Notes for Comfort Bennett
1790 census Warwick,
Orange Co., NY
3 Free white males 16 & older (Abraham, age 48, Jacob, age 18 & unknown son #1, age 16-20??)
4 Free white males under 16 yrs (Benjamin age 9-15, Abraham, age 12, Comfort, age 9 & John, age 4)
6 Free white females (Jerusha, age 40, Rhoda, age 10-20, Mary, age 6, Deborah, age 1, and 2 unknown daughters #1&2??)
Abraham died abt 1799??
census Warwick, Orange Co., NY
2 males 16-25 (Abraham, age 22, & Comfort, age 19)
1 male 10-15 (John, age 14)
2 males under 10 (Daniel, age 7 & unknown son #2??)
1 female 45+ (Jerusha, age 50)
1 female 26-44 (Rhoda, age 20-30)
2 females 16-25 (Mary, age 16 & unknown daughter #2, age 16-25)
1 female 10-15 (Deborah, age 11)
2 females under 10 (Nancy, age 9 & Jerusha, age 5)
Abt. 1807 - son John born
1810 census Elmira, Tioga Co., NY
1 male 16-25 (Comfort, age 29)
1 male under 10 (John, age 3)
1 female 16-25 (Abigail, age 24)
On same page as John Bennight, William Rockwell
17, 1810 - son George born
abt 1812 - daughter Sally born
December 03, 1815 - son Daniel born
abt 1817 - son Charles born
May 20, 1818 - son Horace born
1820 - daughter Nancy born
1820 census Elmira, Tioga Co., NY
2 males 45+ (???)
1 male 26-45 (Abraham, age 42)
1 male 16-26 (Dares, age 17)
1 male 16-18 (Dares, age 17)
1 male 10-16 (Telman, age 15)
2 males under 10 (Nelson, age 6 & Atlas, age 3)
1 female 45+ (??)
1 female 26-45 (Peggy, age 39)
1 female 16-26 (??)
2 females 10-16 (Telina, age 13 & Pantha, age 11)
2 females under 10 (Lorinda, age 8 & Sabina, age 1)
1 person engaged in agriculture
2 males 45+ (Elias, age 45)
2 males 10-16 (Abram, age 14 & John, age 11)
2 males under 10 (Lewis, age 5 & Solomon, age baby)
2 females 26-45 (Deborah, age 30)
2 females under 10 (Hannah, age 3 & unknown daughter age 0-10??)
3 persons engaged in agriculture
1 male 26-45 (Comfort, age 39)
1 male 10-16 (John, age 13)
2 males under 10 (George, age 10, Daniel, age 5 & Charles age 3?)
1 female 26-45 (Abigail, age 34)
2 females under 10 (Sally, age 8 & Nancy, age baby)
1 person engaged in agriculture
1 male 26-45
1 male 10-16
3 males under 10
1 female 26-45
1 female 10-16
2 females under 10
1 person engaged in agriculture
- son Morris born
1824 - son Chester born
abt 1829 - daughter Clarinda born
census Big Flats, Tioga Co., NY
1 male 40-50 (Comfort, age 49)
3 males 15-20 (George, age 20
2 males 10-15 (Daniel, age 15 & Charles, age 13)
2 males 5-10 (Morris, age 7 & Chester, age 6)
1 male under 5
1 female 40-50 (Abigail, age 40-45)
1 female 15-20 (Sally, age 18)
1 female 5-10 (Nancy, age 10)
1 female under 5 (Clarinda, age 1)
1 male 60-70 (Thomas, age 60-70)
1 male 20-30 (Asahel, age 25, Daniel, age 24 OR John C., age 20-26)
1 male 15-20 (Lewis, age 15)
1 female 50-60 (Rhoda, age 56-60)
1 female 15-20 (Anna or Rebecca, age 15-19)
abt 1830 - son Andrew born
June 20, 1835 - daughter Mary born
1840 census Big Flats, Chemung Co., NY page 187
1 male age 50-60 (Comfort, age 59)
2 males age 15-20 (Morris, age 17 & Chester, age 16)
1 male age 10-15 (Andrew, age 10)
1 female age 50-60 (Abigail, age 50-55)
1 female age 15-20 (Nancy, age 20)
1 female age 10-15 (Clarinda, age 11)
1 female age 5-10 (Mary, age 5)
1850 census Big Flats, Chemung
Comfort Bennett, age 69, farmer, b. NY
Abagail, age 64, b. NY
1860 census Big Flats, Chemung Co., NY
Comfort Bennett, age 78, gentleman, value of real estate $100,000, value of personal estate 15,000, b. NY, Blind
Abba, age 74, b. NY
In household of Benjamin & Nancy Smith
Comfort died on August 12, 1864 in Big Flats, Chemung Co., NY.
