"Signs of the Times" Primitive Baptist Church paper June 1864Sister MARY BENNETT died April 4, 1864; aged about 55 years. She was married to brother Isaac Bennett, in 1823, baptized July 1847. She spent most of her married life near the church she joined and of which she was such a constant attendant. I have been trying to preach to the church about two years, and found her and sister Baldwin always in their seats, unless prevented. Sister Bennett lived near the meeting house, and the Baptist always found a good home there. Her disease was inward, and wasted her away for nine weeks. She had her senses to the last, and frequently expressed an anxiety to die. She also raised a large family, who are all respectable members of society. As you desire short obituaries, I will close.
Yours, in gospel bonds. BB Piper, Chicago
Isaac R. Bennett (wife buried in Flinn Cemetery no mention of him)
"Signs of the Times" Primitive Baptist Church paper July 1881 page 179
DEAR BROTHER:-I wish to furnish you and the readers of the SIGNS with a brief sketch of the life of one of the pioneers of central Illinois.
The Hon. Isaac R. Bennett was born in Barren County, Ky. Feb 2, 1799, and departed this life June 24, 1881, in the 83rd year of his age. (died the day after his son's 3rd marriage) Some dates are wanting in the life of the deceased, but he came to Madison Co., Ill., it is belived, in 1818, and after removing two or three times from place to place in central Illinois, which was then a frontier country, he finally settled in Morgan County between the years 1820 and 1827. In 1823, he was united in marriage with Miss Mary (or Polly) Jones, who bore him eleven children, and died in 1864. In 1832, Judge Bennett enlisted in the Black Hawk war, and was 2d Lieut. under Capt. A.F. Lindsay, and during the war with Mexico he was a soldier under Col. Harding, and passed through some of the most noted battles of that war. Some time previous to 1827, he joined the Regular or Old School Baptists, and in Jan. 1827, he joined the Union Church by letter, and remained a faithful, active and worthy member of the same until his death, a term of fifty-four years, being sent as a messenger of the Association nearly every year. In 1853, he was elected one of the associate judges of Morgan County, for a term of four years, and in 1854, he was elected as one of the representatives of Morgan County in the General Assembly of Illinois, and many years since that time he has held the office of Justice. I have attended the church of which brother Bennett was a member, for nearly fourteen years, and have always found him a true and firm supporter of the doctrine of the gospel, and a man of the utmost integrity. He left home on 23d in fine health and spirits, and went to Virginia, Cass County, a few miles off, and died next day with hemorrhage of the stomach. I attended his funeral on the 1st Sunday in July, at the church in Yatesville, from Eccl. vii. 1. The attendance was very large. Four sons and three daughters are left.
I.N. Vanmeter Macomb, Ill., July 6, 1881
Submitted by: Roger Metternich