Saturday, February 5, 2011

Surname Saturday - Bennett

Lewis H. Bennett and Teresa

Lewis H. Bennett was born about 1804 in South Carolina. His parents are unknown. Lewis's wife, Teresa, was born about 1806, also in South Carolina. Teresa's maiden name and parents are unknown. 

Lewis and Teresa were probably married about 1826. They were living in Darlington County, South Carolina in 1830 but had moved to Troup County, Georgia by 1840. They remained in Troup County for the remainder of their lives. 

They lived in the Antioch area of Troup County which is the north west corner near the Heard County line. They attended the Antioch Baptist Church - at least Lewis' headstone says he was a member of that church.

Lewis died on 6 Nov 1851, probably in Troup County, and was buried there in Rocky Mount Cemetery. His marker is 4 1/2 ft. tall and Italian marble. It is inscribed "Sacred to the memory of Lewis H. Bennett, who departed this life Nov. 6, 1851, in the 49th year of his age. He was a member of the Baptist Church at Antioch." That information is from "Family, Church and Community Cemeteries of Troup County, Georgia" by McClendon, Lambert and Knight which was published in 1990. I'm not sure how they found the cemetery even in 1990 because this is what the area looked like when I tried to find it in 2010.

Teresa died sometime after 1880 and was probably buried in that same cemetery. She may not have had a marker or at least not one that survived to 1990 since she is not listed in the above referenced cemetery book.

Lewis and Teresa's children:
Susan was born about 1827 in South Carolina.

David A. was born on 6 Feb 1828 in South Carolina. He married Mary C. Gamble and they had eight children. Mary died in 1865 and David later married Mary Jane (maiden name unknown). David and Mary Jane had five children. David died on 21 Jan 1901 in Oklahoma and is buried in North Hickory Cemetery, Ada, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma.

John T. was born on 7 Feb 1831 in South Carolina. He married Martha L, Gamble and they had nine children. John died on 15 Mar 1910 in Morgan County, Alabama and was buried there in Welcome Baptist Church Cemetery. [Note Martha and Mary Gamble who married John's brother, David, were 1st cousins.]

Eliza was born about 1833 in South Carolina.

Richard D. was born in Oct 1834 in Georgia. He married Susan F. Brown and they had five children. Richard died between 1910 and 1920.

Martha A. was born about 1837 in Georgia.

Roland was born about 1839 in Georgia.

Lewis H. was born about 1840 in Georgia.

William was born about 1842 in Georgia.

Jesse was born about 1844 in Georgia.

George W. was born about 1848 in Georgia.

Obviously there is much research to be done on Lewis and Teresa and their children.

Lewis and Teresa were my 3rd great-grandparents through their son, John. For sources and additional information, click on the links above. If you have a connection to this family, leave a comment here or e-mail me.

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