BENNETT ANNEX

 

Ruth Evelyn (Bennett) Gardner Pedigree

(Start at generation 2, below.)

 

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Last Change: 1 October 2016

 

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Origin of the surname “Bennett:”

 

 

Generation

 

6  

 

5   David Bennett

 

1.  Biographical notes:

 

Born about 1818 in New York.  Died before 1865.

 

1850 US Census: David Bennett, age 32 (b. NYS) and employed lumbering, was heading a household in Salisbury Township, Herkimer County, New York.  His real estate was valued at $2,000.  The household also included his wife, Sarah Bennett, age 19 (b. NYS); son, Jerome Bennett, age 4 months (b. NYS); Willis Brown, age 21 (b. VT) and employed as a laborer; William McLane, age 25 (b. Ireland) and employed as a sawyer; and Melissa Henry, age 15 (b. NYS).

 

1855 NYS Census: David Bennet, age 34 (b. Herkimer Co., NY) and employed as a farmer, was heading a household in Salisbury Township, Herkimer County, New York.  He and his wife had resided in Salisbury Township for 6 years.  The household also included his wife, Sarah Bennet, age 24 (b. Herkimer Co., NY); son, Jerome Bennet, age 5 (b. Herkimer Co., NY); and son, Willys Bennet, age 3 (b. Herkimer Co., NY).  If interest, a household headed by Joseph Bennet, age 25, was a very close neighbor.

 

1860 US Census: David Bennett, age 42 (b. NYS) and employed as a farmer, was heading a household in Salisbury Township, Herkimer County, New York.  His real estate was valued at $1,000 and his personal property was valued at $600.  The household also included his wife, Sarah Bennett, age 30 (b. NYS); son, Jerome Bennett, age 10 (b. NYS); son, Willie Bennett, age 9 (b. NYS); son, David Bennett, age 3 (b. NYS); son, Lewis Bennett, age 1 (b. NYS); and Jacen H. Bennett, age 28 (b. NYS) and employed as a farm laborer, whose real estate was valued at $500.

 

2.  Wife: Sarah A. Henry

 

Born about 1830 in New York.  Died .

 

1865 NYS Census: Sarah A. Bennett, age 33 (b. Herkimer Co., NY) and a widow, who had been married once and had had 5 children, resided in the household headed by Augustus Christman, age 30 (b. Herkimer Co., NY) and employed as a farmer, in Ohio Township, Herkimer County, New York.  Augustus had had 3 children from 1 marriage.  The household also included Augustus's wife, Mallissa H. Christman, age 29 (b. Herkimer Co., NY); son, Elaxander Christman, age 5 (b. Herkimer Co., NY); son, James A. Christman, age 1 (b. Herkimer Co., NY); Abraham Christman, age 36 (b. Herkimer Co., NY), who was employed as a farmer and had had 1 child from 1 marriage; Abaham's wife, Maritte Christman, age 40 (b. Herkimer Co., NY); daughter, Ida C. Christman, age 7 (b. Herkimer Co., NY); and Sarah's children, Jeroam Bennett, age 15 (b. Herkimer Co., NY); Willis Bennett, age 13 (b. Herkimer Co., NY); David T. Bennett, age 8 (b. Herkimer Co., NY); and Lewis H. Bennett, age 5 (b. Herkimer Co., NY).  Of interest, the next door neighbor was the household headed by Nancy Bronstrader, age 58 (b. Montgomery Co., NY) and widowed, who had had 4 children from 1 marriage; daughter, Mary Bronstrader, age 19 (b. Herkimer Co., NY); and daughter, Josephene Brondstrader, age 17 (b. Herkimer Co., NY).

 

1875 NYS Census: There was a Sarah Bennett, age 44, who was employed as a servant in the household headed by J. E. S. Wilkinson, age 45, in Wilmurt Township, Herkimer County, New York.

 

3.  Children: (5 total)

 

a. Jerome Bennett: Born about 1849 in New York.

 

b. Will Bennett: Married (?) and had the following son:

 

(1. Archie Bennett: (photos) Married Clara (?).

