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Mabel (Bennett) Whittemore

Yesterday I highlighted Harry Whittemore, the closest common ancestor of the clan of Whittemore’s that held their reunion on Saturday. Today’s post is all about his ‘better half’, Mabel (Bennett) Whittemore. There are two pictures of her with Harry after they were married in yesterday’s post.

Mabel Evelyn Bennett was born 28 Oct. 1888 in Eldred borough, McKean County, PA to Wellman Bennett and Adeline “Addie” (Willey) Bennett. She died 23 Dec. 1953. She is buried in Lamphier Cemetery, also in Eldred. According to family records, she worked as a merchandise clerk and then later, as a teacher.

This is the extent of what I have (at this time)… When I have a break from my job, I continue to leaf through records, photographs, obituaries, and mementos left by my mother-in-law Sherry Housler, so more may be discovered… eventually.

WHITTEMORE Mabel funeral card

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2014 in 1888, 1953, Uncategorized

 

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Harry Whittemore

Yesterday, my son and I attended a reunion of the WHITTEMORE family in Duke Center, PA. Everyone’s closest common ancestor was Harry Orman Whittemore and his wife Mabel Evelyn (Bennett) Whittemore. Today I want to share some of the basic info I have on Harry. (Unless noted differently, my info comes from a family record collected by my wife from her grandmother Beryl (Whittemore) Howell Perez in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.)

Harry was born 24 Oct. 1888 in Coryville, McKean County, PA and died 6 Mar. 1952. He was buried in Eldred, McKean County, PA. His occupation was being a carpenter. He was an adopted child, and Grandma Beryl remembered someone once told her that his birth name might have been Paul Hayes (or Hays?).WHITTEMORE Harry young

He was adopted by Christopher F. Whittemore and Josephine (Duryea) Whittemore.

Yesterday, I heard one of Harry’s granddaughters say she remembered that there had been a children’s home in Coryville once upon a time, but I cannot verify that (at least not since yesterday!).

Here is the picture I showed yesterday of Harry as a young man…

 

…and here is the link of a G.A.R. picture that included Harry and his father Crit (Christopher Whittemore).

And here are two others I came across today of Harry & Mabel as young adults…

WHITTEMORE Mabel + Harry + horses WHITTEMORE Jo Mab Harr Crit

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2014 in 1888, 1952, Uncategorized

 

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BEERS, Bennetts, and Cameron County

About a decade ago I helped research the Bennett family using J.H. Beers & Co.’s 1890 book: History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron, and Potter, Pennsylvania. Here are the references from the Cameron County area. By the way, italics BEERS 1890 Coverare my explanatory notes. 

p. 849              A.D. Bennett alleged as a deserter from the Civil War’s Union “Old Bucktails” Regiment from Cameron County.

p. 900              description of Gibson Township’s geographic features includes Bennett’s Branch of the Sinnemahoning River. A notation reads: “This branch was so named after William Bennett, who first settled at Benezette in 1811, who is said to have broken up his land with milch cows harnessed as oxen.”

p. 915              “Miss Sarah Bennett, whose father kept the hotel where the Shaffer House stands [in Sinnemahoning], presided over the next school in 1844.” Her story includes an account of her making a flag and dealing with a mischievous boy named Joseph Shaffer.

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2014 in 1811, 1844

 

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BEERS, Bennetts, and Potter County

About a decade ago I helped research the Bennett family using J.H. Beers & Co.’s 1890 book: History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron, and Potter, Pennsylvania. Here are the references from the Potter County area. By the way, italics BEERS 1890 Coverare my explanatory notes. 

p. 1014            Atlas Bennett listed as Associate Judge (1876), although he died before qualifying for the position and another was appointed in his stead by the governor.

p. 1024            A.B. Bennett was one of the chief contributors for the academic school at Lewisville in 1859 (Today’s Ulysses, PA).

p. 1038            Allen Bennett of Bingham, Civil War soldier ID’d on monolith at Coudersport.

p. 1057            D.R. Bennett listed as a resident taxpayer of Coudersport  in 1848.

p. 1089            The first post office that Mr. Stone remembers in Harrison Valley was “at Colvin’s, and Bennett, who lived there in 1849, was postmaster.”

