ALFRED BENNETT, son of Reuben and Mary (Tompkins) Bennett, was born October 17, 1811, in Highland, Ulster county,
N. Y. He received a common school education. His father came from England during the revolutionary war and joined
the American army. In 1834 Mr. Alfred Bennett came from his eastern home by stage (as no railroads were then in
use), viewing for a home, to locate, as it were, in the "far woodsy west." Choosing a location in what
is now called the Greatsinger neighborhood, he journeyed back to Highlands, and with his father and other members
of the family returned to Elmira in the same year, and by the Erie canal. Mr. Bennett, Sr., died in Chemung, aged
eighty three years. His wife died in Waverly, also at the age of eighty three. In going to Elmira Alfred Bennett
purchased a large timber lot, and for three years was engaged in lumbering. He then bought a tannery at Chemung,
and, having learned the tanners' trade when a boy, conducted the business for a few years. In 1856 he married Clarissa
Beidleman. They had two sons, Jacob and Reuben, both deceased. In 1845 he married for his second wife Esther M.
McDowell, eldest daughter of Hon. J. G. McDowell, of Chemung. They had four children; only one survives, viz.,
Laurinda. Mr. Alfred Bennett's second wife died in 1876. In 1864 he moved to Waverly and bought a dry goods store
in company with J. B. Floyd, and continued it for three years, and has since resided here, retiring from public
life, but enjoying the watch care of a progressive country. Mr. Bennett has always been a valued member of the
M. E. church. He joined it in 1851 and has been a trustee of that church over half a century.
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?
Tioga County, NY
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