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ber 25, 1851, at Wrentham, Massachusetts.
His education was the customary one for a
farmer's son of that period, and at an early
age he was taught the trade of cabinet mak-
ing. As a young man he went to Sharon,
where he followed his trade, shortly after his
marriage removing to Wrentham, where he
settled in the "Wampum" district. He leased
his property and set up a shop as cabinet
maker, and as his sons became old enough
he admitted them into the business. His
shop was run by water power, and he manu-
factured bureaus, bedsteads, tables, cradles,
etc., finding a ready market for his products
in Boston, and this industry became an im-
portant factor in the progress of the town.
The greater part of his output was sold to
Edward Renouf, a leading furniture dealer
of Boston, and for whom his son, Edward
Renouf Bennett, was named. Edward Renouf
was a descendant of a noted and honored
Norman family which had settled at New-
buryport, Massachusetts. Mr. Bennett was
of very quiet habits and disposition, and he
and his wife were faithful members of the
orthodox church. He was a pronounced
Democrat, and belonged to the militia. He
married, December 31, 1797, Elizabeth, born
at Sharon, Massachusetts, January 22, 1774,
died at Wrentham, February 20, 1859, daugh-
ter of Joseph and Esther (Fisher) Randall.
Children: 1. Prudence Andriette, born Sep-
tember 26, 1798; married Joseph Green
Wicks ; children : Joseph ; Joseph ; Elizabeth ;
Lavinia, born November 17, 1825, married,
1846, Otis B. Whiting, children : Harriet
Elizabeth, Ellen Wicks and Otis ; Ellen
Maria ; William Benjamin. 2. Eliza, born
December 19, 1799, died November, 1827.

3. George Hawes, born July 9, i8or, died
September 4, 1871 ; married Margaret Dale.

4. Mary Ann, born April 17, 1803. died July
26, 1857; married, August 10. 1823, Carl
Moran Fisher ; children : i. Sarah Cole, born
May 14, 1824, died November 19, 1867 ; ii.
Isabel Mary, born March 11, 1825. died No-
vember 19, 1852; iii. Emily Jane, born April
2, 1826, died January 13, 1847; > v - Cornelia,
married, September 4, 1867, Benjamin F.
Browning; v. Josiah, born February 15,
1836; vi. Alvin Bennett, born April 20, 1838.

5. Esther Randall, born February 6, 1805,
married Jeremiah Cobb. 6. Edward Renouf,
see forward. 7. Charlotte, born December
26, 1808 ; married Francis Fisher ; children :
Emeline, Eliza, Eunice, Ellen, Robert,
Thomas, William and Elizabeth. 8. William

iv— 14

Steadman, born June 23, 1812, died Septem-
ber 26, 1881 ; married, June 1, 1836, Matilda
Barnes ; children : i. Abbie Elizabeth, born
May 6, 1837, died October 10, 1875; '••
Louisa Matilda, born September 9, 1839,
married, January 3, 1864, Alonzo Rogers,
who died January 29, 1874 ; iii. Amos Wil-
liam, born April 12, 1841 ; iv. Anna Jane,
born February 5, 1846, married, February
5, 1867, Solomon S. Lombard; v. Wendell
P., born November 14, 1850, died July 18,
1868. 9. Henry Albert, born November 2,
1814, died December 11, 1873; married, Jan-
uary 8, 1838, Charlotte Potter; children: i.
Eliza R., born November 20, 1838, died July
21, 1858; ii. Sarah M., born February 14,
1842, died November 7, 1861 ; iii. Elizabeth
R., born March 9, 1853, died September 5.
1853 ; iv. YVillard H., born February 20,
1857, married, June 5, 1878, Ida L. Powers;
children: a. Philip Albert, born July 4, 1879;
b. Harry Potter, born September 3, 1883 ; c.
Raymond Sales, born December 13, 1892.
10. Eleanor Jane, born November 2, 1814,
married Aaron G. Hoyes ; children : i. James
Gardner, born March 4, 1840, married Airs.
Agnes Bartlett, has one child : Eleanor An-
toinette ; ii. Harriet Newell, born September
21, 1843, married Joseph E. Stanley; chil-
dren : Eleanor D., George Francis and
Grant. 11. Laura, born August 28, 1816,
died June 2^, 1907; married, June 17, 1841,
Ebenezer Hawes ; children : i. Edward, born
April 11, 1842, married. May 13, 1867, Eliza
C. Doe ; ii. Elijah Francis, born February 5,
1845, died May 14, 1885, married, November
14, 1866, Ellen F. Ballou ; iii. Margaret
Craige, born July 7, 1846 ; iv. Eugene, born
August 8, 1848, died November 12, 1864; v.
Alice, born October 16, 1850 ; vi. Annie, twin
of Alice, died January 8, 185 1 : vii. George
Oliver, born May 7, 1852, married, Novem-
ber 22, 1874, Annie C. Day ; viii. Catherine
Bennett, born January 2$, 1855, married.
May 20, 1872, Samuel A. Cobb. 12. Isaac
Francis (called Frank Bennett), a sketch of
whom follows this narrative.

