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Bennett, William E.

WILLIAM E. BENNETT, farmer, P.O. Spartansburg, was born September 27, 1830, in Ellery, Chautauqua Co., N.Y.; son of Daniel and Dolly (Annis) Bennett. The father, a soldier in the war of 1812, was also a native of Chautauqua County, N.Y., and in 1840 moved to Rome Township, this county, where he cleared and developed his farm. The mother, a native of Vermont, died in 1843, leaving thirteen children; six are now living, viz.: Charles and Ezra in Warren County, Penn.; Milton, in Chautauqua County, N.Y.; William E.; Martha J., widow of P.S. Magee; Mary Ann, wife of Robert Kerr. Four of his sons gave their lives for their country’s cause, viz.: Jason, who died from a wound received in the battle of Bull Run; George, reported missing; Wesley, who died from the effects of wounds received in the mine explosion before Petersburg; and John, who died in Andersonville prison. Daniel Bennett subsequently married Mrs. Lydia Rew; he died at Mageetown, February 11, 1883, in his eighty-ninth year. He and all his sons, excepting Ezra, were stanch Democrats. Our subject acquired his education in the limited schools of the home district, and when but thirteen years of age commenced life for himself, and as soon as he had sufficient means accumulated, bought a farm. He was married September 7, 1857, to Emeline Chase, born in this township. January 12, 1837, daughter of John Chase. To this union were born Mary Lucretia, now Mrs. Rowley; John M.C., Lena J., William Henry and two deceased in early childhood. After marriage they settled on the farm on which they have since resided, comprising 140 acres of fertile land. Mr. Bennett is a successful farmer, selling produce from his farm, which brings from $800 to $1,200 annually. He also takes active interest in the improvement of fine stock, having now fifty seven head of short-horn cattle, and some horses of a superior breed. He prefers to lead a retired life, though he is now filling the office of School Director; he has been a life-long Democrat.


 

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