PEDIGREE OF COTON HILL BENBOWS
PEDIGREE OF VICE ADMIRAL JOHN BENBOW
PEDIGREE OF NEWPORT BENBOWS
PEDIGREE OF ADMIRAL BENBOW: SMITH COLLECTION
The most interesting discovery since the publication of Brave Benbow is the correspondence from the College of Arms.
W.G. Hunt, Windsor Herald of Arms, in a letter dated 4 October 2000, to Dr. John A. Dick, describes a pedigree found in the working papers of Sir Charles George Young (1795-1869), Garter King of Arms:
“A pedigree of four generations is noted. It is headed by Colonel Benbow, a Warder in the Tower, ‘who died suddenly on being recognised as an old friend by Charles II at Worcester’. He was the father of Admiral Benbow. The pedigree descends to Mary daughter of Samuel Benbow; she married in 1756 in Stepney, Herbert Haselden. (Young Collection 36.166)
This information is clearly based on Campbell’s account of Admiral Benbow’s father. The portion referring to his descendents is remarkably similar to the pedigree mentioned in Brave Benbow that is held by the Society of Genealogists in London, in the Smith Collection (1913), in a reference titled ‘Genealogy of Admiral Benbowe’. There is a slight difference in the spelling of Haselden(Heseldene), which suggests that the two references are independent. (Brave Benbow, p.192)
This connection is further confirmed in “Celebrated Naval and Military Trials” by Peter Burke, London, 1866:
Confiscation and outlawry for their loyalty in the time of the Commonwealth did much to scatter the worthy family to which Admiral Benbow belonged; and the connections of it now extant are not many. A grand-niece of the admiral, Mary, was married to Herbert Haselden, Esq., of the White House, county of Hereford, the head and representative of an old Herefordshire family, and was great-grandmother-of the present representative, Herbert Howorth Wood, Esq., of the White House, near the city of Hereford. Of the kindred of Admiral Benbow, was also the late John Benbow, Esq., of Lincoln’s Inn, M.P. for Dudley, whose two sons are the present Colonel Clifton Benbow, of Bath, and John Henry Benbow, Esq., of Lincoln’s Inn.
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