William Alexander Bennett

Brief Life History of William Alexander

When William Alexander Bennett was born on 15 April 1858, in Ash Grove Township, Shelby, Illinois, United States, his father, William Bell Bennett, was 41 and his mother, Lavina Curry, was 37. He married Mary Etta Wilson on 25 July 1880, in Ash Grove Township, Shelby, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Shelby, Illinois, United States in 1860. He died on 17 March 1933, in Ash Grove Township, Shelby, Illinois, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Ash Grove Cemetery, Ash Grove Township, Shelby, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Alexander Bennett
Ella Anna Ferguson
Marriage: 4 October 1885
Burl Chester Bennett
Lola Essie Bennett
Oris Russell Bennett
Foster L Bennett
Maye B Bennett
Allie Mary Bennett
Eli Bennett

Sources (23)

  • Wm A Bennet in household of Wm B Bennett, "United States Census, 1860"
  • William Alexander Bennett, "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947"
  • W A Bennett and Alice Horton, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

World Events (8)

1861 · Simple life to Soldiers

Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total men fighting for a single state. Troops mainly fought in the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains, but a few regiments played important roles in the East side. Several thousand Illinoisians died during the war. No major battles were fought in the state, although several towns became sites for important supply depots and navy yards. Not everyone in the state supported the war and there were calls for secession in Southern Illinois several residents. However, the movement for secession soon died after the proposal was blocked.


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

English: from the medieval personal name Benedict , from Latin Benedictus ‘blessed’. In the 12th century the Latin form of the name is found in England alongside versions derived from the Old French form Beneit, Benoit, which was common among the Normans. The surname has also been established in Ireland since the 14th century.

German: from a short form of the personal name Bernhard .

Altered form of French Benet or Bennet or of some other similar (like-sounding) French surname. Altered ending reflects the Canadian and American French practice of sounding the final -t.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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History of William Bell family in Shelbyville Democrat, 5 Jan 1899

Shelbyville Democrat - Thursday - 5 Jan 1899 W. B. Bennett, great grandfather of our grand old pioneer, Wm. Bennett of Ash Grove, was an Englishman who owned much property, among the rest, a ship. …

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