I have a "for what its worth".
I am trying to trace a Marcus D. Benson. I have him three times in Rowan County, NC. One of the times he is a witness for a Noah Partee in a deed and the other he is bondsman for a Rebecca Benson who marries a James Downs and they move to Alabama by 1850.. Two of the deeds he is a witness for were on the Irish Buffalo Creek in Rowan County and one of them stated the property was on the Rowan/Cabarrus County line. These three incidents took place between 1825 and 1834.
In 1837 he shows up in Columbia County, GA marrying a Mahala Simmons/Simons. In the 1860 census his occupation is carpenter. The census information gives his birth date as about 1800. He does not appear in the 1830 or 1850 census. he died in Wilkes County Georgia where his daughter, Susan Mahala Benson, married my GGrandfather William C. Noggle.
There seems to be a lot of similarities to this group. Does anyone know where Marcus fits in if he does????