 

c. David “Dave” T. Bennett: (photos) Married May (?) and resided at High Bridge, New York.  David and May had the following daughter:

 

(1. Ada Bennett: (photos) Married (?).

 

d. Lewis Henry Bennett: See generation 4, below.

  

4   Lewis Henry Bennett (photos) (more info)

 

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1. Biographical notes:

 

Born 1 September 1859 in Herkimer County, New York.  Died a home, 640 Burchard Street, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York on Friday, 25 November 1932, age 73, from complications of heart disease; interred Woodlawn Cemetery, Syracuse.  In early adulthood was an evangelist of the Free Methodist Church and the Methodist-Episcopal Church, travelling widely throughout New York State.  Later earned his living as a builder/contractor.  After marriage resided 5 years at Ilion (west of Herkimer), Herkimer County, New York.  Moved to 115 LaFayette Avenue, Syracuse, New York about 1883.  In 1919 moved to Cold Brook (N.E. of Utica in southern Russia Twp, Herkimer Co.), New York, and in May 1925 retired and moved to 640 Burchard Street, Watertown, New York.

 

1880 US Census: Lewis Bennett, age 20 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS) and employed as a laborer, was heading a household in Norway Township, Herkimer County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Rachel Bennett, age 20 (b. NYS; parents b. Germany); and son, David P. Bennett, age 6 months (b. Dec 1879 in NYS; parents b. Germany).

 

1900 US Census: Louis H. Bennett, age 41 (b. Sep 1859 in NYS) and employed as a contractor and builder, resided in the household headed by [his brother-in-law] Firman Ouderkirk, age 46 (b. Jul 1854 in NYS) in the Village of Polland, Russia Township, Herkimer County, New York.  The household also included Louis's wife of 21 years, Rachel Bennett, age 40 (b. Feb 1860 in NYS); and son, David P. Bennett, age 21 (b. NYS). [for more, see Brondstatter Annex and below for David Philip Bennett]

 

1930 US Census: L. H. Bennett, age 70, 1st married age 18, was heading a household at 640 Burchard Street in Watertown, Jefferson County, New York, next door to his son, David.  The household also included his wife, Rachel Bennett, age 70, 1st married age 18.

 

2. Wife: Rachel Brondstatter (photos) (more info)

 

Born 10 February 1860 in Ohio Township, Herkimer County, New York; daughter of Philip and Johanna “Hannah” (Snyder) Brondstatter, who immigrated to the United State from Germany.  Died 8 January 1934, age 73, from complications of a cerebral hemorrhage at the House of the Good Samaritan Hospital, Jefferson County, New York; interred Woodlawn Cemetery, Syracuse.  Married Lewis Henry Bennett on 13/3 July 1878 in Poland Township, Herkimer County, New York.

 

3. Child:

 

a. David Philip Bennett: See generation 3, below.

 

b. Child: Died before 1900.

 

3   David Philip Bennett (photos) (more info)

 

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1. Biographical notes:

 

Born 18 November 1879 at Gray, Herkimer County, New York (NE of Utica).  Died Wednesday, 8 January 1936, age 56, at the House of the Good Samaritan Hospital, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York from complications of pneumonia (caught a severe cold on 31 Dec 1935); interred North Watertown Cemetery.  As a young boy moved with his parents to Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York and attended public schools there.  Also graduated from business college at Syracuse.  Was employed as a contractor/builder in Syracuse until about 1914.  After marriage resided at 111˝ Bissell Street, Syracuse, where at oldest child, Ruth, was born.  Moved to Collamer (RD #4, East Syracuse, about 9 miles east of Syracuse), where David was employed as a farmer.  Following the death of his (1st) wife (late 1918), moved to reside with his parents at Cold Brook, Herkimer County, New York.  In 1919 moved to 420 Moffett Street, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.  Last address: 638 Burchard Street, Watertown.  In Watertown was 1st employed in the assembling department of the H. H. Babcock Carriage Company, rising to foreman status.  In 1924 became Chief Mechanic at the Hotel Woodruff in Watertown.  In December 1932 entered employment as a securities salesman for the North Country Securities Corporation.

 

1880 US Census: David P. Bennett, age 6 months (b. Dec 1879 in NYS), resided with his parents in Norway Township, Herkimer County, New York.

