. Dec 3, 1836
Burke Co. NC
d. Jan 5, 1939
Austin TX
Victoria Ann

b. Feb 25, 1839
near Morganton NC
d. July 19, 1919
NC
Susan Loduska

b. Nov 28, 1840
Burke Co. NC
d. 1872
TX
Elam Birdsey

b. 1843
NC
Killed Dec 15, 1862
Battle of Whitehall NC
Emma L.

b. 1844
Burke Co. NC
d. 1916
Lambert Augustus

b. Jan 31, 1846
Burke Co. NC
d. Jul 3, 1929
Louisa Henrietta

b. Nov 21, 1849
Burke Co. NC
d. Jan 5, 1943
Morganton NC
Laura A.

b. Apr 25, 1852
Burke Co. NC
d. Nov 23, 1935
Benedict came to NC with Andrew Hull Tuttle (1785-1845) as "Yankee peddlers" in 1807/8. They married sisters, Jane (Jennie) and Elizabeth, daughters of Robert McCall of Burke Co NC. After Jennie died in 1820, Benedict married Elizabeth McCall, the niece of his first wife.
Benedict and Andrew Tuttle and the history of the Littlejohn Church are documented in a 1978 book by Gretchen Griffith. See Excerpt.
Benedict was a farmer, leading "Democrat" in the antebellum period, and School Commissioner 1843.
Benedict owned a mill on Bristol's Creek. It was a branch of Lower Creek which runs from Lenoir to the Catawba River, east of Morganton. See History of the mill.
Jennie McCall's family was from near Rocky Mount VA, a part of Henry Co VA that became Franklin Co VA in 1785.
In the 1820 Burke Co. Census, on line 30 of Page 5, Benedict Bristol was head of a household of 9 members:
1 male aged 10 to 16 (son George),
1 male aged 26-45 (Benedict),
5 females under age 10 (Abigail, Eudocia, Emeline, Clara, Margaret),
1 female 26-45 (Jennie, 1st wife born before 1795 and still alive),
and 1 slave.
First wife Jennie is buried in Littlejohn Methodist Church Cemetery in Caldwell Co. NC. Photo of grave marker, that states her age as 35 years.
In the 1830 Burke Co. Census, on line 21 of Page 294, Benedict Bristol was head of a household of 14 members:
1 male under 5 (Gideon),
1 male aged 20 to 30 (son George W.),
1 male aged 40 to 50 (Benedict),
1 female under 5 years old (Orah?),
2 females aged 5-10 (Nancy Caroline b. in 1820 or later, and ?),
3 females aged 10-15 (Margaret Delight, Clara, Emeline),
2 females aged 15-20 (Eudocia, Abigail),
1 female aged 20-30 (2nd wife Elizabeth),
and 2 male slaves.
In 1830, son George W. married Nancy Kincaid (1802-1864), daughter of James Kincaid.
Daughter Abigail was the first wife of Milton Wilburn Kincaid, the son of James Kincaid. She was buried at the Kincaid-Bristol Cemetery, located one mile off of Route 18, northeast of Morganton. Photo of her tombstone.
Daughter Eudocia married James Hood (1804-1894) in 1834, and daughter Emeline Elizabeth married David Hood (1810-1892) in 1837, both sons of John Hood. David Hood later moved to Burke Co., buying part of Benedict's old farm on Bristol's Mill Creek.
Daughter Clara married Charles P. Evans.
Daughter Margaret Delight married Elisha Perkins Kincaid in 1842.
Daughter Nancy Caroline married Marcus Augustus Tuttle on Dec 23, 1845. He was a son of the brother of Andrew Hall Tuttle, who came to NC from CT with Benedict. Andrew also had a daughter named Nancy Caroline, born Nov 6, 1822, who married Andrew Washington Hood, son of John Hood. Both Nancy Carolines appear to have been born in the early 1820's.
In the 1850 Burke Co. Census, Benedict was a farmer on 2000 acres, aged 68, born in CT. His household near William Kincaid, consisted of:
Elizabeth (2nd wife), aged 44, born in VA,
John (John McCall), 19, Farmer, all children born in NC,
Maria (Donna Maria), 17,
