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 Isabel Harris “Belle” Bennett

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Isabel Harris “Belle” Bennett

Birth
Foxtown, Jackson County, Kentucky, USA
Death
20 Jul 1922 (aged 69)
Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, USA
Burial
Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, USA
Plot
Section E, Lot 29
Memorial ID
73300391 View Source

1880 U.S. Census
Bell Bennett
1854 Birth Kentucky, United States
1880 Residence Foxtown, Madison, Kentucky
1880 Age 26
Race White
Gender F
Township Foxtown
State Kentucky
Page 394
Ethnicity American
Father's Birthplace Kentucky, United States
Mother's Birthplace Kentucky, United States

Household
Self Samuel Bennett (age 75)
Wife Elizabeth Bennett (age 67)
Son William Bennett (age 44)
Daughter Susan Bennett (age 36)
Son Walter Bennett (age 30)
Daughter Bell Bennett (age 26)
Son Samuel Bennett (age 21)
Grandson Benjamin Bennett (age 14)
Granddaughter Lizzie Bennett (age 12)
Grandson Ned Bennett (age 7)
Granddaughter Annie Bennett (age 5)
Other Willis Howard (age 60)
Other Robert Woodcock (age 28)
Other Sally Woodcock (age 20)
Other Julia Woodcock
Other Joicy Karr (age 12)
Other Eliza Adams (age 18)


MISS BELLE BENNETT
by Fred Allen Engle
March 25, 1970
(Ref. Madison Heritage)
How many people know that Sue Bennett Memorial College at London, Kentuck y, is named for a Madison County lady? Not many I would guess. It was es tablished in 1892 by Miss Belle Harris Bennett in memory of her sister w ho had passed away before being able to complete her work in the mounta in area.

Miss Belle was born December 3, 1852 about six miles from Richmond on t he Lexington Pike. She joined the Providence Church near her home and so on became involved deeply in the work of the Methodist Episcopal Church, S outh. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Scarritt Bible a nd Training School of Kansas City and Nashville and a memorial building w as built in Nashville and named for her.

In 1896 she became president of the new Parsonage and Home Missionary Soci ety where she worked for the formation of Wesley Community Houses and Beth lehem Houses. She also led the movement which resulted in the foundati on of Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, a school for Negro girls. Upon t he request of the pastor, Rev. A.W. Jackson, she taught for three yea rs a bible class every Sunday afternoon at the St. Paul's African Methodi st Episcopal Church in Richmond the attendance ranging up to 500 peopl e. She lent the church $2000 with no interest and no maturity date.

Along with County School Superintendent H.H. Brock she helped establish t he Madison County Colored Chautauqua in 1915, which organization was ab le to bring George Washington Carver and William E.B. DuBois to the count y. Rev. J.W. Cobb was secretary for the group.

In 1910 under a reorganization plan Miss Bennett became president of the W oman's Missionary Council of the Southern Methodist Church. She was the o nly woman on the joint board of the Northern & Southern Methodist in the ir mission centenary in 1919-24. She visited Europe in 1919 under the spo nsorship of the Methodist Church and in 1916 had received a Doctor of La ws Degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College. Her last fight led to the openi ng of additional doors to Methodist women in 1918 which resulted in her el ection as delegate to the General Conference in 1922. She was to ill to a ttend, however, and on July 21, 1922, Miss Bell died. For those who wi sh to know more about this woman there is an excellent biography of Miss B ennett in the Eastern library.

1880 U.S. Census
Bell Bennett
1854 Birth Kentucky, United States
1880 Residence Foxtown, Madison, Kentucky
1880 Age 26
Race White
Gender F
Township Foxtown
State Kentucky
Page 394
Ethnicity American
Father's Birthplace Kentucky, United States
Mother's Birthplace Kentucky, United States

Household
Self Samuel Bennett (age 75)
Wife Elizabeth Bennett (age 67)
Son William Bennett (age 44)
Daughter Susan Bennett (age 36)
Son Walter Bennett (age 30)
Daughter Bell Bennett (age 26)
Son Samuel Bennett (age 21)
Grandson Benjamin Bennett (age 14)
Granddaughter Lizzie Bennett (age 12)
Grandson Ned Bennett (age 7)
Granddaughter Annie Bennett (age 5)
Other Willis Howard (age 60)
Other Robert Woodcock (age 28)
Other Sally Woodcock (age 20)
Other Julia Woodcock
Other Joicy Karr (age 12)
Other Eliza Adams (age 18)


MISS BELLE BENNETT
by Fred Allen Engle
March 25, 1970
(Ref. Madison Heritage)
How many people know that Sue Bennett Memorial College at London, Kentuck y, is named for a Madison County lady? Not many I would guess. It was es tablished in 1892 by Miss Belle Harris Bennett in memory of her sister w ho had passed away before being able to complete her work in the mounta in area.

Miss Belle was born December 3, 1852 about six miles from Richmond on t he Lexington Pike. She joined the Providence Church near her home and so on became involved deeply in the work of the Methodist Episcopal Church, S outh. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Scarritt Bible a nd Training School of Kansas City and Nashville and a memorial building w as built in Nashville and named for her.

In 1896 she became president of the new Parsonage and Home Missionary Soci ety where she worked for the formation of Wesley Community Houses and Beth lehem Houses. She also led the movement which resulted in the foundati on of Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, a school for Negro girls. Upon t he request of the pastor, Rev. A.W. Jackson, she taught for three yea rs a bible class every Sunday afternoon at the St. Paul's African Methodi st Episcopal Church in Richmond the attendance ranging up to 500 peopl e. She lent the church $2000 with no interest and no maturity date.

Along with County School Superintendent H.H. Brock she helped establish t he Madison County Colored Chautauqua in 1915, which organization was ab le to bring George Washington Carver and William E.B. DuBois to the count y. Rev. J.W. Cobb was secretary for the group.

In 1910 under a reorganization plan Miss Bennett became president of the W oman's Missionary Council of the Southern Methodist Church. She was the o nly woman on the joint board of the Northern & Southern Methodist in the ir mission centenary in 1919-24. She visited Europe in 1919 under the spo nsorship of the Methodist Church and in 1916 had received a Doctor of La ws Degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College. Her last fight led to the openi ng of additional doors to Methodist women in 1918 which resulted in her el ection as delegate to the General Conference in 1922. She was to ill to a ttend, however, and on July 21, 1922, Miss Bell died. For those who wi sh to know more about this woman there is an excellent biography of Miss B ennett in the Eastern library.


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