I totally agree about confusion with this Bennett line. There are two un-related Bennett families in Pittsylvania County, VA. The key to this line lies with the Dodson connection. There is a 2-volume book on the Dodson family.
I am not at all sure if this family is part of the Jamestown Bennetts. It seems likely that William Columbus's father is John, son of Elizabeth Rice and William
Bennett. William was born Oct. 16, 1691. This is from the Pittsylvania Co. Bennett "historian." The last time we talked Donald Bennett's email was Archidon2@aol.com
Bartley is Bartholomew. Census records, marriage, land deeds, etc. in Louisiana name him Bartholomew most of the time. I did find a few times he was named Bartley. Uncle/father-in-law Jesse uses the names Dodson, William, etc. for his children. We know that Bartholomew married his first cousin Sarah. There is a Jesse Dodson--brother to Elizabeth Dodson.
Have you seen the book written by Bettie Cox Collie? She lives in NC and compiled/wrote the book about 10 years ago. The Bennetts of Pittsylvania County, VA. Donald helped her with quite a bit of it. Several Louisiana descendants added our 2 cents worth.
Thanks for updating this line. I did not know the name of William's first wife. Please keep in touch. If you are interested in the LA family, I will gladly send what I have.
Ruth in Louisiana