Obadiah Benge

Obadiah’s step father, John Fielder, forced 16 year old Obadiah into service as a substitute for James Green. He joined Captain James Sheppard’s company in Surry County NC in 1780. Benge and his older brother were under Colonel Benjamin Cleveland at Kings Mountain. His brother was killed and Obadiah was wounded at Kings Mountain. Obadaiah convalesced for about three months with a distant relative near Kings Mountain. Militia captain in Surry County, moved to Nashville, then to Walker County GA. When the trail of tears cleared out Walker County, he parted from the Cherokees and moved to DeKalb County, AL.

Neither Obadiah nor his brother are mentioned on the Kings Mountain monuments.
Neither Benge nor his brother are mentioned in Draper’s Kings Mountain and its Heroes.

Benge’s wife later applied for a widow’s pension and stated that she thought Obadiah never received any pension. She was also denied a pension.
His entire deposition sounds contrived. DAR does not recognize any service for Benge.

Benge, Obadiah M download pension deposition