Bennett Family of Hope

This is NOT intended to be a COMPLETE record. It is however, a study of this family taken primarily from sources available online on various free and fee sites. Everything in this compilation should be checked against primary sources, where available, for the best accuracy. The authors of this work are not related to this family!

UPDATED! - Information sent in by Cindy LaVallee has been included herein! This includes photos and information on George H. Bennett (#1.4.5), his father, Ira Bennett (#1.4), and his grandfather, Isaac Bennett (#1) and Isaac's father, Isaac (the first generation show here).


Descendants of Isaac Bennett

Isaac Bennett was born about 1759 to Isaac Bennett and Zilpha Peterson, probably in Massachusetts. He served in the Revolutionary War, enlisting in 1777 in Pelham, MA. He was discharged in 1783. He married Abigail Sheldin of Adams, MA on 14 Feb 1792. According to her gravestone, she was born in 1775... quite the age gap!! They were living in Northampton, NY in 1818, when Isaac filed for a military pension. An interesting aside; in 1818, Isaac was considered a farmer of very little wealth. His property (besides clothing and bedding) was listed as two oxen (for which he still owed $37.50), one cow, six young hogs, one older hog, a few farming implements and some kitchen items. He was awarded a pension of $8 a month based on these circumstances and on his health. By 1820, they had moved to Hope. During the course of their marriage, they raised 13 children:

    Daniel Bennett      born 15 Oct 1795
    Poley Bennett       born 10 Apr 1798
1.  Isaac Bennett, Jr   born 25 Sept 1800
    Hanah Bennett       born 6 Sept 1802
2.  John Bennett        born 8 Oct 1804
    Patience Bennett    born 6 Feb 1806
    Robert King Bennett born 8 Dec 1808
    Peter Bennett       born 14 Mar 1810
    Gilbert Bennett     born 21 Apr 1812
    Esther Jane Bennett born 4 June 1815
    Zilpha Bennett      born 7 June 1820
    Aaron Bennett       born __Jan 1821
    Orry Bennett        born 4 Jan 1825

All of the above children's names and dates were taken from Isaac's military records, which were, in turn, taken from the family bible. Isaac died in Hope Falls 22 Dec 1832 and was buried in the Northville Cemetery. Abigail continued to draw on Isaac's pension. She died 18 Mar 1864 and was buried next to her husband.

1.  Isaac Bennett was born 25 Sep 1800 in NY and died between 1870 and 1880. He married Rebecca Travis who was born about 1799 in NY and appears to have also died between 1870 and 1880. I don't know much about their lives.


Census:
1850, Hope: farmer, age 49
1860, Hope: farmer, age 60
1870, Hope: farmer, age 69

"History of Hamilton county," by Ted Aber and Stella King:
1823: listed in school district 9 of Northampton and Hope.
1825: listed in Hope in the 1825 census.
  Isaac and Rebecca Bennett likely had the following children:
    1.1. Daniel Bennett born about 1824. He is living next door to 
             Isaac in the 1850 census.
    1.2. Caroline Bennett born 1825, died 1907, m. William Elias Williams.
    1.3. son born between 1825 and 1830, likely died before 1840.
    1.4. Ira Bennett, born 1834 in NY.
    1.5. Isaac Bennett, jr., born 1836 in NY (never married)

1.1.  Daniel Bennett was born about 1824 in NY and died between 1880 and 1892. He married Charlotte who was born about 1831 in NY. Daniel was married about 1873 to Mrs. Mary Craig. She was born Mar 1845 and she is widowed and using the Craig surname in the 1892 census, but with her 3 youngest (Bennett) children still living with her. Mary had the following children prior to her marriage with Daniel: John Craig (b. abt 1866), Lena? (b. abt 1870), Oliver (b. abt 1872).