(YTF) Edward Renouf, second son and
sixth child of Isaac and Elizabeth (Randall)
Bennett, was born in Wrentham. October 22.
1806, and died in the same town, April 9,
1896. His school education was limited to at-
tendance at the district school during the win-
ter sessions, at the same time he was assist-
ing his father in his business, and was later
admitted to partnership. After a time the
firm was dissolved, and Edward R. went to



Norwood, where he was employed by George
W. Everett & Company, and ran a circular
saw. During the panic of 1857 this latter firm
became insolvent, and Mr. Bennett returned
to Wrentham, after a short residence in Rox-
bury, and commenced farming in a small way.
His farm consisted of thirty acres and he
raised general crops. In 1870 his son, Ed-
ward P., purchased his father's property, and
the elder Bennett and his wife made their
home with their son. In connection with his
farming Mr. Bennett owned a saw mill at
Wrentham, which he operated during the
winter months until within ten years of his
death. He was interested in .military affairs,
and was captain of the Wrentham company of
militia. He was of a quiet, unassuming na-
ture, earnest religious views, a strong temper-
ance advocate and he and his wife w.ere mem-
bers of the orthodox church of Wrentham.
Politically he gave his support to the Repub-
lican party. He was married, at Wrentham,
by Rev. Elijah Fiske, September 21, 1830, to
Susanna, born in Weymouth, February 7,
1804, died in Wrentham, November 14, 1885,
daughter of John and Catherine (Childs)
Dale, of Weymouth. John Dale was a house-
wright. Children: 1. Esther Dale, born June
24, 1834, died April 23, 1883; married, Feb-
ruary 25, 1854, James Erastus Hawes; child:
Mary Eliza, born May 30, 1871, married, Au-
gust 2, 1887, William Albert Foster, children:
a. Raymond Hanson, born June 21, 1888; b.
Esther Bennett, born November 18, 1890; c.
Marion Edith, born December 19, 1892; d.
Lawrence Wellington, born September 17,
1898; e. Philip Theodore, born March 7,
1903; f. Alice Margaret, born October 2,
1906. 2. Mary Ellis, born October 5, 1836;
married, June 22, 1857, Albert Williams, born
December 19, 183 1, son of Elliott Lee and
Bernice (Williams) Burton (see Burton
sketch). Children: i. Edward Randall, born
January 31, died February 6, 1858; ii. Alice
Williams, born October 24, 1859, died April
6, 1885; iii. Albert Edward, born April 16,
1861; married, May 15, 1893, Nettie May
Hopkins ; children : a. Wesley Hopkins, born
December 29, 1893; b. Alice May, born No-
vember 19, 1894: c. Lee Williams, born No-
vember 12, 1895; d. Rubie Ellis, born May
30, 1896: e. Ivy Dale, born May 1, 1897: f-
Helen Elliott, born September 9, 1902; g.
Barbara Virginia, born April 28, 1905: iv.
Maria Lincoln, born May 13, 1866, married,
September 1, 1894, Clarence Moore Noble,
D. D. S., a dentist of Providence, Rhode Isl-