1870 census Horseheads,
Chemung Co., NY
Andrew Bennet, age 39, Retired farmer, b. NY
Sarah, age 35, Keeping house, b. NY
Abbey Bennet, age 85, b. NY
Mary Riley, age 16, Domestic servant, b. NY
59. COMFORT7 BENNETT (ABRAHAM6, ABRAHAM5, JAMES4, THOMAS3, JAMES2, NICHOLAS1) was born January 18, 1781 in Warwick, Orange Co, NY, and died August 12, 1864 in Horseheads, Chemung Co, NY. He married ABIGAIL MILLER November 3, 1806, daughter of ALEXANDER MILLER. She was born Abt. 1789 in Orange Co, NY, and died February 27, 1872 in Big Flats, NY.
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More About COMFORT BENNETT:
Burial: Maple Grove Ceme. Horseheads, NY
Residence: Chemung Co, NY
More About ABIGAIL MILLER:
Burial: Maple Grove Ceme, Horseheads, NY
Children of COMFORT BENNETT and ABIGAIL MILLER are:
i. ANDREW JACKSON8 BENNETT, b. 1829; d. 1891.
Burial: Maple Grove, Horse Heads, NY
Residence: 1862, Horseheads, Chemung Co, NY
ii. CHARLES A BENNETT.
125. iii. CLARINDA BENNETT, d. April 5, 1896, Detroit.
iv. JOHN BENNETT.
126. v. SALLY BENNETT, d. Chemung Co, NY.
127. vi. GEORGE BENNETT, b. November 17, 1810, Big Flats Chemung Co, NY; d. October 28, 1893, Horseheads, NY.
vii. DANIEL BENNETT, b. December 3, 1815; d. November 18, 1844; m. ELIZABETH; b. 1816; d. November 18, 1844.
Burial: Pioneer Ceme Big Flats, NY
Found death announcement for Elizabeth in Elmira Gazette 1844-2. Age: 28 yrs, 11 mo, & 15 days
Burial: Maple Grove, Horse Heads, NY
128. viii. HORACE BENNETT, b. May 20, 1818, Big Flats Chemung Co, NY; d. August 24, 1877.
129. ix. NANCY BENNETT, b. 1820; d. 1898.
x. MORRIS BENNETT, b. 1823; d. 1874, Horseheads, Chemung Co, NY; m. (1) MELISSA; b. Abt. 1825; d. September 19, 1849; m. (2) JANE ROSS, July 19, 1850; b. 1822; d. 1897.
Burial: on Horseheads plot with his father,and wife (Maple Grove Ceme)
xi. CHESTER BENNETT, b. 1824; d. January 31, 1833.
Age: at death 8yr 8months
Burial: Sing Sing Cem, Big Flats, NY
xii. MARY BENNETT, b. June 20, 1835; d. February 22, 1841, Possibly Big Flats, NY.
Age: 6 yrs 2 days
Burial: Sing Sing Ceme.
