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Descendants of EDWARD BENNETT

Generation No. 5

16. EPHRIAM SR.5 BENNETT (SAMUEL4, SAMUEL3, SAMUEL2, EDWARD1) was born 1742 in Providence, Rhode Island ?, and died 20 Oct 1813 in Montour Falls, Shuyler County, New York. He married MARY STAFFORD. She was born 04 Oct 1750 in Coventry, Kent, Rhode Island, and died Aft. May 1795 in Newton Battlefield, Chemung County, Elmira Twp., New York.

Notes for EPHRIAM SR

1. From the Book titled "The Other Bennetts" authored by Isabel Ridall and information received from the Chemung County Historical Society, 415 East Water Street, Elmira, New York, 14901 on 2 July 1996:

EPHRAIM BENNETT, Sr. : 1742 from Providence Rhode Island, RI, to Orange Co. New York, to Wellsburg, New York, to Ohio.

Married Mary Stafford (not to be confused with the Mary Stafford daughter of (Amos) that his father Samuel married, ). The family traditions here diverge; some beleiving him to have gone with David, at Urbana, others with Joseph to Ohio.
Just before the Revolutionary War, with his family he went from Providence, R.I., to Goshen, Orange county, N.Y., on his way to the Wyoming valley, "being induced to this removal by favorable reports from friends and relatives already there." The war begining they remained near Goshen until its close, then going to near Wilkes-Barre, PA.
As is well-known, the old Pennsylvania feud named the "Pennamite War" broke out with renewed virulence and settlers claiming title under the Susquehanna Company were fined, imprisoned, and driven out. The Bennetts and some thirty other families built a batteau and placing all their goods upon it, alternately poled and pulled it up the Susquehanna to Tioga Point; their few cattle being driven by the boys along the river bank through the forest. SAMUEL and THOMAS assisted in this work, They having been born at Goshen, and then eight and six years old respectively.
Ephraim Bennet's family consisted of Ephraim, James, (Thaddeus), Thomas, Abraham, David and Jonathan, or Joseph. They settled at Wellsburg, N.Y. Later Ephraim removed with Joseph to the state of Ohio (?) where his descendents now are.
Among the very first Wyoming settlers were Bennetts, and when the thriving city of Wilkes-Barre held but five white women three of them were of the name.
In May 1795, Ephraim and mary his wife, conveyed to Thomas Baldwin, of Newtown, Tioga county, N.Y., seventy-four acres of land in town of Chemung and state aforesaid, for consideration of eighty pounds. This is the Southport premises so long held by the Baldwin Family. No less than twentyfive Bennetts are on the New York rosters serving the Continental Army in various organizations. On the roster of Hawthorne and Wisner regiments raised about Goshen were we find the roster of Hawthorne and McCamly Ephraim sr. seargent.
Ephraim served in the French War of 1756, and was taken prisoner in Gen. Johnson's fight. In 1758, Abel Willard petitioned the General Assembly of Masachusetts to take such steps as would procure his release. This argues that at this time he was a citizen of that colony.     

Bennett, Ephraim      State : NH
      County : Rockingham Co.
      Location : Portsmouth
      Year : 1776

2. The following is information received from the Orange County Genealogical Society, 101 Main Street, Goshen, N.Y. 10924. Received 17 September 1996:

EPHRAIM BENNETT, senior, also married a Mary Stafford, a descendant of Stukely Westcott and Rosanna Hill, who were of the twelve persons baptized by Roger Williams upon the organization in 1638 of the First Baptist Church in the colonies. Ephraim Bennett, the elder, was a soldier in Colonel Williams, Massachusetts regiment, and was in the battle of Lake George, September 8, 1755. He was taken prisoner with others to Canada and held in confinement there until 1758, when he was released through the intercession of the general asembly of Massachusetts. It is therefore probable that at the time of the battle Ephraim Bennett was a resident in the province of Massachusetts. That he emigrated with the Connecticut settlers after the close of the Revolutionary War is certain, as he paid taxes in Wyoming county, Pennsylvania, in 1783 and 1785; and that he soon afterward went up the Susquehanna is equally certain, for in 1795 he owned and sold lands in what is now Chemung county, New York.

3. The following is a copy of a file maintained at the Goshen Public Library and Historical society in Goshen, N.Y. received in a letter from them in September 1996: This is a copy from our card catalog of the Wickham papers. File # 02-00029 contains over forty folders with multiple documents in each folder. Time and staff did not permit research.

Bennett, Ephraim 02-00029

Wickham, William
Lease of William Wickham to
Ephraim Bennett, April 12,
On Film Under unclassified

In the History of Orange County New York, by Ruttenber and Clark, again From Goshen Public Library:

District No. 2 John Hathorn Assesor

Estimate of Property; Ephraim Bennett sr. 0 s. 4 d. 6

Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1800
Bennett, Ephraim      State : NY
      County : Tioga Co.
      Year : 1800
      Page # : 310
      Age ranges in household : 33010-2020100
Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1810
Bennett, Ephraim      State : NY
      County : Jefferson Co.
      Year : 1810
      Page # : 023
      Age ranges in household : 00001-00001
Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1820
Bennett, Ephraim      State : NY
      County : Jefferson Co.
      Location : Rodman
      Year : 1820
      Page # : 481

Sons of the American Revolution on File:

CHARLES BENNETT CHRISTY, Phoenix, Ariz. (9134). Son of Isaac Marsh and Louisa A. (Bennett) Christy; grandson of Charles M. and Louiss (Canfield) Bennett; great-grandson of Ephraim Bennett, private New York Militia.

GEORGE DORR CHRISTY, Phoenix, Ariz. (9136). Son of William and Carrie E. (Bennett) Christy; grandson of Charles M. and Louisa (Canfield) Bennett; great-grandson of Ephraim Bennett, private New York Militia.

LLOYD BENNETT CHRISTY, Phoenix, Ariz. (9137). Son of William and Carrie E. (Bennett) Christy; grandson of Charles M. and Louisa (Canfield) Bennett; great-grandson of Ephraim Bennett, private New York Militia.

SHIRLEY ADDISON CHRISTY, Phoenix, Ariz. (9138). Son of William and Carrie E. (Bennett) Christy; grandson of Charles M. and Louisa (Canfield) Bennett; great-grandson of Ephraim Bennett, private New York Militia.

42. i.   DAVID6 BENNETT.
The book " The other Bennetts" by Isabel (Bennett)Ridell states that Ephraim (4) family consisted certainly of Ephraim (5), James, Thaddeus, Thomas, Abraham, David, and JONATHAN, OR JOSEPH.

JOSEPH BENNETT: was a Bapist minister, and had also a son of the same name and calling. He was a continental soldier under Colonel Brinkerhoff and Captain Brown, and a Corporal under Colonel Malcolm and Captain Delevan.

  iii.   THOMAS BENNETT, b. Goshen, New York.
43. iv.   EPHRIAM BENNETT, b. 01 May 1762, Rhode Island; d. 26 Oct 1843, Dix, Shuyler County, New York (at Sons Home).
  v.   JAMES BENNETT, b. Abt. 1763, Rhode Island.
  Notes for JAMES BENNETT:
Taken from the book entitled "The Other Bennetts" by Isabel (Bennett) Ridell supplied by the Chemung Historical Society Chemung New York:

JAMES BENNETT the second son of Ephraim Sr was a renowned Indian fighter. A family tradition relates that his young son was killed and scalped by the savages. Later James met at Tioga Point, an Indian, who drunken, boasted of this exploit. James at this time was restrained from killing him, but later the Red Man disappeared.

His descendants are also somewhere in the great west. He served in the Orange county regiment, under Col. John Hathorne and Capt David McCamly.

44. vi.   THADDEUS BENNETT, b. 09 May 1760, Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island ?; d. 08 Jan 1834, Harrisonville (now Minford) Harrison twp., Scioto County, Ohio.
  vii.   ABRAHAM BENNETT, b. 1784; d. 03 May 1836, Scioto County, Ohio bur. Greenlawn Cem. Porstmouth; m. (1) MARY; b. 1795; d. 19 Jan 1819, Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio bur. Greenlawn Cemetary; m. (2) PRISCILLA MCFADDEN.
Paid taxes in Chemung county at Big Flats in 1800.

Sergeant 1st Regiment, Ohio Militia, War of 1812, died in his 52nd year May 3 1836

  Notes for MARY:
Mary Bennett died 19 January, 1819 in her 24th year; burried Greenlawn Cem. Portsmouth.

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