and, who died July 5, 1897, son of George and
Sarah Noble, of Cooticook, Canada; v. Ber-
nice Elliott, born October 7, 1878, married
December 3, 1903, Clarence Mason Hatch:
children: a. Dorothy Williams, born August
J 5> I 9°5; b. Hazel Mason, born December
26, 1907. 3. Martha Randall, born July 27,
1838, died August 17, 1882; married, Febru-
ary 18, 1855, George Albert Jenks; children:
i. Addison; ii. Elizabeth, married Oliver
Soule; iii. Edward, born January 3, 1867;
married. August 17, 1887, Mary Eva Hurst;
child: Austin Lewis, born October 6, 1888. 4.
Charles Edward, born April 2, 1841, died No-
vember 2, 1844. 5. Herbert Franklin, born
January 5, 1845; married, January 10, 1866,
Mary D. Atwood; children: i. Mabel Augus-
ta, born November 20, 1867, died November
29, 1897; married, February 28, 1888, John
Harris; child: Earle Dale, born August 27,
1890, died October 22, 1890; ii. Herbert At-
wood, born May 11, 1875; married, June 23,
1899, Ethel Corey; child: Corey, born De-
cember 21, 1905. 6. Edward Pay son, see

(VIII) Edward Payson, youngest child of
Edward Renouf and' Susanna (Dale) Ben-
nett, was born in Wrentham, June 30, 1848.
He acquired his education in the "Wharf"
district school and assisted his father in the
cultivation of the farm until he was seventeen
years of age. He then entered the employ of
Lincoln & Bacon, a jewelry firm of North At-
tleboro, where he learned the jewelry trade.
He continued with this firm until the spring
of 1872 when he became a partner in the
Plainville Stock Company, which was then
formed, and included Daniel H. Corey, Al-
bert W. Burton, Richard Donald, George
Demorest. Henry Packard, John Barrett,
Walter H. Rogers, Davis D. Reed, Edward
P. Bennett and Bradford Corbin. In 1875 Mr.
Corbin retired and Mr. William S. Metcalf
purchased his interest in this company, and
later at different times other members sold
out their interests to those remaining in the
company, until finally they were all vested in
Mr. Bennett and Mr. Metcalf. The corpora-
tion prospered from its inception and at no
time has it held a higher place in the jewelry
trade than at the present. They occupy two
floors in Lincoln & Bacon's new building,
each thirty by one hundred feet, with ells
each thirty by thirty feet. They manufacture
ladies' brooches, scarf and hat pins, cuff links,
etc., and their wares are known throughout
the United States. Mr. Bennett resides in



the southern part of the town where he has
a fine estate on which are located handsome
and commodious buildings.

He is a Republican in politics, having
served his party as a delegate to various con-
ventions, and as selectman in 1906-7, and is
an attendant at the Congregational Orthodox
Church of Wrentham. He is a member of
the Providence Jewelers and Silversmiths
Association of Providence, Rhode Island, and
was formerly a member of Wampum Lodge,
No. 195, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
He married (first), at Wrentham, May 20,
1873, Henrietta, born in Charlestown, Massa-
chusetts, February 18, 1856, died in Wren-
tham, August 24, 1880, daughter of William
Henry and Mary (Mountfort) Nash, the
former a boat builder. Children: 1. Florence
Payson, born August 6, 1875; married, July
19.' 1906, Harry Agard, of Tolland, Connecti-
cut, a lawyer of Westerly, Rhode Island ;
child : Frederick Browning, born September 21.
1907. 2. Grace Randall, born June 8, 1878;
is a teacher at Port Antonio, Jamaica. 3.
Bertha Mountfort. born February 11, 1880;
married, September 2, 1902, Frank Averell;
with subject in shop; has child: Payson Ben-
nett, born July 31, 1907. Mr. Bennett mar-
ried (second) at Wrentham, November 27,
1883, Evelyn Augusta, born February 26,
1852, daughter of Elkanah and Mary Maria
(White) Whiting, the former a farmer. Child:
4. Charles Whiting, born May 27, 1886. 5.
Meta Evelyn, born August 10, 1890. 6. Ed-
ward Payson, twin of Meta Evelyn. 7. Hom-
er Dale,' born August 27, 1892, died March
io, 1893.

