The Bennett Family
Roberta M. O'Brien
Updated February 23, 2002

 

Rose Elder Bennett (1869-1908)
Rose Elder Bennett was born in the parish of Eastwood, Renfrew, Scotland, the daughter of William Bennett and Mary Maxwell, a Milliner (daughter of William Maxwell, a Road Contractor, and Jane Baird) Rose was a school mistress in the Heywood area of Lancashire when she met and married John
BROADBENT in 1894. On the birth of their third daughter, she died of complications of Bright's Disease and childbirth.

Ancestors and Relatives of Rose Elder Bennett
Rose's Bennett ancestors have been traced back to her grandfather Samuel Bennett, a master tailor in Saltcoats, Ayr, Scotland. Saltcoats was originally a sleepy little area on the coast of Ayr where salt was produced. It included parts of the parishes of Ardrossan and Stevenston. During the Napoleonic wars Saltcoats became somewhat of a "boom town" attracting people from all over Scotland, England and Ireland for shipping and related jobs. After 1815, the area gradually reverted back to being a peaceful little place with some trade links to Ireland.

Samuel Bennett probably moved to Saltcoats during the war boom either as a tailor or perhaps an apprentice. In about 1806 he married Rosina Pollock and they raised a large family. Of the known sons: the eldest, Robert continued the tailor business at first in Saltcoats and later moved to Glasgow; the second son Samuel also started out as an apprentice tailor but left at an early age to seek his fortune elsewhere eventually becoming the owner/publisher of the "Dumbarton Herald" and Provost (Mayor) of Dumbarton; Archibald may have been a printer?; William, Rose's father, was a master lithographer but later became a Unitarian Minister; the youngest, Thomas, was a journalist and poet.

Bennett Research
My Aunt provided me with a copy of the "family trees" of the Bennetts, Allans, Langlands and Pauls created by William George Allan in 1943. She also had BMD records of her direct ancestors.

William Allan's "family trees" contained a lot of information about people's occupations but very few dates and some relationships "did not compute". His daughter Muriel told me that "he left out people that he didn't like" including her own grandmother!

I am checking BMD dates, looking for lost or "mis-placed" relatives and trying to push back the ancestral lines. I found a fellow Bennett researcher, Frances Bennett Maddox, who kindly shared her research results and compilations of the results of other Bennett researchers John Kenneth Lyons and Alan George Langlands McChleary.


Descendants of Samuel Bennett and Rosina Pollock of Saltcoats, Ayr, Scotland
CAUTION: This is a work in progress and may contain errors
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Samuel Bennett's origins are not clear. Apparently, a brother named Archibald lived in the City of York, Eng. and children (Samuel and Matilda) of these brothers married. [Maddox] The Langlands and Allan families married into the Bennett family several times and a number of people appear twice in the following outline.

 

 

 

