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Bennett, Charles A.

CHARLES A. BENNETT, deceased, was a native of Stephentown, Rensselaer Co., N.Y., born October 5, 1794, son of Israel and Ruth (Brown) Bennett. He married Miss Laura Jewett, a native of Connecticut, born June 27, 1805, daughter of Ira and Elizabeth (Warren) Jewett. The result of this union was seven children: Mrs. Charity A. Liephart; Mrs. Lucy J. Sexton; Edwin L.; Israel J., deceased; Alonzo H.W.; Mrs. Cordelia F. Frontz, deceased, and Mrs. Laura B. Davis. Mr. Bennett had formerly been married to Miss Luana Hilt, of Stephentown, N.Y., who died leaving seven children, five now living, viz.: Mrs. Jeanette Brace, in Missouri; Mrs. Lavonia M. Hall, in Grand Rapids, Mich.; Mrs. Luana J. Hills, in Grand Rapids, Mich.; Emily A., wife of A.B. Pullman, in Chicago; and William H., in Erie County, Penn. After living in Clarendon, Orleans Co., N.Y., some years, our subject and family came to this county, and settled in Cussewago Township, October 11, 1847. Here Mr. Bennett purchased land and began developing a farm. On this there was an old mill site, with an old saw and grist-mill. On these he made repairs, and when complete, operated them, converting the grist-mill into a saw-mill in about two years. He manufactured lumber for the home market and for shipment abroad, chiefly to Pittsburgh, selling there at that time first class pine lumber for $7.50 per thousand, while at the mill it was $5.00. About 18.60 he took two sons, Edward L. and Alonzo H.W., into partnership with him, and they then built a large steam mill near the old site in 1864. Mr. Bennett died July 30, 1871, since which time the business has been carried on by his sons. Mrs. Bennett is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics our subject was a life-long Republican.


 

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