Earlier Bennetts

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All Bocking registers are now online -2012 & I have done an exhaustive search of them : bmds recorded Bocking ~1690-1812. Earlier ones also exist!

Richard Bennit m. Sarah Barratt? in 1682. They had Richard Bennit 1683 & Joseph Bennit 1699 . Joseph marries and has a son Joseph 1729, who has a son Samuel 1771.

Richard Bennit ~1683 [though 1690 from his death age!] -1747 married Lydia Cook ~1691-1754, in August 1711. They had: Lyday 1714, Richard 1717, Richard 1718, Samuel 1724, Rachel 1726, Richard 1728, Lazarus 1731 & Mary 1733.  But did not find a Joseph birth. Both Richard & Lazarus marry & have children
Samuel  Bennit 1724-1794 & Sarah Crabb 1720-1794, m.1745, had Samuel  1754,  Richard 1758 , Ruth 1761.    
Samuel  1754 & Sarah Rogers, m.1773, had Samuel 1775, a daut. who died aged 2 days in Dec 1776, Sarah & Ann 1778, Richard 1779, Sarah 1787.    Samuel 1754 was widowed 15/5/1800 & remarried widow Sarah Rayner 4/9/1800. Have not found burials for either Samuel nor new wife Sarah
Samuel 1775 is one of the 2 candidates for marrying Elizabeth Wilsmore in 1797 in Bocking.

In 1793 Bocking census, a Samuel Bennett jnr, weaver, is living in Bradford Street, a household of 7 people, 4 males with 2<15 and 3 females, 1 of them under 15- could this be Samuel 1754, son Samuel 1775, Richard 14, his wife & daughter Sarah 6 . Who is the other male <15? Also a Joseph Bennett weaver in Church Street with a wife , & 1 son & 3 daughters<15- this could be Joseph & Ruth Gentry on the above tree. . And a Lazarus Bennett weaver in Coggeshall Lane - this likely Lazarus & Sarah on above tree

An 1807 door to door census of Bocking exists - looked this up in ERO D/P 268/18/1 in September 2014: just a Samuel Bennett, shopkeeper, Bradford Street, a household of 3, the other 2 adult women- this could be Samuel 1754 again, having given up weaving with age. Samuel 1775 & Elizabeth had moved to Braintree by 1801. Also a Widow Bennett in Bradford Street, 4 females in the household, just one <15

Samuel & Elizabeth Bennett were the parents of Joseph Bennett 1801, James Bennett, 18/3/1803 [ he also appears in the Braintree Church Clerks fees Book, D/P 264/1/19] & Charlotte Bennett 1805 - all baptised in neighbouring Braintree - D/P 264/1/4.     In 1821 Braintree census, Joseph Bennett, 20, is living New Street with his wife, 20, and a 2yr old girl
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Above is a possible, & probable, lineage of  Samuel Bennett 1775, my 4xggrandfather, he being the gggrandson of the first Richard Bennit, ~1659. . An unlikely alternative is a ggrandson of the first Richard Bennit, namely Samuel 1771.

 

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There is also a William Bennett, 1819, baptised to a Samuel & Elizabeth Bennett in Braintree; almost certainly too long a gap between the births, and our Elizabeth might die in 1815!, so almost certainly a different couple. Other possibility is that William was not baptised as a a baby, but ,say, when 10-20. But, Sep 2012, can no longer find this 1819 baptism on Braintree fiche!

All Bocking Baptisms D/P 268/1/3 1670-1796 & marriages 1697-1754 & more digitised on Seax! - see findings at Bocking.

In the list below, 3a -6a show the descent to Samuel 1771

1. 1682 marriage of Richard Bennit to Sara Barratt.

2. 1683 baptism of Richard . . . .. .. . . . . . . .& . . . . . . .1699 baptism of Joseph to Richard & Sara.

3. 1711 marriage of a Richard Bennit to Lidia Cook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3a. 1728 remarriage of Joseph to Lydia Martin.

4. 1724 baptism of Samuel to Richard & Lidia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4a. 1729 baptism of Joseph to Joseph & Lydia

5. 1745 marriage of Samuel to Sarah Crabb . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5a. 1761 remarriage of Joseph to Ruth Smith , she also widowed. 10/10/1761. D/P 268/1/5, image 49

6 1754 baptism of Samuel to Samuel & Sarah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .6a. 1771 baptism of Samuel to Joseph & Ruth

7. 1773 marriage of Samuel to Sarah Rogers.