1 Samuel BENNETT b: bef. 1780? d: 1832 Saltcoats Ayr, Scot.(a master tailor)
....m. Rosina POLLOCK b: 1786 Saltcoats? d: 1865 Dumbarton, Scot.
.........2 Robert BENNETT b: 1807 Ardrossan (Saltcoats) Ayr, d: Bef. 1881 Glasgow? (a tailor)
.............m.1. Mary CUTHBERT/CULBRETH (1836 Ardrossan) b: c1810 Saltcoats? d: Abt. 1846 Glasgow? Scot.
...................3 Ann BENNETT b: c1837 Ardrossan, Ayr, Scot.
...................3 Jane BENNETT b: 1838 Ardrossan, Ayr, Scot.
...................3 Rosanna Pollock BENNETT b: c1840 Ardrossan, Ayr, Scot.
...................3 Mary BENNETT b: c1842 Ardrossan, Ayr, Scot.
...................3 Elizabeth BENNETT b: c1844 Barony? Glasgow, Scot.
...................3 Grace BENNETT b: c1846 Barony? Glasgow, Scot.
.............m.2. Jane GALT (1850 Stevenston) b: c1808 Saltcoats, d: Aft. 1881 Saltcoats, Ayr, Scot.
.....................(no children?)
.........2 Ann BENNETT b: c1809? Saltcoats
.............m. Hamilton AULD (1828 Ardrossan)
.....................(children?)
.........2 Mary BENNETT b: c1811? Saltcoats
.............m. John KENNETH (1833 Stevenston)
...................3 Elizabeth KENNETH b: c1834 West Kilbride, Ayr, Scot.
.....................(other children?)
.........2 Rosanna BENNETT b: Abt. 1813? Saltcoats
.............m. Archibald ELDER (1833 Ardrossan) b: c1805 Old Kilpatrick, Dumbarton? Scot.
...................3 John Stewart ELDER b: c1835 Barony, Lanark, Scot.
.....................(other children?)
.........2 Samuel BENNETT b: c1815 Saltcoats, Ayr, Scot. d: 1876 Dumbarton, Scot. (owner/pub. "Dumbarton Herald", Provost of Dumbarton)
.............m. Matilda BENNETT (cousin, 1844 Fulford, Yorks. Eng.) b: 1821 York d: 1894 Dumbarton, Scot.
...................3 Hannah Walker BENNETT b: c1846 Glasgow, Lanark, Scot. d: 1877 Dumbarton, Scot.
.......................m. George LANGLANDS (1869 Dumbarton) b: c1839 Dundee, Angus, Scot.
............................4 Robert LANGLANDS b: c1870 Govan, Lanark, Scot. d: Newcastle-on-Tyne?
................................m. Agnes Pollock BLAIL b: Cardross, Dumbarton, Scot. [McChleary]
............................4 Samuel Henry Bennett LANGLANDS b: 1871 Dumbarton, d: Glasgow? Scot.
................................m. Annie Park SCOTT (1901 Cardross, Dumbarton) [McChleary]
............................4 George LANGLANDS b: c1874 Dumbarton, d: 1936 Dalmuir
................................m. Margaret Ann CHAMBERS (1905 London, Eng.) [McChleary]
............................4 William Henry LANGLANDS b: 1876 Dumbarton, d: Buenos Airies, Argentina?
...................3 Samuel BENNETT b: c1848 Dumbarton, Scotland d: Brooklin, New York?
.......................m. Nellie UNKNOWN
............................4 Samuel BENNETT b: c1877 London, Eng. d: Seattle? or New York? (Lieut. US Navy in Spanish-American War)
............................4 Eleanor BENNETT b: c1879 London, Eng. d: Bef. 1948 Brooklin, New York???
................................m. Franklin EBEL (of Ebel Music Publishers)
...................3 Mary Maria BENNETT b: 1850 Dumbarton Scot. d: Coleraine, N. Ireland
...................3 Rosina BENNETT b: 1853 Dumbarton, Scot.
.......................m. John Macklin ALLAN (1879 Dumbarton) b: 1842 Duntocher, Dumbarton, Scot. d: 1911 Scot?
............................4 William George ALLAN b: 1880 Shanghai, China d: Aft. 1955 Toronto, Ont, Can.
................................m. Mary Maxwell BENNETT (1st & 2nd cousin once rem) b: 1874 Aberdeen, Scot. d: Toronto, Ont, Can.
............................4 Maud Agnes ALLAN b: 1881 Shanghai, China
................................m. Samuel J. HUNTER b: Coleraine, N.Ireland?
............................4 Christine Rose ALLAN b: 1886 Shandon, Scot. d: Kelvindale, Glasgow? Scot.
................................m. Edward GRIEVE
...................3 Sophia BENNETT b: 1857 Dumbarton, Scotland d: Buenos Aires, Argentina?
.......................m. Oswald LAWSON b: Dunfermline, Fife, Scot? d: Buenos Aires, Argentina?
...................3 William Henry BENNETT b: 1859 Dumbarton Scot. d: 1862 Dumbarton Scot.
...................3 Archibald BENNETT b: 1862 Dumbarton, Scot. d: 1907 Ardleven, Bearsden, Scot. [Maddox]
.......................m. Margaret McKEAN (1891 Alexandria, Dumbartonshire) b: 1866 Bonhill, Dumbarton, Scot. d: 1934 Talladega, Alabama, USA
