JACOB T. BENNETT was born in Ohio County, Ky., November 17, 1837, and is a son of James and Julia A. (Igleheart) Bennett,, natives of Virginia and Maryland, respectively. James Bennett received his early education in his native State. When a young man he came to Ohio County, Ky., where he was afterward married. Here he bought wild land near Centretown and commenced to improve a farm, which he soon after sold and again bought wild land in the same county, near Point Pleasant. There he improved a farm upon which he resided until his death, which occurred in 1839. In addition to farming he was also quite extensively engaged in flat-boating, having made several trips down the Green, Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans. He always accomplished the return journey on foot, passing through several Indian nations on the way. In early life he learned the carpenter's trade, which he followed to some extent for several years. He was a veteran in the war of 1812. He and wife were from early life members of the United Baptist Church. Jacob T. Bennett received such an education as the schools of the time afforded. After his father's death he remained on the home farm with his mother until he attained his majority. In December, 1861, he enlisted in Company G, Seventeenth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry (Union service), and served in that company and regiment until April, 1862, when the Twenty-fifth was consolidated with the Seventeenth Kentucky, after which he served in Company I of the same regiment, in all its marches and engagements, until February, 1865, when the regiment was mustered at Loaisville, Ky. He participated in the battles of Shiloh, Ft. Donelson, Perryville, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, the Atlanta campaign, Franklin, and Sherman's memorable march to the sea. After his return from the army he bought a farm on the Green River, where he remained for four years, when he sold out and bought the farm near Centertown, upon which he now resides. He was married September 23, 1859, to Fannie Jago, a native of Muhlenburgh County, Ky. Ten children have been born to them, eight of whom — three sons and five daughters — are living. Mr. Bennett and wife are members of the United Baptist Church. He is also a member of Hartford Post, G. A. R. In politics, he is independent, not being identified with either of the great political parties.
Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895