From information on his gravestone, we know that Owen Bennett was born in Ireland in about 1723.
In November 1770, his account with the Albany government for sixteen shillings was ordered to be paid. His name is otherwise absent from pre-war Albany rolls.
April 1776, he complained to the Albany Committee that he had been taken prisoner because a Continental soldier charged him with being a deserter. He said that he had been "insulted and threatened" and kept under guard overnight. The committee ordered him released and requested that the army should appear before it to show proof of Bennett's crime. Nothing further on the case was found in the committee's records.
He probably was married but we have not found information about his wife.
Owen Bennett died in March 1802 and was buried in the Catholic Church cemetery. He had lived seventy-nine years.
Sources: The life of Owen Bennett is CAP biography number 7309. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
An Owen Bennett was listed as a private on some regional muster rolls during the War for Independence. An OB was fathering children about 1790. These were not linked to OB (1723-1802) because of age. But they could be possiblities.
first posted: 4/10/07