Hon. John Bennett, an old and honored citizen of this county, died at his residence in this city Sunday morning, Dec. 6th, 1885, at 6 o'clock.
Deceased was born in the state of Virginia and was 80 years of age.
He came to this state in 1835, and located in Menard county, then attached to Sangamon.
He represented this district in the General Assembly of Illinois in 1840-1, and was an active in influential member.
He was a devoted and consistent member of the order of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons for a period of over 59 years. He was Deputy Grand Master of Illinois for several years.
He has been identified with the progress and development of the country, encouraging all public enterprises of Menard county since her first organization.
For a number of years he was a director of the Tonica & Petersburg railroad, now the Jacksonville division of the Chicago & Alton.
Deceased left surviving a devoted wife, a son J. T. Bennett, and a daughter, Mrs. J. A. Pinkerton.
Funeral services Tuesday at 10 o'clock under the auspices of Clinton Lodge No. 19, A. F. and A. M. Services were held in the Presbyterian church. Rev. T. U. McFarland delivered the address.
At the conclusion of Rev. McFarland's discourse friends and brethren viewed the deceased for the last time. Then the remains were taken to Rose Hill Cemetery where interred according to the Masonic ritual.
Deceased was an honorable upright man, and was universally respected.
The following was read at the grave by Hon. Edward Laning:
Hon. John Bennett was born in Halifax county, Virginia, Dec. 21, 1805.
He petitioned Halifax Hiram Lodge No. 96, Halifax, Virginia, on the 4th Monday in December, 1386, and in due time received the degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason in that Lodge. He remained a member of that lodge eight years.
He came to Petersburg in 1835 and joined Springfield lodge in 18?2. He was one of the petitioners for dispensation to form a lodge at Petersburg in 1842, and was a charter member of Clinton Lodge No. 19, being named in the charter as its first Master. He was elected Master of Clinton Lodge 17 times, and presided at 396 meetings.
He was also, a member of DeWitt Chapter No. 119 of Royal Arch Masons and St. Aldemar Commandery No. 47 of Knights Templars.
Several of the Masonic brethren of Greenview attended.
Pleasant Plains was represented by a delegation of the order.
Col. C. M. Morse, of Jacksonville, was present to pay this last tribute of respect to the deceased as a friend and Masonic brother.
Some of the brethren were present from Athens.
Springfield had representation present.
The day was a dark gloomy and drizzly one.
The floral tributes to the deceased brother were beautiful.
The pall bearers were Hon. T. W. McNeely, Homer Stewart, Anson Thompson, George Welch and Col. C. M. Morse, of Jacksonville.
Transcribed By: Brenda (Hamilton) Johnson