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George Bennett, Sr.

Birthdate: (40)
Birthplace: Lancaster, Worcester, MA, USA
Death: August 22, 1675 (40)
Lancaster, Worcester, MA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Alice Elwall Bennett
Husband of Lydia Kibby and Margery Bennett
Father of John Bennett, Sr.; Mary Bennett; Samuel Bennett; George Bennett, Jr.; William Bennett and 3 others
Brother of John Bennett, Sr. and Richard Bennett

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About George Bennett, Sr.


Lydia married 2 George Hewes 1679 Concord MA. Children: John (1659), Mary (1661), Samuel (1665), George (1668), William (1670), Lydia (1674), all in Lancaster MA.

George was in Lancaster by 1665; it seems he immigrated to America before 1658 but there is no record of his coming.

George inherited his wife's grandfather Richard Linton's land in Lancaster: In September. 1645, Richard Linton deeded his house and lot in Waterlown to Robert Sanderson. About that date, or perhaps earlier, he and his son-in-law. Lawrence Waters, began life with their families upon the Nashaway, having been induced by the first proprietors lo undertake the task of preparing the way fur further settlement. He died March 30, 1665. and by his will it would seem that his wife Elizabeth outlived him. His house seated upon the west side of the present street, somewhere between the residences of Miss Levantia Bradley and Henry M. Latham, but he owned the land along the opposite side of the way for sixty rods, including the ground upon which the public buildings stand. His daughter, Anne Waters, received ten acres of this in trust for his grandson, Joseph Waters. The other lands he left lo another grandson, George Bennett, who being slain in the massacre August 22, 1675, Samuel Bennet, his son, succeeded to possession.

From the same book: To George Benit: nextly a little medow at Chesqwonopog pond was granted to Georg Benit for his full proporcionto a division of medow which was due his grandfather Richard Linton.

Monoco's Raid, August 21 1675: From 1675. ffrom Nashowah Allies [alias] Lankester 16th: Aug'st 1675. "Honoured Sir Last nightt aboutt seaven A Clocke we martched Into Nashowah wheare we are Att Presentt butt shall soone as the Constable hath prest us a dozen Horsses; Proseed for groatton & so to Chenceford; according to the orders Major Willard gave me yesterday Att Quoahbauge; our Major having a Seartayne Intelligence of a Considerable Party of Indians yt [that] have gathered toogather a littell above Chensford which I hope wee shalbe up with this Night or to morrough at furthest & if it pleese God I come up with them God assisting me I will Cloosely ingadge with them & God Spearing my life I shall as oppertunity gives leave Acquaintt yo'r honor off my Actjons; I have wth me butt 60: Men at Present. Samuel Mosley” The above is extracted from a letter of the noted Captain of dragoons to Governor Leverett, in Massachusetts archives LXVII, 239. Six days later, Sunday, August 22d the Indians having warily avoided an encount-er with the dragoons, and got in their rear, made a raid upon Lancaster. Gen. Daniel Gookin states that this bloody foray was headed by a one-eyed chief of the Nipmucks, named John Monoco "who lived near Lancaster before the war began," and that he had twenty of Philip's men with him. Mrs. Rowlandson writes: "Those seven that were killed at Lancaster...upon a sabbath day, and the one who was afterwards killed upon a week day, were slain and mangled in a most barbarous manner by one eyed John and Marlboroughs praying Indians, as the Indians told me." The charge against the Christian Indians was maliciously untrue, as proven upon their trial. The scene of the murders was at the north end of the settlement, the house of the MacLouds being in the neighborhood of the North Village cemetery. The names of the slain were: George Bennet, William Flagg, Jacob Farrar, Jun., Joseph Wheeler, Mordecai MacLoud, Mrs. Lydia MacLoud, Hannah MacLoud aged four years, (also) An infant MacLoud. Flagg was a soldier detailed for duty here, from Watertown. Wheeler was not a Lancaster man, but probably of Concord. Letter from Ralph Houghton Feb 8th 1675 "ffor the Honoured Countie Court siting at Cambridge. I was desired by a poore widow whose husband was slaine by the Indians here and hath 5 small children left with her; by a law of the countrie shee should have brought in an Inventorie of her husbands estate, but such are the deficulties of the time and alsoe the trouble of her litle children that shee could not posibly with any saftie com downe; her name is Lidia Benet, and alsoe a Scotsman Mordicai Mukload [MacLoud] who alsoe was slaine and his wife and children, and his house and goods all burned; he hath a brother surviving, both of them had a desire to have com downe with their Inventories but both of them have Catle in the woods, but know not whether the Indians have killed them or not, and therefore they humbly desire the honoured Court not to looke upon them as contemners of authoritie but give them liberty untill another Court and in soe doing, the honoured will ingage the widow and fatherless children as in dutie they are bound to pray for the honoured Court. Lans 2: 8m: 1675 Subscribed by Ralph Houghton Clarke of the writs" [Middlesex Court Files] The bold incursion of one-eyed John was but the prelude to the fearful tragedy of February 10th, 1676.

Sources The Early Records of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1643 - 1725, edited by Henry S. Nourse 1884.

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George Bennett, Sr.'s Timeline

Lancaster, Worcester, MA, USA
January 20, 1656
Age 21
Overbury, Worcestershire, England
August 19, 1661
Age 26
Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
July 22, 1665
Age 30
Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts
March 26, 1668
Age 33
Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
February 5, 1672
Age 37
Lancaster, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
July 6, 1674
Age 39
Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
August 22, 1675
Age 40
Lancaster, Worcester, MA, USA
August 22, 1675
Age 40