Bennett Surname Obituaries

Harry Bennett

Newspaper Unknown (Mason Herald?)

The funeral of Harry A. Bennet took place in the Baptist church last Sunday at 2 o'clock p.m. as announced in the last issue of the HERALD.

Rev. R. D. Miller preached the funeral sermon, which was well timed and appropriate to the occasion. A great number of people attended this service.

After which a very large procession followed the remains to the grave in the old cemetery, where the remains were interred according to the ceremonial ritual of the Masonic order, of which he was an honored member.

Mr. Bennett was in the drug business some years in Oakford. He was, also, in business in Easton, Mason county.

Where he was engaged in business he won the confidence and respect of all citizens.

His health had not been good for some time, and his death is regretted and mourned by a large circle of friends.

Contributed By: Brenda (Hamilton) Johnson

John Bennett

Newspaper Unknown

Hon. John Bennett, an old and honored citizen of this county, died at his residence in this city Sunday morning, Dec. 6th, 1885, at 6 o'clock.

Deceased was born in the state of Virginia and was 80 years of age.

He came to this state in 1835, and located in Menard county, then attached to Sangamon.

He represented this district in the General Assembly of Illinois in 1840-1, and was an active in influential member.

He was a devoted and consistent member of the order of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons for a period of over 59 years. He was Deputy Grand Master of Illinois for several years.

He has been identified with the progress and development of the country, encouraging all public enterprises of Menard county since her first organization.

For a number of years he was a director of the Tonica & Petersburg railroad, now the Jacksonville division of the Chicago & Alton.

Deceased left surviving a devoted wife, a son J. T. Bennett, and a daughter, Mrs. J. A. Pinkerton.

Funeral services Tuesday at 10 o'clock under the auspices of Clinton Lodge No. 19, A. F. and A. M. Services were held in the Presbyterian church. Rev. T. U. McFarland delivered the address.

At the conclusion of Rev. McFarland's discourse friends and brethren viewed the deceased for the last time. Then the remains were taken to Rose Hill Cemetery where interred according to the Masonic ritual.

Deceased was an honorable upright man, and was universally respected.

The following was read at the grave by Hon. Edward Laning:

Hon. John Bennett was born in Halifax county, Virginia, Dec. 21, 1805. He petitioned Halifax Hiram Lodge No. 96, Halifax, Virginia, on the 4th Monday in December, 1386, and in due time received the degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason in that Lodge. He remained a member of that lodge eight years. He came to Petersburg in 1835 and joined Springfield lodge in 18?2. He was one of the petitioners for dispensation to form a lodge at Petersburg in 1842, and was a charter member of Clinton Lodge No. 19, being named in the charter as its first Master. He was elected Master of Clinton Lodge 17 times, and presided at 396 meetings. He was also, a member of DeWitt Chapter No. 119 of Royal Arch Masons and St. Aldemar Commandery No. 47 of Knights Templars.

Several of the Masonic brethren of Greenview attended.

Pleasant Plains was represented by a delegation of the order.

Col. C. M. Morse, of Jacksonville, was present to pay this last tribute of respect to the deceased as a friend and Masonic brother.

Some of the brethren were present from Athens.

Springfield had representation present.

The day was a dark gloomy and drizzly one.

The floral tributes to the deceased brother were beautiful.

The pall bearers were Hon. T. W. McNeely, Homer Stewart, Anson Thompson, George Welch and Col. C. M. Morse, of Jacksonville.

Contributed By: Brenda (Hamilton) Johnson

Lauraetta Bennett

Newspaper Unknown (Cyclone, Blue Mound, Illinois?)

BENNETT. - Monday afternoon, September 21st, 1885, at her home in Athens, of consumption, Lauraetta, wife of Thomas P. Bennett, aged 24 years, 10 months and 18 days.

Mrs. Bennett was born in the village of Athens in November of 1860, was the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Graham, who are well and favorably known throughout the county. Mrs. Bennett was a favorite with the family, the friends and community. She became of victim of that dread pulmonary disease - consumption - over one year ago. She endured the wasting ravages upon her system and constitution, with Christian fortitude, and patiently waited the approach of death. She was and has been, for a number of years, a consistent member of the M. E. church of this place. She leaves a husband, two bright little boys, father and mother, three brothers and four sisters. A large concourse of friends and relatives followed her remains to their last resting place - Hall's Cemetery - Wednesday, to administer the last sad rites. The sorrowing husband and children have the sympathy of the CYCLONE and the community at large.

On a beautiful autumn morning We laid her beneath the sod And strewed the mound with flowers Mute emblems of undying love. The mother we cherished so dearly, The wife so faithful and true, The friend so ready and willing, For all that her small hands could do. But a place in heaven was vacant, Awaiting her coming there, And the Lord sent a shining angel, To waft her away from all care. Only twenty-five years here among us, She had lived to brighten our way; Now a beautiful angel from heaven, She calls us to eternal day.

Contributed By: Brenda (Hamilton) Johnson