 

1900 US Census: Firman Ouderkirk, age 45 (b. July 1854 in NYS; parents b. NYS) and employed as a lumber dealer, was heading a household in the Village of Poland, Russia Township, Herkimer County, New York.  The household also included his wife of 23 years, Kathrine Ouderkirk, age 45 (b. Jan 1855 in NYS; parents b. Germany), who had had no children; boarder [brother-in-law], Louis H. Bennett, age 40 (b. Sep 1859 in NYS; parents b. NYS; parents b. NYS) and employed as a contractor and builder; sister-in-law [Louis's wife of 21 yrs], Rachel Bennett (b. Feb 1860 in NYS; parents b. Germany), who had had 2 children, 1 of whom was still alive; boarder [Louis's son], David P. Bennett, age 20 (Nov 1879 in NYS; parents b. NYS), single, and employed as a day laborer; father-in-law, Philip Bronstrater, age 79 (b. Feb 1821 in Germany; parents b. Germany) and retired; and mother-in-law, Hannah Bronstrater, age 69 (b. Jun 1830 in Germany; parents b. Germany), who had had 4 children [very legible; seems the number should be at least 6 children], all still alive.

 

1910 US Census: On 22 April 1910 David P. Bennett, age 30 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS) and employed as a contractor and builder, was heading a household at 104 Livingston Avenue in the City of Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York.  The household also included his wife of 6 years, Evelyn E. Bennett, age 24 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS), who had had 3 children, all still alive; daughter, Ruth Bennett, age 4 (b. NYS); son, Erwin E. Bennett, age 2 (b. NYS); son, Carl Bennett, age 9 months; and sister-in-law, Mabel C. Horner, age 26 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS), single, and employed as a telephone operator.

 

1910 US Census: On 24 November 1910 David Philip Bennett, age 31 years, 6 days, was heading a household at 103 Warner Avenue (1st floor flat of a 2 family house they had occupied since 9 September 1910) in the City of Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Evelyn Ella, age 25 years, 1 month; daughter, Ruth Evelyn (age 4 years, 7 ˝ months); son, Erwin David (age 3 years, 2 ˝ months); and son, Carl Lewis Charles (age 1 year, 4 months).

 

1920 US Census: David P. Bennett, age 40 and employed as a house carpenter, was heading a household at 638 Burchard Street, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Ethel Bennett, age 30; daughter, Ruth Bennett, age 13; son, Erwin Bennett, age 12; son, Carl Bennett, age 10; and son, Arthur Bennett, age 5.

 

1930 US Census: David Bennett, age 50, 1st married age 20, and employed as a master mechanic in a hotel, was heading a household at 638 Burchard Street, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York, next door to his father, L. H. Bennett.  The household also included his wife, Ethel Bennett, age 41, 1st married age 30; niece, Gladys Gardner, age 18 and employed as a stenographer at New York Air Brake; son, Erwin Bennett, age 22; and son, Carl Bennett, age 20.  All were born in New York State. 

 

2. Wife #1: Evelyn Ella Horner (photos)

(also seen: Eva N. Horner)

"Ella"

 

Born 28 October 1885 at Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York (also seen: b. Collamer, NY).  Died 1 November 1918 at the family farm at Collamer (9 miles east of Syracuse, N.Y.) from complications of influenza and double bronchial pneumonia.  Married David Philip Bennett on 12 June/July 1904 with Reverend J. B. Knassenberger officiating and witnessed by Kenneth W. Robinson and Florence M. Horner.

 

a. Children:

 

a. Ruth Evelyn Bennett: See generation 1, below.

 

b. Reverend (Methodist) Erwin David Bennett: (photos) (more info) Born Friday, 13 September 1908 at home on Bissell Street, Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York.  Died 1983 from complications of Alzheimer's Disease.  Moved with his father and siblings to Watertown, Jefferson County, New York in 1919.  Graduated from the State Street Elementary School in Watertown and in 1926 graduated from Watertown High School.  Earned a B.A. degree from Asbury College, Wilmore, Kentucky in 1931.  Subsequently attended Boston University and graduated from Colgate-Rochester Divinity School in 1943 with a bachelor of divinity degree.  Entered the active ministry in 1931 and had numerous posting thereafter.  Was also a U.S. Navy Chaplain for a number of years starting 1944.

