d.25 May 1840 Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont, United States
Facts and Events
Questionable Secondary Sources
It is interesting to compare the two cited secondary sources, Burrage and Cutter. Cutter published in 1908, so apparently Burrage (1909) copied from him, in the process getting the death date wrong, and removing the wife of son John. The first change appears to simply be a typo (Mar instead of May?), but the second probably recognizes that a John Bennett marrying in 1781 (see here) to a Lydia Gilman could not be a son of a man born about 1760, more likely his brother.
Be that as it may, this presentation of Winthrop Bennett is hard to reconcile with the limited records that can be found, and appears to conflate at least two people into one. As usual when trying to sort out questionable secondary sources, the first step is to list the actual facts proven by record.
New Hampshire Marriage Records 1637-1947 shows several marriages for Winthrop Bennett:
Vermont, Vital Records
1790 census Portsmouth for Winthrop Male 16+:1 Males under 16:5 Females:3
1800 Moultonborough for Winthrop Males : 0-9:3 10-15:2 16-25:3 25-44:0 44+:1 Females: 0-9:0 10-15:1 16-25:0 25-44:1 44+:1
1810 Moultonborough for Winthrop Males : 0-9:0 10-15:1 16-25:2 25-44:0 44+:1 Females: 0-9:0 10-15:0 16-25:2 25-44:0 44+:1
Winthrop [Note: his age shows this is not the same Winthrop as 1810, born bet. 1775 and 1795]
Winthrop Jr. [Note: too old to be son of above, not married]
James S Bennett [recently married]
Joseph Bennett [from next page, not married]
Wentworth [Probably Winthrop]
Jas. S. Bennett
James S Bennett
: Winthrop Bennett d. Moultonborough 31 Mar 1875, age 82 [born about 1793, married, no parents or wife named]
: James's son Winthrop d. in Moultonborough, 12 Dec 1876, age 48 [parents listed as James and Lydia Bennett, father's birthplace Portsmouth]
: James S. Bennett's death record, potter in Moultonborough, in 1869, age 75, so born 1794, names parents Winthrop and Martha Bennett.
: 25 Dec 1817 marriage of James S. Bennett to Lydia Berry.
: Death of Jane M. Smith, widow of Daniel B. Smith, b. 1835, d. 1910, parents Winthrop Bennett and Hannah McMillan.
: Death of Abby M Bennett, single woman, 1834-1916, parents Winthrop Bennett and Hannah S. McMillan. Father's birthplace listed as Portsmouth.
: Martha Bennett and husband Winthrop of Moultonborough heirs of William Sewall of Georgetown in 1815.
: Mary Chadbourne, d/o Thomas Chadbourne and Hannah Lang, b. 28 Jul 1765, bp. same date Portsmouth, living Moultonborough with stepson Winthrop Bennett in 1860. Repeated at : MARY [Chadbourne], b 28 July 1765; bpt Portsmouth 28 July 1765 (NHGR 5:183); d 1853 (Chase Charts); m WINTHROP BENNETT. She was a "single woman" at writing of father's will in 1810.
: North Church Records, Portsmouth
: From New Hampshire Gazette: 16 Jan 1788 A child of Winthrop Bennett died in Portsmouth
American Ancestors: Portsmouth, NH: Abstracts from Newspapers
In New Hampshire Spy: Winthrop Bennet, who is located at the house of Thomas Chardbourn, Deer Street, Portsmouth, proposes to open a singing school. Published more than five times between 19 December 1786 and 9 January 1787. (New-Hampshire Spy. 1786 December 19, p. 66, col. 3)
In New Hampshire Spy: Winthrop Bennet, who is located at his house in Vaughon Street, near the Rope Walks, proposes to open a singing school. Published more than five times between 30 October 1787 and 30 November 1787. (New-Hampshire Spy. 1787 October 30, p. 7, col. 1)
In Oracle of the Day: Winthrop Bennet can provide particulars regarding the sale of three-quarters of a dwelling house, the land adjoining, and a good well, located in the north part of town, near the rope walk, in Vaughan Street. Published more than five times between 8 September 1795 and 26 September 1795. (Oracle of the Day. 1795 September 8, p. 3, col. 4)
These conclusions should be considered speculative due to the lack of extensive records.
The death record in Tunbridge, Vermont, in 1840 appears to belong to a man born about 1762. This man would be too young to marry Martha Sewall, so there were at least two Winthrop Bennetts in existence in the late 1700's. The man b. 1762 probably married Betsy Procktor in 1793 (see secondary sources), and then when she died in 1819 (hoping the secondary sources are right about this detail), he appears to have married in Tunbridge 1821 to Mary Weeks, and then died there in 1840. Mary Weeks died 1753. Due to his marriage in 1793 he would not be the Winthrop Bennett living in Portsmouth in 1790 with what appears to be 7 children, and due to his birth in 1762, he would not be the man who is 45 or older in 1800 in Moultonborough. By continuity, we would assume he is probably also not the man in Moultonborough in 1810, either, though by now he is old enough to be over 45. Neither Winthrop shown in Moultonborough in 1820 is older than 45, so neither appears to be him, since if born in 1762, by 1820, he would be 58. We must conclude that he never lived in Moultonborough, though where he lived prior to moving to Tunbridge is unknown (Gilmanton where his father lived?).
The man in Portsmouth, and in Moultonborough in 1800 and 1810 is probably the Winthrop Bennett who married Martha Sewall. Both he and her are mentioned as heirs in 1815, so presumably living then, but he is probably the man who married Mary Chadbourne in early 1820 (suggesting Martha died say 1718 or 1719). He must have died very soon after marrying since he appears to not be listed in the 1820 census. Given that there is no apparent candidate for the Winthrop Sr. of Moultonborough in 1820, it seems likely his age is recorded in the wrong column, and he was alive in 1820, but died by 1830 when his widow is living with his son Winthrop. Note that his widow Mary lived with the son Winthrop until at least 1860 (age 95!).
The Winthrop Jr. and James S Bennett found in Moultonborough both appear to be children of Winthrop and Martha (Sewall) Bennett). James' parents are explicitly stated on his death record, while Winthrop's daughter's death record says her father was born in Portsmouth, and given their life-long co-location, and the keeping of the widow Mary, all this strongly suggests Winthrop was also from this family. This Winthrop is the Winthrop mentioned in the secondary sources as dying in 1875, age 82. The death records of his children give their mother's name as Hannah McMillan.
James S Bennett, apparent brother of the above Winthrop, m. Lydia Berry, d. 1869. James had a son Winthrop (he married Olive Brown in 1850), and this is the person mentioned by the secondary sources as dying in 1876, age 48.
The information about the pottery would appear to apply to the Winthrop Bennett who lived in Portsmouth, i.e., the one who married Martha Sewall. It appears he was also a singing teacher. His son, James, has occupation of Potter on his death record.