Margaret E. Bennett
- At her home in Petersburg,
Tuesday, Feb. 1, Margaret E. Bennett, aged 79 years, 10 months, 6 days. Funeral
services were held at the Christian church Thursday afternoon, Feb. 3, Elder B.
H. Sealock assisted by Elder W. M. Groves, officiating. Internment at Oakland
Mrs. Bennett was born in Green county, Ky., March 25, 1830. While a little
child she came with her parents, Elder and Mrs. Aaron B. White, to Menard
county, where the remainder of her life was spent. June 10, 1845 she was united
in marriage with Wm. C. Phillips. To this union were born two sons: Aaron
Francis who died August 14, 1899, and William Jefferson who resides in
Petersburg. Mr. Phillips died April 21, 1852. On October 18th, 1855, she and
Dr. R. E. Bennett were married. He died April 10, 1875. From this union the
following children remain: Mrs. S. E. Weatherby, Rock Creek; Mrs. Mary E. Gurrad,
LaSalle; J. W. Bennett, Madison; Mrs. Margaret Rayburn, Mrs. J. B. Dennis, R. E.
Bennett, San Diego, Cal., and Samuel Bennett, Panama. She also leaves 23
grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; and of her father's family 2 sisters
and 1 brother: Mrs. N. J. Smith, Petersburg; Mrs. Charles Bradford, Lyons,
Colo.; and Aaron B. White, Cooleyville, Ohio.
About 5 years ago she fell and injured her spine and not long after another fall
broke her hip. These left her almost helpless. In an invalid chair she managed
to get about her little home which her children with loving thoughtfulness had
made comfortable and cozy. Her she delighted in the society of any who called.
She had a clear, retentive memory and combined with a cheerful, bright
disposition that always dwelt in the sunshine and readily saw only the good and
beautiful, it was a pleasure to hear tell of events gone by. She told the
writer of the first meeting by the Christian church in Petersburg. Her father
and brothers cleared a place in the woods where the church now stands, erected
platform, &c, and "Billy" brown did the preaching. This was in 1841. At
another meeting, in the old court house held by John A. Powell, 1843, she became
a Christian. She was a great reader - science and mental philosophy engaging
much of her time. She accepted truth from every source but clung with steady
courage to the faith and confession of her younger days.
Transcribed by: Brad Spencer
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