BASIL M. BENNETT was born November 21, 1832, in Ohio, and is the son of Nathan and Martha (Ward) Bennett. The parents were both reared in this county; their parents came from Maryland. Basil M. Bennett was reared on a farm, and at the age of eighteen learned his trade at Hartford for three years. He then came to Beda, hired out, and three months after bought out his employer and later bought the lot where he now lives, and on which he has since resided. He is one of the oldest residents of the place; was appointed postmaster in 1856, and served until 1861, when he resigned. He was then a Democrat. In 1874, he was appointed as a Republican and holds the office to-day; September 16, 1861, he enlisted in Company D.Twenty-sixth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, Federal service, and served until July 20, 1865, having veteranized in January, 1863; was in the battle of Shiloh, but was afterward detailed in the blacksmith department, and when he came out was quartermaster sergeant. January 29, 1856, he married Eleanor Tweddle, of Ohio County. They have had eight children, six now living: Marcus D. L., Stephen R., Herman E., Rupert, Bernice and Ethel. Mr. and Mrs. Bennett are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Mr. Bennett is a Republican, and a temperance man, and owes his position to his own industry.
Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895
Mr. Bennett died 19 Apr 1922 and is buried in the Beulah Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery.