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|Birth: ||Jan. 1, 1791|
New Hampshire, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 21, 1853|
Born January 1, 1791 in Northwood
Died September 21,1853 in Shreveport, Louisiana
Bennett's life was filled with adventure, controversy and eccentricities. He was one of 13 children born to Thomas & Sarah (Davis) Bennett. Along with several other family members, Samuel played a part in the history of Shreveport, LA.
Before leaving NH in 1813, at the age of 22, Bennett fathered a daughter, Mary. While he never married Comfort Batcheldor of Chichester, he supported Mary very handsomely throughout her childhood.
A gambler by profession, Bennett first went to Alabama where he was a land and slave owner. It has been written that "Bennett played chequers unusually well and naturally liked to play that game. Bennett considered it a willful waste of time to play only for the sake of the game, and would not play, except for a stake of not less than $10 a game."
About 1833, Sam Bennett and his brother William returned to NH, where William promptly fell in love with Sam's daughter, Mary. It is believed that they married in New York on their journey south. Within the next 11 years, Mary's husband, son William Jr., and second husband James Cane (widower of Sam's and William's sister, Rebecca!) would all die in Shreveport.
Sam Bennett moved to Shreveport to be near his daughter and grandchildren. He "invested in land and slaves in partnership" with Mary and Cane. After Cane's death in 1844, she married a third time, but this marriage ended in divorce not long after. Mary Bennett is often referred to as the "Mother of Shreveport." She and her daughter Mary Jane returned to visit NH in 1857.
Dr. Bennett died in Shreveport, a victim of yellow fever. One year before his death, he was tried for murder in the shooting death of a man, but was acquitted. His will left part of his estate to Mary and her children, but he did not acknowledge her as his daughter. Relatives in NH and Alabama went to court to disallow her inheritance and were upheld.
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: Probably buried in cemetery that was under where the J Bennet Johnston Federal Building (now closed) was located in Shreveport. Many remains reinterred in Oakland Cemetery.
Created by: John Andrew Prime
Record added: Aug 27, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 96082281