GERARD BEMENT was graduated at Harvard University in 1880; studied law in the Harvard Law School, and was admitted to the practice of his profession at Boston in 1882, and was still practicing law there in 1913. He was president of the Boston Lead Company from 1899 until 1901, and president of the Chadwick-Boston Lead Company from 1901. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 307spouse: >Pfaff, Katherine B. (1865 - >1912)
Grachia Belle Bement was born from a youthful relationship of her unmarried mother, Anna Pearl Lankford. Her mother married another young man, Sampson James Brough, shortly after Grachia's birth and grew up with the name Grachia Belle Brough. At age sixteen her mother provided Grachia with the facts concerning her birth. Her mother, Anna Pearl Lankford, enjoyed a long marriage with Sampson James Brough having nine children together.spouse: >Hayes, James Walter (1905 - 1994)
Grachia had been ill for many years and lived as a semi-invalid the last years of her life. She suffered from asthma from the time she was a young woman. She died on February 2, 1974, at the Hemet Valley Hospital in Hemet, California, and was buried at the Perris Valley Cemetery in Perris, California on February 4, 1974.
Through the many years of illness, Grachia never complained and never lost here sense of humor. In the hospital, a few days before she died, she was too weak to speak and seemed semi-conscious; but when the nurse announced over the loud speaker that visiting hours were over, Grachia made a face and stuck her tongue out at the loud speaker. She had all her loved ones around her and didn't want them to leave.
Grachia always had a quick wit along with her sense of humor. She composed many poems throughout her life, several of which were dedicated to her mother who she loved so very much. Grachia loved her family with a fierce loyalty. There is nothing that she wouldn't have done for "one of hers." Her grandchildren were very precious to her.
Before her health started to fail, she worked very hard as a farmer's wife which was not an easy job. In 1937, she worked at a tomato canning factory in Gentry, Arkansas to help make ends meet. At the same time, she helped on the farm with all the chores and cooked for the men that helped with the crops.
Around 1944, they moved to Mesa, Arizona for Grachia's health. While they lived there, she and James worked in a laundromat. They didn't like the extremely hot weather, so they moved on to Lynwood, California after one year in Arizona. Grachia's parents and a sister were living in Lynwood by this time.
Although Grachia suffered from bad health most of her life, she was a very strong person in every other way. She endured pain with no complaints and gave of herself completely to her family. Grachia even prepared for her impending death for several years. She wrote her own obituary, picked her cemetery, burial clothes, hymns, etc. Her sense of humor followed her to the grave, as she had written that she wanted to be placed in the casket on her side because she never could breathe very well lying on her back!
James and Grachia had moved to Sun City, California a year before her death. She wanted to move there because her two children lived in Canyon Lake about seven miles away. It made her feel more comfortable to know that James would be close to his children after she was gone. (Note: Please see the notes for Anna Pearl Lankford for further detail) (Source: Bebe Deane (Hayes) Garcia, Canyon Lake, California, October 1998)
Grant Bement married late in life. Had no issue. (Source: Lois (LaFever) Overhiser, e-mail: lkoverhiser@@juno.com (Oct 1999)spouse: >Rinker, Lucy (~1887 - )
Bement Chronicles indicate date of birth to be 17 Dec 1895; later sources indicate 12 Dec 1895. (Source: Cherryl Webber Valleau, May 1998)
Hallie Marie Bement descendant information was obatained from the Brøderbund World Family Tree, Volume 11, Pedigree #4179 as provided by James L. Gray of Winslow, Indiana. Additional information was provided by Bradley Bement, of Beaver, Pennsylvania. (July 1999)
HANNAH BEMENT married as his first wife, Israel Phelps, Jr. He lived in the east part of Enfield, his lands lying along the Scantick River and on Buckhorn Brook. (Source: Bement Chronicles in America; 1928, p. 76)spouse: >Phelps, Israel Jr. (1681 - 1746)
