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REVERAND ABRAHAM (ABRAM) BENNETT

Abram headed west after marriage with C H Phillips to Kansas. Joined Gen Lane's men in Iowa thru Nebraska and leaving them in Kansas. Chaplain for a short time, and then Indian agent of the Kickapoos. With Grant at Vicksburg and carried dispatch through Rebel Troops the night before the Battle of Corinth, Miss. Methodist minister at Doniphan Co, KS, 1876, performing many marriages. Lived Wolf River area, and resided East Norway after coming to county 1856. First Battalion at Troy but to old to serve. Buried in the Moray Cemetery.

"East Norway is a small town started in 1869 upon the completion of the road-bed of the St. Joe and Denver City railway to this point. The land of the town site, eighteen acres, was the property of John Hoverson, and was purchased of him for $360, by the town company, consisting of O.Nelson, G. Nelson, T. Steanson, N. G. and P. Nelson, and A. Bennett. A year later G. Nelson sold ten acres adjoining the town to the company, and this was donated (sic) the railway company in consideration of depot and side track facilities. The first buildings were erected in 1871, and consisted of a grain-house and residence, erected by A. Bennett and a parsonage of the Evangelical Lutherans. A post office was opened in 1873 with I. W. Bennett as postmaster, and two general stores by F. Welton and Hardy Brothers in 1874. Both of these were burned in 1878, and Welton did not resume business."


KANSAS COLLECTION BOOKS

William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas

DONIPHAN COUNTY, Part 17 EAST NORWAY.


BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

"ABRAM BENNETT, P. O. East Norway, was born in Warren County, Ohio, March 10, 1819. His father, Nicholas Bennett, was born in Westmoreland County, Pa., 1793, and died in Warren County, Ohio, August 17, 1854. He was a farmer. His mother, Catherine Innis, was born in Allegheny County, Pa., May 16, 1797, and died in Warren County, Ohio, June 15, 1825. He was educated in Warren County, Ohio. He began life at a farmer. Married in Warren County, Ohio, June 30, 1839. His wife, Rachel Anderson, was born in Clinton County, Ohio, December 6, 1823. Her father was Hiram Anderson, and her mother Mary Mulford. Number of children, eleven - George W., John W. (Deceased), Thomas J., Celinda C. (deceased), Robert N., David W., Silas W., Charles W., Abram E., Mary A., and Ada."

History & Record of Nicholas Bennett Sr., son of William Bennett & His Descendants.

Marriage record Vol. 2 OS 1834-1854 Warren Co., Court House, Lebanon, Ohio (Film #384 263) Genealogical Library.

Abram Bennett was born in Warren County, Ohio March 10, 1819 and was married to Rachel Anderson, who was born December 3, 1822.


CENSUS RECORDS - NICHOLAS BENNETT - FATHER OF ABRAHAM BENNETT

1850 District #7, Boone County, Indiana

Nicholas 9 yrs old

1860 Washington Township, Boone County, Indiana

Nicholas 19 yrs old

1880 Clinton Township, Boone County Indiana

Nicholas 39 yrs old Mary 37 yrs old

"Nicholas Bennett, who is president of the Bennett family organization, that meets annually, at Lebanon, Ind., was a member of the 11th Indiana Infantry during the Civil War. His younger brother, Alderson, died while away taking part in the war. He belonged to Co. H., 126 Ind Cavalry, being a faithful soldier until his death, April 19th 1865."

"Some years after his marriage he left Ohio in company with C. H. Phillips for the west, settling in Kansas.

During the war Abram Bennett joined General Lane's men in Iowa, and came with them through Nebraska, leaving the company in northern Kansas. He was chaplain for a short time, until the president appointed him Indian Agent of the Kickapoos. George W. and Thomas, sons of Abram Bennett, were also soldiers in the civil war, belonging to Co. A 7th Regiment, and Co. C., 13th Kansas inf., respectively. George Bennett was with Grant in his march to Vicksburg and carried a dispatch through 40,000 rebel troops the night before the battle of Corinth, Miss."

