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John Bennett (abt. 1508 - abt. 1558)

John Bennett
Born about in Wiveliscombe, Somerset, Englandmap
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Died about at about age 50 in Wiveliscombe, Somerset, Englandmap
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A son of John and Margery Bennet, John Bennet was born in 1501 or 1508 in Wiveliscombe, Somerset, England.

Some references give his birth date as Abt. 1501 and others 1500 and his death date as December 3, 1564.

John worked as a tanner.

He died and was buried on 8 Jan 1558 in Wiveliscombe, Somerset, England.[1][2]

Research Notes

  • No relevant baptisms, burials or marriages on Free reg. Source-a-thon, 2016, Veronica WIlliams, 1 October 2016.
  • The death date given, 3rd Dec. 1564 is the recorded burial date for Margery Bennett wife of John Bennett, a Tanner of Wiveliscombe (Free Reg transcript)
  • There are no Earls of Tankerville in this period, but there are Bennetts working as tanners living in Wiveliscombe . Robert Bennett, Tanner,died 1603 left a will

Coleman-5109 05:59, 31 October 2016 (EDT)

The Earl of Tankerville see Separate Berhshire Bennett family for full information.

Sir John /Bennett/ (Earl of Tankerville) The suffix (Earl of Tankerville) is non-traditional and may be too long for the WikiTree suffix.

Sir John Bennett was married about 1530 in Wallingford, Berkshire, England OR Somerset, England.


  1. Somerset Heritage Service; Taunton, Somerset, England; Somerset Parish Records, 1538-1914, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, Wiveliscombe Parish, 1558-1635, image 57 of 78; Reference Number: D\P\wiv/2/1/1, 8 Jan 1558, burial of John Bennett ( : accessed 10 Aug 2020) - fee based membership required)
  2. Wiveliscombe : St Andrew : Register of unspecified type : "Parish Register" database, FreeREG ( : viewed 13 Aug 2020) burial Johan Bennett 08 Jan 1559 (sic)
  • Find A Grave Index
Name John Bennett
Event Type Burial
Event Date 1564
Event Place Wiveliscombe, Taunton Deane Borough, Somerset, England
Photograph Included N
Death Date 03 Dec 1564
Affiliate Record Identifier 126316095
Cemetery St Andrew Churchyard
Citing this Record "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2015), John Bennett, 1564; Burial, Wiveliscombe, Taunton Deane Borough, Somerset, England, St Andrew Churchyard; citing record ID 126316095, Find a Grave,

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A quick look at this says it's a no no. The Bennet that becme an MP and who was later knighted etc came from Berkshire. A look at Wikipedia seems to clarify all this. The Bennets of Wiveliscombe Somerset were tanners and traders in the local market. Some did however do well and moved to London before getting chucked out of the UK for their puritanical views on religion. After an exile in Holland they returned to the UK before sailing to Americas and slaughtering the locals. There appears to be two families mixed up here.
posted by Chris Hoult
A cursory search of the Earls of Tankerville do not support the claim that John Bennett, 1508-1564, was ever entitled to either position, Earl of Tankerville and/or Baron Ossulston. Therefore, the claim of knighthood is also in question.
Bennett-1903 and Bennett-64 appear to represent the same person because: same parents, same person
posted by Robin Lee
Bennett-7151 and Bennett-64 appear to represent the same person because: same name, birth and death...wife's information also needs to be merged.
posted by Robin Lee

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