Hannah Bement and the descendants of her and her husband, Zerah Kibbe, are researched on Brøderbund World Family Tree, Volume 26, Pedigree #1200. This pedigree includes their 290 descendants. This Hannah Bement is not currently linked to the main Bement family line as the name of her parents is not known. It is believed that she may be the Hannah that is the daughter of William and Phoebe (Markham) Bement.spouse: >Kibbe, Zerah (1734 - )
Hannah Bement, and the descendants of her husband, Philip Farnham, are further researched on Brøderbund World Family Tree, Volume 15, Pedigree #466. Additional information on this line was also provided by Spencer L. BeMent of Ann Arbor, Michigan (1996).spouse: >Farnham, Philip (1764 - 1850)
Hannah Bement was the first wife of Calvin Russ. He married second, Ann Gage; married third, Mary Fay. He was suddenly killed at the granite ledge at East Bethel, Vt. He went as a spectator when the Vermont Central R. R. was being built through Royalton. As the huge crane was swung back the heavy shears dropped on him and killed him instantly. The statement in the following notice is vouched for as true by several members of the family:spouse: >Russ, Calvin (1798 - 1847)
"SINGULAR FATALITY.--M. C. Gage, of Royalton, states that some years ago Matthias Rust, of Tunbridge, while carrying wood into his house fell and expired instantly; a few years after, the wife of Calvin Rust (son of Matthias) dropped to the floor while about her ordinary duties, and died instantly; the second wife of Calvin died after an illness of only forty-eight hours; on the 5th inst. Calvin Rust went to see the operation of raising stone from a quarry in East Bethel, and was instantly killed by the falling of a part of the machinery; and on the 12th inst. Mrs. Ainsworth, (sister of Calvin Rust) was riding in a sleigh down a hill, with a loaded ox-sled in front and another in the rear; the oxen in the rear were unable to hold back the load, and ran upon the sleigh and forward team, by which concussion Mrs. A. was killed."--Montpelier (Vt.) Watchman.
(Source: Record of the Rust Family, the history and genealogy of the Rust family of Massachusetts by Albert D. Rust. Published by the Author. Wado, Texas. 1891, p 288. Call Number: CS71.R97)
Hannah Bement married Luther Brown when she was just 13, and he was about 30 years old. They were married over sixty years.spouse: >Brown, Luther (~1802 - <1897)
HARLEY BEMENT enlisted for five years, at about the age of 14, and served during the War of 1812 in Capt. Hugh "Henry" R. Martin's Company, 13th U.S. Infantry at "Skenactady" New York, commanded by Colonel Christie. Records indicate service in the battles of St. Johns Canada, Little York (later Toronto) under General Pike, Fort George, 2nd Battle of Queenstown, Burlington Heights, Eldridge's Defeat, Wilkerson's Defeat and Plattsburgh. He served as a second sergeant and was honorably discharged July 1815 by a proclamation of the President of the United States while home on furlough at Onondaga, New York.spouse: >Briggs, Eliza (~1800 - 1856)
In or about the year 1832, he left Bath, Steuben County, New York, and settled for a time at New Haven, Macomb County, Michigan, later moving on to Ingram County, Michigan and became one of the early pioneers of Central Michigan. The family existence was primitive with Harley, an excellent hunter, often providing game for food. Michigan was yet a Territory and their nearest neighbor was four miles away. The area Indians were harmless but given to dishonesty. Apparently he was quite the "Old Boy", often very ornery and few got along very well with him.
In June 1839 Harley purchased 40 acres in Putnam Township, Livingston County, and sold it in October same, for a tidy $400 profit. In 1840 they resided in Handy Township, Livingston County where he helped build the first sawmill. In 1844 he owned 80 acres in Leroy Township, and purchased additional land in 1847. Sometime before 1850 his family made a western mover to Georgetown, Ottawa County, where he farmed and lumbered. For eight years prior to the Civil War he ably administered the law as a Justice of the Peace. While at Georgetown, Harley and Eliza were devout members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Eliza died in a disastrous home fire in June or October of 1856. He then married, 27 Feb 1857, Mrs. Anna M. (Wood) Parker, the widow of Ezekiel W. Parker of Ohio. As a resident of Alaiedon Township, Ingham County in 1858 he purchased 40 acres, selling it later that year. In June of 1858 his son Harley C. Bement married Anna's daughter (his step sister) Marinda Parker at Georgetown.