(For early generations see preceding sketch).

(VII) Isaac Francis Bennett
BENNETT (called Frank Bennett),
youngest child of Isaac and
Elizabeth (Randall) Bennett, was born in
Wrentham, October 11, 1810, and died there
July 13, 1897. He attended the Wampum dis-
trict school and worked in his spare time for
his father. At the close of his school years
he entered his father's employ regularly, and
was later taken into partnership with his
brothers. When the business was sold, Isaac
F. apprenticed himself to learn the black-
smith's trade, working for David Farrington
and George Grant, at West Wrentham. where
he resided for a time. At the outbreak of the
civil war he and his son Bradford removed
to Springfield, where they found employment
under the United States government at the

Arsenal, finishing bayonets, remaining there
throughtout the war. He then returned to
Wrentham, entering the employ of E. Ira
Richards & Company, at North Attleboro, as
a tool maker, and retained this position until
he was seventy-five years of age, when he re-
tired from active work and made his home
with his son, Alonzo F., until his death. His
farm on which he died, consisting of more than
twenty acres, was bought of Timothy Whit-
ing, and was later sold by his son Bradford to
his brother Alonzo F. He possessed a sunny,
amiable nature, and, like his father, was fond
of children and nature, and a great reader.
In religious faith he was a Universalist, and
his political affiliations were with the Demo-
cratic party. He married, at Cumberland,
Rhode Island. Lydia, born December 4, 181 3.
died February 3, 1903, daughter of Daniel and
Lydia (Haskell ) Hayden. Children: 1. Ellen
Frances, born February 27, 1837, died Septem-
ber 12, 1899. 2 - Bradford, born December 17,
1838, died December 30, 1902. 3. Alonzo
Francis, see forward. 4. Charles Henry,
born March 11, 1843. 5- Daniel, born April '
2T,. 1848, died August 11, 1882; married, Janu-
ary 21, 1872. Annie O. Whiting, of South
Franklin. Massachusetts ; children : i. Wil-
lard F., born September 4. 1874, died Novem-
ber 24, 1874; ii. Alice Bradford, born Novem-
ber 25, 1876; iii. Marian Willard, born Decem-
ber 23, 1878 ; married, October 28, 1905, Clyde
Blanchard : child: Marjorie Marie, born No-
vember 15, 1906; iv. Arthur Hayden, born
December 25, 1880; married, September 7,
1907, Harriet Louise Smith. 6. Mary Alice,
born January 31, 1851 ; graduated from Wo-
men's College of Philadelphia, and Medical
Department of the University of Pennsyl-
vania, and was the first woman to receive the
degree of Doctor of Philosophy in this coun-
try. She is a member of the Legal-Medico So-
ciety of Pennsylvania and the Legal Medical
Society of New York, was for sixteen years
superintendent of the State Asylum for the
Insane at Norristown, Pennsylvania, and is
now practicing medicine in Brooklyn, N. Y.

(VIII) Alonzo Francis, second son and
third child of Isaac Francis and Lydia (Hay-
den) Bennett, was born in Wrentham, Febru-
ary 13, 1841, and died at his family home-
stead, October 9, 1905. His education was
obtained in the district school at West
Wrentham and the old academy at Wrentham
Center, up to the age of fourteen years. He
then worked for some time among the farm-
ers of the vicinity — Joseph Wicks, John Craig



