I kept your message of 3/2/2000 "in case".
Some information came to my attention through another 'cousin' that bears on your question (and mine) of where Benjamin Waring and Thomas Waring of Essex Co. VA came from. It suggests strongly that my Thomas (c. 1680 in VA) may have been the brother of your Benjamin (c.1683 in Charleston). A great deal of detail is available on him and his ancestors. His wife, Elizabeth is, I believe, Elizabeth Beamor as your Cousin, Elizabeth Waring Noble suggests. If it is he, he was a Major in the army of King Charles II before coming to America. If the story is true, before immigrating he lived in and near Staffordshire, Albrighton and Humphreston. And the biggest surprise to me, his descendents in Charleston may lay claim to the Dukedom of Valdorano. Since I can't send the information as an attachment, I will send it to you and your cousin (should you not have it) if you will provide me with your email addresses.
I hope the above is not idle speculation: I would really like to trace Thomas' roots in England.
Looking forward to hearing from you.