On 19 Jan 1863, in his middle sixties but apparently in excellent health and residing at Georgetown, he enlisted in the Civil War at Grand Rapids. He was assigned to Company F, 7th Michigan Volunteer Cavalry (Capt. Mann) and served as a Ferrier, later changed to Private's rank, in charge of horses in transit from Michigan. On 26 Mar 1863 after an extremely tough winter camp at Washington, D.C., he was admitted to the Washington Columbian Hospital suffering from diabetic complications and diarrhea. On 12 May 1863, at the age of 66, he was discharged from that hospital and the army for disability, suffering from bronchitis and chronic diarrhea, with the comment that he "should not have been enlisted".
His last two decades are cloaked in mystery. Apparently he never recovered from his war exposures and privations and was unable to do a days work thereafter. His daughter Hannah indicated that he was forced to break up housekeeping because of his Civil War disability. According to the 1870 Census records, at age 74, he resided at Leroy with his son Silas; Anna's whereabouts then are unknown. In the 1880 Census (age 86, MA/CT), and an old record book, he resided at least three months in the Ottawa County Poorhouse, and was listed as a Pauper. Anna later applied for his military pension, being turned down more than once, but finally receiving $8 per month a few months before her own death.
Little documentation is available on Harley Bement in the original chronicles. Almost all of the preceding documentation was gathered by Spencer Leigh BeMent of Ann Arbor, Michigan who is believed to be Harley's second great-grandson. He indicated that little was known about Harley's parents and the early facts about him are vague and inconsistent. His birth era and the naming of his children provide some evidence that he is from the Samuel/Silas line. He may be an undeclared last son of Samuel or the first child of Bingham, or one of several other assumptions that are still being explored.
Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 280 Bement Chronicles Supplement, 1996, Spencer BeMent, pp. 280a,b,c
HARLEY REDFIELD BEMENT combined agricultural pursuits with that of milling, and achieved much more than a competency. He was prominent in his community, and was interested in township and county affairs. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 340)spouse: >Wehmeyer, Anna Margarette (1845 - >1891)
Harold Bement descendant information was provided by Lois (LaFever) Overhiser of Rochester, New York; e-mail: lkoverhiser@@juno.com (Oct 1999) His wife, Joan, was living in Alpine, New York in 1999.spouse: >private
Harriet Bement was residing at Ashfield, Franklin Co., MA, unmarried as of 22 NOV 1836.
HARRIET BEMENT resided in Michigan, and had eight children, genders/names unknown. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 140)spouse: >Cole, Emmet N. (~1800 - )
Harriet Bement was residing with her mother in LaGrange in 1860 and 1870. She died at her home on Telegraph Road in Elyria, Ohio on a Sunday. She was sitting in her rocker on the porch waiting to go across the street to church. She never made church, and is believed to have been living with one of her grandchildren at the time. She and her husband, Henry, had six children. __________________spouse: >Buswell, Henry (1853 - 1928)
This descendants of this branch of the family is being researched by her granddaughter, Diane (Buswell) Carlson of Solon, Ohio (dcarlson@@en.com). Information is pending. (Oct 1999)
Harriet Eliza Bement was the first teacher in the stone building and taught there until her marriage to Almus Wakelee in August 1825.spouse: >Wakelee, Almus (~1807 - )
Vital Records of West Springfield, Massachusetts, Marriages, p.30----------child: Dwight, Royal B. (~1852 - )
HARRISON BARNES BEMENT was a manufacturer of axes and other edge tools in Mishawaka, Indiana around 1863. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 267d)spouse: >Powers, Hannah (1809 - 1849)
Harry Albert Bement and his wife, Fannie, are both buried in Coopers Plains, New York.spouse: >Anthony, Fannie A. (1898 - 1979)
It has not been verified that Helen Bement is a child of this family.spouse: >Bird, ??? (<1855 - )
Helen Bement descendant information was provided by Lois (LaFever) Overhiser of Rochester, New York; e-mail: lkoverhiser@@juno.com (Oct 1999)spouse: >LaFever, Howard Eugene (1925 - 1983)
