Thursday, November 27, 2008

Daughter of the American Revolution

The following obituary appeared in the Kentucky Morning Herald, 29 November 1904.

Smithland, Ky., Nov. 28 - Mrs. Susan Stringer Bennett, the last Daughter of American Revolution in Kentucky, and one of the few in the country, died at her home, five miles from here, yesterday. She was ninety-four years old last April, and until a very few years ago, when she sustained severe injuries from a fall, was in splendid health and very active. Mrs. Bennett's father, Leonard Stringer, was born in Georgia in 1760, and entered the Revolutionary army, and drove a provision wagon until old enough to enter regular service. A grant of land of 287 acres in Washington County, Ga., was given him for his services by Edward Telfar, Captain, Governor and Commander-in-chief of Georgia.

Mrs. Bennett claimed her father was intimately acquainted with George Washington, and that she had often seen him riding with Andrew Jackson. She remembered well when her half-brother and stepbrother returned from the War of 1812. The bed in which she spent the last few months of her life is over a century old, and the old log cabin in which she resided had been her home since she entered it as a bride over seventy years ago. Mrs. Bennett was the grandmother of Zed A. Bennett, County Superintendent of Schools of Livingston County.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Susan Stringer Bennett's mother, Dolly Ware Williams Stringer, was my fourth great grandmother. Leonard Stringer was Dolly's second husband and I am descended from Dolly's first husband, Bowery Williams. Dolly Ware Williams was Leonard Stringer's second wife.

A daughter of Dolly's, Drusilla Williams, married a son of Leonard's, Joseph Stringer, and Drusilla and Joseph Stringer both died in Marshall County, Kentucky, Joseph before 1860 and Drusilla in 1864.

Susan's father, Leonard Stringer, was living in Orange County, North Carolina as listed on the 1790 and 1800 census. I believe that Susan Bennett may have been mistaken about her father being born in Georgia.

Linda Lamb Monticelli

Brenda Joyce Jerome, CG said...

Thanks for the additional information, Linda.

Rebecca said...

Does anyone know exactly where Joseph and Drucilla Stringer are buried in Marshall County KY? They are supposedly buried on their farm in a family cemetery, but I do not know the exact location or how to find it. Any help will be appreciated.

Linda Lamb Monticelli said...

Rebecca,
I am sorry but I do not know where Joseph and Drucilla Stringer were buried. You might try doing a search of the land records in Marshall County, Kentucky to find out where Joseph's farm was located around the time of his death. Joseph died sometime after the 1850 census and before the 1860 census and Drucilla died after the 1860 census and before the 1870 census.

Rebecca said...

I have found what's left of the Stringer Cemetery in Marshall County KY, thanks to findagrave.com, Greg Miller, and others. Joseph Stringer's stone is the only one left standing. It is in the middle of a field. On Nov. 12, 2011 there will be a dedication of a military marker on Joseph Stringer's grave. He was a soldier in the War of 1812. He was my 4th great-grandfather. I descend from his daughter Mariah who married Joshua BARNHART.

Brenda Joyce Jerome, CG said...

Thank you, Rebecca.