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William Bennett

Male 1751 - 1828  (77 years)


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  • Name William Bennett 
    • General Research Notes for William Bennett:


      Immigrated 1760 from France to New Jersey. Lived at Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania., then Warren County, Ohio 1815.

      Rev War-Bore colors at Bunker Hill & Yorktown (Washington's bodyguards) & was wounded seriously.

      William was an Ensign in Captain Simon Marston's company. Capt. Marston was under Colonel Joshua Wingate. The regiment was the second organized in New Jersey in July 1776 .

      Came from France in 1760 to New Jersey. Was a regimental color bearer at the Battle of Bunker Hill & Washington's personal guard at Yorktown & was seriously wounded. Moved to Ohio in 1816


      BENNETT William 175? New Jersey, priv. Official reg. Of officers and men of N. J. In the Rev. War. Ed. By Will. S. Stryker. Trenton, NJ. 1872. (878 p.): 506

      WILLIAM BENNETT & ADRIA ANN BENNETT (BRITTON) Our ancestors can be traced beyond the sea to the sunny vine clad hills of France. In the person of William Bennett centers the remotest historical data to which access can be had. Of him it is known that in early manhood (1760) he emigrated from his native land to the then inhospitable shores of the New World, and located in New Jersey previous to the breaking out of the Revolutionary War. Himself being imbued with the spirit that characterized the French under the leadership of the immortal Lafayette, he took up arms against the minions of George the Third, and in defense of the home and liberties of the oppressed Colonists fought in the battles and shared the hardships of those trying days. At the Battle of Bunker Hill he bore aloft the colors of the regiment, and at Yorktown he was one of Washington's own body-guards. At Yorktown he received wounds from which he never recovered, and which cause his death years later. After the close of the war he married Adria Ann Britton, of his adopted state,who was born a native of Holland and was brought by her parents to America during her infancy. In a short time they moved to Ligonier Valley, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania,where seven children were born to them, six sons and one daughter - John, William, Nicholas, Abram, Mary, David and Isaac. In 1816, following the Star of the West, William Bennet and family, excepting his sons, John and Abram, who remained in Pennsylvania, emigrated to Ohio, settling in Section 33, Turtle Creek township, Warren County, Ohio. Marking the stay of the Bennett family are the towns of Bennett Mills, in New Jersey, and Bennettville, in Pennsylvania. Abram, John, Nicholas and David, sons of William Bennett, were all in the Mexican war. Abram and Nicholas being color bearers. William Bennett was born in France in 1742, and died in 1828 in Ohio - his wife Adria died in 1839.The ancestors of William Bennett are thought to have come from England to France. (taken from Nicholas Bennett Sr. and His Descendants book written by Elsie Bennett Essex).

      William Bennett was born in France, came to this county when quite young, first settled in New Jersey, volunteered as a Federal soldier in the Revolutionary war, held the post of color-bearer at the battle of Bunker Hill, where he was wounded, from the effects of which he never fully recovered. After the close of this war he married Adria Ann Britton, of his adopted Pennsylvania, where the following children were born to them: John, William, Nicholas, Abram, Mary, David and Isaac. In 1816 he moved to Warren County, Ohio with all his family except John and Abram, who remained in Pennsylvania. He died in 1828 and she died in 1839. (taken from History of Warren County, Ohio)

      The original spelling of the surname was possibly "Benet" in France and then changed to "Bennett" here in America. It is said that William's family may have come from England to France where William was born.

      During the Revolutionary War, William served as an Ensign in Captain Simon Marston's Company (Marston was under Colonel Joshua Wingate). The Regiment was the second organized in New Jersey in July, 1776. William bore colors at Bunker Hill & Yorktown as one of Washington's personal guards. At Yorktown, he received serious wounds from which he never recovered, and which would cause his death years later (it is also said that he received his wounds at Bunker Hill).

      William Bennett was among one of the first to settle in the Ligonier Valley, along the Conemaugh River, in Westmoreland County, PA, after the war. That area had been decimated and depopulated during the war. All of his children were born in the Ligonier Valley.

