Biographical Sketch of William E. Bement
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William E. Bement, the first member of this family of whom we have definite information, was born in New England, in 1821, died in Manchester, Ontario county, New York, in 1881. The surname is found among the earliest Puritan settlers in this country, in Enfield, Connecticut, and elsewhere, and descendants of the original Bement emigrants are living to-day in Massachusetts and Connecticut. William E. Bement is probably a descendant of the branch which was connected with the early history of Deerfield and Conway, Massachusetts. He married Laura A. Newell, who died in Manchester, Ontario county, New York, in 1903. She is said to have been a descendant of Thomas Newell, who settled in Farmington, Connecticut, about 1640. Children: Murray J., referred to below; Edmond, born August 2, 1847, died September 10, 1896, married Margaret Lemunyon; George, born August 10, 1851, died February 14, 1863, drowned by accident.