 

Married Doris Muriel Larkins (photos) (more info) (b. 8 Mar 1913 at Watertown, NY, d. 25 Feb 2004 at Eaton, OH), daughter of Roy and Belle C. (Ripley) Larkins of 1013 Superior Street/714 Cooper Street, Watertown, on 25 June 1931 at the home of Reverend-Dr. Ernest Caldwell (photos) in Canton, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Doris graduated from Watertown High School.  Married and baptized many in the Bennett and Gardner families.  Erwin and Doris had the following children:

 

(1. Erwin Kenneth Bennett “Kenneth”: Born 1932 in Oswego Center, New York.  In 1936 resided with his parents at Oswego Center, Oswego County, New York.  Graduated from the University of California, Berkley.

 

(2. Richard M. Bennett: (photos) Born 1938.  Graduated from Lansing High School.

 

(3. Phyllis Jane Bennett: (photos) Born 1947.

 

c. Carl Lewis/Louis Charles Bennett: (photos) (more info) Born 27/29 July 1909 at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.  Died 7 November 1990, age 81, in Jefferson County, New York.  Graduated from Watertown High School in 1928 and in early June 1931 from Ohio Wesleyan College, Delaware, Ohio in.  Married Dorothy “Dot” Blanche Cole (photos) (b. 13 Jan 1909), daughter of Guy G. (more info) and Florence M. (Barr) Cole of 195 Thompson Boulevard, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York (who also had a son, Gordon), on 8 June 1931 at the Cole residence with Reverend-Dr. Ernest Caldwell (of Canton, NY) officiating.  Dorothy graduated from Watertown High School in 1926 and from the House of the Good Samaritan School of Nursing, Watertown, in 1929.  Carl and Dorothy initially resided at Dexter, New York.  In 1955 they resided at Pillar Point, Jefferson County, New York.  They also resided at 310 Ten Eyck Street, Watertown.  In 1932 resided with his parents at 638 Burchard Street, Watertown.  In 1968 & 75 resided at 207 South Catherine Street, Plattsburgh, New York.  In 1982 again resided at Dexter.  Carl and Dorothy had the following children:

 

(1. David Guy Bennett: (more info) Born 1932 at the House of the Good Samaritan Hospital, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.  Graduated 1951 from Watertown High School.  Served in the U.S. Army and the U. S. Coast Guard.  Was employed as a carpenter and painter.  Married Madeleine Claire Linnell, daughter of H. Wells and Claire (Pierce) Linnell (photos) of 309 Ten Eyck Street, Watertown, in 1955 at the First Methodist Church, Watertown, New York and resided initially in New York.  Madeleine graduated from Watertown High School in 1950 and from Russell Sage College in 1954.  She earned a masters degree from Potsdam State College in 1971 and was employed as a teacher at Carthage Central School.  David and Madeleine had the following children: (order uncertain)

 

(a. Carl Wells Bennett: (more info) Born 1955; 7 pounds, 10 ounces at San Diego, California.  Subsequently resided in California.

 

(b. Guy David Bennett: Born 1957.  Resided at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.

 

(c. Mark W. Bennett: Resided at Rochester, Monroe County, New York.

  

(2. Robert “Bob” Louis Bennett: (photos) (more info) Born 1935 at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.  Graduated 1953 from Watertown High School, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York and 1957 from Rider College with a BS degree.  Subsequently employed by the Northwestern Insurance Company.  In 1960 resided with his family at 310 Ten Eyck Street, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.  Was founder and leader of the “New York Patriots.”  Married Joyce Ann Takach, daughter of James Takach of 25 Howell Street, Trenton 10, New Jersey (who also had daughter, Carol Rita Takach), on Saturday, 13 April 1957 at the Pilgrim Presbyterian Church, Trenton, New Jersey.  Joyce graduated 1953 from Trenton Central High School.  Robert and Joyce had the following children:

 

(a. Robert James Bennett: Born 1958.

 

(b. Jon F. Bennett: (more info) Born 1960 at the House of the Good Samaritan Hospital, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.

