ANNE BEMENT married Jedediah Dewey in 1798. They removed to Manchester where Jedediah made a small clearing, sewed wheat, and built a log house. In 1799 he and his bride drove an ox team from Suffield to Manchester, pulling their sled, two cows and a calf through snow and bitter cold weather. They arrived in February, thoroughly worn out from the journey. He brought the place to a good state of cultivation and left it to his family. A hollowed-out log section was the cradle for their nine children (Source: History of Ontario County, New York). (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America, 1928, pp. 94, 141)spouse: >Dewey, Jedediah (1777 - 1859)
ANSEL ROBERTS BEMENT was a member of Company B, 29th Ohio Volunteers, and died in camp of typhoid pneumonia. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America, 1928, p. 297)
This descendant branch is not currently linked to the main Bement Family Tree. It was abstracted from the Broderbund World Family Tree, Volume 13, Pedigree #3328 as submitted by Kathleen A. McGrady, Kenai, Alaska. (imported: Oct. 1999)spouse: >
Arden Lee Bement was married to his first wife, Edith Ardella Bigelow, for over thirty years until they divorced on 4 May 1961; and later married (2) Alice De Grandmont in 1963.spouse: >Bigelow, Edith Ardella (1908 - 1978)
Arden, known as "Red" or "Al", was 5'11" tall with sandy hair. He was named after the last name of a combat friend of his father who brought him back behind the lines after he was wounded. He grew up in Grand Rapids and Alma before removing with his parents to Ann Arbor about 1922. He was a driver for the Checker Cab Company in 1928. He attended the University of Michigan where he was a Donovan Scholar and graduated with a B.S. (Electrical Engineering), Class of 1931. He held positions in electrical engineering with Westinghouse Electric (1931-37); Pittsburgh Limestone Co., (1937-48); Climax Molybdenum (Climax, Colorado) (1949-54); and Kaiser Aluminum (1954-56), Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He then held consulting positions before joining General Dynamics, Convair in San Diego in 1960. In April 1965 he went with General Electric at Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. From there he went with Bechtel in Richland, Washington until his retirement on 27 Jun 1975.
Edith married (2) Joseph Andrew Blumel, Sr. (b. 1904 near Trieste, Austria) on 10 Jun 1961. She worked as a nurse until shortly before her death in 1978; and is buried in Spokane, Washington.
(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.)
ARTHUR ORIN BEMENT was given the advantages of a good education at Fostoria, Ohio. At fourteen he commenced to learn the trade of moulder, earning $3.00 a week making plow points. After a few years he took the cashier position in the store of ex-governor Charles Foster of Fostoria. At the age of eighteen he became a teacher in the Norris district school near Fostoria at a salary of $30.00 a month. After a term, he gave up teaching to help his father in the foundry/machine shop when they commenced the manufacture of plows. In 1869, in the company of his brother, he came to Michigan to work in the moulding shop of Nicholas and Sheperd of Battle Creek. After three months the brothers returned to Fostoria and worked in Maumee City and Toledo, Ohio for about six months.spouse: >Jenison, Alice A. (1848 - 1884)
In 1869 Arthur and his father removed to Lansing, Michigan from Fostoria where in partnership with his father and $500 he entered upon a brilliant business career that terminated only with his death. He was president of the corporation of E. Bement's Sons from the time of its incorporation in 1886 until 1904 and later. The firm also owned a hardware store in Lansing. He was head of the firm when it fell on hard times and was dissolved.
In 1876 he purchased the grounds and small residence at 310 South Grand Avenue where he constructed what was for many years one of the show places of the capital city, torn down in October, 1939. In 1880 he raised the capital stock of the Lansing Wheelbarrow Company, built its first buildings, and was its first president. The firm became the largest wheelbarrow company in the country and produced 400-500 per day. The Lansing Company developed later from this firm. He also organized the Lansing Wagon Works and secured the subscription of stock to put that business on a substantial basis. In 1892 he became President of the Michigan Knitting Company.
Arthur was member of the first Water Works Board of Lansing City and continued as a member during the period of its construction (1886-88). In 1893 he was elected Mayor of Lansing and served two terms during which the city, through his leadership, bought out the Local Electric Plant and merged it into the growing Water Works plant. He was a Republican in politics, a member of the Plymouth Congregational Church, teacher and Superintendent of Sunday School for many years, member of Masonic Lodge No. 33 and Lansing Commandery No. 25 Knights Templar.
After his retirement he remained in real estate and the insurance business until his death. Men are not made only by their age and environment but by heredity and education and the general rule "like father, like son" holds strikingly well for him. He was truly a pillar of the industrial, civic, and religious community.
His first wife, (1) Alice Jenison, was born 27 Aug 1848 and raised on her father's farm in Eagle, Michigan and educated in the district schools; and died 22 Jul 1884 at Lansing, Ingham Co., Michigan. His second wife, (2) Vina Lou Mosher, was born 30 Sep 1855 near Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada, and taught in the public school at Mason, Michigan. She resided with her daughter Dorothy at Northampton in her later years. Her memory was excellent as a centurion and she lived to be 102 years of age, having passed away in 1958 at Northampton, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts.
Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, Supplement, Spencer L. BeMent, 1996, pp. 298b-c __________________
The following is a transcription of the Obituary of Arthur O. Bement:
THE STATE JOURNAL Sunday, June 27, 1915
ARTHUR O. BEMENT, FORMER MAYOR OF LANSING, IS DEAD PIONEER BUSINESS MAN HAD BEEN ILL WITH HEART TROUBLE LAST FOUR MONTHS
CAME HERE IN 1869
Promoted Lansing Wheel Barrow Company, Wagon Works, and Assisted in Constructing City Water Works System Was Knight Templar.
Arthur O. Bement, one of the city's early mayors and public officials, promoter of a number of local substantial manufacturing institutions and resident of Lansing for nearly half a century, died at his home, 1617 Jerome Street, Tuesday night at 8:15 o'clock, after an illness of nearly four months. Death was due to heart trouble. Funeral arrangements will not be until Thursday.
Was 67 Years of Age
Arthur Orin Bement was 67 years of age, having been born in Fostoria, Seneca County, Ohio on May 22, 1847. In 1869 he came to this city from Fostoria with his father, the late Edward Bement. Father and son located on North Grand Avenue in the implement manufacturing business. The business prospered wonderfully and gradually the firm branched out in its manufacturing operations until its various departments, which covered several acres of land, were producing not only implements, but snow vehicles and stoves. The Bement stove was sold all over the world.
The firm of E. Bement Sons was gigantic in its operations employing at one time 1,000 men. It had its warehouses all over the United States and its distributing agencies in foreign countries handled thousands of dollars worth of its products annually.
Mr. Bement, in1889, purchased the capital stock of the old Lansing Wheelbarrow Company. He pushed the fortunes of this firm, was its first president, and erected its first building. This concern, which is now known at The Lansing Company, is one of the city's biggest and most substantial manufacturing institutions with a mammoth financial investment, acres of buildings and yards and products that are sold all over the world.
Later, Mr. Bement interested himself in the financing of the Lansing Wagon Works. He placed the new enterprise on its feet and secured prosperity for it through his business foresight and ability for organization.
When the city decided upon a municipal water works system Mr. Bement was placed upon the board that had the building of it in charge. He remained upon this board until after the plant was completed. In 1889 Mr. Bement was elected mayor of the city. He was re-elected to a second term and during his administration important improvements were made and there was considerable activity in city affairs. While an incumbent of the municipal executive office the city purchased the electric lighting plant and the water works and this plant were combined.
Was Knight Templar
Mr. Bement was always a republican in politics and took a very active part in the molding of public opinion. He was one of Lansing=s most active citizens both in a business way and civically. He was always a member of the Plymouth Congregational Church, affiliated with Lansing Commandery, No. 25, Knights Templar.
Former Mayor's Funeral Friday
The funeral of A. O. Bement will be held at the residence, 1617 Jerome Street, at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon. Dr. James S. Williamson, pastor of Plymouth Congregational Church presiding. Internment will be in the Mt. Hope cemetery.
ASA BEMENT removed from Wethersfield to Stockbridge, Massachusetts. between 1762 and 1764, and continued to reside at the latter place until his death. For some years, his time there, was the house built by the Reverend John Sergeant, of sainted memory, apostle to the Stockbridge Indians, and which was added to and lived in by his successor, the Reverend Jonathan Edwards, until his departure to become President of Princeton College. Both Mr. Sergeant and Mr. Bement are said to have left this house because of fever and ague (possibly malaria). (Source: Stockbridge Past and Present; or Records of an Old Mission Station. 77,260). Both he and his son Asa were Revolutionary soldiers, serving in Captain Ezra Whittlesey's Company, Third Berkshire County Regiment of Massachusetts militia, in October 1780 "on an alarm to the Westward."spouse: >Neal, Ruth (1738 - 1820)
He represented Berkshire in the Massachusetts Legislature of 1779 and 1806, and had considerable influence and estate at Stockbridge, and large land possessions in Tioga and Broome County, New York. Shortly after the Revolution, the Chenango Purchase was made, and Mr. Bement was one of the sixty associates, largely from Massachusetts, in whom in 1787, was vested by purchase, the title to a tract comprising 230,400 acres, lying between the Chenango River and Owego Creek, in Central New York, laid out for ten townships and known as the Boston Ten Towns. The greater part of the proprietors, and their families, immediately took possession of these lands, and thus it came to pass that the section embraced in the counties of Tioga and Broome were filled with a New England population, while the fertile lands of Western New York, were yet an almost unbroken wilderness. The settlers from Stockbridge, of whom there were many, seemed to have been generally distributed throughout the Purchase.
By deed of 16 Feb 1802, which described him as "Gentleman", Mr Bement conveyed to his son-in-law, Perley Simonds, one hundred acres in Tioga County; and, by deed of 19 Jan 1807, he conveyed to his son, John Bement, a tract of land in the same county, situated between the Chenango and Owego Rivers, and, by another deed, he conveyed lands in Union, Tioga County, to his daughter Rebecca, wife of Lemuel Barnes. (Source: Tioga County Land Records, Liber 2, ff109, 540). His will of 17 Nov 1813 proved 5 April 1814, named wife Ruth, son Asa, to whom he gave land in Broome County; daughter Ruth, widow of Elisha Barnes, and the sons and other daughters hereafter named. (Source: Berkshire Registry of Probate, File Number 3174).
Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, pp. 106-108
Asa Bement served in Captain Ezra Whittlesy's company of the Berkshire County militia at the Alarm of 1780. (Source: DAR #41976, Volume 42, p. 360) He is buried in Stockbridge Cemetery at Stockbridge, Berkshire Co., MA (Source: Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots, Volume 1).
ASA BRUCE BEMENT established at Terre Haute, Indiana, the afterwards the well-known wholesale grocery firm of Bement, Rea + Company, which was still successfully operated by his brother and nephew in 1913. He had no issue. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 171) (also see The Learned Family Genealogy, by William Law Learned, 1882, p. 166; Call Number: CS71.L437)spouse: >Law, Anna F. (1808 - 1855)
ASA BEMENT, JR. was a Revolutionary soldier; suffered violence during Shay's Rebellion, and shortly afterward went with the second band of colonists from Stockbridge to Tioga County, New York, where in 1792, he drew lot 177 in the Grand Division, which was located in the town of Newark Valley, where he built a home to which he brought his family a few years later. Like most of the early adventurers, he went into the wilderness with little to aid him in his enterprise, but with indomitable spirit of perseverance, he looked at its rugged features undismayed, and successfully wrested through long years of its hardships and privations.spouse: >Brown, Abigail (1762 - 1814)
He was a considerable land holder in Tioga and Broome Counties, and on 12 June 1801, for a valuable consideration, he released to Samuel Hershaw, of Northampton, Massachusetts, lot number 89 in the Boston Ten Townships, wife Abigail waiving dower. This, however, was but one of his many land operations.
Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, pp. 164-166 ____________ Asa Bement attended not only to farm work but also built a saw mill a grist mill, a blacksmith shop as well. In the 1820's the house was enlarged into a clapboard house with Federal moldings and proportions. When Asa'a son, William, gained possession of the home, it was enlarged once again, this time in the current neo-classical style, Greek Revival. William Billings gained possession of the property in 1899, and it was his granddaughter, Myrtie Louise Billings Hills who deeded the house and property to the Newark Valley Historical Society with the intention of transforming the house into a living history museum. The house was opened to the public in 1980 with many of the original colors, woodwork, and moldings in tact. The parlor has a painted floor cloth, and the rooms are furnished with antiques from the period of c. 1835. The open-hearth fireplace with its bee-hive oven is in working order. Costumed interpreters cook the old fashioned way while guided tours are given. The grounds of the farmstead also include a carriage barn, blacksmith shop, corn crib, privy, tool shed and woodworking shop. An English threshing barn is soon to be added to the collection. (Source: The History of the Bement-Billings Farmstead, Newark Valley Historical Society, Newark Valley, NY 13811, web site: http://munex.arme.cornell.edu/nvhs/farmdes.htm) ____________ The Bement-Billings Farmstead, listed on the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places, located one mile north of the traffic light in Newark Valley, New York on Route 38. Asa Bement, Jr., a shareholder in the Boston Purchase Company, came from Stockbridge, Massachusetts in 1794 to settle along the banks of the Owego Creek. His home still stands today, the only living history museum in the area, furnished with artifacts and furniture from the 1840's period. Costumed interpreters demonstrate open hearth cooking and other skills such as spinning, weaving, soap and candle making and blacksmithing. In addition to the home and gardens, a barn, sap house, tool shed, blacksmith shop and corn crop complete the picture of mid-nineteenth century life. (Source: The Bement-Billings Farmstead Brochure, circa 1996)
AUGUSTUS SHERWIN BEMENT, about the time he reached his majority, joined his brothers in the conduct of the foundry at Fostoria, Ohio. After the decease of two of them he continued in partnership with his eldest brother, Edwin Bement, until 1856 when he acquired the sole interest. From that time until the beginning of the Civil War he carried on and enlarged the original business, building a brick foundry on Wood Street. His enlistment as Captain in Company B, 55th Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry made it desirable to transfer the establishment to his brother, Edwin, which he accordingly did. He later resigned his commission as Captain and returned home to assist in raising men for the 123rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and went out with it as its Lieutenant Colonel, and came home with his regiment at the close of the War. About 1877, he went to Lansing, Michigan and became associated with the business of E. Bement's Sons, remaining in this connection to the close of his life.spouse: >Harrington, Margaret L. (1814 - 1903)
He married the widow of his older brother, Orson B. Bement. An expanded history on him and his brothers are covered in his older brothers', Edwin Bement (1811-1880) notes. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, pp. 295-297, 301
Winging in from Detroit in 59 hours and 40 minutes over the Lincoln Highway, the first production model of the new Hupp Skylark automobile arrived in San Francisco last Monday piloted by Austin Bement, vice president of the Lincoln Highway Association and partner in the Detroit national advertising agency of Grace + Bement, Inc. In 1915, Mr. Bement, then as now a vice president of the pioneer road-stimulation organization, made the same trip with H.B. Joy, and the time was 220 hours through mud holes and over fields on the uncompleted highway.
