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Ezra Bennett

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Cumberland County, New Jersey, USA
Death: Died in Bellefontaine, Logan, OH, USA
Place of Burial: Bellefontaine, Logan County, Ohio, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Timothy Bennett and Sarah Davis Bennett Mints
Husband of Mary Ann Bennett
Father of Sarah E. Adams; Elizabeth Van Eaton; Lucius C. Bennett; John Quincy Adams Bennett and Benjamin F. Bennett
Brother of Isaac Bennett; Timothy Jr Bennett and Sarah Davis Conover
Half brother of John Thompson Mints and Martha Ann Petticrew

Occupation: cabinet maker, lawyer, Prosecuting Attorney of Logan County, Ohio, Probate Judge
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About Ezra Bennett

  • Birth: Mar. 13, 1812 in Cumberland County, New Jersey, USA
  • Death: Aug. 22, 1889 in Bellefontaine, Logan County, Ohio, USA
  • Burial: Bellefontaine City Cemetery, Bellefontaine, Logan County, Ohio, USA

"Son of Timothy & Sarah Davis Bennett. Married Mary Ann Bryant July 10th 1834 in New Vienna, Clark County, Ohio. Served in the Civil War as a 1st Lieutenant in the 13th & 14th Ohio Batteries, Light Artillery."


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I have not seen conclusive evidence that Ezra Bennett is the son of the Timothy Bennett who married Sarah Davis in Cumberland County. It makes sense given geography, names, and the fact that Timothy Bennett, the husband of Sarah Davis, is known to have died around the time that Ezra Bennett was left fatherless. Sarah Davis Bennett remarried in 1825 to William A. Mints, also in Cumberland County.

Ohio Genealogy website on Logan County figures from History of Logan County and Ohio: containing a history of the state of Ohio ...? - Page 590 by William Henry Perrin, J. H. Battle, O.L. Baskin & Co - Logan County (Ohio) - 1880 - 840 pages

"EZRA BENNETT, furniture; Bellefontaine; was born in Cumberland Co., N. J., on the 13th of March, 1812. and is the son of Timothy Bennett, a farmer. Our subject was born on the farm, where he remained until he was some 14 years of age, when he commenced to learn his trade as a cabinet-maker, in Cincinnati, O., having come to Ohio with his parents in the fall of 1817. Subsequently he worked at his trade at Cincinnati, Springfield and Xenia. On the 10th of July, 1844, he married Miss Mary A. Bryant, in Clarke Co., O. In his leisure hours he had studied law, and in 1844 was admitted to the bar by the Supreme Court, at Urbana. In March, 1845, he moved to Bellefontaine, where he engaged in the practice of law, and in the fall of 1847 was elected Prosecuting Attorney of Logan Co. He was elected the first Probate Judge, under the new Constitution, in the fall of 1851, and re-elected in 1854. Not liking the practice of law as well as he anticipated, Mr. Bennett purchased an interest in a foundry and machine shop, which proved an unsuccessful venture. Himself and two sons, Lucius C. and John Q. A., and a son-in-law, James Van Eaton, served in the late Rebellion. Mr. Bennett helped to recruit the 13th Ohio Battery, of which a history will be found in another part of this work. He enlisted in this Battery as a 1st Lieutenant, and served faithfully. He was honorably discharged on account of sickness. After the war Mr. Bennett returned to the furniture business in Bellefontaine, which business he has continued ever since, being now in partnership with his son-in-law, Mr. Adams. Bennett & Adams' place of business is located on Columbus street."

Another source on (Memoirs of Miami Valley):

In the year 1850 the necessity for a more extensive public burial ground became acute, and an association was formed, sixty citizens uniting to purchase a twenty-acre plat northeast of the city, to be devoted to this use. The organization was effected in 1851, at a meeting of the proprietors, Gen. Isaac Gardner being the president. A board of directors was chosen, with Noah Z. McColloch, president; Dr. B. S. Brown, secretary ; William G. Kennedy, treasurer; Benjamin Stanton, James B. McLaughlin and William Fisher. The directors in 1880 were, in due order : Ezra Bennett, I. S. Gardner, G. B. Thrift, Edward Patterson and R. P. Kennedy.

... The establishment, in 1851, of a probate court eliminated the associate bench, and the first probate judge to be elected under the (page 211) new law, was Ezra Bennett, who was succeeded by Anthony Casad, Samuel B. Taylor, W. L. Nelson, R. E. Pettit, T. Miltonberger, L. E. Pettit, J. D. McLaughlin, W. S. Plum, John C. Hover, John R. Cassidy (for about eleven months), Don A. Detrick (for about six weeks), and Ernest Thompson.


History of the First Presbyterian Church ... and Addresses Delivered at the ...? - Page 56

"Ezra Bennett, son of Timothy Bennett, was born March 13, 1812, in Cumberland county, New Jersey. Left fatherless, at the age of 14 (~1826), he learned the trade of cabinet maker and worked in Cincinnati. During the year of 1828. he was in business in Springfield and New Vienna, Ohio. United with the Presbyterian church at Springfield, August 30, 1828.

He married Mary A. Bryant, July 10, 1834. at New Vienna, Ohio. He was made [elder in Xenia Ohio...]

...and Probate Judge of Logan county in 1852. In 1863 he engaged in the undertaking business in Bellefontaine, at the corner of Detroit street and Columbus avenue; built ' Bennett Block," and later added furniture to his business.

He died August 22, 1889. At the time of death he was the oldest elder in Bellefontaine, and had served this church in that capacity nearly forty-three years, a longer time than any other elder."

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Ezra Bennett's Timeline

March 13, 1812
Cumberland County, New Jersey, USA
Age 24
Age 26
Logan County, Ohio, United States
August 6, 1840
Age 28
Logan County, Ohio, United States
August 16, 1847
Age 35
Ohio, United States
Age 35
August 22, 1889
Age 77
Bellefontaine, Logan, OH, USA
Bellefontaine, Logan County, Ohio, USA