HENRY BEMENT, as a child of three years, accompanied his parents in the arduous journey from Stockbridge, Massachusetts to Victor, New York, where the remainder of his life was spent. On 1 Oct 1818, he and his brother Edwin appear as grantee proprietors of the Congregational Meeting House, at Victor, later the First Presbyterian Church of that town. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 250)spouse: >Webster, Nancy B. (1792 - 1858)
HENRY BEMENT was a farmer, and a member of the Presbyterian Church.spouse: >Adams, Harriet (1835 - >1903)
HENRY HUDSON BEMENT served three years in the Eighth Vermont Regiment during the Civil War, and later removed to Flint, Michigan. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 176b)
HENRY PARSONS BEMENT, was born on 3 Aug 1833 in New York, died 13 Jan 1894 at 61 years of age at Grand Rapids, Michigan; buried in Saranac (Michigan) Cemetery, Ionia County; married (1) Fidelia Rogers, born 11 Apr 1842 in Massachusetts, died 23 Jun 1878 at Grand Rapids, Michigan; daughter of Elijah and Jane Rogers; (2) after 1878 Ellen H. Warren, born about 1851 in New York; (3) 28 Mar 1891 Mrs. Abbie E. (Burton) Dowen/Dorven of/at Casnovia, Muskegon County, Michigan, born about 1848 in Pennsylvania.spouse: >Rogers, Fidelia (1842 - 1878)
Henry enlisted 9 Aug 1862 in Co. I. 21st Michigan Infantry and was discharged 8 Jun 1865 as a Private with kidney and liver problems. He resumed farming and was a butcher at Saranac in 1870. He removed to Grand Rapids, Michigan where he had a grocery and meat market in 1877 and 1882. In 1880 he was elected a first trustee of the Plainfield Avenue Episcopal Church of Grand Rapids.
Children of Henry Parsons and Fidelia (Rogers) Bement were: Harriet Bement, Martha Bement, Flora Bement, William Henry Bement, John Z. and Clifton S. Bement.
Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, pp. 140, 335 Spencer BeMent Supplement, 1996, p. 140a-b
Herman Charles Bement had two daughters by (1) Laurel Fern Webb, names unknown, both born between 1916 and 1918, and four children by (2) Bertha Peterson, the names of the oldest (female, born before 1923), and the youngest (male, born after 1926) are not currently known. (Source: LDS Library, Oct 1999)spouse: >Webb, Laurel Fern (1892 - 1918)
HEMAN DEWEY BEMENT accompanied his parents to Tioga County, New York, and there remained until he was nineteen years old, when he settled at Victor, New York. From 1839 until 1865 he resided at Gaines, Orleans County, New York, but returned to Victor during the later years. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 252)spouse: >Dryer, Selecta (1805 - 1893)
Information on the descendants Hildrey Isodore Bement was obtained from Brøderbund World Family Tree, Volume 18, Pedigree #0144. The information provided in that pedigree was submitted by his son, Mark Warner Bement, of Henderson, Nevada (May 1998)spouse: >private
Hildrey Isodore Bement was a graduate of Louisiana State University with a PHD in mathematics. He spent years developing the lunar guidance system to get men to and back from the moon, and wrote numerous articles in North American Rockwell magazines that are now in the possession of his son, Mark Bement. (Source: Mark Warner Bement, May 1998)
HIRAM BEMENT spent the first years of his married life at Bradford and Goffstown, New Hampshire, after which, for a time he resided at Wolcott, Wayne County, New York. He removed from there, after the birth of his last child, to Galena, Indiana, where the remainder of his life was spent in agricultural pursuits. (Source: Bement Chronicles in America; 1928, p. 261)spouse: >Collins, Sarah (1798 - 1862)
HIRAM ALIFF BEMENT was engaged with his father-in-law, Rufus Page, in the shipping business, and made two trips to London in one of their vessels, dying of yellow fever on the second trip. (Source: Bement Chronicles in America, 1928, p. 110)spouse: >Page, Caroline (~1782 - )
HIRAM MINOR BEMENT resided his entire life at the Bement homestead in the beautiful town of Suffield, Connecticut. He had been a member of the Second Baptist Church of Suffield since 1858. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 329)spouse: >King, Cecelia Rebecca (1831 - 1872)
Information on the descendants Homer Leroy Bement was obtained from Brøderbund World Family Tree, Volume 18, Pedigree #0144. The information provided in that pedigree was submitted by his grandson, Mark Warner Bement, of Henderson, Nevada (May 1998)spouse: >Snow, Georgia Ella (1909 - 1997)