COMFORT FACTOR "The trip was a pleasure every mile of the way and was the nearest thing to flying I have ever experienced," Mr. Bement stated. "The Skylark is so low to the ground that the comfort factor is pronounced and there is absolutely no strain in driving. In fact, the car is lower than it is wide.
"I made no attempt to establish a speed record, because I was driving my wife on a combination business and pleasure trip, yet we ended up by approaching such official records as exist. This was indeed a tribute to the advanced engineering of the new Skylark which the association chose for its official car. The 101 horsepower Hupp engine floated us through at very high speeds, our average being 46.26 miles per hour for the entire distance. Despite this high average of speed, gasoline consumption was fifteen miles to the gallon.
BACK IN 1915 "I could not help contrasting this smooth trip with the hazards and pitfalls of the trip made in 1915 to visit the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Then, with H.B. Joy, we averaged 13.5 miles a day and our gasoline consumption was eight miles to the gallon Our time was 220 hours. We were constantly being pulled out of the mud by horses and mules. It took us five days to get across the State of Iowa alone!"
The Hupp Skylark driven by Mr. Bement was delivered to H.O. Harrison, veteran California motor car dealer, who will handle the line in Northern California and Nevada. Del Larson, Pacific Coast Hupmobile factory man, was among the many greeters, including Mayor Rossi and W.P. Day, director of works at the Golden ate International Exposition, where the journey was completed.
Integral construction is a feature of the new Hupp Skylark, it was learned at the public display of the official car. The body and frame are integral and the chassis is "frameless." This construction permits the extreme rakishness of design, which is an eye-catcher on city streets.
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Avis Bement graduated from business college and took courses at Southwestern College, but never worked in the business world. She was withdrawn, unsociable, moody, often depressed, demanding and dependent upon others, both emotionally and physically. She never married and died a young woman.
BENJAMIN BEMENT (3-6), died after his father, intestate, and without issue.
BENJAMIN BEMENT (4-8) was born 14 Sept 1698 at Enfield, CT, and probably died in that part of Enfield which later became Somers, Connecticut, after 26 Mar 1744. By a quit claim deed of 24 February 1719, he made over to William Bement, all right to Wauchoage lands, "formerly belonging to" his "Father, John Bement, together with all rights and titles to lands that were his "grandfather's, John Bement, deceased," and on 15 Feb 1723, he sold to his "Uncle, Edmond Bement" all rights to lands accruing to himself from the estate of his "grandfather, John Bement in the town of Enfield." (Source: Hampshire County Registry of Deeds Later C 596, Liber D 195). He was a party to sundry other conveyances and a witness to so great a number as to suggest that by occupation he was surveyor of conveyancer.spouse: >Abbe, Elizabeth (~1698 - )
From 1 June to 30 Nov 1725, a period of twenty-five weeks and two days, he served as a private, in Captain Timothy Dwight's Company at Fort Dummer. (Source: Massachusetts State Archives, Liber XCI, 236).
He married at Enfield, 28 Nov 1725, Elizabeth Abbe, daughter of Thomas Abbe. She married (2) as second wife, 23 Apr 1747, Samuel Felt of Somers, Connecticut.
Chronicles of the Bement Family in America 1928, pp. 47-48.
BENJAMIN BEMENT (5-25) became a resident of Portland, Connecticut, before 1751, as on 12 Aug of that year he became a member of its Congregational Church by baptism. He died at Portland in the thirtieth year of his age, and was buried in the Portland Quarry Cemetery, now extinct. (Source: Bement Chronicles in America, 1928, pp. 79-80)spouse: >Stocking, Elizabeth (1726 - 1815)
BENJAMIN BEMENT was a Revolutionary War soldier, serving eight years in the artillery. He enlisted in May 1776 at Waterbury, Connecticut in Captain John Lewis' Company, Colonel Douflass' Regiment, and was in the battles of Harlem Heights, Turtle Bay and White Plains, as is set forth in his application for pension 31July 1832 at Middlebury, Connecticut. (Source: Family Papers and the Chronicles of the Bement Family in America, 1928, pp. 116b-116d)spouse: >Winters, Keziah (1756 - 1843)
BENJAMIN BEMENT was born in Middletown, Connecticut and was living in Wolcutt, Connecticut in 1840, then aged eighty-three years. He was a Revolutionary Soldier, and after the close of the war became, in 1785, a land owner at Waterbury, Connecticut, living in that section, which in 1807 became Middlebury, Connecticut. In 1832 he sold his home in Middlebury, and moved to Wolcott, where, it is believed, the remainder of his life was spent. The records of Benjamin Bement (No. 92) and of his cousin, Benjamin Bement, (No. 93b), are somewhat confused, and the Revolutionary service attributed to No. 92 may belong entirely to No. 93b. His wife surmised to have been a Miss Porter of that vicinity. (Source: Bement Chronicles in America, 1928, p. 116)spouse: >Porter, ??? (~1757 - )
Benjamin is buried in Woodtick Cemetery in Wolcott, Connecticut. (Source: Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots, Volume 1).
