Hannah Bennett
hannah bennett
Hannah Bennett  ‎(I320)‎
Given Names: Hannah
Surname: Bennett

Gender: FemaleFemale

Birth: 1785 Pennsylvania
Death: 26 January 1859 ‎(Age 74)‎ Toronto
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At age 16, Hannah became involved with John Black of Stoney Creek township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. In 1799, Hannah became pregnant with John Black's child. A *record of this is filed at the Somerset Courthouse, John Black being charged with Fornication. John was fined $300, which his father, James Black paid. Hannah was fined $200, which her father, Isaac paid. It is not know the fate of the child fathered by John Black.

Pennsylvania vs. John Black: March Session, Eighteen-hundredSomerset County to wit:
The Grand Inquest, for the county of Somerset upon their oaths & affirmations respectively - do present, that John Black late of Stoney Creek township, in the county aforesaid, yeoman the twentieth day of April - in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and ninety nine at the township of Brothersvalley in county aforesaid, and within the jurisdiction of this Court, did commit Fornication, with a certain Hannah Bennett - and a Bastard Child, on the body of the said Hannah then and there did beget. Against the form of the act of Assembly, in such case made and provided, and against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Witness - for the Commonwealth "Jared Ingersoll" Atty GeneralHannah Bennet Isaac Bennett
Source: Somerset County, Pennsylvania Courthouse; Microfilm Dept., page 185

Penn'a v. John Black: James Black ‎[sent?]‎ in $300 for the appearance of debt at March session to answer to a charge of Fornication.Isaac Bennet ‎[sent?]‎ in $200 for the appearance of Hannah Bennet at March session to pross‎[?]‎ Source: Somerset County, Pennsylvania Courthouse; Microfilm Dept., page 185

Shortly after this, Hannah married a Mr. Barton somewhere between 1800 and 1804. Hannah and Mr. Barton had three daughters, Delilah, Julia Ann and Phoebe. No information has been found for Mr. Barton, where he came from, his age, etc... He died by the year 1808. It is said that Hannah's brother Jacob brought her and the children to York County, Ontario, Canada after the death of her 1st husband. She remarried to Jonathan Ashbridge in Toronto, June 1809. Hannah & Johnathan had 7 children together. Hannah made a trip back to Pennsylvania bringing along her son Isaac who was a child at the time. According to Mrs. Bennett Draper, her neice, "she was a fine looking woman, tall, heavy set, fair, with blue eyes and light hair."

"The Ashbridge Book, written in 1912 by Wellington T. Ashbridge" Page: 160 The Bennett family, with which we are interested, at the time consisted of: Jesse, married Catherine Covert, was a mill-wright and lost his life in a mill in Vaughan Twp. ‎(northern Toronto)‎ John, died in Vaughan. Jacob. Jinny ‎(Regina)‎ Hannah, married...Barton and 2d Jonathan Ashbridge. Aquila, married Susannah Covert, sister to Catherine.
The ‎(Bennett)‎ grandfather of those mentioned above, emigrated with his family to Virginia, taking up an "immense tract of land" there. From Virginia, they moved to Pennsylvania, thought to be to some part near the Susquehanna River, as they often spoke of it.
Becoming probably dissatisfied, the grandfather returned to England, the family remaining in America until during some Indian war or raid the father, whose name is thought to be Isaac Bennett, was killed and scalped, after which the mother and children moved to Canada.
Mrs. Bennett did not like her new home in Canada, and went back to Pennsylvania with her daughter Jinny ‎(whose real name is believed to be Regina)‎ and son Jacob,: who afterwards moved to Iowa, where he had a large property. Some years afterward he again visited Canada "bringing with him his sister Hannah ‎(Barton)‎, then widow.
For the information given above relating to the family of Hannah Bennett, I am indebted to Miss Edith Draper, of Belhaven, York Co., Ont., whose mother Mrs. ‎(Bennett)‎ Draper, then in her 89th year, gave her the same from her own clearly defined personal recollections.
Death of spouse Excerpt from the will of Jonathan Ashbridge;
" ...Also to my beloved wife Hannah Ashbridge, 50 pounds a year to be paid quarterly in advance in equal shares by my three sons, Isaac, Jonathan and Jesse. Also the use of my light wagon and horse at any time she may require same with the west half of my dwelling house with the whole of the garden in front and rear and two cows for her own use. And it is my wish that my daughters Rebeca and Amy shall remain in my dwelling house and have their support the same as they had in my lifetime as long as they remain single and my horses, cattle and sheep to remain during the lifetime of my wife for the benefit of the farm and family. And the fruit in the orchard to be divided among my children..."
It is apparent in reading Jonathan Ashbridge's will that he was a loving father and husband and treated his step-daughter's ‎(Barton's children)‎ as his own.
Source: "The Ashbridge Book, written in 1912 by Wellington T. Ashbridge"; Page: 160

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Close Relatives
Family with ‎(unknown)‎ Barton
‎(unknown)‎ Barton ‎(I319)‎
Death about 1808
Hannah Bennett ‎(I320)‎
Birth 1785 Pennsylvania
Death 26 January 1859 ‎(Age 74)‎ Toronto

Marriage: about 1801
2 years
Delilah Barton ‎(I0123)‎
Birth about 1803 18 Pennsylvania, USA
Death August 1861 ‎(Age 58)‎ Durham, Ontario, Canada
1 year
Julia Elma Barton ‎(I321)‎
Birth about 1804 19 Pennsylvania
Death 1884 ‎(Age 80)‎ Scarborough
2 years
Phoebe Barton ‎(I371)‎
Birth about 1806 21 Pennsylvania
Death 1 March 1869 ‎(Age 63)‎ Scarborough
Family with Jonathon Ashbridge
Jonathon Ashbridge ‎(I323)‎
Birth 1772 37 37 Pennsylvania
Death 6 April 1845 ‎(Age 73)‎ Toronto
13 years

Hannah Bennett ‎(I320)‎
Birth 1785 Pennsylvania
Death 26 January 1859 ‎(Age 74)‎ Toronto

Marriage: 21 June 1809 -- Scarborough
2 years
Isaac Ashbridge ‎(I314)‎
Birth 11 April 1811 39 26 Scarborough
Death 27 October 1893 ‎(Age 82)‎ Scarborough
3 years
Sarah Ann Ashbridge ‎(I365)‎
Birth about 1814 42 29 Scarborough
Death 21 January 1843 ‎(Age 29)‎
2 years
Rebecca Ashbridge ‎(I366)‎
Birth 1816 44 31
3 years
Jonathon Ashbridge ‎(I367)‎
Birth 1819 47 34
5 years
Amy Ashbridge ‎(I368)‎
Birth 23 November 1823 51 38
13 months
Jessie Ashbridge ‎(I369)‎
Birth about 1825 53 40
2 years
Joseph Ashbridge ‎(I370)‎
Birth about 1827 55 42