The Bennett surname is derived from the Latin given name Benedictus, which means “blessed.” It became a common given name throughout Europe due to the popularity of St. Benedict (c.480-550). By the 12th century, the name was found in versions derived directly from Latin, as well as versions derived from Norman French.1 “In the reigns of Edwards II. and III. the name is found thus modified: Fitz Benedict, Benediscite, Bendiste, Bendish, Bennett.”1
- Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
Revisiting Philip & Nancy Bennett. . .
1 Francis Bennett
…+ Lydia Dossett
……2 Philip Bennett, Sr.
……+ Nancy Forrester
………3 Elizabeth Bennett
………+ Thomas Gillis Mercer
…………4 Elizabeth Mercer
…………+ William Cornelius Tyson, Sr.
Family Group Sheet (Muhlenberg County KYGenWeb Project) Bennett, Philip & Nancy Forrester Philip Bennett Born: 1780, North Carolina Died: After 1860, probably in Muhlenberg Father: Francis Bennett of Ireland Mother: Lydia Dossett of North Carolina Nancy Forrester Born: 1784, North Carolina Died: After 1860, probably in Muhlenberg Father: Edmond Forrester of North Carolina Philip and Nancy Bennett had eleven children – four boys and seven girls.
Philip Bennett is the son of Francis and Lydia (Dossett) Bennett, of Ireland and North Carolina, respectively; the latter of English descent. He came to the United States about 18__ [sic]; was superintendent of a plantation in South Carolina. The father of our subject came to Muhlenburg County from Tennessee, about 1815, and settled on Pond River. The mother of our subject was a daughter of Edmond Forster, who was born in North Carolina, and came to Muhlenburg County about 1812 or 1815. He was a farmer.
Known children of Philip Bennett & Nancy Forrester:
- Elizabeth Bennett, born 1810, North Carolina; died after 1870; married Thomas Gilles Mercer January 1827, Muhlenberg.
- Lydia Bennett, May 12, 1815, Tennessee; died October 27, 1888, Muhlenberg; buried Green Cemetery, Muhlenberg; married Jason Mercer. He was born February 21, 1818, North Carolina, and died July 17, 1866, Muhlenberg; buried Green Cemetery, Muhlenberg.
- Rev. James Bennett, born February 24, 1819, Kentucky; died May 11, 1891, Muhlenberg; buried Fairmount Cemetery, Central City, Kentucky; married Susan Jarvis. She was born March 30, 1825 and died June 26, 1888 and is also buried at Fairmount Cemetery.
- Rev. William Bennett, born January 23, 1821, Muhlenberg; died after 1885; married America Lewis. Read William Bennett’s Biography
- Lucy Bennett, born about 1822, Kentucky; died after 1880, probably in Muhlenberg; possibly married Adam Stobaugh about 1846. See Adam Stobaugh Family Group Sheet
- Philip D. Bennett, born July 08, 1829, Kentucky; died May 26, 1888, Muhlenberg; buried Mercer Cemetery, Muhlenberg; married Mary E. Randolph March 18, 1850, Muhlenberg.
Sources: Muhlenberg County Federal Census 1850-1900; Muhlenberg County Kentucky Cemeteries Books by Marian G. Hammers; Muhlenberg County Marriage Book 1 & 2; Kentucky: A History of the State by Battle, Perrin & Kniffen, 1885.
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