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Geraldine M. Hayes Bennett
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Birth: Sep. 26, 1913
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Death: Jul. 6, 2001
Huntington Beach
Orange County
California, USA

Biographical information provided by Janice Klafehn.

Mrs Bennett is a fifth generation Californian, the daughter of John Griffin Hayes and Emma Marie Delpy Hayes, born in the City of Los Angeles.

Emma Delpy is the daughter of Pierre Delpy, one of the founders of Vista, California, arriving there from France in 1875. Emma was born in an early adobe house at what is now the well-known Delpy Corners of Vista.

John Griffin Hayes was the son of Judge J. Chauncey Hayes and Dona Felipa Marron of Oceanside,California.

Judge J. Chauncey Hayes was born in Los Angeles, April 27, 1853, the son of Judge Benjamin Hayes and Emily Martha Chauncey.

Benjamin Hayes came to California from Baltimore crossing the country on mule back with the wagon trains. He arrived in Los Angeles in early 1850 and in February of that year, while California was still a territory, Mr. Hayes was elected County Attorney, a prosecuting officer then provided law. At the election of 1852, he became the first Judge of the Southern District of California, including the counties of Los Angeles and San Diego.

Dona Felipa Marron was the daughter Don Sylvester Marron of Rancho Agua Hedionda, a Spanish land grant from the King of Spain to Captain Juan Maria Marron for his faithful service to the Crown. Rancho Agua Hedionda was located in the northern portion of San Diego County.

Judge Benjamin Hayes wrote several books. His "Pioneer Notes from the Diaries of Judge Benjamin Hayes" contains a wealth of information about early California history. He was commissioned by the Centennial Committee of 1876 to write a section of "An Historical Sketch of Los Angeles County" along with Col. J. J. Warner and Dr. J. P. Widney. Both of these are now key reference documents for researchers and historians of the period.

Geraldine Hayes Bennett was educated in the public schools of Pasadena and UCLA, majoring in Education. A teacher in the elementary schools of Palm Springs and Los Angeles, she also taught English in Japan at a girls high school. Her interests included an extensive Oriental Art collection, rose gardening, philanthropic work, yachting and water oriented activities.

Her husband was Lt. Col. Charles C. Bennett, Army Intelligence Retired. 
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  John Griffin Hayes (1884 - 1948)
  Charles C Bennett (1919 - 2000)
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Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Cypress)
Orange County
California, USA
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Record added: Jul 24, 2006
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Geraldine M. Hayes Bennett
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