Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for John Sr BENNETT

Not all children have been verified but are placed here because of proximity of famiy names and geographical locations.

Excerpts from the Redman-Bennett Reunion History, August 14 (1921) at Richwoods, Clark Co, IL.

For almost two hundred years, these families have been closely united together by marriages and relationships, emigrating together from the Old Country to the United States, and settling in the State of Virginia.

These familes were prosperous farmers and lived in Virginia until after the Revolutionary war when they began to colonize and emigrate further west. Our ancestors were the first to go; they moved to the state of Kentucky, settling in Spencer county.

In 1799 an emigrant party of one hundred under the leadership of Captain John Hawkins left Virginia and went over the Allegheny mountains for the west. In the crowd wee the Redmans, Bennetts, Kesters, Briscoes, Lees, and Drakes, all of whom have descendents in Edgar and Clark counties. They settled in Spencer county, Ky.

Years passed by and emigration spread westward. Illinois was admitted to the Union as a free state, and all its lands were open for settlement. Our forefathers took advantage of this; they colonized, and in the year of 1831 they left their homes in Spencer county, Kentucky, coming to the new state of Illinois, and entering land in Edgar and Clark counties. Thie region of the country has long been known as the Rich Woods, and the home of the REdmans and Bennetts. Our ancestors were of Scotch-Irish and German descent, but for nearly two centuries have been American by birth.

Basel Bennett, who came to the United States with John Redman, is closely related to the Redmans. Marriages with the two familes have been traced back for four hundred years. They were also slave owners and owned large plantations.

Richard Bennett was governor of virginia in 1653.

Residences & events:

Spencer Co, KY

Abt 1831 Practically the entire family migrated to Clark and Edgar Co, IL.

9/3/1850 Richland Pct, Clark Co, IL. At census time he and Charlotte lived 2 doors down from daughter, Rebecca and Francis Davis. John was a 71 year old farmer with $800 in real estate, Charlotte was 69. Living with them was 12 year old Harrison Bennet, probably a grandchild. The neighbors, the Pettenger family, was probably another daughter, Eliza, as their family had all the same names.

7/5/1860 Westfield, Clark Co, IL. Probably the geographical lines had shifted rather than the entire family moving as they still lived only a few doors apart. Having lost his wife, John, at age 81, had living with him the family of daughter America and John Devorire. John had apparently retired, perhaps turning the farm over to the son-in-law who was a farmer at age 45. American was 39 and their chidlren were William A, 19, farm laborer with property of his own worth $2000/600; James A, 16, Emma R, 12, John, 9, and Morris A, 4. They lived between John's son Isaac and daughter Rebecca and Francis Davis.

Some say John died in Clark Co, IA but since he was in Clark Co, IL the previous year, that is the logical place of death.

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