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Benajah Bennett-Research Notes

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John Austin 30 May 1999 Here is the Bennett line, as I have it:

Benajah-1 Bennett was b. c. 1748; called ae. 72 in 1820. According to tradition, his wife d. while attempting to cross Lake Champlain. He enlisted by 1777 from Worthington MA. From pension application (s45251), he res. at Bolton 20 April 1818 and in 1820 was ae. 72, very deaf and almost blind. He served as private in Col. Nixon's MA Regt. in 1777 and was a shoemaker. He was listed at Bolton in 1800, Thurman in 1810 (11010/20010), and Bolton in 1820. In addition to son Benajah, he also had sons William and Timothy.

Benajah-2 Bennett, prob. son of Benajah, was b. c. 1770-90 and d. "up north," per family tradition. He may have had a first wife. He m. Polly (Putnam) Lyons, b. c. 1787-9 to Parks and Sarah (Chapman) Putnam; she d. at Pattens Mills 27 Jan. 1871, ae. 81 (Sandy Hill Herald) or 82 (t.s.), bur. Sunnyside Cem., Queensbury. Benajah was listed at Bolton in 1820, 1830 and 1840. He had these probable children: Hiram L., Polly, Rensselaer, James, Julia, Betsey, Warren, Sullivan, and Walter R.

Sullivan-3 Bennett, son of Benajah, was b. Bolton 25 June 1829 and d. 23 May 1864, prob. in Civil War, serving with Co. E, 93rd Regt., bur. North Anne River, near Washington DC. He m. Hepsybeth Hill, b. Warren Co. c. 1834 to William Grandy and Frances or Fanny (Manning) Hill. Sullivan was called "Solomon" in father's household at Warrensburg in 1850. He and wife res. at Bolton in 1855 (wood house, $125), he called a farmer and a one-year resident. His widow res. Chester in 1866 and m. (2) Samuel G. Weller, b. c. 1820. At Chester in 1870 (5/5) were Samuel C. Weller (farmer) with Hepsibah (ae. 36), Weller children, and Erwin (17), Eliza (14), Ira E. (13), Delia A. (10) and Silas L. (8) Bennett. Children, entitled to Civil War pension (surr. court files 626, 1199):

i Erwin b. 12 March 1853; m. Almira Sherman.

ii Eliza b. 16 Sept. 1855 (surr. 626) or 12 Sept. 1854 (t.s.); d. 29 July 1881, bur. Warrensburg Cem.; m. 1876 George Pratt of Warrensburg, b. 13 March 1848 to Dennis and Olive (Reynolds) Pratt; he d. 4 March 1907, bur. with her; he m. (2) Effie C. Germain, b. 14 March 1862, d. 5 July 1940; Eliza had Pratt sons Dennis and Clarence (Smith's History p. 682).

iii Ira Edson b. 13 April 1857; m. Roxy Monroe.

iv Delia A. b. 16 or 17 Sept. 1859; undoubtedly the Delia Bennett, ae. 20, at Chester (1st ED) in 1880, called stepdau. of Sam and Hepsabeth Weller.

v Silas L. b. Horicon or Warrensburg 2 or 3 Oct. 1861; m. (1) Flora Bell Fuller; m. (2) Sarah E. Thomson.


DebbieRittelJohnson Posted: 16 Jun 2015 10:42 AM Classification: Query Surnames: BENNET, BENNETT, HOTCHKISS, THOMAS After a lot of research on BENAJAH BENNET and various spellings of his name (Bennajah, Benyah, Binajah, Benegah and Bennett, Bennit), I strongly believe that there are three (3) men with the same name (or derivatives thereof). There is BENAJAH BENNET born circa 1748/49 who served as a Private in the Revolutionary War for three years beginning in 1777-enlisting in Worthington, MA. His Revolutionary War Pension Records show that he only attained the rank of PRIVATE during his three years of service. After the "war", he is found residing in Warren County, New York. It seems he had a son-also named BENAJAH BENNET born circa 1875-1880...so I refer to them as "Senior" & "Junior".

Both BENAJAH BENNET (Sr.) and BENAJAH BENNET (Jr.) are found residing in BOLTON, WARREN CO., NY in the 1820 U.S. Federal Census Records. I haven't yet been able to determine the birthplace of BENAJAH BENNET (Sr.). With the close proximity of Worthington, MA to the New York State border, I am not sure if he (Sr.) was born in Massachusetts or New York State, and someone has suggested England...and now there is the suggestion that he might have been born in Canada.

The third (3rd) BENAJAH BENNET (born ca. 1737 and died ca. 1821) attained the rank of CAPTAIN in the Revolutionary War. He seems to be the one that married ZERVIAH CRANE on October 1, 1769 in Lebanon-Goshen, New London Co., Connecticut.

The "given" name of BENAJAH is unusual. It would be interesting to find out an origin for it...something I haven't been able to uncover yet.

My ancestor that may connect to all this is EMILY A. BENNETT (born Dec. 22, 1830 in Bolton, Warren Co., NY and died Jan. 25, 1910 in Volney, Oswego Co., NY-buried at Mt. Adnah Cemetery in Fulton, Oswego Co., NY). She married Webster A. Hotchkiss on July 13, 1851 in Baldwinsville, Onondaga Co., NY) EMILY A. BENNETT was a daughter of WILLIAM L. BENNETT (1800-1864...also buried at Mt. Adnah) and BETSEY ANN (1802-1879...buried at Mt. Adnah). It is believed that BETSEY ANN BENNETT's maiden name was "THOMAS".

With EMILY A. BENNETT's birth connection to Bolton, Warren Co., NY. I am trying to prove her ancestry and suspect that it might be: EMILY A. BENNETT to WILLIAM L. BENNETT who might be the son of BENAJAH BENNET (Jr.). It would be wonderful if we could learn the names of BENAJAH BENNET Sr. & BENAJAH BENNET Jr.'s wives!

I'd appreciate the help anyone might be able to give me in this matter. Thanks in advance!


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