 

(c. Pamela J. Bennett: Born 1962.

 

(3. Arthur “Art” Frederick Bennett: (photos)(more info) Born 1937.  Graduated from Watertown High School and Plattsburgh State University College of Education.  Served in the U.S. Coast Guard.  Married Carolyn Swett (b. 1936), daughter of Samuel J. Swett of Portland, Maine, in 1961 and subsequently resided at 394 Danforth Street, Portland, Maine.  Graduated from Gorham State Teachers College, Gorham, Maine with a bachelors degree majoring in music.  Arthur and Carolyn had the following children:

 

(a. Carol Bennett: Born about 1961.

 

(b. Whitney Bennett: Born about 1969.

 

(4. Margo Elaine Bennett: (photos) Born 1945.  Married (?).

 

d. Arthur Frederick Bennett: (photos) (more info) Born 2 July 1914.  Died 4/6 May 1920, age 5.

 

3. Wife #2: Ethel Jane Gardner (photos) (more info)

See paragraph D.4.d. of generation 5 of the Gardner Annex.

SSN: 102-12-0539

5’ 2” tall; grey eyes

 

Born 23 February 1889 at the original Ira Gardner homestead farm at Gardnerville (near Evans Mills), LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York; daughter of Reuben J. and Estella/Estelle G.? (Lewis) Gardner.  Graduated there from District #3 grammar school.  Died 30 March 1968, age 79, from complications of a heart attack suffered on the front porch of her employer, Mrs. David A. Marshall, having just walked there from her residence to start the day’s work (pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital, Watertown); interred 2 April in North Watertown Cemetery.  Married David Philip Bennett on Wednesday afternoon, 1 October 1919 at the Reuben J. Gardner residence (original Ira Gardner homestead), LeRay Township, New York, with Ethel’s uncle, Reverend (Methodist-Episcopal) F. H. Lewis, officiating and with brother Clarence and Clarence’s wife, Grace (Helmer) Gardner, serving as witnesses.  In 1936 Ethel resided with David at 420 Moffett Street, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.  Following David’s death continued to reside there with her brother, Henry R. Gardner, until he died 15 May 1967.  In 1954 she was also taking care of Mrs. Schell.  Resided last at 811 State Street, Watertown and was employed a couple of blocks down the street as a domestic servant for Mrs. David A. Marshall, 653 State Street.

 

Photos indicate David Philip Bennett’s father, Louis Henry Bennett of Cold Brook, Herkimer County, New York, and Myron Parsons Gardner of Gardnerville, Jefferson County, New York were acquainted and socialized.  This might explain, at least in part, how David came to meet and marry Myron’s cousin, Ethel, who also lived in Jefferson County.  The Bennetts and Gardners both appear to have participated in religious meetings at the Richland Camp Ground, east of Pulaski, where Myron and Tempa had a cottage.

 

2   Ruth Evelyn Bennett:

 

Born 14 February 1906 at Syracuse, New York.  Died Wednesday, 24 March 1982, age 76.  Married, Elwood Lawrence Gardner, generation 2 of the Gardner Annex.

 

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Other Bennett-related names:

 

g. Carolyn Swett.

 

i. David Cook.

 

l. Neva Stoddard Yeaman.

 

m. Helen Stoddard Shepard.

 

n. Leon Arcides Stoddard.

 

o. Marrian Stoddard.

 

p. Patricia Stoddard.

 

q. Pete Trasie.

 

r. Guy G. Cole: (more info) Born 30 September 1890 at Cape Vincent, Jefferson County, New York.  Died 24 December 1955 at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York; interred there in Brookside Cemetery.  Resided at 255 Ten Eyck Street, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.  Married (?) and had the following children:

 

(1. Gordon B. Cole: (photos) (more info) Married Donna Patton, daughter of Donald J. Patton of Athens, Pennsylvania, in the parsonage of the Asbury Methodist Church, Watertown.

 

(2. Dorothy B. Cole: Married Carl Louis Charles Bennett, son of David Philip Bennett, generation 3, above.

 

s. Brenda Anne Bennett: (photos) Baby in 1965.

 

 

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