The descendant information on Ellen Minerva Bement was provided by Spencer L. BeMent of Ann Arbor, Michigan (1996).spouse: >Miner, Hiram Wood (1834 - >1865)
Elmer Adelbert Bement died of colin cancer. He had also been plagued by skin cancer for years, but had been ill for only one week before his death. He awakened one night, calling for an ambulance. The autopsy showed a tumor the size of a football. (Source: Bebe Deane (Hayes) Garcia, Canyon Lake, California, October 1998)spouse: >Shipley, Nell Deane (1888 - 1979)
Elvira Richards Bement descendant information was obtained from the Brøderbund World Family Tree, Volume 9, Pedigree #2778. She was the daughter of the second wife, Alvira Richards, of Ebenezer Bement. This information was not included in the original Chronicles, but obtained directly from the contributor of the information, Stephen Peck of Visalia, California, e-mail: stevpeck@@lightspeed.net (Oct 1999)spouse: >Scutt, William (1813 - )
Died of heart failure.spouse: >Holt, Willie Ruth (>1905 - )
EMERY HARRIS BEMENT married his second cousin, once removed. She was the grand-daughter of Eunice Bement, his first cousin, once removed. He served in the Union Army during the Civil War. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 294)spouse: >Williams, Lucy Emma (1846 - 1904)
Emiline Permelia Bement and her husband, Orlando Josephus Paddock, had eight children. Their descendants are further researched in World Ancestry Tree Files #2637; and Brøderbund World Family Tree, Voulume 3, Pedigree #4525; Volume 16, Pedigree #1703.spouse: >Paddock, Orlando Josephus (<1835 - )
Emily Bement was residing at Ashfield, Franklin Co., MA, unmarried as of 22 Nov 1836.
Emma Bell Bement never married. She taught school for many years then returned home to Winfield, Kansas to care for her mother who suffered a stroke. (Source: Bebe Deane (Hayes) Garcia, Canyon Lake, California, October 1998)
DAR Record No. 156152, Volume 157, page 50.spouse: >Conklin, Raymond Cleveland (1872 - >1913)
Emmet Bement was born 25 Sep 1865 at Hector, NY; married (1) before 1891 Clara Kelly; (2) 4 Apr 1904 Jennie Van Order at Buffalo, born ca. 1873 in Corning, daughter of Hornesin Van Gorden by his wife Ella Canfield. Emmet resided at Big Flats in 1900, at Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania in 1913, and at Big Flats in 1920 where he was a carpenter. Jennie had a daughter Bessie from her first marriage to Mr. Van Order, born about 1912 and a granddaughter Doris, born about 1916. (Source: Spencer BeMent, Ann Arbor, MI, 04/98)spouse: >Kelly, Clara (>1865 - )
ERNEST E. MULLET BEMENT, early in life, gave promise of unusual ability as a litterateur, and was favorably known at Detroit, Michigan in the late 1850's as a poetical contributor to different publications. The adaptation of his natural gifts to the furtherance of philanthropy is admirably displayed in the subjoined, from the Detroit Herald, of 24 April 1858:spouse: >Dunham, Rosebelle (1842 - 1906)
"A Literary Treat for the Benefit of a Good Cause - We are glad to announce to our readers that Ernest M. Bement, Esq., in compliance with the urgent solicitation of numerous friends, will read a new, original Poem, entitled 'Sundries', at the Young Men's Hall, on Tuesday evening, April 27th, 1858, for the benefit of the Orphan Asylum of this City. From the well known poetic abilities of Mr. Bement, our citizens may expect a rare intellectual treat; and as the proceeds are to be devoted to the benefit of the Orphans of our City, we trust that lovers of literature and friends of the Orphans will be liberal in their patronage."
As a poem for the time, the Leavenworth Kansas Daily Ledger said: "Sundries is replete with very many fine and effective passages, happily comingling humor, satire and sentiment, in connection with stern truth, and stubborn logic, showing a command of language, and a facility of conception seldom met with in one so young as Mr. Bement appears and is. As a whole the poem deserves to rank among the happiest efforts of the two greatest humorists of America, Saxe and Holmes, as it undoubtedly will, when published."
In 1858 Ernest was elected a member of the Michigan State Historical Society. During the Civil War he served as a Major in a Michigan Regiment of Volunteers. In the early 1870's he conducted at Detroit a furniture house, under the firm name of Bement Furniture Company, and was well known as an inventor. Among his inventions were: a portable bath tub, car heater, folding bed, sliding top table, and child's collapsible chair, and others still in use around 1913. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, pp. 322-325)
Ernest Grant Bement and spouse source was Brøderbund World Family Tree, Volume 14, Pedigree #0489.spouse: >Cameron, Hattie Estella (1875 - 1943)
Ernest M. Bement descendant information was obtained from the Brøderbund World Family Tree, Volume 14, Pedigree #2349 with additional information provided by the contributor of that pedigree, Cynthia Persick of Killeen, TX; e-mail: cpersick@@yahoo.com (Oct 1999) This branch has not been linked to the main Bement Family Tree.spouse: >Drew, Rena (1894 - 1972)
ERNEST WAITE BEMENT was a prosperous farmer at LaPorte, Indiana.spouse: >Anderson, Louise (1860 - 1913)
Estella M. Bement was the first wife of Seymour Layton. He was a bailer maker and blacksmith. Estella and Seymour were married a very short time. He married twice later, and is buried in Union Mills Cemetery, Noble Twp., LaPorte Co., IN. Estella married three more times and is buried in (lot 42) the Cowles Hill (aka Wyoming) Cemetery, Wyoming Precinct, Otoe Co., NE.spouse: >Layton, Seymour Charlie (1851 - 1889)
Her descendant information was supplied by her great grand-daughter, Hilda Maria (Hemmingson) Meryhew of Auburn, Washington; e-mail: ohmeryhew@@aol.com (April 1999). Additional descendant information was obtained from the Brøderbund World Family Tree, Volume 1, Pedigree #3043.
Eunice Bement and the information on her descendant line was obtained from the Brøderbund World Family Tree, Volume 28, Ed. 1, Pedigree #0167, Date of Import: 24 Nov 1998spouse: >Lyke, Peter (~1809 - )
EUSEBIUS "SEBA" BEMENT enlisted for Revolutionary service in Captain Daniel Caldwell's Company, Colonel Robinson's Regiment, of the Hamshire County Militia, 25 Dec 1776(??), and was honorably discharged 2 Apr 1777, having been in the battle of Ticonderoga and other engagements. On 12 August following, he re-enlisted in Captain Ephraim Chapin's Company, Colonel Ruggles Woodbridge's Regiment, under General Gates, in the Northern Department of the Army, and served until 30 Nov 1778. (Source: Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the Revolution, Vol. 1).spouse: >Pease, Roxanna (1764 - 1801)
Following the establishment of peace, he settled at Kingsbury, in Washington County, New York, where on 18 Feb 1797, he executed a quit claim deed to his mother, Lois Bement of Springfield, for his portion of the estate of his father, Jonathan Bement. (Source: Hampden County Registry of Deeds, Liber).
Seba and Roxana had two children of record, but there may have been more.
Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, pp. 128-129
EZEKIEL DODGE BEMENT, ESQ., was engaged in agricultural pursuits; was one of the leading citizens of Buckland, Massachusetts; a Justice of the Peace for forty years; served several years as selectman, assessor, overseer of the poor, and as member of the town school committee. (Source: Bement Chronicles in America, 1928, p. 203)spouse: >Richmond, Roxanna Drake (1824 - 1876)
Only three of their nine children married, and of that three, only one, Frederick Elwin Bement, was the only one to have children. Frederick and Theron agreed to help support their sisters, then Theron died in 1923 and Frederick helped Clara and Alice. I (Betty (Bement) Eis) think this is part of the reason why Earl did not marry for the family members to help each other. Edith never married either. Howard and Earl had adjoining farmland and worked together. Howard and Earl purchased Theron's farm from Theron's widow, Mary. Elijah's farm was also near, but he left Sioux Falls after Belle died. He died at Denmark, Iowa, but was buried in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. (Source: Irma Elizabeth "Betty" (Bement) Eis, Bonaparte, Iowa, October 1998) ______________________
Ezekiel Dodge Bement Obituary:
The death of Mr. Bement, Sunday, November 22, at the age of eighty-four, removes a life-long resident , and a loyal supporter of the Buckland Congregational Church. He was contemporary with William F. Sherwin and for many years belonged to the choir. Always liberal in his offering, he never had to be urged for larger subscriptions. When deficiencies had to be met, a common remark would be, "Mr. Bement is already doing more than his share."