p. 1097            E.O. Bennett, 89th NY Volunteers, a member of the Galeton G.A.R.1885.

p. 1134            W.A. Bennett one of incorporators for United Brethren Association of Millport 1886. ALSO:Rev. W.A. Bennett was secretary.”

p. 1140            Clarrissa Bennett charter member of Lewisville W.C.T.U. 1884. (Today’s Ulysses, PA) (W.C.T.U. = Women’s Christian Temperence Union… a social organization devoted to making alcohoilic beverages illegal in the United States).

p. 1141            listing of general business in Lewisville boro, c. 1880 includes:Abram Bennett” as a general merchant.

 

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2014 in 1848, 1849, 1859, 1876, 1880, 1884, 1885, 1886

 

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BEERS, Bennetts, and Elk County

About a decade ago I helped research the Bennett family using J.H. Beers & Co.’s 1890 book: History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron, and Potter, Pennsylvania. Here are the references from the Elk County area. By the way, italics are my explanatory notes. BEERS 1890 Cover

p. 573              passing reference to Bennett’s Branch as a location

p. 578              passing reference to Bennett’s Branch as a location

p. 583              passing reference to Bennett’s Branch as a location

p. 584              2 passing references to Bennett’s Branch as a location

p. 586              passing reference to Bennett’s Branch as a location

p. 589              reminiscences of John Brooks: describing the way pioneers used oxen… “And in one instance, Major Bennett, who made an improvement on the Potter reserve, at Benezette, on Bennett’s Branch, yoked his milch cows to plough his garden and his fields. Bennett afterward removed to Crawford county, where some of his descendants still reside.”

p. 633              passing reference to Bennett’s Branch as a location

p. 730              biography of W.S. Horton includes this fact: “… married Ella Bennett in September, 1878, and they have three children.” The names of the children were: Isaac (8), Ralph W. (6), Clara (4).

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2014 in 1878

 

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BEERS, Bennetts, and Smethport

About a decade ago I helped research the Bennett family using J.H. Beers & Co.’s 1890 book: History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron, and Potter, Pennsylvania. Here are the references from the McKean County section dealing with BEERS 1890 Coverthe Smethport and Keating Township area. By the way, italics are my explanatory notes.

p. 254              included in the list of resident taxpayers of Keating Township in 1836-37: “… Levi Bennett (who sold the site for the poor farm to Col. Wilcox)…” as well as D.R. & O.R. Bennett

p. 254              Keating Township 1846: O.R. Bennett had one of five general stores, one of two taverns. (The other was the tavern of “Richmond & Bennett.”)  ALSO NOTED:Elijah Bennett had a store in December.”

p. 257              O.R. Bennett listed as merchant in Keating Township in 1852, as well as also being a “liquor dealer.”

p. 257              The Citizen, no. 1, vol. VI, Sept. 3, 1859 includes a hotel advertisement for “the Bennett House, by D.R. Bennett.”

p. 257              Bordell area (Coleville post-office): “In November [1880], thirty-five buildings were reduced to ashes, the Bennett House, the leading hotel, conducted by T.P. Hill, being among the number.”

p. 259              According to assessment of Smethport borough in 1856-57, the resident property owners included “… D.R. Bennett, O.R. Bennett (hotel keeper)…”

p. 260              O.R. Bennett elected assessor for Smethport borough Feb 11, 1853

p. 269              Smethport, Feb. 1, 1890: William Bennett installed as officer (first guard) in the newly formed Keystone encampment No. 77, Knights of St. John and Malta.

p. 273              “Some short time after [the first hotel, 1822] came Squire Crow from the Sinnemahoning country to compete with the Willard Hotel. The house which he erected occupied the site of the Bennett House. This last named hotel was erected in 1851 by O.R. Bennett. This house, and the Haskell store, built in 1857 by B.D. and Henry Hamlin, were destroyed by fire in May, 1862.”

p. 273              “In January, 1847, O.R. Bennett petitioned the court to open an inn at his house in Smethport. This petition was signed by Edward Hartnett, O.A. Holmes, B.D. Hamlin, Ferd. Hamilton, W.F. Ormsby, O.R. Bennett, Nathan Barrett, J.B. Taylor, Gideon Irons, Adam Brockham, W.F. Young and N.W. Goodrich.”

p. 273              “Gen. Hammer, of the Bennett House, leased [the newly built Grand Central Hotel] soon after [its completion in 1881] and after two years H.S. Sartwell conducted the house.”

p. 274              “The Smethport fire of May, 1882, originated in the Bennett House, destroying Haskell’s large store-building on the other side of the street, the banking office of Henry Hamlin in that building, the Bennett House and Sterrett & Rose law office.”

