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Caria Bell "Carrie" Bennett Dustin
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Birth: Aug. 16, 1879
Portage County
Ohio, USA
Death: Jul. 26, 1953
Snohomish County
Washington, USA


Carrie Belle (Bennett) Dustin, the oldest child of Ceolia, was born August 16, 1879 in Brookfield, Mass. In three laps she spanned the country, being born on the East coast, reared in the mid-west, and going to the Pacific coast to settle down. Leaving Brookfield at the age of five months with her folks, she went to Hiram, Ohio where at the age of nineteen she married Lewis Dustin. In March, 1904, a year after her mother's death, Carrie and Lewis became pioneers, leaving Ohio for Marysville, Washington, where the family has lived since.

The Dustins journeyed to Everett, Washington on a tourist train. In those days when crossing the country, folks carried their own food and prepared it on the train. At the end of each car there was a wood range for cooking and the porter set up tables between the seats. The Dustins carried potatoes, washed and ready to bake, along with canned goods and coffee which they made on the train.

Arriving in Everett, Washington after eight long days of travel from Ohio, they thought that perhaps their tired, weary eyes might be deceiving them. The muddy streets of Everett engulfed wagons to the hub. Only one street was paved, and that with wooden blocks.

In a few months the Dustins moved to the country - and the woods. Carrie described her first house as a "split cedar shack". The only boards in the house that had been sawed were in the flooring. The rafters were rough cut alder poles. Around the top of each room there was another alder pole. The split cedar was nailed to the poles at the top and bottom. Boarded all around, another split cedar board was placed over each crack. The roof consisted of split cedar shakes. It was bitter cold and to keep the wind out, Carrie papered the entire inside with newspapers.

Those early years in Washington Carrie never knew when she awakened whether she would find a bear or bob cat or some other animal at her doorstep. At this time there were very few roads and none of them were graded. When Carrie drove to town she went across fields and pastures, usually following a fence and stopping to open and close gates. Neighbors were few and the distance between them was far.

Being so far out in the wilderness, doctors were not available and fifteen years went by before Carrie had one in her home. Although there was a midwife located several miles away, she was not always available and nature refused to wait when a baby was about to be born. When two of her daughters

were born, Carrie was alone with her husband, Lewis, and on one occasion when Lewis was away, Carrie gave birth to a baby with no one but her fifteen year old little girl for assistance. The only help Carrie had with the birth

of her other children consisted of her neighbors to whom she often returned their kind assistance when the women needed her.

Although many miles from home, Carrie, like her mother, never forgot her folks in the East. Carrie's mother, Ceolia, and her sister, Belle, had been inseparable companions and when Ceolia left for Ohio, she and Belle corresponded each week. With the death of her mother, Carrie continued this correspondence with her "Auntie Belle", a family tie that was to last nearly fifty years until the passing of Belle in 1950.

Carrie's life was not paved easily. She saw a great deal of hard work, but with the courage and fortitude of the pioneer, she refused to succumb along the way. She bore and reared nine children, four of them still in school when Lewis died.

Carrie's children and their descendants are as follows:

1. Hazel Allegra (Dustin) Gallagher Hall, born October 1, 1899 at Hiram, Ohio, married James Gallagher November 6, 1920 and had two daughters: (i) Hazel Louise (Gallagher) Hut-chins, born Oct. 18, 1922. she married Leslie Hutchins Aug. 28, 1943 and has one son, James Leslie Hutchins, born July 26, 1944. (ii). Lenore (Gallagher) Prewitt, born Sept. 20, 1923, married Norman Prewitt in 1946 and has one non, Lonny Alien Prewitt, born Nov. 24, 1950.

2. Ceolia Isobel (Dustin) Westover, born March 16, 1901 at Hiram, Ohio, married pelbert Westover, Sept. 1, 1920. she has two children: (i.) James Gordon vestover, born May 21, 1921, married Feme Nye, Nov. 10, 1946. During world War ii he entered 'the Army and saw action in Germany, (ii.) Marjorie Wanda (Westover) jenson Jackson, born uec. 28, 1922, married John jenson and had one son, Earling John Jenson, born Dec. 2, 1942. she married secondly, John Jackson, Nov. 16, 1946 and had two sons, Gary David Jackson; born Feb. 20, 1947 and Dale William Jackson, born April 29, 1950.