Census:
1850, Hope: farmer, age 26
1860, Hope: lumbering, age 29
1880, Hope: farmer, age 56, none of the children from his first marriage are living with him.
1892, Hope: his widow is listed under the name Mary Craig
1900, Northampton: [Mary Bennett; 10 children / 9 surviving]

  Daniel and Charlotte Bennett had at least the following children:
    1.1.1.  Zilpha Bennett, b. about 1846, NY
    1.1.2.  Rosannah Bennett, b. about 1849, NY
    1.1.3.  Mary Bennett, b. about 1854, NY

  Daniel and Mary (Mrs. Craig) Bennett had the following children:
    1.1.4.  Mary Bennett, b. abt 1874
    1.1.5.  Robert Henry Bennett, b. 29 Dec 1878, married Rose.  Living in
            Northville in 1918.
    1.1.6.  Frank Bennett, b. Feb 1883
    1.1.7.  Jennie Bennett, b. Apr 1885

1.1.5.  Robert Bennett was born 29 Dec 1878 and married Rose about 1900. She was born about 1881.

Census:
1910, Hope: farmer, general farm, age 31; Rose- glove maker, at home
1918, Northville: farmer in Hope, age 39
1920, Hope: teamster, working out, age 41

  Robert and Rose Bennett had the following children:
    1.1.5.1.  Helen, b. about 1909
    1.1.5.2.  Howard, b. about 1912

1.2. Caroline Bennett was born in 1823 and died in 1897. She married William Elias Williams who was born in Aug 1822 and died in 1912.

  William E. Williams and Caroline Bennett had the following children:
    1.2.1. Margaret Williams, born Jul 1849, m. abt 1889 to Allie Travis
               she had 6 children before 1900 with one living, but not 
               residing with her and Allie.  In 1910 the census shows
               that this is a second marriage and that she had 3 children
               with three living, but not children in the household.
    1.2.2. Mary E. Williams, born [Dec?] 1849, died 18 Oct 1851; 
               buried Hope Falls Cemetery
    1.2.3. Dolly Mary Williams, born 1852 (not a twin to Lester who 
               is one year younger), m. bef 1875 to Samuel Burgess
    1.2.4. Lester Williams, born 1852 married to Julia Groff
    1.2.5. Abigail J. Williams, born 1855, died 6 Mar 1864;
               buried Hope Falls Cemetery
    1.2.6. Isaac B. Williams, born Apr 1859, died 1941;
               buried Hope Falls Cemetery; single in 1900.
    1.2.7. Etta Amanda Williams, born Feb 1862 m. abt 1880 to Benjamin
               Burgess.  They had 14 children with 10 surviving by 1910.

Census:
1850, Hope: farmer, age 26 [William E.]
1860, Hope: farmer, age 36 [Elias]
1870, Northampton, Fulton co., NY: "works out", age 47 [Elias]
1900, Hope: farm laborer, age 77 [Elias W.], living with daughter Etta A. Burgess (listed as boarder)
1910, Hope: no employment, age 87, widowed, living with daughter Etta A. Burgess


according to a great-aunt one of the girls married a Travis. This is a picture of their daughter. Her name is said to be Ivy Travis, a grand-daughter of Caroline and Elias. The young man's name was Frank Dollar, a family friend. So far no record has been found of Ivy.


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Left to Right: Ira Bennett (1834-1908),
Caroline Bennett Williams (sister to Ira)(1825-1907)
and William Elias Williams (husband of Caroline)(1824-1912)
in front of log cabin home in Hope Falls

1.4.  Ira Bennett was born in 1834 in NY (his age changes significantly between census reports). He died in 1908. He married about 1860 to Emmeline ("Emma") Akeley who was born on 29 Oct 1839 in NY. He is found with his parents through the 1850 census and with his wife and children in the 1860 thru 1880 town of Hope census. In the 1870 census there is a Daniel Bennett, age 75 (b. abt 1795) living with the family. He is living in Gloversville with his wife and sons Alvin and William. The copy I've seen is very light and difficult to read. Emma is listed in this census as having had 6 children with 5 surviving.

Census:
1850, Hope: farmer, age 19, listed with his parents
1860, Hope: farmer, age 26
1870, Hope: farmer, age 37 (Daniel Bennett, age 75 resides with them)
1880, Hope: farmer, age 44

"History of Hamilton county," by Ted Aber and Stella King:
1863: served in 26th Regiment, 17th Brigade, 5th Division of New york State National Guard

