About Benjamin Standifer (Standefer)
In Georgia, Benjamin accumulated 2,500 acres of land and 60 slaves. He had a very difficult time in selling his land as many land grants were being given at that time.
1. BENJAMIN4 STANDIFER (ISRAEL3 STANDIFORD, JOHN2, WILLIAM1) was born May 17, 1764 in Baltimore Co, MD, and died March 18, 1839 in Mansion House, Bledsoe County, TN. He m. (1) RACHEL FORREST/FORRESTER August 14, 1781 in Orange Co, NC. She was born Abt. 1764 in NC, and died August 1803 in Oglethorpe Co, GA. He married (2) NANCY JONES ECHOLS December 29, 1802 in Oglethorpe Co, GA, daughter of THOMAS JONES and MARY. She was born 1782 in SC, and died February 28, 1864 in Hamilton Co, TN.
- In the book "Soldiers of American Revolution Buried in Tennessee", by Lucy Bates (1974), Benjamin's birth date is given as May 17, 1754. However, Benjamin himself, gives his age and birth date, in application for a Rev. pension.
NSDAR; DAR Ancestor # A108368 Patriot Index; 1966; p. 641 Ordnance Sgt NC
Benjamin enlisted for service in the American Revolution in 1780 under Capt. Douglas and Col. Dudley in Orange Co, N. C. He volunteered again under Capt. Abraham Allen and Col. Mebrane and was in the Battle of Lincoln's Mill. He also served under Capt. Grisham. .
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Sometime after the revolution he joined a wagon train and moved to Oglethorpe Co, GA and settled in Cloud's Creek Community. Two of his sisters, Cassandra Standifer Hendon, and Elizabeth Standifer Hendon made the move with him. In 1788, 25 of the group organized a Baptist congregation, the Cloud's Creek Baptist Church. Their first meeting place was in an old abandoned fort. Later they built a log church house and several years later built a frame building. After 200 years the church building is still being used by an active group. In fact the church is in the process of erecting a memorial and plaque to honor the early founders.
Benjamin Standifer's Timeline
May 17, 1764
December 29, 1802
Oglethorpe , Georgia
July 2, 1812
Oglethorpe, GA, USA
March 18, 1839
Bledsoe, Tennessee, United States