HENRY BANDENBERG, BENNETT, one of the representative citizens and prosperous farmers of Franklin township, resides
on his well improved farm of 88 1/2 acres in section 21. He was born August 15, 1840, in Granville township, Mercer
County, Ohio, and is a son of Landon and Elizabeth (Grant) Bennett.
The founder of the Bennett family in Ohio was Abel Bennett, the grandfather of Henry B., who was born in Virgina,
married there and reared 10 children, namely: Samuel, John, James, David, Landon, Nancy, Phebe, Sophia, Mary and
Elizabeth. The first wife of Abel Bennett died in Virginia in 1813 and he married a second time, and three more
children were born after the family had settled in Indiana, namely: Moses, Washington and Sarah. All have since
passed away, many of them leaving representatives who uphold the honorable old name.
Landon Bennett, father of our subject, was the youngest child of his father's first marriage and he was born in
Virginia in 1808. He was five years old when his mother died and shortly afterward his father removed with his
children to Cincinnati, but not finding that locality what they desired the family went by wagon to Hancock County,
Indiana, where Abel Bennett bought a farm on which he lived during the rest of his life. At the age of 21 years;
Landon Bennett was married in Butler County, Ohio, to Elizabeth Grant, who was born in 1806 and died in February,
1871. She was a daughter of Alexander and Polly (Boyd) Grant, pioneers of Mercer County. Alexander Grant was born
in Virginia and moved to Ohio in early manhood, marrying in Butler County. In 1833 he entered 400 acres of land
in Mercer County, east of Fort Recovery, and was one of the earliest settlers there. The children of Alexander
Grant and wife were: James, Jonathan, Alexander, Marcus, Hezekiah, Elizabeth, Eva, Sallie, Rebecca, Amy, Rachel
and a child that died in infancy.
The children of Landon Bennett and wife were: Mary, who married Ellis Myers, both now deceased; Elizabeth, deceased,
who was the wife of Eben Tyler; Lydia, who married Jacob Golder, both now deceased; Rebecca, deceased, who was
the wife of John T. Miller; Henry B.; and Alexander G., who married Sarah B. Thorpe. The first two named were born
in Butler County, Ohio; all the others were born in Mercer County.
After his marriage, Landon Bennett started to keep house in a place he rented on Paddy's Run. He was a cooper by
trade and he had a shop in his home, where, by the help of his very capable wife, he was able to turn out three
barrels a day, which commanded $1 apiece. In those days money was hardly earned, but Mr. Bennett seems to have
been able to accumulate enough to have entered 160 acres of land in Mercer County, the transaction taking place
in 1834. It was situated in Granville township, near Fort Recovery, on the Wabash River. Here he built a round
log house, which he subsequently replace with a hewn log one and there the rest of his life was spent, his death
occurring in May, 1866.
Henry B. Bennett remained at home until his marriage, assisting in the management of the farm and attending the
local schools. In 1863 he was married to Sarah Maria Milligan, a daughter of Samuel and Ann Maria (Palmer) Milligan.
The father of Mrs. Bennett was born in Ohio and was a son of William Milligan, who was born in Maryland. The latter
came to Ohio at an early day and settled in Fairfield County, where he reared nine children, his youngest son being
Samuel. Samuel Milligan married (first) Ann Maria Palmer, who died in 1844, leaving one child, Sarah Maria, the
wife of our subject. Later, Mr. Milligan married Louise Fabler, who died after the birth of one son, William H.
Mr. Milligan married (third) Rebecca Gessell, and they had ii children, namely: John E. (deceased), Margaret A.,
Amy F. (deceased), James, Joseph, Jane (deceased), Jessie, Louisa, Orville, Araminta and Ira.
Mr. and Mrs. Bennett have seven children and in their naming Mr. Bennett has shown his loyalty to his own country,
having given them all the beautiful names of the States of the Union. They are as follows: Nevada, who is the wife
of J. J. Beauchamp and the mother of five children; Dakota, who married Anna Mannering and resides at Mondon, Ohio;
and Minnesota, Alaska, Arizona, Delaware and Vermont, all of whom reside at home. All of the sons are intelligent
young men who have made successful teachers.
Several years after the death of his father, Mr. Bennett purchased the old home farm from the other heirs, but
he sold the property at a later date and in 1877 bought his present valuable farm, 88 1/2 acres of which lie along
Lake Mercer. Both gas and oil have been found here but not in sufficient quantities to make their development very
profitable. Mr. Bennett devotes his land to general farming and stockraising, giving the most of his attention
to corn and hay and to hogs. He is numbered with the township's successful agriculturists.
Mr. Bennett has always taken an intelligent interest in public matters where township affairs were in question
and on numerous occasions he has been elected to office, having served as constable for some time and for five
years he was assessor. He was elected infirmary director and served in this office for some six years, making a
very efficient and capable member of the board. Mr. Bennett has been identified with the Masonic fraternity since
1865 and belongs to the Royal Arch Chapter. He and his wife, and all of his children but two, are members of the
Methodist Episcopal Church.
History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies
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