Joseph Bennett of Monaghan Township
Joseph, born in Ireland in 1814, came to Upper Canada, as an immigrant settler with his parents at the age of four and a half years. The family arrived in 1819. Before coming of age, and taking up his own land, Joseph lived with his parents in Cavan and Otonabee Townships.
He married Jane Graham 24 March 1842. Jane was also born, about 1822, in Ireland. After their marriage, Joseph and Jane lived for a time in Manvers Township. Their first child, a son named Samuel was born there in 1843. In 1845, a daughter Mary Jane was born and in 1846 another son, Joseph Jr., was born. Another son, John was born in 1849. Like his two older brothers and sister, John was also born in Manvers Township.
In 1855 a daughter, Margaret Ellena, was born. She lived only a few years. Margaret died in 1859. In 1858, another son, Francis, was born. A daughter, Susan, was born in 1862 and their youngest boy, George, was born in 1864.
A Move to North Monaghan Township
About the year 1858, Joseph Bennett took up residence in North Monaghan Township, the place he thereafter called home for the remainder of his years. He took up farming, was actively interested in the welfare of the township and garnered much respect from those who knew him. Joseph eventually purchased Lot 8 Concession 10 in the township and in 1877, also bought 100 acres at Lot 5 Concession 9. Jane and Joseph’s son, George, later took over farming on the property at Lot 8 Concession 10.
When Joseph Bennett Sr., died in 1908, he was survived by three sons and one daughter. The sons were, Samuel, John and George. The daughter was Mary Jane. Jane (Graham) Bennett, wife of Joseph, died on 10 April 1893. Their remains rest in Little Lake Cemetery in Peterborough.
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