History of Tompkins, Schuyler, Chemung, Tioga 1879
COMFORT BENNETT . Among the active business men who gained a prominent and influential place in the affairs of this section, may be mentioned the gentleman whose name heads this biographical notice.Comfort Bennett was born Jan. 18,1781, in Warwick township, Orange Co., N.Y. He was the son of Abraham Bennett, who was a farmer by occupation. When eight years of age his father died, leaving a family of eleven children. Educational advantages in those days were limited; but at the common school he succeeded in laying the foundation for a successful business career. When eighteen years of age he came to Chemung County (then Tioga), and for eight years gained an honest living by working on a farm; and also with his brother, who was a carpenter and joiner. Nov. 3,1806, he married Abigail, daughter of Alexander Miller, of Horseheads, formerly of Orange Co., N.Y. His portion of his fathers estate amounted to two hundred and fifty dollars, which was spent for farm improvements and housekeeping utensils in partnership with his brother, John. After three years this partnership was dissolved, and Mr. Bennett began life independently. He first located at Big Flats, on Sing Sing Creek. Being possessed of indomitable will and industry, together with rare good judgement, he gained a wide reputation as being the leading spirit of the community in which he resided. He reared a family of twelve children, six of whom are now living. The names of the children are as follows: John, George, Daniel, Sally, Charles, Horace, Nancy, Chester, Morris, Clarinda, Mary, and Andrew J. As the children grew up he gave each a comfortable home within a radius of six miles of the homestead. At the time of his death he was known as the wealthiest farmer within five adjoining counties, all having been acquired in agricultural pursuits, never entering any field of speculation. The latter part of his life was pleasantly passed, and yearly reunions of the family were held on his birthday , which were very enjoyable events. Mr. Bennett was an active and progressive farmer, harvesting in one year, when reapers were not known, five hundred acres of winter grain. In politics he was a staunch Jacksonian Democrat, but never a seeker after official honor. The deep interest he took in the politics of the day marked him as a strong party man, whose judgment could be relied upon. He died Aug.12,1864, and his wife survived him until Feb. 27,1872.
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Name: Comfort BENNETT
Birth: 18 JAN 1781 in Warwick, Orange Co., NY
Death: 12 AUG 1864 in Horseheads, NY
Last Will and Testament & codicil thereto annexed of Comfort Bennett.
Be it Remembered, heretofore to with: on the 9th day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Sixty five Ariel Thurston one of the Executors named in the Last Will and Testament of Comfort Bennett late of the town of Horseheads the County of Chemung deceased, appeared in open Court, before the Surrogate of the County of Chemung and made a pplication to have the said Last Will and Testament & the codicil there to , which relates to both Real and Personal Estate, proved and on such application the said Surrogate did ascertain by satisfactory evidence who were the Widow, heirs at law and next of kin of the said testator, and their respective residences, ... and said Surrogate did therefore issue a Citation in due form o.... to the Widow, heirs at law and next of kin by their respective names, stating their respective places of residence, requiring them to appear before said Surrogate at his office in the City of Elmira in and said County, on the ?? day of January A. D. 1865, to attend the Probate of said Will & codicil thereto & said ma.. having been duly adjourned on said 16th January to January 30th 1865. And afterwards, to wit: on the30th day of January A. D. 1865, satisfactory evidence by affidavit was produced and presented to said Surrogate, of the due service of said Citation in the mode prescribed by law, and on that day on one appearing to oppose the Probate of the Will & codicil such proceedings were thereupon had in said Court afterwards, the said Surrogate took the proofs of said Will hereinafter set forth upon this 30th day of January