  Ira and Emma Bennett had the following children:
    1.4.1.  Alvin Bennett, born on 2 May 1860 in Hope Falls, NY; 
              died on 2 Mar 1917 in Gloversville, Fulton county, 
              NY; buried in Gloversville; never married.
    1.4.2.  John Bennett, born on 23 Dec 1861 in Hope Falls, NY; 
              died 22 Jan 1953 in Gloversville, Fulton county, 
              NY; buried in Gloversville; married Jane Bell.
    1.4.3.  Fred Bennett, born 10 Jul 1866 in Hope Falls, NY; 
              died 6 Feb 1851 in Gloversville, Fulton county, 
              NY; buried in Gloversville; married Abbie Travis.
              A daughter, Florence, died of influenza in 1918 and
              is buried in Hope Falls cemetery.
    1.4.4.  John A. Bennett, born April 1870, NY, likely died before 1880 
              as he's not listed in this census.
    1.4.5.  George Henry Bennett, born on 15 Jun 1870 in Hope Falls, NY; 
              died 6 May 1946 in Gloversville, Fulton county, NY; 
              buried in Hope Falls Cemetery; married Elizabeth Ella Philes.
    1.4.6.  William Bennett, born on 16 Jun 1874 in Hope Falls, NY; 
              died 15 Sep 1952 in Gloversville, Fulton county, NY;
              buried in Gloversville; never married

Date and spouse information for Alvin, John (b. 1861), Fred, George and William is taken from death certificates; info for John A. Bennett (#1.4.4) is from the 1870 census record.


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George Henry Bennett,
born 1870 in Hope Falls,
died 1946 in Gloversville,
buried Hope Falls Cemetery

1.4.5. George Henry Bennett married Elizabeth Ella Philes, daughter of Sarah Alice Thornber and George H Philes. She was born in Fonda, NY on 29 Jan 1878.

They had 3 children:  
    1.4.5.1. George Martin Bennett (25 Nov 1894 - 13 May 1971).  George 
               was my grandfather.  He married Mary Kenney on 19 Feb 1919.
               Grandpa was quite proud of the fact that he served in the Navy
               in both WWI and WWII.  My grandparents lived in Gloversville
               and later Broadalbin.  They are buried in Galway, NY.
    1.4.5.2. Frances Bernice (3 June 1898 - 21 May 1947) 
    1.4.5.3. Anieta (6 Mar 1902 - 6 Feb 2000)

1.5. Isaac Bennett was born in 1836 in NY.

Notes:

  • There is a gravestone without dates for an Isaac Bennett in the Hope cemetery, town of Hope, Hamilton county.
  • According to military records, the Isaac Bennett grave marker without dates in the Hope Falls Cemetery should belong to the son of Isaac and Rebecca. The company and regiment names are a match. He served 16 months in the Civil War and was discharged after receiving a gunshot wound to the foot, which disabled him for life.

    Census:
    1850, Hope: farmer, age 16, listed with his parents
    1860, Hope: farmer, age 24, listed with his parents

    "History of Hamilton county," by Ted Aber and Stella King:
    1863: served in 26 Regiment, 17th Brigade, 5th Division of New york State National Guard

    Civil War service and pension records:
    Enlisted 19 Jan 1864 at Hope, NY, age 29 as Private, Co. B, 2nd NY Heavy Artillery
    Wounded 2 June 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA
    Discharged for disability 27 May 1865 at Albany, NY
    Filed for Invalid pension 22 Jan 1868
    App.# 134013, Cert. #93202
  • 2.  John Bennett was born about 1804 in NY. He married Perlina? who was born about 1797 in NY.

    Census:
    1850, Hope: farmer, age 45
    1860, Hope: farmer, age 56

      John Bennett and Polina had the following child (possibly others?):
        2.1.  Abby Jane Bennett, b. about 1836 in NY
    

    Descendants of Robert Bennett

    3.  Robert Powers Bennett was born about 1811 in NY. He married Hannah Williams who was born about 1827 in NY. She died in 1871. Their family is listed on the town of Hope census for 1850 and 1860.

    Census:
    1850, Hope: farmer, age 39
    1860, Hope: farmer, age 49
    1870, Hope: farmer, age 57 (listed under Lory P. Bennett and Hana Bennett)

      Robert and Hannah Williams Bennett had the following children:
        3.1.  John W. Bennett, b. Apr 1844, NY
        3.2.  Isaac D. Bennett, b. about 1846, NY
        3.3.  Margaret J. Bennet, b. about 1849, NY.  She may have married 
                Isaac A. Simmons (M. Simmons, age 22 and Isaac A. Simmons, 
                age 24 are listed with Robert.  Also listed is William A.
                Simmons, age 12.  This could be William Bennett listed below).
        3.4.  William Bennett, b. about 1858, NY.  He appears to have moved 
                to Northampton, Fulton county, NY.
    