Nearly al his life was passed on the hillside farm near Koonehaug Mountain, in the pleasant homestead where his six children were born and brought up. The charming hospitality of that home, and its beautiful view down the valley towards High Street, with the distant outlook over the Ashfield hills, whence often came the distant tones of the church bells from Ashfield Plain associated with his life-long neighborliness and companionship. Always ready to do his duty, he attended every town meeting for the sixty-three years of his citizenship. He has been selectman, assessor, member of the school committee and representative to the General Court in Boston.
He united with the Buckland Congregational Church August 28, 1864, at the same time with his daughter Mary. Mr. Bement was a member of the Church Committee from 1869 to 1877 and 1883, and was active in Parish duties for many years.
About three years ago Mr. Bement sold his farm and bought the residence near Buckland Station where his remaining years were pleasantly and comfortably spent. During the past summer he had the pleasure of receiving visits from some of his children who came from the West for that purpose.
Mr. Bement married Roxanna Richmond, sister of Captain Richmond of Shelburne Falls and Mrs. F. Forbes of Buckland and the late Mrs. Irene Pratt of Northampton. After her death he married Emily A. E. Joslyn of Shelburne Falls, who survives him. His children are: Mary Olivia, who died some years ago; Isabel, wife of Elijah Phillips; Miss Alice D., Fred E., Theron R., all residing in the vicinity of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Miss Clara J., of Buckland. Nearly all became members of the Buckland church.
At the funeral service Rev. E. A. Robinson read the (following) appropriate stanzas "A Voice from Heaven". __________________
Ezekiel Thomas Bement enlisted in the Union Army while living in Kentucky and served as a member of Company M, 13th Kentucky Cavalary. He enlisted on August 10, 1862 and was discharged January 3, 1865. He was receiving a pension of $100 per month at the time of his death at 94 years of age. He left Lincoln County after the war and moved to Indiana in 1868.spouse: >Boler, Eliza Ann (1835 - 1880)
He was a charter member of the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Velpen, Pike Co., Indiana; and is buried in the cemetery behind the church. (Source: Bebe Deane (Hayes) Garcia, Canyon Lake, California, October 1998)
EZRA WALTER BEMENT was a farmer and wagon builder. He lived in Hillsdale and Elk Rapids, Michigan; and Fairbury, Illinois. He was connected with the Baptist Church at Fairbury, and served for some years on its board of trustees. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 331)spouse: >Smith, Amanda Melvina (1842 - 1895)
FLORENCE MAY BEMENT married her first cousin-once removed, Morgan Bement. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, pp. 347, 349)spouse: >Atwell, Ellsworth (<1882 - 1899)
Florence Vane Bement married Issac Page who was a victim of strong drink, and her life was a long sacrifice. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 181q-xxiv)spouse: >Page, Issac (~1856 - )
The information on Frances Amelia Bement and her descendants was obtained from the Deobalt-Long Family History as provided by Mary Patricia 'Pat' (Long) Mote, May, 1998)spouse: >Newell, S. E. (<1839 - <1879)
Obituary of Frances (Bement) Edson - Elkhart County, Indiana, Dec. 5, 1905 "Grim reaper casts his blight in Goshen and Vicinity Points" Frances Edson, age 66 years, died at 11:30 this forenoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Caton, in Jefferson Township, of heart trouble. She had been in failing health for sometime, but was confined to her bed only a few days. She had been a resident of Elkhart County since early girlhood, coming with her parents from Lowell, Massachusetts. Her maiden name was Frances Bement. She leaves, besides her daughter, three sons, George Newell of Jefferson Township and Charles and Eugene Edson of Middlebury township. The funeral will probably occur Tuesday."
