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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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LIST: W.T. Haynes Family Dates

LIST: W.T. HAYNES FAMILY dates

Today’s post is a handwritten list recorded (mostly) by my great-grandmother, (Laura) Vivien (Meacham) Haynes. Her daughter, my grandmother, added W.T. and Carrie’s wedding date and the death dates of Willis and Earl later.

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                 name                                                                                   born                                                          died                           

William Truman Haynes        April 18, 1848          May 14, 1931

Carrie Cleveland     ”               May 29, 1853             Jan. 8, 1921

Franklin L.               ”                April 24, 1877          April 29, 1910

Willis Winfield       ”                Dec 4, 1880               July 17, 1960

Earl Truman            ”                July 31, 1886              Jan 20, 1974

W.T. Haynes and Carrie Cleveland married Feb. 1871.

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2010 in 1848, 1853, 1871, 1877, 1880, 1886, 1910, 1921, 1931, 1960, 1974, Uncategorized

 

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