John Henry Bennett
Attached are pics that were
discovered in the last minute of the estate sale
of a cousin in Vancouver. She was the grand
daughter of John Henry Bennett of Petrolia. My
guess the pic of the house/family would have
taken about 1888/89. Dont know what street they
lived on. John Henry was an Oil Producer
& Reeve in Petrolia 1865, his wife was Mary
Jane Barnum. They left Petrolia abt. 1908/09 for
Bakersfield, California. The pic that is
attached of John Henry is on that hangs in the
Oil Museum. Also attached is Mary Jane Barnum
Bennett holding daughter Ida Mae. She was born
1869 & appears to be about a year old. John
Henry is in the Commenorative Biographical
Record of Lambton County 1909 page 71 & 72.
All of their children were born & raised in
The pic of the 2 boys is my great grandfather
WilliamSidney & Chester Bennett abt. 1895/96
by Rolson in Petrolia.
The pic of the 6 girls are the
daughters of John Henry & Mary Jane. Date
unknown, however the youngest girl is Ethel
Helen & she apprears to be about 7 or 8
L - R
Edith Mabel,Ida Mae,Eleanor Louise,Mary
Melissa,Bertha & Ethel Helen.
Ethel Helen & my great grandfather
William Sidney were twins & born April 1885,
their pic is attached. John Henrys brothers
Alexander, Frederick Chas.,George Noel, &
James resided in Petrolia. Their children were
born there as well.
All of these great pics & text on
this page were submitted by someone that visited
the Petrolia Heritage website.