Frances Elizabeth Bement was shown on 1860 census to be living in the Thomas Darby household in Dryden, Thomkins Co., New York. She later married his son Thomas D. Darby and they had one son.spouse: >Darby, Thomas D. (1842 - 1900)
In 1868, Thomas D. Darby and Frances sold their land in Dryden, which they had bought from Thomas's father only the year before, and moved to Clarksville, Iowa in 1868 with their eight month old son, Lucius. (Source: Darby Genealogy)
FRANCIS "FRANK" H. BEMENT (8-705t) was one the famous Buck Tail Regiment of Pennsylvania in the Civil War. He left his infant son, Carl Fox Bement, with his sister, Nancy Ann (Bement) Post. His son was named by his grandfather, Daniel Bement, after John Fox Alden, the first president and founder of Allegheny College. When the soldier father was leaving for the front he leaned down over his baby's cradle, and, shedding bitter tears, kissed the sleeping baby and went away to war. Carl Fox Post was reared as a son by his Aunt Nancy. Frank Bement fought four years in the Civil War, was at Gettysburg, Spotsylvania, Laurel Hill, some of the worst battles of the War. He died in 1915 and was pensioned. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, 181q, xxiii.)spouse: >Day, Zilla (~1836 - )
Married and had at least one child. This may be Frank H. Bement, husband of Mary E. King (m. 28 Feb 1867 in Trumbull Co., 'Ohio, and father of Jennie Bement (born 13 Dec 1869 in Trumbull County, Ohio) (LDS Library, Oct 1999)
FRANK BEMENT was educated at Eastburn Academy in Philadelphia. He was co-partner in the firm of Bement, Miles + Company for some years prior to its merging. He had a decided talent for mechanics, retired from active business life, and resided at Toms River, New Jersey. He was a member of the Union League of Philadelphia and other organizations. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 372) He resided at 710 North 20th Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1890. (Source: 1890 Philadelphia City Directory)spouse: >Furbush, Grace (1861 - )
FRANK BEMENT was a machinist and inventor like his father. He was Treasurer and Tax Collector of the Town of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 376)spouse: >Plumer, Kathernine Morris (1863 - >1912)
FRANK ALONZO BEMENT was unmarried as of 1913, and was an artist with a studio in New York City. He was listed in Who's Who in New York in 1913. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 294)
Descendant information on Frank Carnot Bement was provided by his grandson, Richard Clarence Bement of Erie, Pennsylvania. (July, 1998)spouse: >
CAPT. FRANK FLORENTINE BEMENT followed the sea and worked up from cabin boy to Captain of one the largest steamers of England. He died on board the steamship Asama in 1902 and was buried at sea. (Source: Letter from Mrs. John Winfield (Cora Bement) Moses, Pittsfield, Maine to J. Granville Leach dated 27 Feb 1917). (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 260d)spouse: >Van Buskirk, Zelma (~1846 - ~1866)
FRANK TABER BEMENT removed with his family to Spokane, Washington in 1907 where he was still residing about 1912. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 353)spouse: >Newcomb, Mabel Estelle (1876 - >1912)
FRANK WARNER BEMENT was, in his youth, one of the early members of Myers' Cadets, later changed to Toledo Cadets, a military organization which became quite famous for its fine fancy drills, and he was for some years color sergeant of the company. In the business world, he was a successful grain operator, residing at Omaha and Denver. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 375)spouse: >Stratton, Hattie Buell (1866 - )
Fred Bement is buried at the Ft. Gibson National Cemetery in Oklahoma.