A. D. 1865, and he thereupon adjudged the said Will & codicil to be a valid Will of Real and Personal Estate and the proofs thereof to be sufficient which said Last Will and Testiment and proofs are as follows, that is to say WILL. I Comfort Bennett of Big flatts in the county of Chemung and State of New York aged Seventy five years and being of sound mind and ...... ...... understanding and mindful of the uncertainty of human life, do make, publish & .... this my last will and testament in ..... following that is to say I. I direct that any .... hereinafter named pay all my just debts and financial. changes out of my personal property as convenient after my deceass.?? II. I give and direct to my oldest son George Bennett, his heirs and assigns the following parcels of real estate - 1st. The north half of so much of my lands in Big flatts, as lie north of a line starting from the centre of my line on the west and continued easterly parallel with the Chemung town line to the Joseph Adams farm; and being south of the highway leading past my present dwelling house excepting a parcel north of the highway which I bought of my brother John, with a reservation out of that of the pond hole field which is hereafter given to my son Morris. 2nd. The farm in Horseheads whereon my son George now lives known as the William Carpanter farm containing one hundred & seventy five acres of land. 3d. The equal north half of two lots of land in Big Flatt lying together one known as lot no. Eighty Five in the south east section of township No. one containing fifty two ??/100 acres of land conveyed to me by Ab.. Lowe & the other known as one hundred & four acres purchased by me and my brother John of James Carpenter and afterwards, my brother John's part deeded to me by his heirs. III. To Daniel Bennett my second son and his heirs and assigns, I give devise and bequeath the farm on which he resides known as the T.. Brin..ch farm containing two hundred thirty seven 33/100 acres of land & conveyed to me by John T.. Broech's executor- 2nd. A lot of land in the town of Catlin conveyed to me by Jabez Bradley (now dec'd) by deed dated Nov. 24th 1838 containing one hundred and one 6?/100 acres of land - 3d. The south half of the lands described in my first bequest to George & the north half of which I have given to George- IV. To my grandson Comfort? Bennett Daniel's son . his heirs & assigns I give devise and bequeath the lot in Horseheads which I purchased of Samuel Smith known as the Doctor Payne lot. V. To Horace Bennett my third son his heirs and assigns give devise and bequeath Lot .... -ty seven in the S. E. Section of township No. one in the town of Bigflatt conveyed to me by Abram? Lowe containing Eighty acres of land. Also Six acres or thereabouts adjoining the same conveyed to me by John Robly.. & wife- also the lot in Big flatt of Nineteen Acres conveyed to me by Wm. Rockwell: and thirty one acres adjoining off of the Van Gorder lot f??. co.... to the 19 acres. VI.To my grandchildren Morri.?, Melipa, & Charles Children of Horace and to the survivors & surviveR of them that do not leave lawful issue I give device bequeath the following parcels of land to be held by them share and .....
1st. Lot No. 52 in the south east section of township No. one containing forty four 69/100 acres. Also four acres off the north end of lot No. 45, the same having been conveyed to me by Edward Bran. &wife. Also three acres adjoining conveyed to me by Robert C. Johnson & wife being in all Fifty one 69/100 acres. 2d. All that lot of land known as No 01 in the south east section of Township No. one containing forty seven 15/100 acres of land conveyed to me by Michael Smith & wife. 3d. One hundred & five acres & one half of land in Big- Flatt conveyed to me by Elias Be..ett & wife by deed dated Oct 29 1842. And I hereby appoint M son Horace ?? of his said children and authorize him to receive there.. to receive thereunt profits the real estate hereby devised to them & apply the same to their use until they severally become 21 years of age after which time his ... is to cease! and ... of said grrandchildren having attained that age may have full control & right of disposal of his or her and lands not withstanding any terms. I have made use of willing To my son Morris Bennett his heirs & assigns I give devise and bequeath the lot .............. Big flatt known as the Quackenbush lot. 2d. The lots in Big flatt known ........ Township No. one containing fifty three acres also lot 54 in said township containing twenty one acres. Also three acres of land known as the "greeting house lot." all which parcels were conveyed to me by Joseph Hartwig? & wife 3d. The lands which my Son Morris now occupies, bounded northerly by Quackenbush and Keating? lots Westerly by lands formerly belonging to Thomas and Elias Bennett the west line being d stone fence and a line to be run as the Stone fence runs across the Schofield farm to the high way Southerly by said highway as far east as to such corner or point as Wannimakers west line if extended South would strike. Easterly by land given to George and Wannimakers? land, be the same more or less. 4th. The undivided half of "the Winters lot" conveyed to me by James Pumbelly known as the North half of lot No. 7 in the north survey of Bay's location containing Sixty nine 12/100 acres of land and an equal use with Sally of the Saw Mill & water privilege on the Davis lot. 5th. All that lot of land in Horseheads conveyed to me by the administrators of Jacob Westlake dec'd Known as lot No. 65 in the southeast section of township No. one containing Seventy nine 49/100 acres of land. 6th. Another parcel of land adjoining the above on the west supposed to be forty acres?? of William Rockwell bounded? on the west by the ? Ethan? farm.VIII. To my youngest son, Andrew Jackson Bennett I give .. and bequeath the following lands. 1st. One hundred & seventy acres or thereabouts in .. Big flatt im... in deeds to me from Benjamin Atwood, Jack Fowler and ...... and b.. to . which the said Andrew Jackson now lives. 2d. All of my farm in Big flatt Known as the Joseph Adams farm, and as much of the land in which..... -ing a line from the west end of the line fence....... ... northwest corner of the ..... known as the ..- - lot containing Eighty ... as patented by the state of .... containing in the aggregate One hundred ...... hundredths as contained in a deed given to me by John Van Etten ... his wife known as the Steward farm. To have and to hold all of said lands to my son Andrew Jackson Bennett for during his natural life & after his decease to the heirs of his body & to be subject & to be subject only to the control of him and such heirs. IX. To my oldest daughter Sally wife of Joseph Lewis... heirs & assigns I give devise & bequeath the following described parcels of land. 1st One hundred & Eighteen Acres of land in Big flatt off the south side of the Fry? purchase 2d. The farm in Big flatt known as "the Saw Mill farm" deeded to me by Benjamin H. Davis & wife supposed to contain two hundred & thirty six except 1/2 of the mill & privileges given to Morris 3d. The remaining undivided half of "the Winters lot" ... in the bequest to Morris. 4th. The farm on the East hill in Elmira known as "the Lewis farm" containing two hundred & thirty four acres or thereabouts purchased by me of the heirs of Ethan Lewis. X. To my second daughter Nancy the wife of Benjamin Smith her heirs & assigns I give devise and bequeath the follow3ing parcels of land 1st. One Hundred & six & ... acres in Big flatt deeded to me by Thomas Bennett & wife being the premises where my daughter now lives 2d. "The Scofield & Kinney" lot? so called conveyed to me by Daniel B?. Westlake & wife & George Westlake... the first given to Morris east of the line which is a continuation of the stone fence.. 3d. .... one ....... west section of township No. one containing eight six acres. Also the north part of lot No. two in said tract containing forty two acres and three . the same conveyed to me by David Van Gorder & wife excepting the thirty one acres I have given to Horace. 4th. Ten acres of land in Big flatt conveyed to me by Jute?? Purdy? & wife ....... 5th The Nathan? Henry Wisner??? farm lying on the east lot in the town of Elmira conveyed to me by the heirs of William H. Wisner deceased containing two hundred & forty seven acres or there abouts. XI. To my youngest daughter Clarinda Wife of Thomas Pattinson her heirs as hereinafter provided I give devise and bequeath the following described parcels of land.