BENJAMIN BEMENT (7-276c) was a carpenter and never married, said to have removed to Centerville, Pennsylvania about 1827, and believed to have died near Cincinnati, Ohio. He may also have been the Benjamin Bement who was living at Cairo, Greene Co., New York in 1832. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 116b
Benjamin Bement information was obtained from Brøderbund Wold Family Tree, Volume 11, Pedigree 4368 as submitted by Denis Taft of Kent, Washington. He also provided the specific dates for Benjamin and his wife Alma. This branch has not currently been linked to the main Bement family tree. Benjamin is possibly a grandson of Thomas Bement (1848-1922) (Oct 1999)spouse: >Wambach, Alma (1909 - 1997)
Benjamin is referred to as Benjamin H. Bement in the Bement Chronicles, but later information refers to him as Benjamin R. Bement. The Chronicles also refer him being born 18 Feb 1852. He is buried in Webberville Cemetery in Webberville, Michigan. (Source: Cherryl Webber Valleau, May 1998)spouse: >Quay, Lucy Keziah (1848 - 1928)
BENJAMIN SHELDON BEMENT was a successful farmer in Cass County, Michigan, but was retired from active pursuits before 1913. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 338)spouse: >Kellogg, Eliza Jane (1842 - >1912)
BENTON BEMENT, D.D.S., received a common school education under the tutelage of his mother, and in 1869 commenced teaching in country schools. In 1871 he established the "Grand River Herald," a newspaper published by him at Muir, Michigan until 1876 when he disposed of the paper. He then removed to Lansing in order to better care for his father who was fatally ill. While in Lansing he held a position in the manufacturing establishment of E. Bement + Sons. In 1877 he taught school at St. John's, Michigan, and removed the following year to Little Traverse, Michigan where, with Charles S. Hampton, he again engaged in the newspaper business, establishing the "Emmett County Independent", a weekly paper devoted to advocating the principals peculiar to the Greenback party. At Little Traverse he was instrumental in having the village incorporated, and the name changed to Harbor Springs.spouse: >Chase, Emma Amelia (1845 - )
In the Autumn of 1882, at Lockport, New York, he entered the dental office of Dr. Luther T. Dickinson, as a student, and there remained until 1888 when he entered the dental department of the State University of Iowa. He graduated from there on 11 March 1890 and became successfully engaged in the practice of his profession at Lockport through at least 1913. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 323)
BERTHA BEMENT was educated at the Case and Hollowell College Preparatory School of Philadelphia; was a member of the Philomusian Club, Vice President of the Women's Board of the American Oncological Hospital, and otherwise interested in civic betterment work. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 368b)spouse: >Moore, James Clark Jr. (1869 - 1943)
BINGHAM BEMENT was born at Salisbury, Connecticut. Nothing is known of him save that the married and had at least one son. The original Bement Chronicles (1928) indicated that he had a son named Harley although there appears to be inconsistencies in the birth dates. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928; Spencer BeMent Supplement, 1996, p. 111d)spouse: >
BINGHAM BEMENT (7-677) joined the Morman Church and removed to Utah.spouse: >Russell, Melissa (1817 - 1850)
Bement Chronicles in America 1928, p. 176e
Burr William Bement; his mother, Marie Redding Bement; his younger brother, Oakley Bement; his daughter, Sharon Bement; and Adell, his second wife are buried in the same plot in Cortland Cemetery. (Gary Walter Bement, September 1997)spouse: >Congdon, Estelle M. (1920 - 1990)
BUTLER BEMENT (7-277a) was a jeweler and silversmith. They had eight children, all died of consumption (pulmonary tuberculosis). (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 116cspouse: >Lester, Esther (1791 - 1847)
CALEB NICHOLS BEMENT accompanied his father to Hudson and Albany, New York. At Albany he was one of the subscribers to defray the expenses attending the celebration of the meeting of the waters of the Erie Canal and Hudson River, which took place at Albany on 7 Oct 1825. In the following year he purchased the Robinson property in Albany with a view to fitting it up as a hotel with gardens adjoining. About 1836, he bought Three Hills Farm, some three and half miles from Albany, and turned much of his attention to agriculture, and the breeding of blooded stock. A lover of nature, he was also a ready writer, and a contributor to many agricultural papers and journals. His American Poulterers Companion, a Practical Treatise on the Breeding, Rearing and General Management of Various Species of Domestic Poultry, was first published in 1845. It was the pioneer of American works devoted to this subject, and passed through several editions.spouse: >Holmes, Harriet Hobbie (1791 - 1823)
He succeeded his father in the management of the American Hotel at Albany. In the notice of his death, the Albany Journal said: "Those of our readers whose memories can carry them back to the good times when DeWitt Clinton was governor of this State will remember Caleb N. Bement. He kept a well-ordered house on Green Street near State, which was the resort of all the leading politicians of that day, and where all the good things to eat and drink were to be found. Quiet and unassuming, he was esteemed by all, and looked upon as a highly important citizen. Several years since he left this city and took up his residence in Poughkeepsie, where he resided up to the moment of his death, which occurred after a lingering illness." He was buried in the Poughkeepsie Cemetery, as were many of his family.