Fred Owen Bement lived in Liberty, Missouri and owned a printing business there. He had Parkinson's Disease.spouse: >private
Frederic Bement has a street named after him, Bement Street, in Paducah, Kentucky. (Source: Mark Warner Bement, May 1998) He is buried at Mt. Kenton Cemetery in Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky. His wifes' name was Zura. (Source: Eva Bement Bohannon, Jan 1999)spouse: >???, Zura (1882 - 1973)
FREDERICK BEMENT was educated at the Connecticut Literary Institute at Suffield, and at Brown University where he received an A.M. degree. He took post-graduate work at Yale University and Columbia University. His life as a teacher began at Woodside High School, Borough of Queens, Greater New York, where he remained until 1904. After that he became connected with the Bryant High School, Long Island, New York, and was the first assistant there from 1908 until at least 1912. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 329)spouse: >Albert, Bessie (1876 - >1912)
FREDERICK ELWIN BEMENT resided at Sioux Falls, South Dakota about 1913 where he was an extensive and successful farmer, member of the Congregational Church, Treasurer of the local School Board, and a member of the Township Board. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 316)spouse: >Houston, Laura Maria (1856 - )
He was killed by a bull on a farm in Lincoln County, South Dakota, and is buried at Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Betty (Bement) Eis was only four years old at the time, but remembers the day he was killed and a song he used to sing to entertain her and her sister. (Source: Irma Elizabeth "Betty" (Bement) Eis, Bonaparte, Iowa, October 1998)
FREDERICK P. BEMENT, M.D., studied medicine, and practiced his profession first at Genoa, Cayuga County, New York, and later at Nashville, Tennessee. He had a total of seven children, the first two, names/gender unknown, died young. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 213)spouse: >Weed, Harriet N. (~1815 - 1901)
Frederick Wait Bement was associated with Belding Brothers + Company Silk Manufacturers at Northampton. On holidays and weekends he returned to Ashfield to play baseball and later to umpire games. He was Registrar of Voters for at least fifteen years and Chairman of the Board of Registration for several years, and was a member of the Northampton Club. In 1920 he was there with Grace M. Bement (age 36) and Anna Novak (age 40). Ella took an interest in this family history and heartily aided in gathering material for the original chronicles, her hand-written document on Bement's tucked in at this place. Apparently no issue. (Source: Spencer BeMent, Ann Arbor, MI)spouse: >Damon, Ella Gertrude (1858 - 1912)
GEORGE BEMENT was a merchant in New York City of the firm Bement + Gale. He married as his second wife, Elizabeth (Marvin) Gale, widow of his former partner, John Gale. George Bement had no issue with either marriage. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 105)spouse: >Gale, Aletta (1775 - 1821)
GEORGE BEMENT joined the adventurous spirits who sought the gold fields of California in the spring of 1849. He remained there until his life had passed. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 346)spouse: >Green, Marie Louisa (1832 - 1882)
This information was obtained from the Langkilde Families web site and is not currently linked to the main family line. The web site is located at: http://www.surnames.com/gedcom/langkilde_dale/i0000072.htm and was maintained by Richard Beaumont Iverson (e-Mail: RIversonx@@aol.com). Descendant information was also obtained from Brøderbund World Family Tree Volume 3, Pedigree #3729 which was also submitted by Richard Iverson of Healdsburg, California. (Oct 1999)spouse: >Langkilde, Myrtle Andrea (1905 - 1997)
GEORGE BEMENT died in a railway accident in Indiana.spouse: >Smith, Mary D. (1854 - 1902)
George Burton Bement, as the family story goes, jumped off the Grand Ledge Bridge in Grand Ledge, Michigan. He kept telling his family that he "didn't smell well", and they later found his body in the river. (Source: Dorothy Viola Chesley via Richard Ivan Chesley, May 1998)
