Picture of Caroline Maria Sexton and Albert C. Bennett

Caroline Maria Sexton and Albert C. Bennett


Caroline Maria Sexton (1835-1904) was the daughter of Henry Youmans Sexton and Minerva Peat and the half-sister of my great-great-grandmother Jane Ann Sexton Tillotson. Caroline was born on February 19, 1835 in Wolcott, New Haven County, Connecticut. She married Albert C. Bennett in Duplain, Clinton County, Michigan on November 1, 1855. George W. Lewis presided at the wedding. William Tillotson and Albert's brother Hiram Bennett acted as witnesses. See Albert and Caroline's wedding license (29K).

Caroline Maria Sexton

Caroline Maria Sexton as young girl.

Wedding Photo of Caroline Maria Sexton and Albert C. Bennett

Caroline Maria Sexton and Albert C. Bennett.
Probably their wedding photo.

Albert was born in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio on September 18, 1831. He was the son of Oliver Roby Bennett and Elizabeth "Betsey" Ford. Albert was a younger brother of David Humes Bennett who married Mary Emeline Tillotson, sister of Franklin James Tillotson, the husband of Caroline's half-sister Jane Ann Sexton. Albert's brothers Hiram and Almon also lived in Duplain, and another brother, Ephraim, lived nearby at Fairfield in Shiawassee County, Michigan.

Albert moved to Duplain, Michigan in 1852 to claim land his father Oliver Roby Bennett registered for him. Oliver had received a land grant as payment for his war services. Albert and one of his brothers each received a portion of this eighty acre tract of unbroken wilderness. Albert bought out his brother's share. Albert and Caroline settled on Albert's tract and cleared away enough of the forest to erect a log house.

Caroline and Albert produced three daughters:

Family of Caroline Maria Sexton and Albert C. Bennett

Family of Caroline Maria Sexton and Albert C. Bennett.
Background, left to right: Clara May Bennett, Eva Jane Bennett,
and Nellie Minerva Bennett.
Foreground: Albert C. Bennett and Caroline Maria Sexton Bennett.

Albert C. Bennett died on November 30, 1900 in Elsie (see his obituary and death certificate). Caroline Maria Sexton Bennett died in Elsie three years later following a rapid collapse after a bout of La Grippe (influenza), on March 17, 1904 (see her obituary).

The following biography of Albert C. Bennett dates to the early 1890s.

Albert C. Bennett, one of the pioneers of Duplain Township, Clinton County, is there carrying on a prosperous business as farmer and stock raiser. He was born in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio, his natal day being September 18, 1831. Oliver R. and Elizabeth (Ford) Bennett were his parents, the father being a native of New Hampshire and the mother born in the old Bay State. It was in that commonwealth they united their fortunes in marriage in 1816 and after living a number of years in New York they became pioneers in Medina County, Ohio. The subject of this sketch was next to the youngest in a large family. There were seven brothers and one sister, but the sister was called from earth while quite young and the seven brothers grew to manhood side by side. Four of them emigrated to Michigan and two of these have been laid to rest here, leaving families to mourn their loss.

Albert had reached his majority before coming West and had been carefully trained by his parents in the duties of the home and farm as well as received a good common-school education. The father, who was a soldier in the War of 1812, was given a land warrant on account of his services during that period of conflict. He entered land in Michigan for his sons and our subject located upon an eighty-acre tract which was thus obtained. This had been given to two of the brothers but Albert bought out the interest of the other one.

The marriage of our subject with Caroline M. Sexton, daughter of Henry and Minerva (Peet) Sexton, took place November 1, 1855. Mrs. Bennett's father was a native of the Empire State and her mother was from Connecticut. Caroline Sexton was born February 19, 1835, in Wolcott, New Haven County, Conn. The family resided for many years in Medina County, Ohio, before coming to Duplain Township, Clinton County, where they settled in 1850. Three children have blessed this union: Clara M., born October 8, 1858, who makes her home with her parents; Nellie M., born November 2, 1862, now the wife of John Caswell, whom she married November 20, 1884, and by whom she had two children, Ina Belle and Lenn B.; Eva, born July 31, 1866, was married to Marion L. Tillotson January 14, 1886, and is the mother of one child, Fred.

Mr. Bennett is proud to claim a Scotch ancestry, as he believes that he inherits much of value from that sturdy, persevering and honorable race. He was a Whig in his early days and cast his first Presidential vote for John P. Hale, who failed of election to the Presidential chair. He has of late found his political convictions embodied in the declarations of the Republican party and casts his ballots for its candidates.

When our subject moved to his present home in 1855 there were only four square rods cleared and the road ran for only a few rods north of his home. In order to reach a point where he had promised to assist at a raising, only four and one-half miles from his home, he had to go by such a circuitous route as took him into four counties. In those days wild game abounded and deer, bears and other wild animals came almost to his doorstep. Many a night have he and his family listened to the howling of the wolves. Those pioneer days are now all passed, and the prosperity which has come to this worthy family is a just reward for their industry, unflagging perseverance and enterprise.

Mr. Bennett has a fine homestead, a view of which appears on another page. Of this place he may be justly proud, for it is an ornament to the township.

Caroline Maria Sexton

Caroline Maria Sexton as young girl.

Caroline Maria Sexton

Caroline Maria Sexton.

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Albert C. Bennett.

Bedspread made by Caroline Maria Sexton

Bedspread made by Caroline Maria Sexton.

Funeral display for Caroline Maria Sexton

Funeral display for Caroline Maria Sexton.

Bennett homestead in Elsie, Michigan

Bennett Homestead in Elsie, Michigan.
Left to right: Caroline Maria Sexton Bennett, Clara May Bennett, Albert C. Bennett.

Sketch of Bennett homestead in Elsie, Michigan

Sketch of Bennett Homestead in Elsie, Michigan.

Daughters of Caroline Maria Sexton and Albert C. Bennett

Daughters of Caroline Maria Sexton and Albert C. Bennett.
Left to right: Clara May Bennett, Eva Jane Bennett, Nellie Minerva Bennett.

Clara May Bennett

Clara May Bennett.

Clara May Bennett

Clara May Bennett.

Clara May Bennett

Clara May Bennett.

Clara May Bennett

Clara May Bennett.

Eva Jane Bennett

Eva Jane Bennett.

Eva Jane Bennett

Eva Jane Bennett.

Nellie Minerva Bennett

Nellie Minerva Bennett.

John Lorenzo Caswell and Nellie Minerva Bennett on their wedding day

John Lorenzo Caswell and Nellie Minerva Bennett
on their wedding day.

Family of Nellie Minerva Bennett and John Lorenzo Caswell

Family of Nellie Minerva Bennett and John Lorenzo Caswell.
Left to right: Fern Eunice Caswell, Nellie Minerva Bennett Caswell,
Ina Belle Caswell, John Lorenzo Caswell, Len Bennett Caswell.

John Lorenzo Caswell and Nellie Minerva Bennett

John Lorenzo Caswell and Nellie Minerva Bennett.

Marion and Eva Tillotson, Nellie and John Caswell

Left to right: Marion Leonard Tillotson,
Eva Jane Bennett Tillotson,
Nellie Minerva Bennett Caswell,
John Lorenzo Caswell.


Photos courtesy Wayne L. Caswell, JoEllen Lathwell, William Tompkins, Thomas Tompkins, Susan Linn, D. Tabor, and Paul Lowrey. My thanks to Wayne for providing some of the above biographical information and the death certificate for Albert C. Bennett.


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