Homer and his wife, all four of their sons, one of his five daughters, and his father and mother are all buried in a small country graveyard in Melber, Graves Co., Kentucky. Three of his daughters and their families still live within miles of there. (Source: Mark Warner Bement, Henderson, Nevada, May 1998) He was born with only one hand, believed to have been his right one. (Source: Fred Lee Johnson, Paducah, Kentucky, Jan 1999)
Descendants of Hopewell/Hopeful (Bement) and Parley Simons are located on World Family Tree, Volume 13, Pedigree #2717. This pedigree consists of 472 of their descendants (including spouses). The Bement Chronicles indicate her name to be "Hopewell", some other records indicate her name was "Hopeful".spouse: >Simons, Parley (1773 - 1852)
Horace Bement married (1) Sarah Ann Graham with whom he had at least three children, one son and two daughters. He married (2) Sarah "Sally" Brown in 1835 and they had five children, two sons and three daughters.spouse: >Graham, Sarah Ann (<1800 - >1834)
He was born in Ashfield, Massachusetts, and later moved to Ohio and then to Kentucky. He was probably deceased before May 30, 1873, at the age 81 years. He left home with a load of tobacco on his way to Louisville, Kentucky to sell his crop and was never heard from again. The family assumed someone must have witnessed the sale and waylayed him on the return trip home. He was married twice. After Horace disappeared (2) Sally later married James Thompson.
On January 20, 1837, he sold oxen colts, farm equipment, kitchen furniture and tools for $75.00 to Ezekiel Brown. On March 5, 1840, Horace sold 90 acres of land in Lincoln County, Kentucky, on the waters of Buck Creek and Dicks River for $50.00 to William Foard and Calvin Norris. (Source: Bebe Deane (Hayes) Garcia, Canyon Lake, California, October 1998) ________________
Various census and other information was gathered by Betty Rice as follows:
1830 Kentucky Census - Horace and wife (Sarah Ann Graham) were living with the widow of John Graham and Sarah Ann's siblings, probably in Lincoln Co., KY. In 1837 Horace sold items to Ezekiel Brown, who may have been the brother or father of his second wife, Sarah "Sally" Brown.
1840 Kentucky Census - Lincoln County, Horace is listed with two sons under five, probably Edmund and Ezekiel (from second marriage), and one male 15-20, probably Reuben (from first marriage). There were two females listed ages 5-10, probably Julie Ann and Margaret (from first marriage) and two females 10-15, possibly Sarah and Emma (from first marriage) and one female, age 20-30, probably his second wife, Sarah "Sally" Brown.
1850 Kentucky Census - Lincoln County, Horace has two daughters ages 5-10 and two males under 5. (Note: this information does not coincide with the birth ages of some of his known children)
1960 Kentucky Census - Horace Bement's second wife, Sarah "Sally" Brown is listed with her next husband, James Thompson, and Dicey Ann Beaman, age 15.
REV. HORACE H. BEMENT came to Michigan before 1853 and was certified to teach in Barry County. He became a clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal Church and resided in Rockford, Kent County in 1870. From 1878-80 he was pastor of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of Grand Rapids; also in Grand Rapids in 1890. No issue. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 140; Spencer BeMent Supplement, 1996, p. 140a)spouse: >Loomis, Ann M. (~1828 - >1867)
HOWARD BEMENT was graduated from Lansing High School in 1892, at the age of seventeen. During his senior year he was President of the Student Christian Association, founder and editor-in-chief of the student annual, "The Oracle", and President of his class. Entering the Department of Literature and the Arts of the University of Michigan, he completed the work for his degree at the end of the first semester of his senior year, and was given his diploma, with the degree of Ph.B. in June 1896. While in college he was a member of the Eta Psi Fraternity, member of the Sophomore "Prom" and Junior Ball Committee, and member of the Freshman and of the University Glee Clubs.spouse: >Douglas, Margaret Alice (1876 - 1957)
Upon completing the university work, he returned to Lansing, where he entered the accounting department in charge of collections of the manufacturing business founded by his grand-father, Edwin Bement, conducted as a corporation under the name of E. Bement + Sons. In 1898, after the re-organization of the business, he became Assistant Secretary and Treasurer; and in 1903, upon the death of his father, he succeeded him as Treasurer of the Company.