      In 1815-1816, all of William's family moved to Warren County, OH, with the exception of his sons John and Abraham who remained in PA.


      History and Record of Nicholas Bennett Sr. son of William Bennett & His Descendants. Deerfield Township Cemetery Records, Rose Hill, Mason, Warren Co., Ohio on Film #893727.

      #1 John death date March 25, 1826 Fairfield Cemetery, Westmoreland Co., Penn. Film #924301.

      #3 md 4 Aug 1827 Rachel ANDERSON (2)

      #1 John md Nancy McColly

      #7 Isaac md 16 Dec 1819 on marriage record Warren Co., Ohio Vol 205 1834-1854.

      #4 Abram was born 19 Nov 1789 on Film 925037.

      During the wars which preceded the Revolution as well as the later, the Ligonier Valley was depopulated; many of the inhabitants were massacred or taken prisoners, and the remainder made their way through the wilderness to the eastern part of the province. After a number of years, those who escaped or prisoners who had been released from their captors, returned and found their buildings destroyed, their young orchards cut down and their stumps having been burned to prevent them from sprouting, and their improvements overgrown with underbrush. Among those who are known to have first settled along that part of the Conemaugh river, were James Clark, "Billy" Woods, David Inyard, William Bennett, Archibald McGuire, Ben Sutten, Neil Dougherty, David Lackens and James Galbraith.

      Taken from History of Indiana County, Pennsylvania Book 974:889 H2h



      William was removed from the Unity Graveyard in Mason, Ohio and buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Mason, Warren County, Ohio.



      From the DAR:
      A search of our Patriot Index provided the information found below.

      BENNETT, William
      Birth: FR 1742
      Service: PA
      Rank: LT
      Death: OH Before (ante) 10- -1828
      Patriot Pensioned: No Widow Pensioned: No
      Children Pensioned: No Heirs Pensioned: No
      Spouse: (1) Adria Ann Britton


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      Roster of Revolutionary Ancestors - Indiana DAR pg 49

      BENNETT, WILLIAM. b, 1742, France, d. Oct. 1828, Warren Co., Ohio, m. ca. 1779, Adria (Adree) Ann Britton. b. 1760, Holland, d. aft. 1824, Warren Co., Ohio. SERVICE: Bennett, William, served asa Sergeant and Ensign under Capt. Shortridge and Marstin, Col. Poor and Gilman in the Hampshire troops. Served as a Lieutenant under Capt. James Bane, Col. Crawford in "Sandusky Expedition" 1782. CHILDREN: William, cat 1780, m. Mary Good; John Bennett, b. 1783, m. (1) Elizabeth Good, (2) Nancy McColly; Nicholas b. 7 Aug. 1786, m. Rachael Anderson (Catherine); David, b. 1792, m. Elizabeth Egert; Mary m. James Enos (Ennis); Abraham b. 11-19-1789 Sarah Huston; Isaac. DESCENDANT HARPER, Betty Leffel. (Mrs. Rudolph John) No. 522360


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      During the wars which preceded the Revolution as well as the later, the Ligonier Valley was depopulated; many of the inhabitants were massacred or taken prisoners, and the remainder made their way through the wilderness to the eastern part of the province. After a number of years, those who escaped or prisoners who had been released from their captors, returned and found their buildings destroyed, their young orchards cut down and their stumps having been burned to prevent them from sprouting, and their improvements overgrown with underbrush. Among those who are known to have first settled along that part of the Conemaugh river, were James Clark, "Billy" Woods, David Inyard, William Bennett, Archibald McGuire, Ben Sutten, Neil Dougherty, David Lackens and James Galbraith.