and others — and in his young manhood found
employment with Sturdy & Shepardson, who
were at that time manufacturing jewelry in
Wrentham. Here Mr. Bennett learned the
trade thoroughly, and at the end of two years
found a position with the firm of E. Ira Rich-
ards & Company, of North Attleboro. It
was at this time that he enlisted in Company
I, Forty-fifth Massachusetts Regiment, was
sent into camp at Readville, Massachusetts,
and. October 24, 1862, prepared to embark for
the seat of war. The regiment was conveyed
by the transport "Mississippi," under the pro-
tection of a gunboat, to Beaufort, North Caro-
lina, thence to Newbern, was assigned to Col-
onel Amory's brigade, and went into camp at
Trent, where they remained without incident
until December 12. On that date they set
forth upon the Goldsboro expedition. Two
days later the battle of Kinston was fought,
driving the Confederates from their position,
with slight loss to the Forty-fifth. At White-
hall, on the 16th, the regiment bore an honor-
able part, fighting the Confederates across the
creek, the bridge having been burnt. In the
action of Goldsboro, the following day, the
regiment took little part with the exception of
burning the bridge across the Neuse, and then
returning to camp at Newbern. January 26,
1863, it was detailed as provost guard at New-
bern, remaining until April 25, when it was
returned to the brigade and went into camp
at Trent. April 27, 1863, it went to Core
Creek, fifteen miles from Newbern, and at
Dover Road drove out the enemy, planting the
flag in their entrenchments. They were occu-
pied near Fort Spinola until June 24, and then
proceeded to Moorehead City, where they em-
barked for Boston, reaching that city on the
30th, and were mustered out at Readville, July
8, 1863. During his term of service Mr. Ben-
nett was sergeant of his company.

After his return Mr. Bennett resumed his
employment with the Richards Company until
1872. when he associated himself with Charles
P. Young in the jewelry business, under the
firm name of Young & Bennett, with quarters
in the basement of the Whiting building.
Broad street. This partnership was dissolved
in 1888, and Mr. Bennett retired from manu-
facturing. During the first five years of the
existence of the firm of Riley, French & Hef-
fem, Mr. Bennett was a silent partner, and
this was his last business venture, he having
been actively manufacturing for a period of
seventeen years. He then devoted his time
and attention to the management of his home

farm and property interests, and in his home
life found his greatest enjoyment, his latter
days being spent in the bosom of his family.
His every thought was for them and their
happiness, and he took especial pride in the ed-
ucation of his two daughters, now at Welles-
ley College. He was possessed of a strong, de-
termined nature, clear, honest business prin-
ciples, and sound judgment which gained suc-
cess fur him in all his undertakings. His friends
were many, and he was ever readv to lend a
helping hand to those who showed a desire to
assist themselves. Many of the jewelers of
that section owe their first upward step to the
aid of Mr. Bennett. He was by faith a Uni-
versalist, and in his political views supported
the Republican party ; he would never accept
public office, although tendered him, yet took
an active interest in the public welfare of the
town. He was prominently identified with the
building of the new town hall, in association
with George Austin, Daniel Brown and Will-
iam Proctor. Mr. Bennett married, at Mel-
rose. Massachusetts, October 11, 1888, Alary
Allston, born in Melrose, March 12, 1856,
daughter of William and Jane Dixey (Goss)
Morss, the former a contractor and builder,
and assessor of Melrose. Children : 1. Helen
Frances, born July 18, 1889. 2. Alice Allston,
January 19, 1891.

The ancient family of Mock, of
MOCK Bavaria, dates back several hun-
dred years, and has always been
thrifty and energetic, faithful to country and
family, both in war and in peace.

1 1) Henry Mock was born in Rhein-Pfalz,
Bavaria, in 1760, and served in the army dur-
ing the war with France. He was assistant
forester in his native province, and held the
position for many years, also carrying on a
farm. He had a large circle of friends and
acquaintances, and his political influence and
religious associations marked him as a rep-
resentative citizen of the state. He died in
1835, at the age of seventy-five. He mar-
ried a well-known physician and midwife, of
Bavaria, died in 1845, aged seventy-five, be-
loved by all who knew her. Of exceptionallv
strong mind and fine character, she was un-
usually successful in her profession. Chil-
dren: 1. Barbara, married Henrv Avenius.
and came to American, settling in New York
City, where her husband died ; she came to
Boston, where she died at an advanced age,
leaving seven children. 2. John William,
lived and died in Bavaria at the age of seven-



ty ; was in business many years as a teamster
and expressman ; left a family. 3. Elizabeth,
married in Bavaria, Mr. Braun, a German
who died there ; she came later to New York
and then to Boston, settling at Roslindale,
where she died very aged, leaving seven
children. 4. Jacob, mentioned below.

