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Benjamin Lanier, Sr.

Birthdate: (84)
Birthplace: Brunswick, Virginia
Death: August 12, 1817 (84)
Screven County, Georgia, USA (Mrs. Ingersoll's book, referred to above, gives the date of his death as August 2, 1817, which was before the will was made. That date appears to be incorrect.))
Immediate Family:

Son of John Lanier and Elizabeth Lanier
Husband of Ann Lanier / Blackman / Wilkinson and Susannah Lanier
Father of Mary Ann Womack / Albritton / Dickson; Benjamin Lanier, Jr.; Bird Thomas Lanier; John Lewis Lanier; Hannah Dickson and 4 others

Occupation: Politician, planter, first settler of Screvens, Georgia
Managed by: Erin Spiceland
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About Benjamin Lanier, Sr.


Benjamin Lanier was born in Brunswick County, Virginia, December 14, 1732, a son of John and Elizabeth Bird Lanier. He was married twice. His first marriage was to Susannah Greene on January 1, 1759. His second marriage was in Screven County, Georgia, April 13, 1809, to Ann Jones Blackman, widow of William Blackman. They had no children.

Benjamin's children were by his first wife. They had nine children:

  1. Mary b. 12/25/1759, m. 1) Benjamin Womack, 2) Michael Dickson.
  2. Clement b. 6/23/1762, m. Sallie
  3. Benjamin b. 3/15/1766,died single. d. 9/11/1785.
  4. Bird b. 11/20/1770, m. Elizabeth Dickson.
  5. John Lewis b. 3/9/1774, m. Hanna Mills, dau. of Thomas.
  6. Elizabeth b. 9/13/1776, m. John Wolfe.
  7. Hanna b. 9/13/1779, m. Robert Dickson. d.2/8/1802.
  8. Lucy b. 6/12/1782, m. Phillip Newton, died shortly after marriage.
  9. Nancy b. 5/10/1785, m. Thomas J. Mills, son of Archibald.


  • Benjamin (1732-1817) may have gone to Georgia in 1756 with a group of early settlers, as it was thought by the family that Benjamin Green, one of the group, was the father of Susanna who later married Benjamin Lanier; the names of the children were so similar. He may have married Susanna in Georgia, and returned to Duplin County (N. C.) in 1759 as his first deed there is dated January 7, 1762. In July, 1762 Benjamin and Susanna Lanier of Duplin County, sell his land in Granville County which he had purchased in 1748. They did not move permantly to Georgia until June of 1770. (Colonial Records of Georgia, Vol.XI,1770, p 194)

The Historical Society of Georgia has placed a marker near Rockyford, Screven County to commemorate the first county seat; it names Benjamin and Lemeul Lanier with other early settlers; And when the county was established there December 14, 1895, the home of Benjamin Lanier, across Mile Branch from the marker, was the first Court House. He was Justice of St. Matthews Parish before Screven County was formed; during the Revolution he held a very responsible position, being appointed to purchase provisions for the Army, and store them in a safe place, and to be responsible for 5,000 Pounds. He was also a Justice in Effingham County, a Member of the House, and assisted in forming the Constitution of Georgia. He was a patriot whose descendants are eligible for membership in the D. A. R. His will is in old Book B, 1806-1877, or new Book 1, p. 21LANIER, BENJAMIN1732-1817 SCREVEN

  • The record of Benjamin Lanier in the book of the Lanier Family compiled by Mrs. Ingersoll, states that the first three children named above were born in North Carolina, and the remainder were born in Georgia, whereas the book

entitled "Roster of North Carolina Soldiers in the American Revolution", page 407, states that Benjamin Lanier served in the North Carolina Militia in the Revolution. He was appointed Justice of the Peace in St. Matthew's Parrish, Georgia, in 1774, which would show that he was living in Georgia at the time and before the Revolution began.

  • Benjamin Lanier and other members of the family moved

from Brunswick County, Virginia to Duplin County, North Carolina, and he lived there until his removal to Georgia. Duplin County deed records show a deed from said Benjamin Lanier of St. Matthew's Georgia, to Abraham Baggett, Sr. of Duplin County dated February 2, 1772, conveying 300 acres in Duplin County previously owned by the said Benjamin Lanier (see deed book No. 3, p. 388). In Georgia, he settled in what was then St. Matthews Parrish, which became Effingham County in 1777, but is now Screven County. He lived in the vicinity of Rocky Ford. The Acts of Georgia Legislature in 1782 names him in a long list of Effingham citizens for disloyalty which usually meant that he traded and trafficked with the British during their occupancy of Effingham County during the American Revolution.

  • Mr. Lanier was a delegate from Effingham County in 1788 to the State Constitutional Convention. He served as State Senator from Screven County in 1799. He seemed to have been a very prominent citizen in his day. He also became a large land owner. His will, dated November 4, 1817, was probated November 4, 1819 (see Will Book B, p. 261). The will named his sons-in-law, Thomas Mills and John Wolfe, as executors, and bequeathed his large estate to his children and grandchildren. (Mrs. Ingersoll's book, referred to above, gives the date of his death as August 2, 1817, which was before the will was made. That date appears to be incorrect.)


  1. DAR Ancestor #: A069056
  2. Benjamin Lanier SAR Membership: 72412 Birth Date: 14 Dec 1732 Birth Place: Brunswick, Virginia Death Date: 2 Aug 1817 Death Place: Screven, Georgia Spouse: Susanna Green Children: John Lewis Lanier Source Citation: ;U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970


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Benjamin Lanier, Sr.'s Timeline

December 14, 1732
Brunswick, Virginia

Family Data Collection - Individual Records
Name: Benjamin Lanier
Spouse: Susannah Green
Parents: Bird Thomas Lanier, Mary Madison
Birth Place: Brunswick Co, VA
Birth Date: 14 Dec 1732
Marriage Place: Duplin, NC
Marriage Date: 1 Jan 1759
Death Place: Sereven Co, GA
Death Date: 2 Aug 1817
Source Citation: Birth year: 1732; Birth city: Brunswick Co; Birth state: VA.
Source Information:
Edmund West, comp.. Family Data Collection - Individual Records [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000.

December 25, 1759
Age 27
Duplin Co., NC
June 23, 1762
Age 29
Duplin County, North Carolina, United States
March 15, 1766
Age 33
Age 37
March 9, 1774
Age 41
Burke County, Georgia, USA
September 13, 1776
Age 43
September 13, 1779
Age 46
June 12, 1782
Age 49
Burke, Georgia, United States