      Indiana County, Pennsylvania History

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      They carved-out a farm on the banks of Tubmill Creek, St.Clair Twp., Westmoreland County, PA. The old Wm. Bennett Farm is located between PA Rt 711 and the Conemaugh River, just West of Laurel Valley H.S.
    Born 19 Apr 1742-1751  , , France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Move Abt 1772  , , New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    He briefly moved north in 1772 
    Move 1773 
    Returned to New Jersey 
    Move Abt 1780  Ligonier Valley, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relocated his family westward 
    Census 1800  Fairfield, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • William Bennett: Males: 3 - under 10, 1 - 10 to 16, 2 - 16 to 26, 1 - 45 plus. Females: 1 - under 10, 1 - 45 plus.
    Census 1810  Fairfield, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • William Bennett: Males: 1 - 10 to 16, 3 - 16 to 26, 1- 45 plus. Females: 2 - 25 to 45, 1 - over 45
    Died 13 Sep 1828  Mason, Warren, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • William Bennett Will
      Box 43 No. 9

      Last Will and Testament of William Bennett

      Miami Valley Will Abstracts 1803-1850.
      Will Book 1 from 1803-1825 and Wills and Administrations Books 2 to 6. Page 121.
      Bennet William Book 3 p 215
      Dated June 13, 1824, Rec. Oct 28, 1828
      Wife Adree; ch. John, William, Nicholas, David, Mary, Isaac, Abraham
      Wit. Garret Peterson, Joseph Alexander, Thompson Wild

      I William Bennet of Warren County & State of Ohio, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and memory for which I would bless almighty God, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner & form following that is to say, First, I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Andrea, so much of my household furniture as she may need during her life at the discretion of my Executors and say that this is my will that she shall have the privledge of the dwelling house to live in during her life and as much of the Stock as she may want at the descretion of my Executors also every other necessary support to make her comfortable as long she may live. It is my will that after my decease that all my movable property be sold at public venue by my Executors except what is reserved for my wife, and also my farm which I now occupy to be rented as long as my wife may live after me except it should be thought best by all parties concerned together with my Executors to sell the lands then in that can to sell by my Executors to the best advantage. It is my will further that after the decease of my wife that all my property be sold at the discretion of my Executors and the money arising from such sale be equally divided among all my children namely, John, William, Nicholas, David, Mary, Abraham and Isaac. And further I .... Testament revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this 13th day of June One Thousand Eight hundred and twenty four.

      His Mark + William Bennett

      Signed sealed and declared by the above named William Bennet to be his last will and testament in presence of us witnesses.

      Garret Peterson
      Joseph Alexander
      Thompson Wiles


      Be it remembered that I William Bennet do think proper to alter and ..... my Last Will and Testament and attach this alteration thereto so far as it relates to the farm. I now occupy ...... is my will and wish that my son, Isaac Bennet should come and take possession of it and after my decease on the following conditions that is to say that he peaceable and quiet possession to him and his heirs for ever and the said I allow his mother all the priviledges described in the foregoing part and at ...... relative to her comfort and convenience, and after my death the said farm ...... by two or three disinterested persons under the direction of my Executors and where as .... Isaac is to relinquish the farm he now occupies unto my Exectors who is requested ...... the same as the best advantage and at the decease of my wife as above the said ..... be valued or sold as the parties concerned together with my Executors may think ..... and the said Isaac Bennett is to pay the difference of value of my farm ..... My Executors which said and amount together with the rent and sale ...... now owned by my son, Issac and such other of my estate to be equally ..... among my children as is provided in the foregoing part of my said will.

      William Bennett + His mark
      September 12th 18.....

      Signed and declared by the above William Bennet to be attached to his said will as an amendment in the presents of:

      Harvey Bennet
      John Welton
    Move Abt 1840  Rose Hill Cemetery, Mason, Warren, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    His body was moved from the Unity Cemetery in 
    Buried Rose Hill Cemetery, Mason, Warren, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • William was reburied in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Mason, Warren County, Ohio in about 1840. His body was moved from the Unity Cemetery.
    Notes 
    • (Research):Possible brothers of William Bennett:

      1790 Census of Pitt Township Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania

      Name Males 16+ Males <
      16 Females
      Isaac Bennett 3 5 3Abraham Bennett 1 14Pengemen Benett 1 21Peter Benntt 1 2 2
    Person ID I72   7_families
    Last Modified 7 Jul 2013 