............................4 Archibald BENNETT b: 1896 Glasgow, Scot. d: 1958 Childersburg, Alabama, USA
................................m. STRINGER (in Talladega, Alabama)
............................4 Matilda BENNETT b: 1893 Glasgow, Scot. d: 1905 Bearsden, Glasgow, Scot.
.........2 (other children? 1817-1822?)
.........2 Archibald BENNETT b: c1824 Saltcoats Ayr, Scot.[Lyons]
.............m. Margaret Gilmore Logan WATSON (1846 Barony, Glasgow, Scot.)
...................3 Janet BENNETT b: 1846 Glasgow, Lan. Scotland
...................3 James? BENNETT b: 1848 Scotland
...................3 William? BENNETT b: c1851 Scotland
...................3 Margaret Gilmore L. W. BENNETT b: 1853 Barony, Glasgow, Scot. d: 1919 Des Moines, Iowa, USA
.......................m. William Henry MARLOW (1876 Toronto, Ont, Can.)
...................3 Archibald Montgomery BENNETT b: 1854 (or 51?) Barony, Glasgow d: 1921 Toronto, Ont.(a Printer)
.......................m.1.Lucy TAYLOR (1882 Toronto, Ont)
............................4 Florence May BENNETT b: 1883 Toronto, Ont d: 1965 Toronto, Ont,
................................m. George Mashintor KELLAM (1904 Toronto, Ont)
............................4 Archibald George BENNETT b: 1884 Toronto, Ont. d: 1931 Toronto, Ont,(an Insurence agent)
................................m. Eleanor Frances ECKLEY (1909 Toronto, Ont.)
............................4 Harold Philip BENNETT b: 1887 Toronto, Ont, Can. d: c1951 Toronto, Ont,
................................m. Inez MUIRHEAD
.....................m.2.Bertha TAYLOR (1891 Toronto, Ont)
............................4 Bertha Murial BENNETT b: 1892 Toronto, Ont, Can. d: 1918 Toronto, Ont,
...................3 Jean? BENNETT b: c1856 Scotland
...................3 Thomas BENNETT b: 1857 Clyde, Glasgow, Scotland
.........2 William BENNETT b: c1826 Saltcoats, Ayr d: Aft.1881 Heap/Heywood Lancs? (a Unitarian minister)
.............m.1.Mary MAXWELL (1866 Glasgow) b: Abt.1841 Sorn, Ayr, Scot. d: 1870 Eastwood, Renfrew, Scot. (a Milliner)
...................3 Thomas BENNETT b: 1867 Tradeston, Glasgow (died young?)
...................3 Rose Elder BENNETT b: 1869 Eastwood, Renfrew, Scot. d: 1908 Castleton, Rochdale, Lancs. (a School Mistress)
.......................m. John BROADBENT (1894 Bury Dist. Lancs.) b: 1867 Castleton, Lancs. d: 1949 Claremont, Ont.
............................4 May BROADBENT b: c1895 Heywood? Lancs. d: Abt. 1898 Heywood? Lancs.
............................4 Dorothy Mary BROADBENT b: 1897 Heywood, Lancs. d: 1924 Pickering Twp, Ont.
............................4 Rose May BROADBENT
................................m. THOMPSON
.............m.2.Emma ELLIS (1872 Haltstead, Essex) b: c1838 Birmingham, Warwicks. d/o Eli (a boot maker) & Sarah
...................3 William Ellis BENNETT b: c1873 Scot.
.......................m. Unknown
............................4 son BENNETT
................................m. Unknown
............................4 son BENNETT
................................m. Unknown
...................3 Mary Maxwell BENNETT b: 1874 Aberdeen, Scot. d: Toronto, Ont.
.......................m. William George ALLAN (1st & 2nd cousin once rem.) b: 1880 Shanghai, China d: Aft. 1955 Toronto, Ont.
............................4 Muriel Elaine Rose ALLAN b: 1907 Heywood, Lancs. d: 2000 Toronto, Ont. bur: Prospect Cemetery
............................4 Irene Beatrice ALLAN b: 1909 Heywood, Lancs. d: Toronto, Ont.
...................3 Russell Nelson BENNETT b: c1876 Scotland
...................3 Albert BENNETT b: c1882 (died age 8)
.........2 Thomas BENNETT b: Abt. 1828 Saltcoats, Ayr? d: 1880 Dumbarton, Dunbarton (a journalist and poet)
.............m. Mary LANGLANDS (1878 Dundee) b: 1849 Dundee, Angus, Scot.
...................3 May BENNETT b: 1879 Dumbarton, Dunbarton, Scot.


 

SOURCES: William George Allan, Muriel Allan, GRO records, 1851, 1881 British Census, IGI, Ontario BMD records etc., Frances Bennett Maddox, John Kenneth Lyons, Alan George Langlands McChleary.

 


The Langlands Family
(under construction)


The Allan Family
(under construction)


The Paul Family
(under construction)

Irony of ironies! - Two brothers from this family, Andrew and William Paul, emigrated to the Bathurst District of Upper Canada in 1821. They may have been the ones throwing rocks at my Irish ancestors when they arrived two years later.


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