Theodore W. Bennett married
They had eight children
1. EDWARD (Uncle Ned) unmd.
2. JOHN (Uncle John) m. Katharine Dunham (Aunt Katharine) no ch.
3. WILLIAM (Uncle Billy) unmd.
4. CELINA (Aunt Celin) unmd.
5. RUTH (my mother) m. Brenton H. Dickson Jr. (See Fiske chart under
ch. Mary, 1902-1919, Brenton H. 3d (me), Theodore (Teddy) 1906
1926, Anna, Edward, William (Bill), Ruth (Babe)
6. MARIAN (Aunt Manie) m. William B. Robbins (Uncle Oney — pro- nounced
won-y) — see Fiske chart under Sarah
ch. Sarah (Sally), Chandler, Anne, Henry, Celina, Peter
7. SOPHIA (Aunt Sophy) m. Edmund H. Sears (Uncle Edmund)
ch. John, Leila, Elizabeth (Betty)
Uncle Edmund had three children by a previous marriage: Mary,
Edmund (Ned), Katharine (Kit)
8. ESTHER (Aunt Esther) m. Augustus H. Fiske (Uncle Gus) see Fiske
chart under Andrew
ch. Andrew (Andy), Eben, Mary K. (Kitty), Augustus H. (Gussy),
Theodore W. Bennett was the son of Jonas Bennett, a Boston banker and at
one time President of the Fourth National Bank. The Jonas Bennetts had a
home in Wayland from 1851 until 1866. Jonas died in Arlington in 1886
where he was living at the time. After his death his widow bought a
house in Wayland Center and passed the remainder of her life there.
Jonas used to spend his vacations in Peru, Vermont, where there was
another Jonas Bennett. They were known locally as "Farmer Jonas" and "Gentle-man
Anna Mellen, my grandmother, was the daughter of Judge Edward Mellen. He
had a house in Wayland for many years and presumably was responsible for
giving Wayland its name. Until 1835 it was called East Sudbury. It is
said that he never wore gloves — even while driving a sleigh in the dead