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Biography of Curtis W. Bennett
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Curtis W. Bennett, one of the busy farmers and prominent residents of Pittsfield, was born in Epsom, N.H., January 1, 1832. His parents were Jeremiah and Betsey (Marden) Bennett, natives respectively of New Hampton and Epsom. Daniel Bennett, grandfather of Curtis W., was a lifelong resident of New Hampton. He owned a good farm, and was occupied in its cultivation until his death, which occurred when he was fifty years old. Politically, he supported the Democratic party; and in his religious views he was a Free Will Baptist. He and his wife reared a family of six children.
Jeremiah Bennett attended school in his native town. After finishing his studies, he served an apprenticeship at the carpenter’s trade. He settled in Epsom, where he followed his trade for many years, and was also engaged in farming. In politics he was a Democrat. His wife, Betsey, became the mother of five children, of whom Curtis W., the subject of this sketch, is the only one living. Jeremiah Bennett was seventy-eight years old at his death, and his wife lived to be seventy-six. They attended the Free Will Baptist church.
Curtis W. Bennett was educated in Epsom. He then learned the shoemaker’s trade, and afterward followed it in his native town for several years, together with farming. In 1863 he moved to Pittsfield, and has since devoted his time exclusively to agricultural pursuits. He owns seventy acres of desirable land, thirty acres of which is under tillage and is very fertile. On July 9, 1863, Mr. Bennett wedded Mrs. Caroline Berry, widow of John Berry, late of Pittsfield. By her first union Mrs. Bennett has two daughters-Georgia and May A. Georgia is the wife of the Rev. R. S. Mitchell, of Stoneham, Mass., and has one son-Guy. May A. is now Mrs. Benjamin Lane, of Lynn, Mass., and has one son-Roy. Mr. and Mrs. Bennett have four children; namely Alice E., John C., Charles W., and Frank E.
As a supporter of the Democratic party Mr. Bennett is quite active in local public affairs, and he has served upon the Board of Selectmen and in the office of Road Surveyor. He is a Methodist in his religious views, and Mrs. Bennett is a Calvinist Baptist. His son, John C. Bennett, is a member of Catamount Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, of Pittsfield.
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