George Daniel Bement changed his name, without his parents permission, to Jack D. Bement and his birth date to 8 Aug 1878 to enlist in the Spanish American War. He served in the Phillipines where he was wounded in the leg and got malaria for which he received a pension. He was a butcher residing in Gratton Township (MI) at the time of his first marriage, a jeweler residing in Kent City (MI) in 1907, and a laborer and odd jobber in 1910 when he resided in Tyrone Township, Kent Co., Michigan. He worked on the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad (fireman 1912, engineer 1914, fireman 1916) and fractured a vertebrae from which he recovered with the help of braces. In 1920 they resided in Alma, Gratiot Co., Michigan where he worked in a truck factory. About 1922 they moved to Ann Arbor where he was a carpenter and they took in college students for room and board. He was a member of the Michigan National Guard from 1925 until 27 Jul 1928. In 1927 he was an attendant at the Abbot Gasoline Company. In 1937 they removed to Ypsilanti (MI) where he died. He led an active life as a carpenter until back trouble forced him to turn to selling and servicing Hoover vacuum cleaners. After his death Minnie resided in Ann Arbor and clerked at E. Muehlig's in 1941-2 before removing to New Castle, Pennsylvania with her son Arden and his family. She then removed to San Diego with Loren and his family. (Source: Supplement to the Chronicles of the Bement Family in America, Nov. 1992, pp. 344-345; Spencer L. BeMent, Ann Arbor, Michigan)spouse: >Doyle, Margaret M. (~1878 - )
GEORGE DWIGHT BEMENT joined his brothers in the operation of their foundry at Fostoria, Ohio. His term of usefulness was but short, being cut off with his untimely death, while on a business trip to Vermillion, Ohio to secure the necessary raw material for the iron plant. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 300)spouse: >Huss, Margaret Jane (1828 - ~1903)
George Ellsworth Bement graduated from Climax High School in 1952 and attended the Colorado School of Mines in 1952-53. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1954. Later he attended the University of Missouri and completed a master's program at Monterey, California while in the marines. He served in Viet Nam, Guam and Japan and was buried with military honors. Jackie married (2) Sept 1982, Patrick Doran, publisher, and resided at Baton Rouge from then through at least 1992. Jackie's father, William Lawley, was a descendant of Daniel Boone and her mother, Alpha Juanita, was 1/4 Cherokee Indian. (Source: Supplement to the Chronicles of the Bement Family in America, Nov. 1992, p. 345; Spencer L. BeMent, Ann Arbor, Michigan from information provided by Mary Ann (Baroch) Bement, wife of Arden Lee Bement, Jr.)spouse: >private
George Harley 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 his grandson, Bradley Bement, of Beaver, Pennsylvania. (July 1999)spouse: >Fair, Zelpha (1904 - 1983)
He sustained a fall when a baby which injured his brain. He died at age 18, in 1883, but was in constant care and slightly eccentric from his long illness.
George Bement was a farmer who moved to Hubbard Township in the spring of 1879. In May 1885 according to the Census, they had John Glass, age 57, T.A. Glass, age 20 and John Bement, age 28 living with them in Hubbard. In 1895 in Hubbard Township, John Glass, age 65, born in Ireland lived with them. John was the father of Susan Melissa Glass, wife of George Bement. The 1905 Census has them living in Hubbard, Minnesota. On February 25, 1904 their house burned to the ground and they lost everything. He is buried in the Hubbard Cemetery, Minnesota. (Source: [Brøderbund WFT Vol. 28, Ed. 1, Tree #1682, Date of Import: 24 Nov 1998]spouse: >Glass, Susan Melissa (1862 - )
GEORGE BEMENT spent his entire life in Cass County, Michigan where he was a prosperous farmer. He held various county and township offices, as was an ardent Democrat in politics. During the Civil War, he was a first sergeant in Company F, 25th Michigan Infantry from June 1862 until the close of the war. While returning from the South his boat, the Sultana, was blown up near Memphis, Tennessee, but he escaped without injury. He married twice and had issue from both spouses. His second wife, Anna Margarette (Wehmeyer) Bement, was the widow of his younger brother, Harley Redfield Bement. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 339)spouse: >Walker, Mary (1848 - 1881)
George S. Bement married Lois Melinda Lewis, daughter of Milton and Sarah (Clark) Lewis. Shortly after their marriage, George and his bride went to the Great Bend, Kansas area to stake a claim. Drought, hot winds and burning sun forced them to leave in 1885 with their four children. They settled near Sycamore, Arkansas and later moved to Harmon, Arkansas where George was a farmer.spouse: >Lewis, Lois Melinda (1858 - 1962)
In 1914, Elm Springs, Arkansas, had a terrible smallpox epidemic. Everyone turned to Geroge and Lois for help as they were the only residents of that community known to be immune to the dreaded disease. George would go to one house while Lois would go the other. One-by-one, patient-after-patient died of the disease.
