Benjamin L Ponton

1788–1860 (Age 72)
Amherst, Amherst, Virginia, United States

The Life of Benjamin L

When Benjamin L Ponton was born in 1788, in Amherst, Amherst, Virginia, United States, his father, Joel Ponton, was 47 and his mother, Hannah Ravenel, was 38. He married Margaret Peggy Floyd on 23 July 1810, in Lovingston, Nelson, Virginia, United States. He lived in Nelson, Virginia, United States in 1850. He died in 1860, in Virginia, United States, at the age of 72.

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Benjamin L Ponton
Jefferson L. Ponton
Joel Ponton
Elizabeth A. Ponton

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1788 · The First Presidential Election

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The First Presidential election was held in the newly created United States of America. Under the Articles of Confederation, the executive branch of the country was not set up for an individual to help lead the nation. So, under the United States Constitution they position was put in. Because of his prominent roles during the Revolutionary War, George Washington was voted in unanimously as the First President of the United States.
1788 · Becomes the 10th state

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On June 25, 1788 Virginia became the 10th state. 
1807 · Established

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Amherst was established in 1807 as county seat for the newly formed Amherst County.

Name Meaning

Scottish and English: habitational name, probably from Great and Little Ponton in Lincolnshire, named probably with an obscure Old English word pamp ‘hill’ + tūn ‘farmstead’, ‘enclosure’. The surname is now found chiefly in Scotland.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Benjamin Ponton in household of Jefferson Ponton, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Benjiman Ponton in entry for Elizabeth Ann Bowling, "Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987"
  • Benj. Ponton, "Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940"

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