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Captain Henry Bennett (1844-?)
Master sailor on the Great Lakes, resided in Bay City, MI.

1892: Biography. (Added Apr., 2009)

History of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan, 1892


Capt. Henry Bennett is a master-sailor, residing at Bay City, and was born on Wolf Island, in the St. Lawrence River (one of the Thousand Islands) September 16, 1844. His father was Philo D. Bennett, born in the same place as his son in 1821. The grandfather claims the Mohawk Valley as the place of his birth which occurred in 1793. He journeyed to Wolf Island when a lad of thirteen years, and followed the occupations of a farmer and a sailor. He fought in the War of 1812. He was of an old Eastern family and died at the ripe old age of ninety-eight years.

Philo D. Bennett was a sailor from early boyhood, and became a master when fifteen years old. He came to Bay City in 1866, and has owned a number of different vessels. He died here in 1872. His wife, Catherine Ecklin, was a native of Canada, where she was born June 14, 1819, and was a daughter of Thomas Ecklin, a native of England, who was a soldier in England, and fought at the battle of Waterloo, under Welliington, where he lost a limb. His wife lived to be ninety years old. The mother of our subject was twice married, and by her first union had two children. Her marriage to the father of our subject resulted in the birth of seven children, five still surviving. Our subject was the eldest of the family, and was reared to farm pursuits receiving his education in the common schools.

In 1863 Mr. Bennett began sailing as man aforemast on the schooner “Messenger” and the next year became mate on the schooner “Elizabeth,” which sailed on Lake Ontario. He then was on large vessels on the Upper Lakes, but in 1866, came to Bay City and engaged in sailing with Capt. Estes. In the fall of 1869, Capt. Bennett began wheeling on the steam barge “Yosemite” and was promoted to second mate and sailed two seasons, then became mater on the steam barge “Eclipse” and for several seasons was on different vessels. In 1881 he became master of the “Benton” for E. J. Vance & Co., and was on this boat for seven years without any accidents. He carried lumber from here to Buffalo and Cleveland. C. E. Eastman & Co., then engaged Capt. Bennett as Master of the “Wilhelm” and he sailed her for three seasons. He is now engaged on the “Folsom,” owned by William Mitchell & Co.

This gentleman resides at No. 212 Adams Street. In 1872 he was married to Miss Eliza Beard, daughter of George Beard, a native of England, where he was born in 1821. He was a carpenter and builder by trade, and married in his native country. In 1844 he came to this country and settled in Toronto, Canada. In 1868, he came to Bay City and engaged at his trade under the firm name of Beard & Sons. He married Mary Palmer, who passed away in 1882. This couple were the worthy parents of eight children, seven of whom they reared to years of maturity. The wife of our subject was born in Toronto and reared and educated there, and came to Michigan with her parents. She has become the mother of four childrenWilliam P., Alva J., Neil P. and Bessie E. Capt. Bennett is a charter member of the Excelsior Marine Benevolent Association No. 5, and has been Vice President since its organization. He also belongs to the Free and Accepted Mason, the Royal Arch Masons, the Royal Areanum, and the Ancient Order of United Workmen. He and his wife are consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Captain is a strong adherent of the Republican platform.

Related Pages/Notes

1867 Great Lakes Map
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Related pages:
Beard, Wm. G.
People Referenced
Beard, Eliza (wife)
Beard, George
Bennett, Alva J. (son)
Bennett, Bessie (dau.)
Bennett, Henry (subject)
Bennett, Neil P. (son)
Bennett, Philo D. (father)
Bennett, Wm. P (son)
Ecklin, Catherine (mother)
Ecklin, Thomas
Estes, Capt.
Palmer, Mary
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Bay Co., MI
Beard & Sons Co.
Buffalo, NY
Cleveland, OH
C.E. Eastman & Co.
Methodist Episcopal Ch.
Mohawk Valley
Toronto, Canada
War of 1812
William Mitchell & Co.
Wolf Island, St. Lawrence
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