    Family Adra Ann Britton,   b. 1758, , , Holland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1840, Mason, Warren, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 1781  , , New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. John Bennett,   b. 1781, Saint Clair, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1826, Ligonier Valley, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
    +2. William Bennett,   b. 1782, Ligonier Valley, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1837, Jackson, Montgomery, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
    +3. Nicholas Bennett,   b. 19 Aug 1786, Ligonier Valley, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1852, Mason, Warren, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    +4. Abraham Bennett,   b. 19 Nov 1789, Ligonier Valley, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1864, , Westmoreland, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     5. Mary Bennett,   b. Abt 1791, Ligonier Valley, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aurora, Dearborn, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
    +6. David Britton Bennett,   b. 19 May 1792, Ligonier Valley, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1864, Lebanon, Warren, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    +7. Isaac Bennett,   b. 3 May 1798, Ligonier Valley, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Aug 1874, Monroe, Butler, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    Last Modified 21 Feb 2005 
    Family ID F50  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 19 Apr 1742-1751 - , , France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMove - He briefly moved north in 1772 - Abt 1772 - , , New Hampshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMove - Relocated his family westward - Abt 1780 - Ligonier Valley, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1781 - , , New Jersey Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1800 - Fairfield, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1810 - Fairfield, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 Sep 1828 - Mason, Warren, Ohio Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMove - His body was moved from the Unity Cemetery in - Abt 1840 - Rose Hill Cemetery, Mason, Warren, Ohio Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Rose Hill Cemetery, Mason, Warren, Ohio Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    William Bennett farm - Westmoreland, Co., Pennsylvania
    William Bennett farm - Westmoreland, Co., Pennsylvania

    Documents
    Bennett Graves map - Rose Hill Cemetery, Mason, Ohio
    Bennett Graves map - Rose Hill Cemetery, Mason, Ohio
    William Bennett Revolutionary War DAR Record
    William Bennett Revolutionary War DAR Record
    Bennett Graves map 2 - Rose Hill Cemetery, Mason, Ohio
    Bennett Graves map 2 - Rose Hill Cemetery, Mason, Ohio
    Bennett Graves map 3 - Rose Hill Cemetery, Mason, Ohio
    Bennett Graves map 3 - Rose Hill Cemetery, Mason, Ohio
    Will of William Bennett Sr
    Will of William Bennett Sr

    Headstones
    William Bennett's headstone
    William Bennett's headstone
    Bennett graves in the Rose Hill Cemetery
    Bennett graves in the Rose Hill Cemetery

    Histories
    Property sale record between William Bennett the immigrant and his oldest son 'Captain' John Bennett.
    Property sale record between William Bennett the immigrant and his oldest son "Captain" John Bennett.
    The property involved was the original Bennett farm in Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania that had been 'bounty' land payment for William Bennett's service in the Revolutionary War.

    Albums
    Bennett Family
    Bennett Family (142)
    Documents and items associated with the descendants of William and Adra Ann Britton Bennett

  • Sources 
    1. [S180] Ohio, Warren, Mason - Cemeteries, Warren County Historical Society (Ohio), (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1972), Bennett, William, Place of birth, France, date of birth, 1742. Died from wounds received in the Revolutionary War (Reliability: 4).

    2. [S210] Ohio, Warren, Mason - History, Springman, Rose Marie, (Mason, Ohio : Mason Area Sesquicentennial, 1965), 10, 215 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S204] Pennsylvania, Westmoreland, Fairfield - 1800 - Federal Census, Pennsylvania, Westmoreland, Fairfield, (www.ancestry.com).

    4. [S205] Pennsylvania, Westmoreland, Fairfield - 1810 - Federal Census, Pennsylvania, Westmoreland, Fairfield, (www.ancestry.com).

    5. [S180] Ohio, Warren, Mason - Cemeteries, Warren County Historical Society (Ohio), (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1972), Bennett, William, Date of decease, Sep 13, 1828. Died from wounds received in the Revolutionary War. (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S179] Ohio, Warren, Deerfield - Cemetery, Ohio, Warren, Deerfield Cemetery, William Bennett, father of Nicholas Bennett, Section 1, Lot 119 (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S180] Ohio, Warren, Mason - Cemeteries, Warren County Historical Society (Ohio), (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1972), William Bennett tombstone (Reliability: 3).