To the descendants of Hendrick Bennet of the Town of Half Moon, Saratoga County, New York whose will was dated 28 April 1806:
My mother and I are descended from Hendrick’s daughter, Elizabeth Bennet (who married Uriah Schouten). We are both members of the DAR. After documenting our lineage to Hendrick, we submitted Supplemental Applications since we knew Hendrick was already an “accepted” Patriot.
Imagine our surprise when the DAR responded that, although our lineage was documented, we needed to provide Hendrick’s patriotic service. Previously, it has been thought that the Henry Bennett in the 1st Regiment of the Continental Line was the Henry who married Harriet Clute and the Henry in the 3rd Regiment of the Continental Line was the Hendrick Bennet of Montgomery and Saratoga Counties, New York. It has now been determined that they are both the Henry Bennet who married Harriet Clute – he describes his service in both regiments in his pension application. (The two regiments were combined on 1 January 1781.)
Since our Hendrick was living in Montgomery County, New York in the 1790 Federal Census, the DAR suggested we do further research there to see if we could find patriotic service for Hendrick.
So, we began reviewing our records to see what else we knew about Hendrick. Based on his will, we know he had the following children:
1. Hendrick Bennet, Jun’r.
2. Peter Bennet
3. Ada Lanoson, eldest daughter
4. John Bennet, eldest son
5. Thomas Bennet, second son
6. Mary Bell, second daughter
7. Elizabeth Schouten, third daughter
8. William Bennet, fourth son
9. Cornelius Bennet, fifth son
Since no third son is listed, it is reasonable that either Hendrick, Jr. or Peter is the third son and the other one is the youngest son.
We also know the approximate birth years of several of the older Hendrick’s children:
1. Ida (Ada) wife of John Lenardson died 11 September 1837, in her 74th year (cemetery record) – this means she was born about 1763
2. Mary Bennett wife of Rowland Bell died 28 November 1836, age 65 years 2 months (cemetery record) – this means she was born September 1771
3. Elizabeth Schouten died 3 August 1837, in her 62nd year (obituary) – this means she was born about 1775
4. William Bennett died 27 May 1858, age 79 years 3 months 27 days (cemetery record) – this means he was born January/February 1779
5. Cornelius Bennett was born 29 October 1780 (per descendants)
We also noted that in the June 1855 New York State Census for Root, Montgomery County, New York William Bennet states he was 76 (therefore, born about 1779) and was born in New Jersey!
Could Hendrick Bennet of Montgomery and Saratoga Counties, New York be the Hendrick Bennet who was baptized 16 May 1742 in the Freehold-Middletown Dutch Church in Monmouth, New Jersey? This Hendrick married Neeltje Caldwell and they had four children baptized in the same church:
1. Eyda, baptized 27 February 1763 – this is the same year as Ada (Ida) who is called Eyda in her husband John’s will!
2. Annaitie, baptized 17 February 1765 – probably died without heirs prior to Hendrick’s will
3. Johannis, baptized 26 April 1767 – this would be in line with John being born between Annaitie and Thomas
4. Hendrick, baptized 3 April 1774 – this would be in line with Hendrick, Jr. being the third son
There is at least one Hendrick Bennet in tax records in Monmouth County, New Jersey from 1778 to 1787 (Middletown Township, 1778, 1784-1787 and Shrewsbury Township, 1779-1781). This would cover part of the time of the American Revolution.
If this is our Hendrick, then he is not of the Scottish Bennets – rather he is of the Long Island Bennets who are covered in the “Genealogies of the Long Island Families”, Volume I.
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