 

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2014 in 1822, 1836, 1837, 1846, 1847, 1851, 1853, 1856, 1857, 1859, 1862, 1881, 1882, 1890

 

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BEERS, Bennetts, and Eldred

About a decade ago I helped research the Bennett family using J.H. Beers & Co.’s 1890 book:  History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron, and Potter, Pennsylvania. Here are the references from the McKean County section dealing with BEERS 1890 Coverthe Eldred area. By the way, italics are my explanatory notes.

p. 231              BACKGROUND NOTE: overview of Eldred Township geography & history; includes a note that in August 1878, there were already four oil wells producing in the township.

p. 232              “The Bennett well was shot in March, 1886.”

p. 232              June 1889, Tarbell, Rice & Shafer “have their rig for [oil well] No. 1 on the Bennett farm, near [the] Mitchell Bros.’ No. 1 [oil well]…”

p. 232              BACKGROUND NOTE: 1880 Population of Eldred township (including Eldred village) = 3,243 (1,165 in village).

pp. 236-237      BACKGROUND NOTE: Until February, 1880, the village of Eldred had been named “Allegheny Bridge.” ALSO: The first brick building in Eldred was begun in October 1881 for Joseph and Dornberg. That December the Eldred Banking Co opened an office on the Davison block.

p. 236              “In the fall of 1878 the old Eldred House was rebuilt by Ed. Dolan; the Oil Well Supply Company’s house was completed; the store buildings for A. More, A. Davidson, Dornby, V.P. Carter Hamlin & Co., W.B. Archibald, Speller and others were projected or being built; the E.W. Doane block, Steele’s barn and Methodist church building completed and Ward & Shaner’s machine shop erected. A two story school building marked the days of the oil stampede. Mr. Barden was postmaster and the Eagle and the Express were just established. Drs. Guthrie, Wykoff and Winans had located here; the Wright House, R. Dennis of the Central, Anthony’s Hotel, L.L. Dennis, White, Moore of the Benton House, the Bennett House and J.S. Hicks of the Prohibition House, represented the hotel interests; the plank road to Duke Centre was completed; Attorney Dunlap’s office was opened; Spiller’s cottage and other private houses were finished. The planing mill and factory and the Green & Hooker tank shop were in operation.”

p. 238              Sept. 30, 1881 fire destroyed the Bennett House along with many others, including the United Brethren church building and “Bennett block.” Five acres of the business section of Eldred were burned down that day in one hour and five minutes.

p. 241              “The United Brethren Church was begun in August, 1878, under the supervision of Elder Bennett, who donated the building to the society. It was completed and dedicated February 9, 1879, but destroyed in the great fire of 1880, and never rebuilt, the little society worshipping in the Methodist and Baptist houses. Elder Bennett received $1,000 insurance and sold the lot to the Opera House company.”

p. 241              BACKGROUND NOTE: In United Brethren polity at this time, a candidate for pastoral ministry was first licensed, then upon completion of a reading program, with time served under supervision was ordained a deacon. Then with a period of probation involving more study and time served under supervision, the pastor could be ordained as an elder. An ordained elder was the highest ordination the church offered. So Elder Bennett is another way of saying Pastor Bennett. By the way, the pastor was Truman S. Bennett whose oil well is referenced on page 232. He bought a considerable amount of land in the village of Eldred, built the United brethren Church and then donated it to the congregation. Still today, there is a Bennett Street in Eldred named for him.

pp. 486-487      Biography of Truman S. Bennett, Eldred. (which will be highlighted in a later blog post).

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2014 in 1878, 1879, 1881, 1886, elder

 

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