1st. All of my land in Big flatt bounded as follows: north by land given to Daniel. West by Shriver land south by the Chemung town line & east by lands given to Andrew Jackson Bennett........... five in the southeast section of township No. one containing fifty .... acres ... half of said one hundred & f... acres being the .... lot. .......... given to George. To have & to hold the said lands .......... & after her decease to the heirs of her body lawfully begotten their heirs and assigns forever. And it is my will that the estate in remainder of said heirs shall not be sold by virtue of any guardians sale XII.I will & direct that whenever it becomes necessary to change lines to carry out the foregoing bequests of my landed property, the fences at or near the lines shall be used as partition fences and further it is my will that in case there should be any disputed title or line, any costs or expenses incident to contesting such disputed line or title shall be borne equally by all of my children and no suit or action do I wish prosecuted or defended by either of my children relating to any real estate derived under the will without a concurrence of a majority of them. XIII. All the rest residues and remainder of my real estate I hereby authorize & impower my executors herein named to dispose of at public auction or private sale & convey the same by proper deeds & instrument in writing.
XIV. It is my will that my beloved wife Abigail shall have as long as she lives out of my personal properties as much as will make her comfortable to be provided for her by my executor . Lastly I do hereby appoint my son George, my Son in law Benjamin Smith and my friend Ariel S H..ston executors of this my last will & testament. In witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal. .. this is my last will & testament. In witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal., this twenty seventh day of October in the year One thousand Eight hundred & fifty five. Signed Sealed Published & declared of the said Comfort Bennett as and for his last will & testament to us & each of us & in our presensence & we at his request & in his presence have affixed our Names hereunto as subs..ing witness ..
/s/ John Rop of Horseheads Chemung Co /s/ Sylvestor Hull of Horseheads Chemung Co.
Last Will and Testament & codicil thereto annexed of Comfort Bennett. Deceased
Be it Remembered, heretofore to with: on the 9th day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Sixty five Ariel Thurston one of the Executors named in the Last Will and Testament of Comfort Bennett late of the town of Horseheads the County of Chemung deceased, appeared in open Court, before the Surrogate of the County of Chemung and made a pplication to have the said Last Will and Testament & the codicil there to, which relates to both Real and Personal Estate, proved and on such application the said Surrogate did ascertain by satisfactory evidence who were the Widow, heirs at law and next of kin of the said testator, and their respective residences, ... and said Surrogate did therefore issue a Citation in due form o.... to the Widow, heirs at law and next of kin by their respective names, stating their respective places of residence, requiring them to appear before said Surrogate at his office in the City of Elmira in and said County, on the ?? day of January A. D. 1865, to attend the Probate of said Will & codicil thereto & said ma.. having been duly adjourned on said 16th January to January ?? 1865.
And afterwards, to wit: on the 30th day of January A. D. 1865, satisfactory evidence by affidavit was produced and presented to said Surrogate, of the due service of said Citation in the mode prescribed by law, and on that day on one appearing to oppose the Probate of the Will & codicil such proceedings were thereupon had in said Court afterwards, the said Surrogate took the proofs of said Will & codicil hereinafter set forth upon this 30th day of January A. D. 1865, and he thereupon adjudged the said Will & codicil to be a valid of Real and Personal Estate and the proofs thereof to be sufficient which said Last Will and Testiment Codicil to said last will and testament and proofs are as follows, that is to say WILL Codicil A codicil to the last will & testament of Comfort Bennett which last will & testa-
ment bears date Oct 27th 1855. I Comfort Bennett of Horseheads being of sound mind & understanding, having since the making of my will, acquired several pracels of Real Estate not therein devised, go give devise and bequeath the same as follows. To George Bennett I give and devise the brick house and lot in Horseheads where he now lives and the pasture lot of three acres on the east side of the creek in Horseheads. To Daniel Bennett I give devise and bequeath the two houses and lots in Elmira bought by me of Booth & Situate on the corner of Gray and Columbia streets. And the "Ferris barn lot" in Horseheads. To Horace Bennett I give the thirty acres of land in Big flatt bought by me of Delany. To Morris Bennett I give and devise the Stores in Horseheads situate on the corner of John & Main Sts and the house & lot corner of John and Church Sts known as the Wm. F. Hull House. To Andrew Jackson Bennett I give & devise the house and lot in Big flatt bought of Mc Connell & three vacant lots in Horseheads bought of Ferris. To my daughter Sally wife of Joseph Livesay I give & devise the house and lot in Elmira on the corner of Water & Columbia Sts. the undivided half of the stables on Carroll St. in Elmira which I own with A. S. Thurston and the "Bush lot" of 30 Acres. To my daughter Nancy wife of Benjamin Smith I give the house & lot on William Street Elmira which I bought of Small. To my daughter Clarinda wife of Thos. Pattinson I give I devise the house & lot in Southport formerly owned by George Pattinson.
