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Silas W. Bennett

Male 1827 - 1903  (75 years)


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  • Name Silas W. Bennett  [1
    Born 28 Aug 1827  Hanover, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Jun 1903  Wilkes Barre, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I74500  Stewartsnydotcom
    Last Modified 14 Oct 2019 

    Father Ancestors Josiah Bennett,   b. 5 May 1786, Hanover, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 May 1857, Hanover, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Sarah "Sally" Taylor,   b. 25 Jul 1785, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1857, Hanover Green, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 18 Aug 1808  Rowan, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F49991  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret Moister,   b. 1831, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1860, Wilkes Barre, Luzeme, Pa. USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years) 
    Children 
    Married: 1x1. Monroe Arlington Bennett,   b. 22 Aug 1853, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1935, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)  [natural]
    Married: 2x2. Margaret Moister Bennett,   b. 13 Jul 1860, Wilkes Barre, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1941, Kingston, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 14 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F49994  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Silas was one of 8 children born to Josiah (son of Ishmael and Abigail Beers) and Sarah Taylor. Silas' siblings are:
      1. Angelina or Angela Bennett - she married Ashbel Ruggles and as of 1903 had been living in Kansas.
      2. John Taylor Bennett - who, like Silas, was a well-known carpenter and builder and was involved in the construction of several Wilkes Barre buildings before moving to South Dakota, which is where he died May 29, 1904. He is buried in South Dakota.
      3. Lydia Bennett - she marred Robert N. Smith
      4. Eliza Bennett - she married Solomon Newton
      5. Polly Bennett - she marred Abram Smith
      6. Josiah Bennett - he married Charlotte Smith
      7. Samuel Bennett

      (sources include History of Hanover Township by Henry Blackman Plumb, obituaries and The Michael Shoemaker book (Schumacher) , Williams T. Blair)

      From his obituary published 18 Jun 1903 in The Wilkes Barre Record

      CAME OF OLD FAMILY

      DEATH OF SILAS W. BENNETT, AN OLD RESIDENT OF WILKES BARRE

      Silas W. Bennett, an old and esteemed resident of this city, and a member of one of the pioneer families of the valley, died at his residence, 140 South Washington Street, at 7:30 yesterday morning of general debility, aged 76 years. Deceased was a former well known carpenter and builder and was engaged in the erection of many of this city’s prominent buildings during the past fifty years. About ten years ago he was compelled by reason of ill health to retire from active life and had since been an invalid. He is survived by a son and daughter: M.A. Bennett and Mrs. J. Bennett Smith, both of this city; also a brother, John Taylor Bennett of South Dakota, and a sister, Mrs. Angela Ruggles of Kansas. The sister is now 95 years old and the brother is 93.

      Silas W. Bennett was of Revolutionary stock and was a descendant of the early pioneer families in the Wyoming Valley. He was born in Hanover township on August 28, 1827. His father was Josiah Bennett and his grandfather Ishmael Bennett, who came to this valley with the Connecticut settlers before the Revolutionary War. His grandmother was Sarah Taylor, who was in the fort during the Wyoming Massacre.

      Deceased was a member of the Methodist Church and was prominent in Odd Fellow circles, being a member of Wyoming Lodge, I.O.O.F. He was an exemplary citizen and active in affairs for the progress of the city. The funeral will be held on Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock, with services at the house and interment in the family plot in Hanover Green Cemetery.

      NOTE: The obituary says “His father was Josiah Bennett and his grandfather Ishmael Bennett, who came to this valley with the Connecticut settlers before the Revolutionary War. His grandmother was Sarah Taylor, who was in the fort during the Wyoming Massacre.”

      The Wyoming Massacre took place in July 1778. Ishmael’s first wife would have been the one married to Ishmael at the time; however, Abigail Beers (Ishmael’s second wife, who he is supposed to have married in 1780) is Silas’ grandmother, NOT Ishmael’s first wife - identified as Sarah Taylor. So did the obituary mis-identify Abigail as Sarah? If so, this contradicts the Shoemaker book which says his first wife was dead in 1773.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2410] Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1964, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2014;), Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission; Pennsylvania, USA; Certificate Number Range: 007501-010650.



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