At the age of ten, he united with the Plymouth Congregational Church at Lansing, and upon his return from college he at once became active in church work. With a friend, Marquis Easton, a Chicago lawyer (1913), he organized and for nearly ten years conducted a Bible class for boys. This soon had an enrollment of sixty or more, and succeeded in holding many boys for continued church activity who had formerly drifted from the church and Bible school influence. In 1903 he was elected a deacon in the church. He was also elected a trustee of Olivet, the State Congregational College, located at Olivet, Michigan, and was also a member of the State Committee on Sunday School work.
After the suspension of the E. Bement's Sons in 1904, he went West with his family, spending some time in Denver, and later going to Palo Alto, California. While there he carried on graduate work in English at Stanford University, also attending lectures at the University of California, at Berkeley. At the close of the year he was called to The Hill School, Pottstown, Michigan whither he went as Master of English in the fall of 1905. In 1906 Olivet College granted him the degree of A.M. In 1912 he was made head of the Department of English at The Hill School, a position that he still occupied about 1913.
In the course of his professional duties he edited "Selected Essays of Charles Lamb," for publication by D. Appleton and Company in their list of "Twentieth Century Text Books" (1910). He also published a sketch of the life of John Meigs, formerly Head Master of The Hill School (New York, 1912) and some occasional verse.
Bement Chronicles in America 1928, pp. 398-399
Homer Houston Bement was a dairy farmer. (Source: Irma Elizabeth "Betty" (Bement) Eis, Bonaparte, Iowa, October 1998)spouse: >Jacobson, Irma Charlotte (1904 - 1991)
Ida Arabelle Bement and her first husband, Frank E. Boughton, had three children. Their descendants are researched in Ancestry Records #G676.spouse: >Boughton, Frank E. (1851 - 1883)
Ilah Mae Bement was a school teacher. Her date of birth in in the social security index is listed as 12 Dec 1908.spouse: >Horton, Lloyd C. (1907 - 1996)
IRA BEMENT was involved in farming at Jackson and East Campbell, New York, and later removed to Galeton, Pennsylvania. He married (1) Mary Jane Hadley whose younger sister, Harriet Hadley, married his younger brother Lyman Bement. They were the daughters of the Rev. Ethan Allen Hadley and his wife, Jane Ann (Mallory) Hadley. Mary died just twelve days after the birth of their only child, probably due to complications of the birth. About four years later he married (2) Mary Elizabeth Rockwell and had two more children with her. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, pp. 213, 214d, 327) _____________spouse: >Hadley, Mary Jane (1842 - 1864)
Ira is buried in Coopers Plains Cemetery, Pennsylvania; and Mary in the cemetery in Galeton, Pennsylvania. (Source: Mrs. James M. Short, October 1997)
Isabel "Belle" Dorcas Bement married Elijah E. Phillips. He was a veteran of the Civil War, lived in Forest, Livingston Co., Illinois for about ten years until they removed to Springdale Township, Lincoln Co., South Dakota which was then about four miles from the center of Sioux Falls, but now in the city limits. Belle was the second wife of Elijah Phillips who survived him and married for a third time. (Source: Irma Elizabeth "Betty" (Bement) Eis, Bonaparte, Iowa, October 1998)spouse: >Phillips, Elijah E. (1848 - >1913)
Buried at Dolgreen, Illinois.spouse: >???, Hattie (>1875 - )
JAMES ALMON BEMENT was only two years of age when his father died. It is believed that his mother, Lydia (Woodworth) Bement, remarried and removed with James to an unknown location. Nothing was known about his whereabouts until 1886 at which time he appeared in Ontario, Canada. He married Cora Belle Bartlett in 1884 and had six children with her. They moved to the southern California area, possibly Los Angeles, in 1908. (Source: Spencer L. BeMent (Ann Arbor, MI) via Gary Walter Bement (Cortland, NY), September, 1997spouse: >Bartlett, Cora Belle (1858 - 1938)
His birth and death information, as well as other vital information on his descendants was located in a family bible now belonging to one of his descendants, Donald Fletcher. James is buried in the Paso Robles, California district cemetery or the Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles. (Source: Donald Fletcher via Gary Walter Bement, February, 1998)
