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Surprise – 52 Ancestors – Week 6 (2019)

Imagine my surprise when I discovered my paternal great-grandfather, Philander Bennett, was a political figure. I had no idea that any of my ancestors were interested in, much less involved in, politics at any level. A search on https://books.google.com for … Continue reading

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Coal Miner’s Daughter

Like Loretta Lynn, she was a coal miner’s daughter. Flossie Irene was born the fourth daughter of Edward E. Dow and Viola Bell Bennett on 7 September 1891 in Coalton, Jackson County, Ohio.  Flossie and her family moved from Ohio … Continue reading

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Minerva’s Last Years

She became a widow in 1909 when her husband unexpectedly died at their home in Coalton, Jackson County, Ohio. Her son, Miles, a bachelor, still lived at home. The following year the two of them moved to Saginaw, Michigan, to … Continue reading

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Died on the 4th of July

My third great grandmother shares something in common with the second and third presidents of the United States. They all died on July 4th.  John Adams and Thomas Jefferson actually died on the same day – the 50th anniversary of … Continue reading

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Philander Bennett’s Birthdate

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 … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary, Philander and Minerva!

Four days short of his 27th birthday, Philander Bennett took twenty-five year old Minerva Abrams as his wife in Hamilton Township, Jackson County, Ohio. They were married 1 June 1867 by Justice of the Peace George Gilliland.[1] Their union would … Continue reading

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Minerva

The loss of loved ones is difficult for anyone, even in the later years of life. But Minerva Abrams seems to have had more than her share of grief from an early age. The oldest child of Samuel Abrams and … Continue reading

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Unknown Courtship

Wouldn’t you love to hear about the courtship of your ancestors? I would, but I have no records about their relationships prior to marriage licenses. No letters. No diaries. No journals. No written family histories. What I do know, according … Continue reading

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Bound for Life (or To a Wife)

They wanted to marry, but first there was the bond to be taken care of. Until a few weeks ago, I had thought that a marriage bond was a guarantee that the groom was not going to cop-out on his … Continue reading

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The No Name Baby Girl

My great grandmother, Viola Bell Bennett, was born (or at least her birthday was celebrated) on 12 March 1868. In the Jackson County, Ohio birth records, she appears as an unnamed female born to Philander Bennett and Minerva Abrams in … Continue reading

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