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Ishmael BENNETT and Thomas BENNETT, two brothers, came from England to America sometime during the reign of Charles II, married, and one of them settled in Rhode Island. A son or grandson, believed to be named Ishmael had, among other children, two sons who came in their old age to Wyoming:
Ishmael BENNETT 2 (Ishmael 1) was born in Rhode Island about 1730; moved to Connecticut; came to Wilkes-Barre about 1770 with a family by a first wife; settled in Wilkes-Barre; after the Wyoming Battle, returned with the expelled inhabitants; married a second time to Abigail BEERS, widow of Philip WEEKS, who was killed in the Wyoming Massacre in 1778 at the river's edge; removed to Hanover about 1788; lived on the Back Road about a half mile below the Sugar Notch Mines; removed to Ohio about 1816; died there, very old. They had:
Thomas BENNETT 2 (Ishmael 1) was born in Rhode Island; came to the Delaware River on his way with his family to settle in Wyoming in 1763; the massacre of that year kept him away till 1768, when he was one of the first forty that came on for settlement in Kingston in February; brought his family with him; was in Forty Fort when the Wyoming Battle took place, and when the fort surrendered on 4 July 1778, fled with the rest down the river; returned and was taken prisoner by the Indians with a young son, Andrew, and Lebbeus HAMMOND, who was one of the two who had escaped from the fatal ring at Queen Esther's Rock on the night of the massacre; two nights after their capture the three freed themselves from their bonds, rose upon their captors, slew four of the six, the other two escaping, one with a tomahawk in his back, and returned home three days later with four scalps, five rifles, a silver mounted sword, and several spears, blankets, and tomahawks as trophies; was an old man at this time; died in Kingston.&nbp; They had:
Solomon BENNETT 3 (Thomas, 2 Ishmael 1) was born in Rhode Island; came to Forty Fort or Kingston with his father's family; was in the Battle of Wyoming of 3 July 1778, and escaped; married, but his wife and family are unknown; removed to Canada.
Andrew BENNETT 3 (Thomas, 2 Ishmael 1) was born in New York; came to Kingston with his father's family in 1769; was taken prisoner by the Indians with his father and Lebbeus HAMMOND, and escaped; lived in Kingston; married Abbie KELLY; died in Kingston. They had:
Ishmael BENNETT 3 (Ishmael, 2 Ishmael 1) was born in Connecticut in 1760; came to Wyoming with his father's family about 1770; settled in Wilkes-Barre; married Elizabeth SEARLE, daughter of Constant SEARLE, widow of Captain Dethick HEWITT, for his second wife; his third wife was Amanda BELCHER; lived in Pittston and Lackawanna; died there about 1858, age 98. They had:
Thomas BENNETT 3 (Ishmael, 2 Ishmael 1) was born in Connecticut in 1765; came to Wilkes-Barre with his father's family about 1770; came to Hanover with them in 1788; married Mary Ann ESPY; lived in Nanticoke, and died there. They had:
Josiah BENNETT 3 (Ishmael, 2 Ishmael 1) was born in Wilkes-Barre in 1786; married Sally TAYLOR; lived in Hanover on the Back Road on a part of the Town Committee Lot No. 29; died there in 1857. They had:
Nathan BENNETT 3 (Ishmael, 2 Ishmael 1) was born in Hanover in 1788; married Ann HOOVER; lived in Wilkes-Barre; died there in 1872. They had:
John Taylor BENNETT 4 (Josiah, 3 Ishmael, 2 Ishmael 1) was born in Hanover; married first Hannah MILLER and second Henrietta SHINER; lived in Wilkes-Barre; removed to Minnesota in 1859; lives in Dacotah [c. 1885]. They had:
Josiah BENNETT 4 (Josiah, 3 Ishmael, 2 Ishmael 1) was born in Hanover; married Charlotte SMITH; lived in Wilkes-Barre; died there. They had:
Silas W. BENNETT 4 (Josiah, 3 Ishmael, 2 Ishmael 1) was born in Hanover in 1827; married Margaret MOISTER; lives in Wilkes-Barre [c. 1885]. They had:
George W. BENNETT 4 (Nathan, 3 Ishmael, 2 Ishmael 1) was born in Hanover in 1812; married Jane BEVANS; lived in White Haven and Ashley; died in Ashley in 1884. They had:
Daniel BENNETT 4 (Nathan, 3 Ishmael, 2 Ishmael 1) was born in Hanover; married Emily KYTE [Note: different surname spelling]; lived in Wilkes-Barre. They had:
Stewart BENNETT 4 (Nathan, 3 Ishmael, 2 Ishmael 1) was born in Hanover in 1830; married Sally Ann LYNN; lived in Wilkes-Barre; died in 1885. They had:
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