With no Bible record or birth certificate, it’s a little difficult to state with certainty the birth date of a person born in the 1800s or earlier. Such is the case with my great-great grandfather, Philander Bennett. However, there are a few records which point to an approximate date and that even state the exact date.
According to his death certificate, Philander was born 5 June 1840 in Scioto County, Ohio, to an unknown father and mother named Ann. This is the only reference to his parents that I have been able to find at this time. The informant for personal information about Philander for the death certificate was his son, Miles.
The 1900 census lists his month and year of birth as June 1840.
An even earlier document identifies the year of his birth as 1840. Philander served in Companies H and B in the 56th Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. His Muster-Out card shows he was 24 years old on 16 January 1865. On 5 June 1865, he would have been 25, so he was 24 before his birthday on that year, confirming his birth in 1840.
Just another little something extra – Philander Bennett’s signature on a general affidavit as part of his pension application packet found in his pension file.