Abel Bennett, was born on the farm where he now resides,
November 7, 1830, and is the youngest of nine children, born to Abel and
Polly (Askens) Bennett, both natives of Ohio, and who
removed from Butler County, that State, in 1829, and settled in
Shelby County. Here the mother of Mr. Bennett died in 1S39,
and his father in 1851. The second wife of our subject's father
was Mrs. Christiana Keith, who is also deceased. The personage
here noticed was reared on a farm and received what was known
as a log school-house education. By occupation, he is a farmer,
and is now the owner of more than 200 acres of land. As a
"tiller of the soil" he is careful, industrious and prosperous. Mr.
Bennett was married August 28, 1851, to Miss Martha J. Bloomfield,
a native of Butler County, Ohio, born May 28, 1833. To
this marriage were born seven children, as follows: James R., Moses,
Washington M., John R., Sarah E., Nancy E., and Harvey
C. Of these seven, four are deceased. Mrs. Bennett died July 5, 1881,
and in 1883, Mr. Bennett was united in marriage to Miss Margaret
A. Munden, who was born in Wayne County, Ind., September 2,
1848, and is a daughter of Isaiah and Mable (Bedgoocy) Munden,
natives of North Carolina. Politically Mr. Bennett is an earnest
supporter of the Republican party. He is a member of the
Protestant Methodist Church, having united with that denomination when twenty-three years of age.
The life of our subject has
been one of continued hard labor, and his success is the result.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887,
"Hanover Sketches", pages 629.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming