Local History and Genealogy

Thursday, August 11, 2011


     Josiah Oscar Bennett, son of Abram and Mariah Bennett, was born Feb. 13th, 1847 in Republic,
Seneca County, Ohio, and when a small boy he came with his parents to Indiana and settled on a farm in Otsego Township, Steuben County.  When a little less than seventeen years of age he answered his country's call and enlisted in Co. A, 129th Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, where he served until the close of the war, a period of nearly two years when he was honorably discharged.
     On his return from the Civil War he was united in marriage to Miss Eleanor P. Johnson, of Otsego Township, this county, and to this union were born five children, one son and four daughters.  On October 2, 1882, his beloved wife passed away, and on Feb. 14, 1884, he was united in marriage to Hattie Kibble of Otsego Township.  No children were born to this union, and on Oct. 24, 1910, she was called in death.
     On March 5th, 1914 he was married to Elva Bunker of Otsego Township.  About thirty years ago he moved to Pleasant Lake where he has been a continuous resident ever since.  For some time he has been in poor health due to heart trouble, and on September second he departed this life aged seventy- four years six months and nineteen days.  The deceased was at one time a member of the M.E. Church of Otsego Center, and just before his death expressed to his companion that he was going home.  He is survived by his wife, four daughters, Mary Champion, of near Angola, Mina Knight of Sturgis, Mich., Nellie Ebel of Lansing, Mich., Millie Wheeler of Brooklyn, Iowa, one son Edward J. dying in infancy.  Besides these there remain twenty-eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren, also one brother, Asa Bennett of Fort Wayne, besides many other relatives and friends.
     Funeral services were held at the home in Pleasant Lake Sunday afternoon conducted by Rev. F. B. Parker, pastor U.B. Church, and interment was in Pleasant Lake Cemetery.

Steuben Republican, Angola, Ind., September 7, 1921.