Caleb Bement first married (1) Harriet Hobbie Holmes, and after her death, he married her younger sister, (2) Caroline Blumy Holmes from which he had issue from both. In later years he married for a final time, (3) Susan E. Pierce, who survived him. Harriet was born 22 Nov 1791in Greenfield, Franklin Co., New York and died 29 Jul 1823 in Albany, Albany Co., New York. Caroline was born 17 Jan 1806 in Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Co., New York and died 13 Oct 1836 at Three Hills Farm, Albany, Albany Co., New York. Susan was born 14 Jan 1801 and died 31 Jul 1872 at Rochester, Monroe Co., New York.
Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, pp. 241-242
CARL FOX BEMENT (9-1394) was the natural son of Francis "Frank" H. Bement who 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. Carl was named by his grandfather, Daniel Bement, after John Fox Alden, the first president and founder of Allegheny College. Carl was reared as a son by his Aunt Nancy when Frank Bement left for four years in the Civil War. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, 181q, xxiii.)spouse: >Parker, Orpha (1868 - )
CAROLINE "CADDIE" E. BEMENT and her husband, William resided with her parents in Windsor where William helped on the family farm from 1900-1910. Information on the descendants of Caroline "Caddie" E. Bement was provided by Spencer L. BeMent of Ann Arbor, Michigan (1996). (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, 1996 Supplement, p. 140c)spouse: >Wilbur, William S. (<1860 - )
CAROLINE "CADDIE" ELIZABETH BEMENT died shortly after the birth of her second child at 23 years of age. Both of her children, Caroline Bement Wilson and Rufus Budd Bement Wilson (aka, Robert Bement Wilson), went to live, and were brought up by, her older sister, Mary Jane (Bement) Ames). The following is an excerpt from her obituary as published in the Clyde Weekly Times, Clyde, Ohio on 23 Jan 1968: "Another young wife and mother has left her home desolate, and stepped out upon the unseen realities of the future. She was much beloved by all who knew her, and many hearts grieve that she was thus early called home." (Source: James Arthur Reitz, July 1997)spouse: >Wilson, John A. (~1845 - ~1895)
May be Charles A. Bement, husband of Leah Cole. This couple had a daughter, Alice Bement, born 1878 in Fillmore, Andrew Co., Missouri. (LDS Library, Oct 1999)
CHARLES BEMENT died unmarried in a railroad accident at Nashua, Iowa.
Charles Bement is not currently linked into the main Bement family line. He is believed to be Charles Bement, son of Henry G. Bement, although this link has not been verified as of this date. (Dec 1998) The information on this Charles was provided by Kelly O'Dell Vance, Virginia Beach, VA (e-mail: Kel26f@@aol.com) + Brøderbund WFT Volume 12, Pedigree #2085.spouse: >Keable, Mary (1872 - 1941)
LDS records indicate that a H. Clyde Bement was born to Charles A. Bement and Leah Cole in January 1889 in Illinois.spouse: >Ward, Mary Jeane (1855 - )
Charles Bement is a descendant of Bingham Bement, but may not be son of Henry Allen Bement, but rather the son of one his Henry's brothers. His daughter, Linda Bement, won the title of Miss America.spouse: >private
Charles Henry Bement, operator of the sawmill, was transferred the same year to Cove Fort, leading his descendants to conclude that the flood caused permanent closure of the sawmill. Whether or not this is true, it is likely that the damage to the millpond and ditches had a significant impact on the Chase Mill and its machinery. Inability to control floods certainly may have contributed to its eventual demise. (Source: An Enduring Legacy: Volume Seven, The Chase Mill, Millers and Managers, History of the Chase Mill)spouse: >Prows, Margaret Annie (1869 - 1946)
Charles Lewis Bement was estranged from his parents, possibly due to his relationship and subsequent marriage to Ethel Hilbert. Ethel had a child, Marjorie Hilbert (b. 30 March 1928) from an unknown relationship. Charles never worked for a living, and spent most of his adult life in a tuberculosis sanitarium and died in the Iola Sanitarium in Rochester, New York at about 38 years of age. Ethel was born in Clayton, New York to Henry and Minnie (Zaybernick) Hilbert. Her cremated remains were sprinkled on her mother's grave. Source: The information on Charles Lewis Bement and his descendants was provided by his grand-daughter, Jennifer Jo (Bement) Zarpentine of Rochester, New York. (March, 1998)spouse: >Hilbert, Ethel (1909 - 1975)
Engaged in the manufacture of paper.spouse: >Harke, Emma (~1873 - >1912)
CHARLES PORTER BEMENT was a farmer the greater part of his life. In his later years he engaged in the lumber business, and at the time of decease, was connected with the Washington Lumber Mills at Spokane, Washington where he had resided since 1909. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 352)spouse: >Van Tuyl, Mary Antoinette (1843 - 1909)
CHARLES PORTER BEMENT succeeded his father in the grain, lumber and coal business at Shell Rock, Iowa where he was still residing about 1912, and had no issue. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 353)spouse: >Mansfield, Harriet (1879 - >1912)
Resided in Walla Walla, Washington at one time, and died in Baker, Oregon.spouse: >Schooten, Florence M. (>1887 - )