3. Flossie Irene (Dustin) Byrd born April 6, 1905 at Marysville, wash., married Pearlie S. Byrd, June 2, 1921 and settled down in the

"Apple capitol Of The World" at wenatche, wash. Here the Byrds operated a forty acre apple orchard and reared two children: (i.) Helen Louise (Byrd) scofield, born July 31, 1922, and married James scofield, Aug. 9, 1947. (ii.) Richard Eugene Byrd, born sept. 21, 1925 and married Betty Michael, April 27, 1951.

4. Goldie Jane Eliza (Dustin) stormo, born Jan. 15, 1907 and married Martin stormo, Feb. 10, 1926. She has two children: (i.) Richard Lewis Stormo, born March 19, 1927 and married June 26, 1948 to Rosalie Anderson. Richard has one son, Gary Lee Stormo, born July 29, 1950. Following world war II, Richard was stationed in Korea for twelve months, (ii.) Bonnie jean (Stormo) Harrison was born Oct. 2, 1929. She married Donald Harrison, July 31, 1948 and has one son, Gregory Lynn Harrison, born Nov. 17, 1950.

5. Josephine Grace (Dustin) Paolucci Vanderhoef, born Oct. 12, 1908, married f'elix Paolucci July 2, 1928 and had one son, Donald Paolucci, born July 4, 1929. Donald has traveled a great deal with his folks. At the present time he is in his second year as a naval aadet at Annapolis.

Dolly, as Josephine is called, married secondly. Lieutenant prank vanderhoef of the U.S. Navy. Aside from living in Boston, Florida, and many other places, the vanderhoefs were stationed awhile on Guam and in the Phillipines.

6. Louise Evelyn (Dustin) Acton, born July 7, 1910, married Arnold Acton, sept. 10, 1931 and adopted Carole Janette, born July 10, 1946.

7. Walter Charles Dustin, born Oct. 15, 1911, married Josephine Wickland, April 24, 1948. Walter served two and a half years in World War II, being at Okinawa when it was taken.

8. Prudenda tinaline (Dustin) Kisman, born Jan. 9, 1913, married Harry Kisman, Feb. 7, 1937. Prudenda has two sons: (i.) Michael Lewis Kisman, born Dec. 7, 1937- (ii.) Frederick Walter Kisman, born Oct. 13, 1941.

9. Fairie Amor (Dustin) Parda, born Dec. 12, 1916 and married Louis Parda, Dec. 24, 1947.

From the book, "The Second Hundred and Fifty Years; The Years Since 1800 of a Group of Families of New England Heritage", by Mark Curtis Wilson of Purdue University, 1952, Distributed by Mrs. Lyndon B. Wilson, 121 South Street, Ware, Massachusetts. Print 
Family links: 
  Charles Henry Bennett (1852 - 1925)
  Ceolia Josephine Roberts Bennett (1861 - 1902)
  Lewis H Dustin (1868 - 1927)*
  Fairie A Dustin Parda (1916 - 1968)*
  Caria Bell Bennett Dustin (1879 - 1953)
  Benjamin Watson Bennett (1881 - 1953)*
  Daniel Fletcher Bennett (1891 - 1949)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Her birth record gives a variation for her given name as Caria - Carrie is what is on her death record from Washington State
Marysville Cemetery
Snohomish County
Washington, USA
Plot: Section 3, South West
Maintained by: K.E. Bennett Keller
Originally Created by: Reverend Larry
Record added: Apr 14, 2012
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Caria Bell Carrie <i>Bennett</i> Dustin
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Caria Bell Carrie <i>Bennett</i> Dustin
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Caria Bell Carrie <i>Bennett</i> Dustin
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