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my
hand & seal this 17 th day of November 1862. his
The above instrument was executed by the said Comfor C. X Bennett (B. O)
Bennett in our presence & we at his request & in his pres- mark
ence have hereto subscribed our names as attesting wi.. ... & the said Comfort Bennett declared said Instrument to be a codicil to his will dated Oct 17th. 1885
H. H. Mc Connell Horseheads.
J. H. A.. residing at Horseheads Chemung County NY
In the Matter of Proving the Last Will and Testament
& the codicil thereto of Comfort Bennett Deceased
Chemung County ss.
Hiram H. Mc Connell and James H. Ormes of Horseheads being first duly sworn, in open Court, upon their several corporal oaths, each for himself , doth ?? and say that they are subscribing witnesses to the codicil of Last Will and Testament of Comfort Bennett Late of the town of Horseheads in the County of Chemung and State of New York deceased. And these deponents do further say that the said Comfort Bennett deceased, and in the presence of each of these???
Will and Testament of the said deceased, and which bears date on the
17th day of November one thousand eight hundred and Sixty tow
That the said deceased
did, at the time of subscribing his name to the said instrument as a aforesaid
, declare the same to be a codicil to his Last Will and Testament: and these deponents
did thereupon subscribe their even respective names at the end of said instrument,
as attesting witnesses to the execution thereof, each at the request of the said
deceased, and in h presence and in the presence of each other: That the said deceased,
at the time of subscribing his NA his name to said instrument as aforesaid, and
publishing said instrument as aforesaid, was upwards of twenty-one years of age,
and a citizen of the United States; that he appeared to be, and deponents believe
he was of sound mind, memory and understanding, and not under any restraint, and
as despondents verify believe, in all respects competent to devise real estate;
that each of these despondents saw the other sign his name to said instrument
in the presence of the said deceased. That said depondents have now here carefully
examined said instrument & find that it has in face been changed or altered
since its execution by deceased and further say ??? ??? in said codicil were made
& noted previously to signing. Sworn & subscribed this 30th day of January
1865 before me.
\s\ H. H. McConnell \s\ J. H. Ormes
\s\ G. D. Smith
Surrogate Chemung County ss.
It appearing upon the proofs duly taken in respect to
the Last Will and Testament & codicil thereto of Comfort Bennett late of the
town of Horseheads in the
County of Chemung and State of New York, deceased that the said Will ^ codicil was duly executed and that the said Comfort Bennett at the time he executed the same was in all respects competent to devise real estate, and not under undue restraint, the said codicil to said Last Will and Testament ............and the proofs and examinations are hereby executed, signed and certified by me, pursuant to the Provisions of the Revised Statutes, this 30th day of January A. D. 1865
\s\ G. L. Smith Surrogate
WHY I'M PROUD OF BIG FLATS & Other Articles About It's History
By Marion E. Rhodes
Abram, John, and Comfort Bennitt were some of the early pioneers inthe town of Big Flats. They were all farmers. Abram's land was bounded onthe east by Sing Sing Rd, on the south by Maple St., on the west by Robert Miller's land and on the north by the Chemung Canal. Abram had eight children. Telman, his oldest son, bought the farm that Rowland and Clara Farr now own. Miles C. Bennitt, a cousin, bought the farm from Telman. John, one of Abram's brothers, owned the farm where James Wells now lives. Miles was one of John Bennitt's eight children, but he was the only one who remained in Big Flats. Abraham Bennitt, the father of the three brothers died when Comfort was 8 years old and the boys came to Big Flats when Comfort war 18 years old. They found work on farms doing carpentry work.