On the day Geroge died, in 1940 at the age of 90 years, he had plowed two acres by horse, hand broadcast seed on the two acres, then went to bed that night feeling fine. He started having chest pains around midnight and was dead in thirty minutes. He is buried at the Mt. Comfort Cemetery in Washington County, Arkansas. (Source: Bebe Deane (Hayes) Garcia, Canyon Lake, California, October 1998)
GEORGE S. BEMENT was living in Victor, New York about 1913 where he held various local offices. He was a steam thresher, a member of Milnor Lodge No. 139, Free + Accepted Masons, and a respected citizen. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 348)spouse: >Hill, Ida N. (1867 - >1912)
George Tanner Bement was a single farm laborer residing with Daniel and Sarah Tyler at Hector, New York in 1860. He married Abigail B. Wood (1842-1920) around that same time. Both are buried at Alder Run, Pennsylvania. He farmed at Millerton, Pennsylvania at least from 1870 to 1900. In 1910 Abigail was a servant there with James and Susan Hamilton. She resided at Big Flats (Pennsylvania) with her son Emmet in 1920. (Source: Spencer BeMent, Ann Arbor, MI, 04/98)spouse: >Wood, Abigail B. (1842 - 1920)
GEORGE WILLIAM BEMENT and his wife, Levina, are buried in the beautiful graveyard at Stockbridge, Massachusetts under the shadow of its everlasting hills. Their portraits were, by the will of their daughter, Hapeful Anne Bement, devised to her eldest surviving brother, George William Bement, of Terre Haute, Indiana. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 171)spouse: >Bruce, Levina (1788 - 1854)
GEORGE WILLIAM BEMENT went West early in life to engage in mercantile pursuits with his brother, Asa Bruce Bement, who, in 1840, had established at Terre Haute, the wholesale grocery business. From the time of his brother's death in 1855, until his own demise in 1903, he successfully carried the firm, originally Bement and Company, later Bement and Rea, through the fluctuating financial seas. The completeness of his preparation and familiarity with trade and markets, says a contemporaneous article, enabled him to start on a solid foundation. Confidence was soon established in the thoroughness of his methods and the honesty of his dealings, and his house increased its trade and became recognized as one of the permanent and honored institutions of the Prairie City.spouse: >Brotherson, Helen F. (1837 - >1912)
At various times he invested his surplus accumulations in real estate, and among the possessions that afforded him great pleasure, was a valuable farm which he stocked and improved to a high state of cultivation. At one time his holding in farm lands amounted to more than fifteen hundred acres. For many years he was active in promoting the manufacturing interests of Terre Haute, and in other ways contributed to the public welfare. During the Civil War he was intensely patriotic and most active in securing enlistments and in aiding the government to restore the union. A director of the State National Bank, through a long period of years, he was regarded by his associates as a prudent, conservative counselor. His convictions of right and duty were strong, and his firmness held him steadily to the purpose formed. His spoken work was not less reliable than his written bond.
He never held political office, nor desired to be a candidate, but he ever manifested a lively interest in affairs of the state, and the nation, and was an earnest supporter of the Republican Party. He was one of the best representatives of the commercial and trade interests of the city of his adoption, and enjoyed the confidence and esteem of all his associates. In a word, he filled the measure of God's noblest work - an honest man. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, pp. 257-258)
GEORGE WILLIS BEMENT received a common school education and worked during his summer vacations in his father's foundry, where he learned the trade of iron molder. At seventeen years of age he took a district school position in the Arnold District, five miles southeast of Fostoria, Ohio where he met and solved successfully the multifarious difficulties that beset the district school master. At the end of one year of teaching he left Fostoria with his older brother, Arthur Orin Bement, and went to Battle Creek, Michigan where the two spent several months in the foundries of the Nichols + Sheppard Company, manufacturers of threshing machinery. Late in the year 1869 he returned to Fostoria to become cashier in the general store of C. W. Foster + Company, the junior member of which, Charles Foster, later became Secretary of the Treasury in the Cabinet of President McKinley. During this period his father sold the foundry business in Fostoria, and moved to Lansing, Michigan where, with his oldest son, Arthur Orin Bement, he established in 1869 the business which later became widely known under the name of E. Bement + Sons, manufactures of agricultural implements and stoves.spouse: >Finethwait, Sarah Marilda (1850 - 1939)
In 1871, George joined his father and brother at Lansing and began the long and arduous business career which terminated only with his sudden death in 1903. The growth of E. Bement + Sons business was phenomenal, and after its incorporation he became Secretary-Treasurer. His acceptance of that position demanded that he work early and late, being at one and the same time a molder, bookkeeper, correspondent, and salesman. The days were spent in the foundry, the evenings in the office; which exacting routine was varied at first by infrequent, and later by more frequent trips into the various small towns in central Michigan where the ploughs and harrows made by the firm were sold. He early developed a genius for salesmanship, and gradually more and more of this part of the business fell to his lot.
