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William Armstrong Bennett
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Birth: Sep. 25, 1831
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jan. 15, 1902
Young County
Texas, USA

W.A. Bennett, was born September 25, 1831, in North Carolina. He was a singing school teacher. He married Martha Emmaline Smith, who was born January 27, 1835. They were married September 19, 1855. William died in 1902 in Young County, Texas, cause of death, influenza and pneumonia complicated by asthma at home, 10 miles Southeast of Graham, Young County, Texas.

William and Martha migrated from North Carolina to Marion County, Texas in the late 1850's. At the age of 31, he mustered into Capt. J.H. Pratt's Artillery, Colonel Parson's Regiment, CSA (War between the States) on March 1, 1862, for the war period (proof in Muster Rolls, Texas State Archives). One roll shows him absent sick since August 31, 1863 at home, Marion Co., Texas. He likely had a severe bout of asthma. The war between the States ended in 1865 and the family moved to Jefferson, Texas because Orton (Bud) Bennett, Sr. and his twin sister (Lola Bennett) were born February 5, 1871. Lola Bennett drowned in a stock tank while trying to rescue a newborn calf and is buried in Jefferson or Marion County, Texas. Lola died on Sept. 25, 1878. After the war William became a farmer and they settled in Young County, Texas.
In 1877, the family came to Young County, Texas and settled on land six miles Southwest of Bryson. Upon arrival, W.A. immediately applied for a Texas land grant. To qualify they had to improve the place first. He made a large garden, he bought a cow and a calf and he and two young sons dug and made a large cellar which served his home. The virgin native soil was everywhere. He and Martha planted turnips. The weather was good and God looked down on this family. They harvested the turnips and sold a wagon load. W.A. had a wagon and team so with money in hand he and two young sons went to Jefferson, Texas and bought a wagon load of logs. The family built a one room log cabin for the family to live in. The cellar was to the left of the house and the log cabin was to the right of the cellar. Patent #107 was issued May 28, 1880, and the Bennett family was home. The log rattled, the chink flew out and the roof fell in. In 1894, the chimney was built and the one room house was completed. Later a small room was added to the back for kitchen purposes.
Soon after, the children and older grandchildren began to leave and start their own lives. (bio by: Debra Harrison White) 
Family links: 
  James M. Bennett (1787 - 1852)
  Nancy Murphey Bennett (1796 - 1879)
  Carolina Malloy Bennett (1833 - 1856)*
  Martha Emmaline Smith Bennett (1835 - 1902)*
  Lizzie Lee Bennett Young (1858 - 1881)*
  Sarah Jane Bennett Frazier (1861 - 1916)*
  Roberta Bennett Howard (1866 - 1955)*
  Lola Bennett (1871 - 1878)*
  Orton Bennett (1871 - 1948)*
  John Harper Bennett (1873 - 1920)*
  Nevel Bennett (1808 - 1899)*
  Sarah Margarette Bennett Floyd (1820 - 1857)*
  William Armstrong Bennett (1831 - 1902)
  Benjamin Culpepper Bennett (1836 - 1887)*
*Calculated relationship
Center Ridge Cemetery
Young County
Texas, USA
Maintained by: Debra Harrison White
Originally Created by: mystic75074
Record added: Feb 06, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24430787
William Armstrong Bennett
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William Armstrong Bennett
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William Armstrong Bennett
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Thank you for your Confederate Service. Rest in Peace.
- Louann Owens Rubel, UDC 2429, Euless, Texas
 Added: Jun. 20, 2013

- Searchers of our Past
 Added: Aug. 23, 2011

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 Added: May. 25, 2008

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