8. 1775 baptism of Samuel to Samuel & Sarah.

9. 1797 marriage of Samuel to Elizabeth Wilsmore

10. 1801 baptism of Joseph to Samuel & Elizabeth, this in Braintree.

9*. A Samuel Bennett, seemingly of of Gt. Baddow[near Chelmsford,~12 miles from Bocking], married Elizabeth Wilsmore of Bocking in Bocking,18/04/1797. Both signed & witnesses were John Evans & Ann Bennett: ERO- She is probably Samuel's sister, and my tree shows Samuel 1775 having a sister Ann 1778. She marries a James Frost of Rumford - where is this? Romford? - in 1802, Saml Bennett being a witness. Thus the Samuel who marries Elizabeth Wilsmore is almost certainly Samuel 1775.. So far, only children found baptised, all in Braintree, are Joseph Bennett, James Bennett, born 20/2/1803. baptised 18/3/1803, D/P 264/1/4 image 73 & Charlotte Bennett, born 17/1/1805, baptised 26/2/1805, D/P 264/1/4 image 76

An Elizabeth Bennett is buried 14/7/1815, Braintree, D/P 264/1/32 image 10, [ burial fee 3s.6d] aged 42, suggesting a birth ~1773, which is reasonable for Elizabeth Wilsmore . I have not found a Samuel Bennett in 1841C - and no burial Braintree or Great Baddow 1805-1837, & no BMD death 1837-1841. .. There is a possibility that Samuel Bennett could have remarried if this was his wife dying in 1815.

Cannot find a Samuel Bennett dying near Braintree 1837-1861 on BMD, and no Samuel Bennett there in the 1861C. So when did Samuel Bennett 1775 die. Have searched the Braintreee burials on Seax 1838-1858 and 1864 onwards: Churchyard closed August 1858 -August 1864 - cholera.. Also searched Braintree burials 1813-1837 and found no entry for him . I feel he must have moved away from Braintree after the 1815 death of his wife Elizabeth: & he is not buried in Great Baddow 1815-1837. Have also searched both Bocking & Braintree marriage registers for a remarriage 1813-37 - No Also looking for a Samuel m.Mary: this couple in St. Pancras in 1851C., both of them born Bocking and he a retired cotton spinner!.

Sylvia Aston has a Samuel Bennett, 81,[ this age would lead me to believe he was the Samuel 1771, born to Joseph & Ruth, but the name of our Joseph, 1801, would lead me to believe our Samuel father was also the 1771 one!] b.Bocking, retired cotton spinner, living in L.Garden Street St., St. Pancras in 1851C with a wife, Mary, 66, also b. Bocking [ ~1785] & a retired cotton spinner. e is also in the 1841C, as Saml Bennett, aged 70, with Mary 56, no occupation given, both not born in Middlesex, in Charles Street, Pancras. This Samuel could still be ours, having remarried a Mary 1815-1837 outside Bocking/Braintree.. On the same census page is a James Bennett, 43, [ the latter in Findmypast] cotton spinner, born Mddx, with his family. Surely can not be a son of Samuel as 1.born Mddx., but this could be wrong, 2. implied birth of 1798 & not 1803. In 1851C, James Bennett, 53, b.Surrey Godlever?, cotton baller,& Mary, 53, b.Shoreditch, have children Sarah 19 & Emily 13, both born Pancras, living Henry Street, St. Pancras. This James Bennett, aged 63, b. Surrey, is to be found again in Charles St. Pancras, in 1861C, no occupation, but wife, Mary, 63, & daughter Emily, 23, both cotton ballers. 1871C, James Bennett, 73, born Godalming Surrey, cotton spinner, wid, lodger, living St Pancras. Probably dies 1871-1881. Samuel Bennett, seemingly born 1771, maybe dies Dec 1860 Pancras. . No, this is NOT him but a 38 yr yr old Potman 'found dead ' & an inquest held .Have d.c. An 83 yr old Samuel Bennett is buried Homerton, Hackney 2/11/1854 - Ancestry London Burials - this almost certainly the Samuel living St. Pancras 1841 & 1851. & Wife Mary Bennett, 73, is buried 31/1/1857 in St Pancras Parish Chapel Camden- Ancestry London Burials- dies Mar 1857 Pancras. This Samuel leaves ~£100 in 1854. I have not found a Samuel/Mary marriage 1803 - 1812 or 1815-1837 in Bocking. My feeling is that James 1798 was the son of this Samuel, who likely married a Mary ? somewhere & thn had some of his family in Godalming, Surrey.If this is true, this Samuel is not my ancestor, but we can still not be sure whether he were Samuel 1771 or Samuel 1775!

