Thursday, April 21, 2011

More About John T. Bennett

Since writing John T. Bennett - 41st Georgia Infantry last week, I've learned a little more about John. I spent some time poking around in Ancestry's Civil War records and found several record groups that I need to explore further but the one that gave me the most additional information about John Bennett was the 1907 Alabama Census of Confederate Soldiers.

John lived in Heard County, Georgia when he enlisted in Company I, 41st Georgia Infantry but after the war he lived in Randolph, Chambers and Morgan Counties in Alabama. In 1907 he was living in Morgan County and this Census of Confederate Soldiers record contains some information I have not seen anywhere else.

First off, he is listed in this census as John F. Bennett but I have no doubts that this is my John T. Bennett. The birth date of 7 Feb 1831 listed here is the same birth date that is on John T.'s headstone. Other records indicate John T. was born in South Carolina. John T. moved to Morgan County, Alabama with his daughter, Mollie Bennett Hester, and her family sometime between 1900 and 1910. They lived near the the Morgan and Cullman County line. Baileton [Baileyton] listed as his Post Office address is in Cullman County, about 4 miles from the Morgan County line.

This records gives two separate enlistments for John. I have copies of his service record for the second enlistment but was unaware of the first one. According to this, he enlisted on 1 Nov 1861 at Savannah, Georgia. Considering that John was living on the opposite side of Georgia in Heard County (bordering the Alabama line) at that time, that seems a little odd to me but "Herd Co" is listed in the space that should have been Company and Regiment. I have not been able to find his service record for this enlistment. 

The most exciting thing I learned from this record is that John was born in the Edgefield District of South Carolina. This is a completely new location for the Bennett family! The U.S. Census lists John's father, Lewis Bennett, in Darlington County, South Carolina in 1830 and Troup County, Georgia in 1840. Later census records show that John and some of his siblings were born in South Carolina so I was working under assumption that they were born in Darlington County before the family moved to Troup County. (In my defense, that theory is just in research notes and their birth places are listed simply as South Carolina.)

This is a very timely find since I'm planning a stop at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History for some Bennett research on my way to NGS in Charleston next month. Now I have another location to check!

John T. Bennett was my 2nd great-grandfather.

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