My Bennett Family Page
(still under construction)
Josephine Konvalinka (1866-1955) married Walter Harper Bennett (1869-1963).
He was the son of Michael Bennett (1836-1901) who emigrated
The progenitor/immigrant ancestor of this line is:
“Colonel” Michael Bennett (1825-1901)
Obituary of Colonel Michael Bennett
Transcribed by his second great granddaughter Leocadie Robertson O’Brien in September 2003
Michael Bennett died at his home Sunday (September 8) after
an illness of two weeks was probably one the best known
members of the Ninth and Second Wards. He had lived and was prominently
interested in that section around Fifth and
Near there was where the farmers used to some to sell their hay and young Bennett was contemporary with George Cochran and others in the establishment of a hay scales there in the early 50’s. He afterward started a hotel on the corner Flatbush and Fifth Avenues, which he continued for almost forty years. Although a popular boniface in his early days, he was a total abstainer and complied strictly with the spirit as well as the letter of the law.
He organized the Seventy-second Regiment of militia,
composed of men of Irish birth, in this county, and was its first colonel. In 1860 he united his command with some military companies and,
as the Twenty-eighth Regiment of volunteers, they responded to the first call
for troops. While going to the armory just before their departure he was thrown from his wagon through the breaking of an axle,
and his frontal bone was fractured. The doctors advised against his going to
the front after the wound had healed, saying that cannonading might cause
insanity. He went in spite of this and served with his regiment under General
William T. Sherman. A redoubt which was thrown up at
Colonel Bennett was unostentatious in manner and did not
enter actively in politics, except once when he helped to organize the
Jefferson Democracy, about twenty years ago. His charities, though many and
constant, were unobtrusive, and since his death his home has
been visited by many sincere mourners who have been his beneficiaries.
He had lived in the house where he died [
(He is buried in the
Bennett family plot in
Walter Bennett's obituary (from NYTimes obituary
Walter H. Bennett of 5 Stonehouse Road (Scarsdale -- the home of his daughter), retired board chairman of the Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank of New York, died yesterday in Lawrence Hospital, Bronxville, at the age of 94.
Mr. Bennett attended Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and went to work 70 years ago for the American Exchange National Bank. He became a vice president of the bank in 1915, and, on its merger in 1926 with the Irving Bank Columbia Trust Company, was elected vice chairman of the board of that bank. In 1930 he joined Emigrant Industrial, retiring in 1947.
He had been a director
of the Bank of Manhattan Company, the Grace National Bank, the National Cash
Register Company, the Hanover Fire Insurance Company and the Fulton Fire
Insurance Company. Mr Bennett also was a former
president of the State Bankers Association.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. William O. Robertson; 2 sons, Walter K. and Dr. John K., Bennett; 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.