Another complication is that a Samuel, likely 1771?, has seemingly married a Sarah [ no m. in Bocking] , having a son Samuel baptised in Bocking in 1796, unless Samuel 1775 was rebaptised in 1796!.

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1851C in St.Pancras for a Bocking born Samuel Bennett. Is he Samuel 1771 or Samuel 1775?? - I think 1771.

My only niggle with these deductions is : why did the 1797 marriage say Samuel Bennett was of Great Baddow; if he had been born Bocking, then why would he move to Great Baddow?.- a mill there? I think Great Baddow might have been a centre for cotton spinning: investigate. Seemingly only 1 Bennett in Great Baddow 1841, a William~1801. And cannot find any cotton spinners in the 12 pages of District 3!

I have found an1801 marriage, by licence, in Writtle, some way away, of a Samuel Bennett to a Mary Ann Craneis, he Samuel Bennett jnr,clerk M.A! of the parish of Writtle

 

As the image numbers are now specified on my Bocking tables, I have not copied all the images found, just 2 being shown below.

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Entry on Bocking parish register of Samuel Bennett marrying Sarah Crabb 1745

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Entry on Bocking parish register of a Samuel Bennett born 1771 to Joseph & Ruth - nee Smith

1841C. No Samuel & Elizabeth Bennett together in/nr Bocking in this census. An Elizabeth Bennett is buried Braintree 14/7/1815, [ burial fee 3s.6d] aged 42, suggesting a birth ~1773, which is reasonable for Elizabeth Wilsmore. Apart from Joseph's family, no Bennetts in Braintree and only one family in Bocking in 1841C.. Thus I would assume that Samuel Bennett died sometime after 1805, or more likely 1815-1837 - no obvious Bmd deaths from 1837 and no burial Braintree or Great Baddow [ thought he could have returned there after his wife's death] 1815-1837

Have also searched for Elizabeth Wilsmore's baptism 1770 -1780 in Bocking on Seax - no Wilsmore at all. Have also searched Braintree, Wethersfield, Shalford, Toppesfield, Coggeshall,Witham [where a William Wilsmore was baptised to John & Ann], Lexden, Panfield [very nearby and at least one family of Wilsmores there] & Black Notley. There is a Wilsmore family in Faulkbourne around 1730 - so looked at baptisms there in the 1766-1783: No. . An Elizabeth Wilsmore is born 1774, Alphamstone Essex, say 15 miles from Braintree -- this found on a Genes trees- .Elizabeth Wilsmore baptised to Thomas & Alice Wilsmore 10/1/1774, Alphamstone Essex. D/P 221/1/1 image 47: this is NOT our Elizabeth as there is a 1799 marriage of this one at Gt Henny, very near Alphamstone, to a John Ruffle! Still to try Goldhangar but cannot find it on SEAX. !. Have also looked for Wilsmores in Findmypast in 1851C & 1861C, to see where born: Rochford, Romford, Lexden, Winstree & Earls Colne : Toppesfield?, Panfield area.

In 1841C, Wilsmores in Goldhangar [ other end of county!] & Wethersfield [5miles N of Bocking]- a Cornelius 75, Esther 55. .1851C. Wilsmores in Toppesfield, nearby.

Also a Jos. Bennett, batchelor, marries a Ruth Gentry in Bocking in 1778. I have failed to find a Bocking baptism , say 1740-1760 for him: could be a son of first marriage of Joseph 1729, who maybe married in another village and had Joseph there? or a son of his cousins, Richard 1728 or Lazarus 1730

I also looked at registers pre 1670, and, as seen in Bocking table my .1st Richard Bennit might have been baptised 1659 to another Richard. There were also 2 baptisms to a Joseph Bennit , Joseph in 1663 & Samuel in 1675. Thus my Bennetts had lived in Bocking from around 1650.

         

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