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Biography of William Bennett
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William Bennett married Sally Pierce, and came from Harvard, Mass., about 1788, settling near Chesterfield line in the southern part of Westmoreland, near the farm which George Bennett now owns. He was a Revolutionary soldier and was at the battle of Lexington. His grandson, George Bennett, has in his possession a bullet which his grandfather made. Tradition says he run the bullet and passed it to the soldier who stood beside him, which killed the first British officer in the Revolutionary war. William Bennett, 2d, born in Westmoreland, married for his first wife, in 1807, Catharine Smith, born July 9, 1782, and who bore him three children, Edon, Eliza and Caroline. He married for his second wife, Rhoda, daughter of Caleb Howe, who bore him eight children, namely: Catharine S., William, Shubael, Holland, Cordelia, Sally, Jotham, and Lucy. William, 3d, born in Westmore. land, September 1, 1817, married, August 18, 1841, Caroline W. Fisk, who was born December to, 1820. She was the daughter of Ezra Fisk, and granddaughter of Aaron Fisk. The latter settled in Chesterfield at an early day, on the hill west of the lake. William Bennett, 3d, has one child, Angeline M., born March 15, 3846, and who married David H. Pierce, a metchant of Chesterfield, and who now lives in Fitchburg, Mass. Mr. Bennett acquired his education at the common schools and Chesterfield academy. He taught school winters and worked on his father’s farm-spending his leisure time acquring knowledge which has been a source of real benefit to him. He held a commission in the militia, attaining the rank of colonel under Maj. Gen. E. P. Pierce, Jr. He holds the office of justice of the peace, the duties of which he has faithfully performed for more than thirty years. He is quite extensively engaged in farming and agriculture, owning a large tract of land, including three nice farms. He is a public spirited citizen and an earnest supporter of every commendable enterprise.
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