"Abram Bennett died March 11, 1906. His wife, Rachel, December 21, 1893."

Taken from "History and Record of Nicholas Bennett Sr., son of William Bennett, and His Descendants"


CENSUS RECORDS - ABRAHAM BENNETT

Abraham Bennett/Rachel Anderson

1850 Turtle Creek Township, Warren County, Ohio

Abram 31 yrs old Rachel 27 yrs old

1860 Wolf River Township, Doniphan County, Kansas

Abram 40 yrs old Rachel 38 yrs old

1870 Wolf River Township, Doniphan County, Kansas

Abram 51 yrs old Rachel 47 yrs old

1880 Wolf River Township, Doniphan County, Kansas

Abram 62 yrs old Rachel 57 yrs old

1900 Center Township, Marshall County, Kansas

Abram 81 yrs old

1865 Wolf River Township, Doniphan County, Kansas (State Census)

Abram 46 yrs old Rachel 43 yrs old

1875 Wolf River Township, Doniphan County Kansas (State Census)

Abram 56 yrs old Rachel 52 yrs old

1885 Wolf River Township, Doniphan County, Kansas

Abraham 66 yrs old Rachel 62 yrs old


ABRAHAM BENNETT'S OBITUARY

"Abram Bennett was born March 10, 1810 in Warren County, Ohio and died March 11, 1906, aged 87 years and one day. He was married to Rachel Anderson June 30, 1839. Of this union eleven children were born - eight boys and three girls, seven of whom are now living-five boys and two girls; George, of Warsaw, Mo., Silas and David, of Mercur, Utah, Robert of Alpine, Utah, Charles, of Valentine, Nebraska., Mary Camp, of Kirwin, Kansas; and Mary Downing of Colorado Springs, Colo., He has living thirty four grand children and thirty two great grand children. His wife died Dec. 21, 1893. He came to Kansas from Ohio in 1856 with General Jim Lane. He was chaplain of a Kansas regiment of militia and was for several years very active in church matters. For fourteen years he was a minister of the gospel and assisted in the organization of several churches in this part of the country among which was the M. E. Church in Troy. He assigned to the Lutheran church at the time of his death. He was a member of the company that organized the town of Moray and was its first merchant. The funeral services were conducted at the Moray church at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 by the Rev. J. B. Vernon. The body was laid to rest in the Moray cemetery."

Obituary Source: Troy - The Weekly Kansas Chief 22 March 1906 pg 8

"1858 - Oakland M. E. church, organized in the spring, by Rev. T. McK. Munhall. This was called Independance. Rev. A. Bennett, Rachel Bennett, Celinda Bennett, Francis A. Baker, Caroline Shaw, Diantha Edgerton, Jacob Smith, Rachel Smith, Moriah Smith, William Smith and Matilda Adams, members."

Book 978.135 H2g pg 165 Gray's Doniphan County History

"The first Methodist church was incorporated in 1866. For a time the courthouse and the school house had been used for preaching and meetings. The first preacher was Rev. A. Bennett, of Wolf River Township, in 1858"

"Abraham Bennett was born in Warren county, Ohio, March 10, 1819, and married Rachel Anderson, who was born December 3, 1822. Some years after his marriage he left Ohio in company with C. H. Phillips for the west, settling in Kansas."

"During the war Abraham Bennett joined General Lane's men in Iowa, and came with them through Nebraska, leaving the company in northern Kansas. He was chaplain for a short time, until the president appointed him Indian Agent of the Kickapoos. George W. and Thomas, sons of Abraham Bennett, were also soldiers in the Civil War, belonging to Co. A, 7th Regiment, and Co. C., 13th Kansas inf., respectively. George Bennett was with Grant in his march to Vicksburg and carried a dispatch through 40,000 Rebel troops the night before the battle of Corinth, Miss. Abraham Bennett died March 11, 1906. His wife, Rachel, December 21, 1893"

Taken from History and Record of Nicholas Bennett Sr, and His Discendants