John Bennett, #4 ‘The Dunbar Prisoners’ List

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Published: 02 Dec 2014
Updated: 14 Nov 2016

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Scots’ Charitable Society:
1657 – Founding Member, John Bennett.

“John is believed to be a Scottish prisoner of war from the Battle of Dunbar at Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland on 3 Sep 1650, arriving at Charlestown, Massachusetts Bay Colony on the ketch, Unity, in late December 1650.” ~ Teresa

First Generation in the New World

1. JOHN BENNETT, was presumably born in Scotland and died probably in Massachusetts.

Biographical Notes:
Torrey’s list below has at least NINETEEN marriages for a JOHN BENNETT! It will take some work to untangle them all! He was a contributing member to the Scots Charitable Society in 1657. It appears that he may have stayed in the Charlestown/Boston area. As a Dunbar prisoner he would not have been married before 1651. A possible prospect is John Bennett (1632-1674) married at Charlestown in 1658/9, MARY COBHAM.
In: From Deference to Defiance, Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1629-1692, by Roger Thompson: John Bennett is found on pages 133, 134, 134n, 136n, and 154:
This John Bennett may be the son of the SPOW.
Page 133: Edward Wyer, Jr. [Edward Wyer was a SPOW, too!] and John Bennett [possibly John Bennet’s son] cut and carried wood…
Page 136n, Edward Wyer, Jr, 24, Scot, tailor; John Bennett, about 25 [in 1685], shoemaker.
Page 154, “found dead in April 1674, drowned.” “An Inventory of the Estate of John Benet, 23 May 1674” Left widow, MARY. Inventory apprised by William Johnson and Aaron Luskin.
“John Bennett of Charlestown, weaver, drowned in the river, 15 Apr 1674.”- Charlestown VRs
“Historic homes and institutions and genealogical and personal memoirs of
Worcester County, Massachusetts
Ellery Bicknell Crane
Full text can be found at:
http://books.google.com/books?pg=PP3&lpg=RA5-PA198&dq=john+bennett+groton&id=enUrAAAAYAAJ&ots=7YsJ1fjxQw#v=onepage&q=john%20bennett%20groton&f=false
JOHN H BENNETT. John Bennett (l) was probably the first ancestor in the
Bennett line of John Bennett, of Worcester. He was born in England, 1632,
and to judge from the number of Bennetts who came to America earlier he
found numerous relatives in New England when he arrived there There is a
tradition that he ran away with a Scotch peasant’s daughter, that he was the
son of a nobleman, proof of which is afforded by his court dress said to be
in the possession of one of his descendants. The family tradition that the
family is of Scotch and English origin is probably correct. He was an
inhabitant of Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1659. He was a weaver by trade. He was drowned, 1674, between R. Martin’s ship and a lighter. His widow Mary married (second) Richard Meade, 1678. Hmm. 🙂

 

SOURCES AND NOTES:
Torrey's New England Marriages to 1700 (16) 2

So many John Bennett's!

So many John Bennett’s!

Timeline:
1657: donated to SCS

From Deference to Defiance, Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1629-1692, by Roger Thompson: John Bennett is found on pages 133, 134, 134n, 136n, and 154:

This John Bennett may be the son of the SPOW.
Page 133: Edward Wyer, Jr. [Edward Wyer was a SPOW, too!] and John Bennett [possibly John Bennet’s son] cut and carried wood…

Page 136n Edward Wyer, Jr, 24, Scot, tailor; John Bennett, about 25 [in 1685], shoemaker.

Page 154 “found dead in April 1674, drowned.

“Bennett, John, Scots Charitable Society member Boston 1657.”
From: Scottish Emigration to Colonial America, 1607-1785, page 36, by David Dobson, c 1994, paperback version c 2004.

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