CHARLES RUSSELL BEMENT, at the age of seventeen, joined his brother at Evansville, Illinois, where he later became established as the principal partner of the Bement + Veile Company, Wholesale Grocers; and of Goodsell + Company, at Bowling Green, Kentucky, also wholesale grocers. Disposing of some of his interests in the wholesale houses, and withdrawing form the more active participation therein, he organized the Merchants National Bank of Evansville, becoming its president and continuing as such until compelled by ill-health to discontinue the Bank, some ten years previous to his decease.spouse: >Ruby, Mary Charlotte (1832 - 1912)
He was one of the organizers and a director of the First Street Railway Company of Evansville, and of the Belt Railway Company, as well as a director of many other of the local institutions. His beautiful country home at Bridgeport, Connecticut was still held by his only daughter, Mary Viele Bement, after 1913. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, pp. 258-259)
CHARLES S. BEMENT was a machinist and inventor of no small repute. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 288)spouse: >House, Jerusha Olmstead (1815 - 1894)
Charlotte Bement and her descendant information was obtained from DAR records, Volume 104, p. 309, DAR ID#103819. ___________________spouse: >Allen, Warham (~1780 - ~1825)
The following is "the last (letter) of old Charlotte S. Allen" dated Sept 18, 1861. (Please note that the spelling contained in the following letter was transcribed as is): I think I shall not live long and I will leve a text to be preached at my funerall. now my children remember and have it as I say this, " weep not for me but for yourselves and your children" But I say rejoyce rejoyce I say rejoyce that your Mother is wiling to give up the world and all its vanitys I think I think I have I think I have staid long enough am redey and wiling willing to go and meete my god and savior. This my request that you sing the him beginning I would not live ???????? ask not to stay. (Source: Allen Hinkel Williams, Battle Creek, Michigan (Dec 1998) ___________________
Information on the descendants of Charlotte (Bement) and Warham Allen was provided by their great-grandson, Allen Hinkel Williams, of Battle Creek, Michigan (salal@@gateway.net) (Jan 1999) ___________________
Charlotte Bement descendant information was obtained from the Brøderbund World Family Tree, Volume 10, Pedigree #1543 as supplied by Charles A. Collins of Fallbrook, California. (Oct 1999)spouse: >Abbe, Roswell (1788 - 1850)
CHARLOTTE BEMENT married Nahum Putney and probably had more than one child. The only child though known is Lottie (Putney) Bailey who was living in Shelburn Falls, Massachusetts around 1914. (Source: Bement Chronicles in America, 1928, p. 125) ________________spouse: >Putney, Nahum (1812 - 1901)
Note: The information on this family branch was updated with information obtained from the "New England Families Genealogical and Memorial: Volume IV" by William Richard Cutter; originally published New York, 1913, p. 1925.
Reprinted for Clearfield Company, Inc. by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, Maryland, 1996, 1997. International Standard Book Number: 0-8063-4612-4
This is Volume IV of a four-volume set. It has records of achievements of people from England, who have set up commonwealths in New England. About 6,000 names included in this record.
Bibliographic Information: Cutter, William Richard. New England Families Genealogical and Memorial: Volume IV. 1913. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1996.
CHESTER BEMENT was justice of the peace at Ashfield, Massachusetts for several years. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 193)spouse: >Newhall, Mary (1796 - 1867)
CLARENCE EDWIN BEMENT moved with his father, in 1969, from Fostoria, Ohio to Lansing, Michigan where the family established their residence. He entered the public schools, working in his father's shop during the vacation, and in 1876, after having graduated from both the scientific and classical course of the local high school, he entered the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor as a member of the Class of 1880, but did not finish his course there, going into business with his father and brothers after his second year at the University.spouse: >Roberts, Caroline Hyde (1856 - 1934)
He kept up his studies after he left college, and accumulated a library of some 5,000 volumes, largely on historical and classical subjects, taking part extensively in the social and political life of the community. He also became a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In 1898 he was elected a member of the Local Board of Education, a position he held for twelve years.
After the dissolution of the firm of E. Bement's Sons in 1904, he was for a short time the Superintendent of the City Schools, and afterward became connected as Secretary and General Manager with the Novo Engine Company at Lansing, a position which he occupied at least to 1913. He also was Vice President of the Michigan Historical and Pioneer Society, having been Chairman of the Committee of Historians from 1909 to at least 1913. He was also for a number of years a member of the Michigan State Engineering Society to whose proceedings he was a regular contributor, and was President of the Local Manufacturers and Jobbers Association since its inception in 1901 to at least 1913.
Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, pp. 385a-b
CLARENCE EUGENE BEMENT was a prosperous farmer and miller at Mecklenburgh, Schuyler Co., New York. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 328)spouse: >Ammack, Susie M. (1860 - >1912)
CLARENCE SWEET BEMENT, early in life, identified himself with his father's business in Philadelphia. In 1870 he entered the firm which thereafter was known as William B. Bement + Son. Eighteen years later, upon retirement of his father, he became the senior partner. He held that position until August, 1899 when the Bement, Miles + Company was merged into the Miles-Bement-Pond Company.spouse: >Ridgway, Martha Shreve (1853 - 1907)
Primarily a businessman he was likewise a man of diversified tastes and pursuits. One of these began when as a lad not yet out of school. He collected minerals, which in time was the outstanding one of its class in America. So important was it, that the medal of appreciation was conferred upon its author by the University of Munich. Known as the Bement Collection, it is now (about 1923) in the National Museum of New York. Among its many treasures are the four hundred specimens of meteorites stand out prominently. Another pursuit, perhaps the second to find expression, was the search for rare books in fine bindings. To go through his library was the bibliophile's delight, for therein grouped were brilliant examples of the bookman's handiwork, centuries old. He was also a widely known collector of Americana, Philadelphia imprints, American portraits, and Colonial paper money, with which latter collection, during the height of his interest, none other compared. His antique coins - the histories of the earlier rulers of the world in miniature - were a joy to the numismatist. This was another example of the versatility of the man who was wont to declare he learned all the ancient history he ever knew, and it was considerable, in the pursuit of coins. A decided talent for music brought him into association with the leading musicians of the day, and made him an early promoter and subsequent guarantor of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
He was a member of the American Philosophical Society, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Numismatic and Antiquarian Society, the Academy of Fine Arts, Philobiblon Club, Franklin Institute, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Colonial Society of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution, the Union League, and other organizations. He was also director of several institutions, and a Republican in politics.
Of great importance is the fact that he was the individual who contracted the services of J. Granville Leach (to compile the Chronicles of the Bement Family in America). Unfortunately, due to the death of both of these individuals in 1923 the "Chronicles" were never truly published. Two copies of the Chronicles were placed in public institutions in 1928, the Library of Congress and the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, pp. 367, 368a-c) ____________________ He resided at 1814 Spring Garden in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1890. (Source: 1890 Philadelphia City Directory) ____________________
Note: The original Chronicles have been copied from the Library of Congress by Dennis Gene BeMent and further transferred in their entirety into computer format on Family Tree Maker media. They have been updated to a great extent using normal genealogy resources and placed into the World Family Tree in hopes of sharing the family history to other interested parties. Information was also supplied by Spencer Leigh BeMent of Ann Arbor, Michigan who has for many years been compiling much information on his descendent line. (Dennis BeMent, Orlando, Florida, 1997)
Claude G. BeMent, Sr., born Apr 1890, died 1961 (71) at Evanston, Illinois; married Helen Bowers, born 26 Oct 1894 in Illinois, died Oct 1983 (89) at Napierville or Washburn, Illinois. They divorced and remarried each other.spouse: >Bowers, Helen (1894 - 1983)
In 1900 Claude resided in Lodi Township, Seneca County, NY (north of Hector) with Charles C. and Effie B. Marrow who had no children. Charles was a farmer and Effie, born 1879, may have been Claude's aunt. In 1913 Claude and Helen witnessed the marriage of George Bement and Ada Prouty at Jamestown, NY. During World War I Claude was gassed at Aragon Forest, France and as a result was in and out of Hines Veterans Hospital in Chicago. He may have worked for the railroad. Later he worked in the shipping department of Littons Department Store in Chicago and rose to department head.
Helen married at a young age (1) Jack Felton and they had three children: She worked for Fanny May Candy Company at Evanston, Illinois.
It is believed that Claude is a descendant of Lewis and Rose (Havens) Bement who apparently resided in the region of Mechlenburg, Hector Township, Schuyler County, New York, but It is unknown as to who Lewis's parents were. (Source: Spencer L. BeMent, Ann Arbor, MI; June 1998)
Claude G. BeMent, Jr., married (1) ca. 1947 Eleanor L. Frey at Evanston, divorced ca. 1959, born ca. 1925, no issue; (2) ca. 1960 Mary Lorraine Hinebaugh at Waukegan, Illinois, divorced 1980 in Florida, born ca. 1937 in Kansas, died 6 Nov 1989 (ca. 50) at Junction City, throat cancer, daughter of Walter and Ada Hinebaugh; (3) 1980 Janet DeBiaso. Claude, 6'3", was a radio operator in the 5th Air Force in WWII and flew missions on B 23 and 24's. He contracted malaria in New Guinea. After the war he returned to Illinois. He ran a Hertz car rental service. In 1972 he removed to Florida and operated a car rental for an auto dealership. He resided first in Miami, then Sarasota (1989), Venice (1991-94) and Lady Lake (1996). After the divorce Mary removed to Junction City, Kansas to look after her elderly parents. Claude resided in Venice, Florida from about 1988 until his death in 1999.spouse: >private
Claude and Eleanor were high school classmates in Illinois. A dedicated professional, she had no interest in having children which contributed to their separation and divorce. She worked in insurance and later showed dogs around the country. She resided at Northbrook, Illinois in 1983-96 at least. 708-272-0588. Mark Randall Bement was the most helpful and his brother Patrick added other information.
Source: Spencer L. BeMent, Ann Arbor, MI (6/98) ------------------------------------ Claude BeMent moved from Miami to Venice, Florida eleven years ago. He retired in 1987 as a leasing agent for Cooper Oldsmobile in Coral Gables. He was past president of the Perrine, Florida Lyons Club and a member of American Legion Post 159. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.
Survivors include his wife, Janet; two sons, Patrick of Houston and Mark of Basehor, Kansas; a daughter, Tammy of Vero Beach; three sisters; a brother; and six grandchildren. (Source: Excerpts from Obituary, April 1999)
Died of heart failure.