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BENNETT, Betsey 1812-1892


Posted By: Kathy Gerkins (email)
Date: 9/11/2013 at 18:36:59

BENNETT, Betsey (Knickerbocker)

Mrs. Betsey Bennett, who died in Cedar Township, October 14, 1902, at the great age of 90 years, 8 months and 2 days, was one of the truly pioneer settlers of this county having settled in Cedar in 1858.

Her life was a blessed benediction to her family, her neighbors and the public. A brief biographical sketch of Mrs. Bennett was made at the time of her death and published, but one of the family furnishes a more detailed statement of her life and we give the same place in todays paper.

Betsey Knickerbocker was born in Washington Township, Duchess County. New York, February 12, 1912 and lived there until her marriage in 1837 to Stephen Bennett, then removed to Lake County, Illinois. Of this union there was born to them seen children, Francis, Louisa, Samuel, Sylva, George, Robert and Owen. Lovejoy, who died at the age of five years and was buried at Diamond Lake, Ill. Stephen Bennett died at LaSalle, Ill.,, in the year 1858, January 8th, since which time Mrs. Bennett has ever been the guiding hand of her family.

In the spring of 1855 she removed to Iowa and settled in Cedar township, Floyd County and has ever taken a first part in the promotion of the best interests of its people In early life she was converted to God and joined the Wesleyan Methodist Church and her home was always the home of the Pioneer preacher, of whatever name or order and the poor were never turned empty handed from her door and her ministering hand and kind words brought peace and comfort to many a sick and dying pillow.

For many years he has made her home with her eldest son, Samuel, at whose home she died October 14, 1902, aged 90 years, 8 months and 2 days.

The funeral was held at the church in Howardville, conducted by Rev Geo. Fry, assisted by Rev. Dood and the large concourse of friends and neighbors, many coming from Osage and Charles City, attested the love and esteem in which she was held and as she was lovingly laid to rest in the beautiful cemetery at Howardville, many were the tear stained faces and saddened hearts as they silently turned away from the open grave.

[Newspaper clipping from the Floyd County Museum]


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