Brevetted Brigadier General of the United States Army Mayor of Richmond Indiana
Governor Of the Territory of Idaho
United States House of Representatives
A Time Line History the Bennet(t) Family of Union County and Thomas Warren Bennet(t)
11 October 1808 Robert Bennett, a native of Virginia, purchased land in Wayne County, Indiana Territory. This area would eventually become part of Union County.
Robert Bennett (sometimes spelled Bennet) was born in Virginia. Although there is not certain evidence, it is thought to be Frederick County, Virginia. His wife was named Sarah, she may have been Sarah Sailor. There was a Sarah Sailor who married Robert Bennett about 1791 in Virginia. If this was Sarah Sailor, then her parents were Peter Thomas and Mary (Holloway) Sailor.
On 30 June 1825 Robert Bennett married a Sarah Weldon in Union County Indiana.
I am hypothesizing that Robert married twice and each wife was "Sarah" because:
1) His original land records state his wife was "Sarah"
2) Census records show that in 1820 "Sarah" was born 1775 or before; in 1850 she was 44, born in 1806
3) There is a marriage record in 1825 for Robert Bennett and Sarah Weldon and I can not find record of Robert having a son named Robert or any other male in Union County at that time named Robert Bennett.
Robert Bennett Born 1776 - 1790 Died 1843
Sarah Bennett 1) Born 1775 or before 2) Born 1806
1. Male William Born 1797
2. Male Name Unknown born 1805-1810
3. Female Mary Ann Born 1785 - 1804 married Uzial Church
4. Male John Born 1809 married Nancy Burrough
5. Male Josiah Born 1816 married Sarah Guard
6. Male Obadiah Born 1817
7. Male Jonah S. Born 1811-1824
8. Male Hezekiah Died 13 October 1823
9. Female Rebecca F Born 1811 - 1815 Married Jefferson Colvin
10. Male George W. Born 1820
11. Male Otho Born 1815-1820
12. Female Amanda M. Born 1820-1825 married Enoch Miller
13. Female Orinda Born 16 July 1827 married Isaac Ballenger
14. Female Elleanor born 1826-1830 married Edward Thomas
15. Male Hampton born 2 February 1832
16. Female Maria J. born 8 June 1834 married Jacob Cooper
17. Female Lydia born 27 December 1836
18. Male Clarindon born October 1837
19. Female Diana S. born 5 May 1838 died 29 July 1839
20. Female Sarah E. born 2 September 1841 married Vinsent Bradway
Charles Bond Farm - Hezekiah Bennett died 13 October 1823 aged 17 years 2 months
Robert Bennett married Sarah Weldon 30 June 1825
John F. Bennett married Nancy Burrough 25 September 1828
Thomas Warren Bennett born 16 February to John and Nancy. He is the second of ten children. John F. Bennett is a farmer, stockman and merchant.
Charles Bond Farm Cemetery-Diana S. Bennett daughter of R. & S. Bennett died 29 July 1839
United States Federal Census-Union County Indiana-Harrison Township
Male to 5 - 1
Male 5-10 - 2
Male 30-40 - 1
Female to 5 - 3
Female 20-30 - 1
Female 30-40 - 1
Robert Bennett is killed by a runaway team 22 July 1843.
Obediah S. Bennett died 9 September 1843 and is buried on the Charles Bond Farm (the cemetery is mentioned in Robert Bennett's will). Obediah born 3 November 1817 Died 9 September 1843 aged 26 years.
Orinda C. Bennett married Isaac Ballinger.
Thomas W. Bennett worked in his Father's store as a clerk.
Darius Bennett born this year.
Thomas W. Bennett is a "Wagon Boy" driving a six-horse team between Cincinnati and Richmond.
William H. Bennett, Jr. married Catherine J. Stanley 7 September
Thomas W. Bennett in a district school for one term. Studied at the "Seminary" in Liberty, Indiana. (Note the Seminary was not a religious facility, it was the equivalent of a High School.)
John W. Bennett United States Federal Census - Union County, Indiana Harrison Township
John Bennett 41 Male Farmer Born Ohio
Sarah 41 Female Born Ohio
Thomas W. 19 Male Farmer Born Indiana
Obadiah 16 Male
Rebecca E. 14 Female
Abner M. 12 Male
Isaac H. 10 Male
Sarah A. 08 Female
Robert E. 06 Male
Joseph G. 03 Male
Indiana 7/12 Female
Thomas W. Bennett went to Asbury College in Terre Haute, Indiana
Sarah (Weldon) Bennett died
Thomas W. Bennett graduated Asbury in July
1854 - 1855
Thomas W. Bennett Professor of Mathematics and Natural Science White Water Academy Centerville Indiana Spring and Summer.
Thomas W. Bennett receives Law Degree in July
Thomas W. Bennett begins Law practice in Liberty, Indiana with John Yaryan
Thomas W. Bennett State Senator from Union and Fayette Counties.
Married Anna Casterline 20 July. She was the only daughter of Dr. Ziba and Catherine (Ewell) Casterline
United States Federal Census - Town of Liberty
Thomas W. Bennett 28 Lawyer
Anna M. 18
Albert M. Bennett 23 Clerk
Henry Husted 30 Tailor
Thomas W. Bennett April raised troops from Union County and marched to Richmond to enlist.