Benedict (Robert Bendict), 15, Farmer
Wm (William), 14,
Ann (Victoria Ann), 12,
Susan, 9,
Elam, 7,
Emma, 6,
Augustus (Lambert), 4,
Henrietta (Louisa), 1.
Benedict had 11 slaves in the 1850 Burke County census, one of the largest slaveholders in the county. His daughter Victoria Ann married John B. Holloway, in 1859, and four years later he was killed at the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg.
Elizabeth and Benedict had four sons in the CSA: John, William (a Captain), Elam (killed at Whitehall), and Lambert, who ran away from home to join the Confederacy at age 14. Lambert was elected Captain at the age of sixteen, the youngest in the Confederacy. Lambert fought at Gettysburg for the famous Bethel regiment as a captain at the age of 17 years and 5 months. He died exactly sixty-six years after the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Son John McCall Bristol married Ann Elvira Johnson (1837-1882) on Apr 30 1863 after he was discharged Mar 22, 1863 from the Confederate arny due to lung disease. Her youngest brother, Stanhope Augustus Johnson, became the second husband of the widowed Victoria Ann, John's younger sister, in 1868.
Benedict was buried at the Kincaid-Bristol Cemetery, located one mile off of Route 18, northeast of Morganton. Photo of his tombstone. His son John McCall was buried there the previous year. Photo of his tombstone.
Son William H. ("Billy") moved to Texas and lived to be 102 years old. His wife, Jemima Elvira Johnson, 1840-1908, is buried at Pecan Grove Cemetery in McKinney, Collin Co. TX, an old cemetery in North Texas where many Civil War veterans are buried. Photo of grave marker.
At the age of 94, son Billy Bristol was the subject of a lengthy article printed in the Sunday The Galveston Daily News in Mar 1931. Transcript of the article with the unfounded ancestral claims omitted.
At the age of 95, son Billy Bristol visited his nephew in Rutherford College NC, and his great nephew, John Leith Holloway, in Asheville NC. He so impressed John Leith Holloway, Jr., only five when he met his great, great uncle, that he wrote an 8th Grade Paper about him for a class in 1942.
Daughter Susan L. Bristol married Orlando Columbus Collett (1837-1920) on Jan 15, 1861. In Mar 1869 he moved to TX. His sister Mary Anne Collett (1843-1893) married George Washington Holloway, son of Robert Holloway
.
Daughter Emma L. Bristol married Robert W. Sudderth, a son of Martha Eveline Kincaid, eldest child of William Winfield Kincaid.
Sources:
Bristol-Kincaid Cemetery, near Morganton, Burke Co. NC.
Bristol, Warren Edwin, comp., Bristol Genealogy, The Bristol Family Association, Inc., 1967.
Griffith, Gretchen, Littlejohn: The History of a Church 1775-1978, Lenoir NC, 1978, p. 10.
Holloway, George N., "Benedict Bristol", in The Heritage of Burke County 1981, The Burke County Historical Society, Morganton, NC, 1981, no. 123.
Holloway, John Leith Jr., "The Most Unforgettable Character I've Met", Woodrow Wilson High School, 8th Grade Paper, Washington DC, Feb 26, 1942.
Phifer, Edward William Jr., BURKE: The History of a North Carolina County 1777-1926, Morganton, NC, 1977, pp. 209-210.
Spinks, Brian, "Galveston Man, Nearing 100, Still Fiddling at 94", article in The Galveston Daily News, Galveston TX, Mar 1931.
U.S. Census, Burke Co. NC, 1820, began Aug 7, 1820.
U.S. Census, Burke Co. NC, 1830, began Jun 1, 1830.
U.S. Census, Burke Co. NC, Nov/Dec 1850.