Picture of Mary Emeline Tillotson Bennett

Mary Emeline Tillotson and David Humes Bennett

Mary Emeline Tillotson, the sister of my great-great-grandfather Franklin James Tillotson, was born October 1, 1821 in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio. She was the daughter of Daniel Tillotson and Tryphena Hulet. Mary married David Humes Bennett on April 10, 1845. (His name sometimes appears as David Hume Bennett. Grant Tillotson spelled it this way. Since David was probably named for his uncle David Humes, Humes is presumably the correct spelling.) David was the son of Oliver Roby Bennett and Elizabeth "Betsey" Ford. David was born on March 5, 1820 in Shelby, Orleans County, New York. He was an older brother of Albert C. Bennett who married Caroline Maria Sexton, the half-sister of Jane Ann Sexton, wife of Mary Emeline's brother Franklin James Tillotson.

David Humes Bennett

David Humes Bennett about 1865.

David Humes Bennett

David Humes Bennett about 1890.

Mary Emeline Tillotson Bennett

Mary Emeline Tillotson Bennett.

Mary and David produced seven children:

The History of Medina County and Ohio published by Baskin and Battey, 1881 contains the following biographical sketch of David and Mary.

DAVID H. BENNETT, farmer and stockraiser; P.O. Mallet Creek. There is no family more worthy of a sketch in this work than the family of Mr. Bennett, of York Township. Mr. Bennett is a son of Oliver and Betsey (Ford) Bennett, who came to Brunswick Township, Medina Co., Ohio, in 1827. Mr. Bennett was a native of New Hampshire, and his wife of Massachusetts. They were married in New York, and were parents of ten children, seven of whom are yet living. Our subject was born in Orleans Co., N. Y., March 5, 1820, and was reared on a farm, and, in after years, has made that his business. His father died August, 1863, and his mother August, 1859. On the 10th of April, 1845, he was united in marriage with Mary Tillotson, daughter of the old pioneer Daniel Tillotson, who came to Brunswick Township at the early date of 1815. To this union, were born six sons and one daughter -- Lucius H., Francis O., Charles E., Fred B., Elmer E., Milo A. and Ida M. Francis, Charles and Fred are married. After his marriage, Mr. Bennett worked his father's farm four years, receiving one-third of the proceeds. In 1849, he came to York Township, and settled on the farm he now owns, buying at that time 50 acres, paying $250 cash, with a balance of $550 to pay. He worked very hard here, and, at the end of a few prosperous years, was enabled to pay the full amount for the land. By degrees, he has since added, until be now owns a fine farm of 97 acres, which is clear of all incumbrances, which he has gained by legitimate farming. Mr. Bennett is a staunch Republican in politics, and an earnest worker in the advancement of education. Mrs. Bennett was born in Brunswick Township Oct. 11, 1821. Mr. Bennett's father served all through the war of 1812; enlisting as private, he was promoted to Orderly Sergeant. Mr. Bennett and wife are esteemed citizens of York Township.

David Humes Bennett died in York, Medina County, Ohio on September 7, 1892 at the age of 72. Mary Emeline Tillotson Bennett died November 30, 1906 at the age of 85. Mary's sister-in-law Emma Morton Tillotson wrote the following appreciation of Mary.

Emeline Tillotson Bennett was born Oct. 11, 1821. She was the eldest daughter of Daniel and Tryphena Hulet Tillotson who were pioneer settlers of Brunswick. She grew to womanhood amidst the scenes and and environments of pioneer life. She knew how to use the spinning wheel and the loom in making cloth from which was fashioned the clothing for the family. She experienced many privations which were the heritage of the early settlers. She was married to David Bennett at Brunswick, April 10, 1845. She lived with her youngest son and family at the old home and was tenderly and lovingly cared for to the close of her life which came November 30, 1906. Her age was 85 years, was always helpful and cheerful, never lacking in good works and kindly deeds. The influence of her life will ever be.

Some of the photos here courtesy Wayne L. Caswell, William Tompkins, Thomas Tompkins, and Paul Lowrey. Jodi Maley provided information about the Smolk family.

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