From Terrell's report: "Captain Thomas W. Bennett Liberty Commissioned 23 April 1861 Date of Muster 14 June 1861 - Promoted Major 36th Regiment 9 September 1861"
April - Richmond Indiana Under George Day Wagener in the 19th Indiana
Campaign - Rich Mountain, Virginia 11 July 1861 in one of the earliest engagements of the Civil War, Union Troops under the command of General McClellan routed the Confederates holding the pass over Rich Mountain near Beverly, Virginia. This victory gave the Union Control of northwestern Virginia and allowed these counties to form the government that later led to the new state of West Virginia
Beverly, West Virginia
Greenbrier, West Virginia
Elkwater Valley, West Virginia July to November
Operations on Cheat Mountain September 11-17
Appointed Major in the 36th Indiana
Camp Wickliffe, Kentucky under Col. William Grose until February 1862
2 October 1861 Weekly Herald " Major Bennett of the thirty sixth regiment was here on a visit last week. On Friday he made his appearance at the fair in his full regimental uniform. The Major makes a good looking officer, but what is better still, the men under him say he is better than he is good looking. We hope to hear a good account of you, Major, when you get to Kentucky."
Campaign Memphis under Sherman. Bennett was appointed by Indiana Governor Morton and joined Sherman's army in Memphis
Ohio River expedition to reinforce General Grant at Fr. Donelson, Tennessee
Nashville (February 14 - 25) under Nelson Division
March 17th - April 6th Battle of Shiloah
April 6th - 7th - Siege of Corinth
April 29th - 30th Occupation of Corinth
May 31st - June 12th Pursuit of Boonville
Buell's Campaign in Northern Alabama and Middle Tennessee
June - August Round Mountain near Woodbury
March to Nashville
August 21 pursuit of Bragg - Wildcat, Kentucky
October 1 Wildcat Kentucky
October 17 March to Nashville
November 23 Promoted to Colonel 69th Indiana Infantry under General U.S. Grant
November 27 Nashville Tennessee
December 20 - January 3rd 1863 Sherman's Yazoo Expedition
December 26 Chickasaw Bayou
December 29 Chickasaw Bluff or Haynes Bluff
From the Weekly Herald 12 February 1862 "Major T.W. Bennett has returned on furlough of twenty days in order to recoup his overtaxed strength. The Major has been rather under par in health, for some time, but under the genial influences of "home", he will soon be marching trim."
19 February 1862 "Major T.W. Bennett has returned to his regiment in Kentucky. His regiment belongs to Nelson's Division and as there is a prospect for honor to be won by this division of the army, the Major would not stay until his furlough was out, though he is not quite feeble, but was off post-haste Monday morning that he might have a chance to reap many bright laurels at the head of his gallant regiment."
2 July 1863 - Taking Corinth - Column 4 "...an advance was soon ordered and Major T.W. Bennet, in charge of the brigade pickets, was commanded by General Nelson to "go forward until he met with some obstacle". With six companies, two of each from the 6th and 24th Ohio and 36th Indiana..."
Campaign January 3rd - 10th Expedition to Arkansas Post, assault and capture of Ft. Hindman January 10th - 11th
January 17th Young's Point Louisiana on duty there until March 8th
March 8th Milliken's Bend Louisiana on duty there until April 25th
March 31st Roundaway Bayou
April 6th James Plantaion New Carthage
April 25th - 30th Bruinsburg Grand Gulf
May 1st Port Gibson
May 16th Champion's Hill
May 17th Big Black River Bridge
May 18th Siege of Vicksburg
May Raymond - Jackson - Vicksburg
Morgan's Bend, Mississippi River Grant was so pleased with him, he sent a
May 23rd Placed on Sick Leave
Winter Young's Point & Grant's commission to examine and dismiss all incompetent
officers. Tom Bennett was the first non-West Point Graduate to be appointed to
such a commission
Campaigns New Orleans under Bants
The Red River Campaigns
Commission to try Indiana Conspirators or "Copperheads"
From Terrell's Report "Colonel Thomas W. Bennett Liberty Date of Commission 18th October 1862 Date of Muster 1 November 1862. Remarks: mustered out on consolidation 4 January 1865; Brevetted Brigadier General."
January 1865 took a leave of absence
Spring 1865 made Brevetted Brigadier General
Spring 1865 on way to New Orleans to be under General Canby when Lee surrenders
One of the Guards on the Lincoln Funeral Train
Thomas W. Bennett practiced law in Liberty, Indiana.
The Bennett's toured England, Ireland, France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.
Moved to Richmond Indiana
Elected Mayor of Richmond, Indiana
1871 - 1875 Appointed Territorial Governor of Idaho by President U.S. Grant
1875 - 1877 United States House of Representatives
1878 Re-elected Mayor of Richmond Indiana, served for eight years
1893 Thomas W. Bennett died of a cerebral tumor in Richmond, Indiana 2 February and is buried in Earlham Cemetery
1910 Anna (Casterline) Bennett died 23 November and is buried with her husband. There were no children.
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