An account of his life at Lansing is more than the story of a man's absorption in the rapidly growing and prosperous enterprise. In less than twenty years after its inception the business was employing hundreds of men and shipping its manufactured product to every state in the Union and many foreign countries. Upon going to Lansing he at once united with the Plymouth Congregational Church, and for many years his extra business activities centered about the civic community and to the state. Gifted with a naturally good voice, he early became a member of the church choir, and was later precentor in both church and Sunday school. His chief activity in the church, clustered however around his long period of service as the Superintendent of the Sunday School and as a trustee of the church.
He was always keenly interested in civic betterment. No movement looking toward municipal improvement, whether material or moral, failed to secure his hearty support. In these days when municipal reform is crying so loudly for the unselfish devotion of intelligent men, it is to be questioned whether a better pattern of the rare "good citizen" could be found than he himself proved to be. He accepted no trust or responsibility, however small, without giving it more than the usual grudging share of attention, and the public business entrusted to him was sometimes performed to the neglect of his private affairs. He seemed to radiate throughout his public activities the atmosphere of a strict devotion and an even stricter integrity. He was a member of the city school board (1883-1892), and served several times as President of the Board; he was also a member and Vice President of the Michigan State Agricultural Society; and was Presidential Elector on the Republican ticket in 1896, casting his vote for William McKinley.
No one of his public activities appealed to him, however, as did his membership on the Board of Control of the Michigan State School for the Blind to which position he was appointed in 1893 by Governor Luce. He was at once elected Treasurer of the Board, and served as such until his death in 1903. That State School for the Blind was located at Lansing, and during his ten years of incumbency he was the only local resident of the Board. He felt a keen sense of personal responsibility for the school, and supplemented this feeling with sentiment of personal interest and affection for all that pertained to the institution, and he seldom let a week elapse without paying it a visit. His presence at the school was always helpful, suggestive and friendly; and he was welcomed alike by officers, teachers, and pupils. In a trip abroad in 1900 his interest in the education of the blind prompted a careful study of English methods; and he visited the famous school at Upper Norwood, where he was a guest of its more famous superintendent, Sir Francis Campbell.
In 1892 he built the pleasant home in which he lived until his death. He never liked to be long away from it; though each year, with few exceptions, he made extensive business trips which almost invariably took him through the West to the Pacific Coast. There was scarcely a State in the Union in which he did not number many business acquaintances, whom his genial social qualities had converted into warm personal friends. The number of these was doubtless augmented by his Masonic affiliations, as he was a Knight Templar, a Thirty-third Degree Scottish Rite Mason. Indeed it was at a Knight Templar banquet that he suffered the stroke of apoplexy which caused his death. On Friday evening, 17 April 1903, while delivering an after-dinner speech at the Annual Banquet of Commandery 25, Knights Templar, at Lansing, he was stricken, dying two days later.
The public press of the city and state has seldom borne warmer testimony to a man's worth. The simplest and most unassuming of men, he was yet the subject of encomium of preacher and editor alike. Both houses of the State Legislature, then in session, adjourned out of respect to his memory, after framing resolutions of sympathy and regret. On the day of his funeral, every mercantile house and every manufactory in the city that was his home, closed during that hour, as well as all the schools, and during that hour the activities in Lansing of the four trunk railroads entering the city were suspended. Seldom have grief and respect mingled to pay a more spontaneous tribute to a man who was not great save in spirit; who was not ambitious save as he could be useful; who was not famous save as goodness it recognized and revered wherever seen.
At fifty-three he was still a boy; vigorous in body, elastic of step, full of the zest of life, quick to plan, eager to accomplish. His cutting off in his youthful prime, re-stated the ever recurrent riddle of Providence - the reason for the breaking of the useful, and the preservation of the cracked and useless vessel.
Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, pp. 379-384