On November 3, 1806, Comfort married Abigail Miller,-daughter of Alexander Miller of Horseheads. For three years he farmed in partnership
with his brother John. Then the partnership was dissolved and Comfort set out independently. He first located in Big Flats along Sing Sing Creek where Colonial Drive crosses the stream. The foundation of the house is still visible. He was possessed with indomitable will and industry; together with good judgment. He gained a wide reputation as the leading man in the community. It wasn't long before he was the owner of considerable land. It was said he could walk from Big Flats to Horseheads and not get off his own land. He raised a family of 12 children: John, George, Daniel, Sally, Charles, Horace, Nancy, Chester, Morris, Clarinda, Mary and Andrew J. When any of his children married he gave them land and built buildings for them. The builder had to sign a contract how it was to be built and the price he was to be
paid He had to put up his property as collateral if he didn't finish the building. I saw one contract where two men had signed: one couldn't write and had made his X mark. Each of the children's homes were within a radius of six miles of the old homestead. At the time of his death, Comfort Bennitt was known as the wealthiest farmer within the adjoining five counties. All his wealth was acquired in the pursuit of agriculture. The latter part of his life was pleasantly passed and yearly reunions of the family were held on his birthday; these were very
enjoyable events. Mr. Bennitt was an active and progressive farmer, harvesting in one year 500 acres of winter grain before reapers and threshers were known. It seems impossible that one person could handle 500 acres of grain with the amount of help and equipment that would be available at that time. When the land was first cleared and the wood burned, there were not many weeds to contend with so they would hook a team of oxen or horses to a tree or large limb that had not been trimmed and use this as a drag to fit the land; thus it would not need to be plowed. Plowing would have been impossible because of the stumps. The grain was sowed by broadcast by hand and harvested with a cradle. It has been said that if a man and wife worked well together - the man cut a large swath, tossed it in the air, the wife caught it before it hit the ground and tied it with a band of straw, the field would be finished when the last bundle was tied. A good reaper could cut 2 acres a day - doubtless it was not an 8-hour day. In politics, Comfort Bennitt was a staunch Jacksonian Democrat. He named his youngest Andrew Jackson Bennitt. He was not only a good farmer, he was a shrewd business man and leased out land for crop growing. The lessee had to put up his property and the crop a collateral. At the age of 83, he died on August 12, 1864. He was married for 58 years. On an 1863 map of Big Flats bearing the names of the residents, there are 16 Bennitts. Some were probably duplicates. Comfort owned most of the land where the Arnot Mall is and most of the land north of the Mall and Sing Sing Rd west Sing Sing Creek. Sally Bennitt, eldest daughter of Comfort and Abigail Bennitt, married Joseph Livesay in 1835. His father was born in France in 1770 and came to America in 1773, and to Big Flats in 1792. Joseph was born in 1806. In l835 he bought his first farm, 62 acres, the Goble farm just north of the present
Route 17, on Kahler Rd. Joseph was always interested in farming and everything pertaining to agriculture. He remained in Big Flats from 1836 to 1870. Then he moved-toHorseheads where he cultivated a small farm on the outskirts of the village. The remainder of his land, 760 acres in Big Flats which included the former Wheaten farm, and 240 acres in the town of Elmira, were operated by tenants. Joseph Livesay was a Frenchman, and if his name were spelled the way it is pronounced, it would be Lousee. The youngest son of Comfort Bennitt, Andrew Jackson Bennitt owned the farm where Anna and Howard Voorhees now live on Kahler Rd. It is notknown just when the spelling of the Bennitt name changed to Bennett.
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