    3.1.  John W. Bennett was born April 1844 in NY and died in 1921. He is buried Hope Valley (Willard) cemetery. He was married about 1869 to Sarah M. Conklin who was born Nov 1851 in NY and died 1931 and is buried Hope Valley (Willard) cemetery. By the 1900 census she had 5 children with 4 still surviving. Ted Aber and Stella King provides the story of this family in detail in his history of Hamilton county, but in short, the mother Sarah, some time after the death of her daughter due to illness, became so afraid that her other children might become ill that she managed to persuade 3 of her grown boys to remain lying in bed for many years as well as to persuade her husband to allow this to occur. Also, it was commonly known in the area as to what was going on, but was not acted upon for many years. Eventually the mother was sent to an institution and the boys recovered and continued with their lives.

    Notes:
    17? Feb 1921
    Unknown paper
        John Bennett died at his home in Hope yesterday morning at the age of 78 years. Mr. Bennett had been confined to his bed for several years. He was a veteran of the Civil War. He is survived by his widow, who at present is in Utica, also four sons, Fayette Bennett of Hope, George, Ward and Frank Bennett, who live at home. The funeral arrangements have not been announced.

    Census:
    1860, Hope: farm laborer, age 16, listed with his parents
    1870, Hope: laborer, age 26
    1880, Hope: farmer, age 36
    1900, Hope: farmer, age 56; Sarah- sewing machine operator glover?
    1910, Hope: farmer, general farm, age 66; Sarah - glove maker, home
    1920, Hope: retired, pensioneer, age 75, Sarah not living with him.

    Civil War service records:
    Enlisted 8 Aug 1862 at Northampton, NY; age 19 as Pvt., Batt'y E, 4th NY HA
    Mustered in 8 Aug 1862
    POW 25 Aug 1864 at Ream's Station, VA
    Released 8 Oct 1864 (place not stated)
    Promoted: Sergeant 1 Feb 1865
    1st Sergeant 1 May 1865
    Mustered out 3 June 1865 at Alexandria, VA

    1890 Veterans census: Hope, Hamilton Co., NY
    John W. BENNETT Sargent E 4, NY, H.A. 8 Aug 1862 10 Jun 1865 2y, 10m, 2d
    Hope In the (sirvis?) Kidney complant

      Children of John W. and Sarah M. Conklin Bennett:
        3.1.1.  Fayette Bennett, b. Mar 1871, NY.
        3.1.2.  Maggie Bennett, b. about 1876, NY d. 2 Dec 1891, buried 
                  Hope Valley (Willard) cemetery
        3.1.3.  George Bennett, b. 14 Jun 1879, NY.  He is listed as a farm 
                  laborer in the 1900 census.  In 1910 he is listed as sick 
                  several years.  In 1918 he is listed in the WWI Civilian 
                  Draft Registration as being a "Helpless invalid fourteen 
                  years".  In 1920 he's listed as invalid.  
        3.1.4.  John Ward Bennett, b. 29 Sep 1882, NY (known as "Ward").  He 
                  is listed as a farm laborer in the 1900 census.  In 1910 
                  he is listed as sick several years.  In 1918 he is listed 
                  in the WWI Civilian Draft Registration as being a "Helpless 
                  invalid seventeen years".  In 1920 he's listed as invalid.  
        3.1.5.  Frank Wade Bennett, b. 19 Aug 1884, NY.  He is listed as 
                  attending school in the 1900 census.  In 1910 he is listed 
                  as sick several years.  In 1918 he is listed in the WWI 
                  Civilian Draft Registration as being a "Helpless invalid
                  eleven years".  In 1920 he's listed as invalid.  
    

    3.1.1.  Fayette Bennett was born Mar 1871 in NY. He married about 1892 to Anna M. who was born Apr 1869 in NY. At the time of the 1900 census Anna had borne 4 children with 3 surviving.