Resided in 1900 in Sudbury Town, Massachusetts. No issue.spouse: >Wiley, Althine Frances (1847 - 1905)
DR. JAROD BEMENT followed his profession at Ashfield, Massachusetts from at least 1830 to 1838, when, disposing of his practice to Dr. Milo Wilson, he located to his Estate, "Wolcott Farm", at West Springfield, Massachusetts, where his professional career, which had given promise of brilliancy, was terminated by his early decease. (Source: Bement Chronicles in America, 1928, p. 188)spouse: >Stougaton, Evelina (~1807 - 1829)
Bement, Dr. Jarad, died Oct. 11, 1839, age 43. church record, Third Congregational Church, Ireland Parish in West Springfield, later First Congregational Church of Holyoke. (Source: Vital Records of West Springfield, Massachusetts, Deaths, p.199)
Emily (Smith) Bement died about a week after the birth of her second child most likely the result of complications from child birth. Dr. Bement died a little over two years later than his wife, leaving two young children, Emily Evelina Bement (about 4 1/2 years old) and Jared Smith Bement (about 2 years, 4 months old). Both children must have been taken in and adopted by one of their mother's relatives as records indicate that Emily Evelina Bement's name was changed to Emily Bement Smith, and Jared Smith Bement's name was changed to Henry Smith Nash.
JASPER BEMENT was a staunch abolitionist, and helped many slaves on to Canada in the old days, sometimes keeping them for several nights, until he could conceal them in the bottom of his sleigh or wagon, taking them at night to the next station or friend's post. He was a wholesale and retail merchant, fitting out pedlars' teams, which travelled over the country at the time, with dry goods and groceries; and was also a manufacturer of essences of all kinds. He filled acceptably various offices, within the gift of the town, was justice of the peace for many years, and representative to the General Court of Assembly of Massachusetts in 1845. After serving for some years as a deacon in the Congregational Church he became a Methodist and contributed substantially to the church of his adoption. After his death his beautiful homestead and estate were sold, in 1865, to Charles Eliot Norton, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, whose daughter still retained the place in 1913. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 191)spouse: >Chamberlain, Electa (1796 - 1868)
JEREMY BEMENT was a manufacturer of carriages at Seneca Falls, New York in 1831-1843; president of the village, and otherwise prominent, and had business interests in Buffalo, New York. He died of cholera during the epidemic of 1849, while spending a few days on business in Detroit, Michigan. (Source: Bement Chronicles in America, 1928, p. 209)spouse: >Denison, Rhoda (1806 - )
JESSE BEMENT was born at Northfield, Litchfield Co., Connecticut on 6 Aug 1740. He responded to the call for soldiers for the expedition against Crown Point and the reduction of Quebec in 1759, and is on Captain Elijah Smith's muster roll, dated Boston, 8 Feb 1760, as having been in service from 25 Apr to 25 Nov of the prior year. The year 1759 was a memorable one. Of the fall of Quebec, John Richard Green has said, that it was one of the three victories of the Seven Years War that "determined for ages to come the destinies of mankind", since, "with the triumph of Wolfe on the Heights of Abraham began the history of the United States."spouse: >???, Tryphosa Bement (~1740 - >1790)
After peace was declared, Jesse married and settled at Brimfield, another of Massachusetts' frontier towns. When the storm of the Revolution broke at Lexington, Jesse Bement enlisted from Brimfield, 29 April 1775 for service in Captain Joseph Thompson's company, Colonel Timothy Danielson's Regiment of Massachusetts militia. Later, he entered the Continental Army, Sixth Regiment, under Colonel Thomas Nixon, Captain Benjamin Haywood's company, and served from 24 Apr 1777 to 31 Dec 1779 (Source: Mass. Sailors and Soldiers in the Revolution; Volume 1, 923). His wife, whose maiden name has not been ascertained, and himself were living at Brimfield in1790.
Chronicles of the Bement Family in America 1928, pp. 86-87