Thursday, December 8, 2016

Phebe Lain and Jeremiah Bennet’s Story, Minisink, NY

Jeremiah Bennett was born Feb. 20, 1760, and said to be the son of Thomas and Mary (Dyckman) Bennet. Two of Jeremiah’s children told 1880 federal census enumerators their father was born in Connecticut; other researchers claim he was born in Minisink.

5th Great Grandfather’s lifetime included the fight for American independence from England which I’m certain greatly influenced his next choice. When Jeremiah was nineteen, he signed up in Col. John Hathorn’s Orange County, New York Militia Regiment. In June, July, and November 1779, his name appeared on payrolls among the certificates returned by Col. John Hathorn.

Jeremiah collected four pounds, thirteen shillings and six pence owed from Col. Hathorn’s Regiment after the Revolutionary War ended August 2, 1785.

Excerpt payroll Col. John Hathorn's Militia Regiment
Excerpt from
Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M246, 138 rolls); War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records, Record Group 93; National Archives, Washington. D.C.
Regiment: Fisher´s Regiment of Militia, 1775-1781 (Folder 100) - Hopkins´ Reg of Militia, 1779 (Folder 116)

Beatrice Linskill Sheehan notes in her book, Descendants of William Lain and Keziah Mather with her Lineage from Reverend Richard Mather, that Jeremiah also enlisted in the New York Levies with Col. Lewis DuBois’ Regiment serving under Captain Daniel Gano during the American Revolution.

Five years before the War of Independence, Phebe Lain was born Feb. 15, 1770 in Minisink, New York to William Lain and Keziah Mather. The Lain family farm passed from generation to generation and is still a working farm in Orange County.

Jeremiah Bennett married Phebe Lain Dec. 12, 1789. They would become the parents of nine children:

1)    Sally, born Oct. 31, 1790; married Abraham Kimber; died Susquehanna Co., PA 1850
2)    Keziah, born Nov. 2, 1792; married Benjamin Kimber March 30, 1812, Westtown, Orange Co., NY; died Troy, Bradford Co., PA Jan. 23, 1858
3)    David, born May 13, 1796; married Phebe Lateer; died Orange Co., NY June 29, 1868
4)    Josiah, born June 11, 1799; married Hannah Kimber Dec. 6, 1818; died Chemung Co., NY May 21, 1881
5)    Bethia, born August 8, 1801; married James Spencer; died Susquehanna Co., PA March 24, 1879
6)    Phebe, born Sept. 4, 1803; married Ezra Bacorn; died Chemung Co., NY 1884
7)    Maria, born Jan. 21, 1806; never married
8)    Joanna, born April 25, 1808
9)    Eunice, born Jan. 31, 1811; married James Loree Jan. 4, 1834; died Schuyler Co., NY Dec. 21 1893

Oct. 1, 1798, the Town of Minisink tax man assessed homes and farms within the town; William Lain, Jeremiah’s father-in-law, owned the Bennet home. In 1799, 1800, and 1801 NYS Tax Assessment Rolls (Minisink), he needed to pay taxes for real estate. Oddly, no entries exist for Great Grandfather in the Orange County deed or mortgage indexes making me think Jeremiah and Phebe always lived on Lain land.

Jeremiah supported the First Presbyterian Church in Westtown by contributing $3.00 to the building fund July 10, 1805. His daughter, Keziah, would marry Benjamin Kimber in this church seven years later.

Phebe’s father, William Lain, passed January 1811. He bequeathed $25 to Phebe and gifted Jeremiah the land where the Bennet family lived. William Lain then instructed Jeremiah to pay Phebe’s sister, Sarah Brundage, $675.

The following summer on the 24th of August 1811, Great Grandfather Jeremiah died at the age of 51 years. He’s buried in Loree Cemetery, Westtown, New York. Phebe Bennet passed Feb. 3, 1830, and rests beside him.
Loree Cemetery, Westtown, Orange Co., NY
Loree Cemetery
Westtown, Orange Co., New York

My ancestry
5th Great Grandparents Jeremiah Bennett and Phebe Lain
4th Great Grandparents Keziah Bennett and Benjamin Kimber
3rd Great Grandparents Charity Kimber and William Parkinson Clark
2nd Great Grandparents Jeremiah B. Clark and Harriet C. Ogden
Great Grandparents Grace Lee Clark and Jerome W. Wilson
Grandparents Viola Lillian Wilson and Frank Leroy Doty
My Mother


  1. Thanks for posting this! I'm descended from Josiah. I'm grateful for the pictures and more information on the family.

    1. It's good to hear from the Bennett branch of the family. Thanks for the kind words.