    Census:
    1900, Hope: day laborer, age 29 - listed with father and on his own; Anna - sewing machine operator glover
    1910, Hope: teamster, on road, age 39; Anna- glove maker, at home

      Fayette and Anna M. Bennett had the following children:
        3.1.1.1.  Madge Bennett, b. Sep 1893.  She may have married Frank Buyce.
        3.1.1.2.  Blanche Bennett, b. Jul 1895
        3.1.1.3.  Hazel M. Bennett, b. Mar 1897
    

    3.2.  Isaac D. Bennett was born about 1846 in NY. He appears to never have married.

    Notes:
    5 Mar 1930
    unknown paper
        Isaac D. Bennett, 84 years of age, passed away Wednesday night about 12:30, at the home of his cousin, Neil Morrison on Division street, where he had made his home for the past 12 years. Mr. Bennett had been in failing health for some time, but had been confined to his bed for only 10 days.
        He was a veteran of the Civil War, serving as a private for three years, and is one of the few survivors of the Civil War in this vicinity. His survivors are one brother, William Bennett of Gloversville, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
        The funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the home of Neil Morrison on Division street, the Rev. George K. Fraser, pastor of the First Presbyterian church officiating. The remains will be placed in the receiving vault in Prospect Hill cemetery until Spring when interment will be m[ade] [missing words] plot in this [missing words].

    Census:
    1910, Hope: laborer, working out, age 64 (boarder with farmer Wm H. Grunnell)
    1920, Hope: no occupation listed, single, age 74 (boarder with Neil? Morrison)

    Civil War service and pension records:
    Enlisted 8 Aug 1862 at Northampton, NY, age 18 as Pvt., Batt'y F, 4th NY HA
    Missing: 25 Aug 1864 at Ream's Station, VA
    Returned: 30 Aug 1864 (estimated day) (place not stated)
    Mustered out 3 June 1865 at Alexandria, VA

    Filed for Invalid pension 1 Dec 1881 from NY
    App.#[434366]?, Cert. #[674357]?

    1890 Veterans Census, Hope:
    Isaac BENNETT Private C 4, NY, H.A. 8 Aug 1862 20 Jun 1865 2y, 10m, 20d
    Northville In the (sirvis?) Prisner of War 2 months

    3.4.  William R. Bennett was born Jul 1858 in NY and died in 1936. He was married about 1887 to Addie Williams who was born June 1869 or 1870 and died in 1962. By 1900 Addie had borne 8 children with 6 still living and by 1910 Addie had borne 12 children with 7 still living. William and Addie are both buried in Prospect Hill cemetery, Northville, Fulton county, NY.

    Census:
    1880, Hope: laborer, age 21, residing with his uncle, Andrew Williams
    1892, Hope: laborer, age 33
    1900, Northampton: day laborer, age 41
    1910, Northampton: lumberer, woods, age 51; Addie - ??, private home

      William R. Bennett and Addie had the following children:
        3.4.1.  Ralf Bennett, b. about 1887, likely died before 1900.
        3.4.2.  Maude Bennett, b. Sep 1890, likely married before 1910.
        3.4.3.  Hannah D. Bennett, b. Jul 1891.  In 1910 she's listed as 
                  a "maker, gloves" and residing with her parents, age 19
        3.4.4.  Jesse Bennett, b. Mar 1893.  In 1910 she's listed as a "cutter, 
                  gloves" and residing with her parents, age 17
        3.4.5.  Lee Bennett, b. 19 Mar 1894 in Benson, NY.  In 1910 he's 
                  listed as a "buttoner, gloves" and residing with his parents, 
                  age 16.  Residing in Johnstown in 1918, farmer.  He died 
                  13 Oct 1985 in Gloversville (his obituary lists his mother's
                  maiden name as Addie Williams.)
        3.4.6.  William Bennett, b. Nov 1895
        3.4.7.  Roy Bennett, b. Apr 1898
        3.4.8.  Unknown child b. and d. before 1900.
        3.4.9.  Roxanna Bennett, b. about 1902
        3.4.10. Unknown child b. and died between 1900 and 1910.
        3.4.11. Unknown child b. and died between 1900 and 1910.
        3.4.12. Unknown child b. and died between 1900 and 1910.
    

    Sources:
    Family History provided by Cindy LaVellee
    Various Federal and state census records
    WWI Civilian Draft Registration (Ancestry.com)
    Civil War Service and Pension records (online)
    History of Hamilton County, by Ted Aber and Stella King, Great Wilderness Books, 1965
    Obituary of Isaac D. Bennett from the Duncan Scrapbook, provided by Gail Cramer (index online from the Fulton county NYGenWeb site).
    Obituary of John Bennett from the Duncan Scrapbook, provided by Gail Cramer (index online from the Fulton county NYGenWeb site).
    Marriage record of Roscoe Burgess on the Fulton county NYGenWeb site.

     

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