(II) Jacob, son of Henry Mock, was born
in Bavaria, March 26, 1801. He was brought
up in Rhein-Pfalz. and succeeded to his
father's farm and his office as state forester,
serving until 1859. In that year he came to
the United States and settled in Boston, Mas-
sachusetts, residing on Ruggles street, where
he died April 27, 1867, having retired from
active business some years before. He was
a man of superior intelligence and good edu-
cation, with progressive ideas, industrious
and energetic. He married, in Rhein-Pfalz,
Magdalena Fischer, born 1805. While on
the journey to the United States in 1859, in
a sailing vessel, with her husband and chil-
dren, she was taken suddenly ill, and died on
the voyage, and was buried at sea. Mr. Mock
never recovered from the shock of her death,
and came to the shores of the new land with
his children, a broken-hearted man. He and
his family were members of the Lutheran
church in Germany, and their descendants
have continued to affiliate with that church
in this country. Children: 1. John, died in
Europe, of croup. 2. Conrad, died in Europe,
of epidemic croup. 3. Louise, born August
9, 1830; came to the United States in 1851,
settled in Boston, and married Philip Dorr;
he came from Germany to Boston, and for
many years was foreman for the Boston Belt-
ing Company of Roxbury; he died in 1890,
and his widow now lives at the corner of
Lamartine street and Lamartine Place, Ja-
maica Plain, and, while aged, is still capable
and active. 4. Adam, born March 8, 1837 ;
mentioned below. 5. Catherine, born March
6, 1840 ; married Daniel Schreck, who died
several years ago in Roxbury, where she still
resides. 6. Jacob, born September 1, 1842;
came with his father to the United States in
1859, and became a lithographer ; after some
years at his trade he established a restaurant,
and later retired from active business ; lives
on his farm at North Brookfield ; married
Carolina Stucke. 7. Elizabeth, born in Ba-
varia. 1844. and came with her father to
America ; settled in Boston, and married
Jacob Heibner, who died in Roslindale.
where she now resides.

(III) Adam, son of Jacob Mock, was born

in Bavaria, in Rhein-Pfal, March 8, 1837. He
grew up in his native town under the careful
instruction of his parents, according to the
custom among the German boys, and attended
the public schools. He was well educated, his
parents training him along practical lines for
the business of life. At the age of eighteen
he came to the United States. After a some-
what tempestuous voyage of nearly seven
weeks, he landed at New York City, April 18,
1855. He went to Boston and found employ-
ment in the rubber works of Roxbury. He
strove to please his employer in every way,
and also to accumulate a "nest-egg" that he
might establish himself in a business of his
own, a desire that had been implanted within
him from the early instruction of his parents.
In 1875, with the small capital he had accu-
mulated, he purchased a restaurant on Essex
street, Boston, which he conducted success-
fully for a number of years. His business was
prosperous and he removed to Central street,
remaining until 1884. In that year he leased
the large place at 120-124 Water street, and
here achieved marked success as one of the
representative German restauranteurs of the
city. The business is still carried on by his
sons, although he continues to give it some
attention. He visits the place daily, making a
tour of inspection to see that the well-known
high character and tone of the establishment
do not fall from the standard he has set. The
restaurant is a favorite rendezvous for people
of all classes, not only of the German race,
but for Americans who enjoy the pleasant
repasts so well served by German chefs. Since
coming to Boston Mr. Mock has made his
home at Jamaica Plain, and is well-known and
highly respected by a large community of Bos-
ton. While full of years, he is a man of remark-
able activity. When a young man he ran with
Tremont, No. 7, hand fire engine, and is still a
member of Tremont, No. 7, Veteran Fire
Company. In politics he is a Republican, ac-
tive since the inception of that party. Always
contributing to the happiness of those who
sought his hospitality, his genial temper and
whole-souled German enthusiasm endeared
him to a large circle of friends, who enjoyed
his company quite as much as his excellent

He married. August 2, 1862, Margaret E.

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