R. C. BENNET, farmer, Sec. 34; P.O. Oregon; is a son of H.R. Bennett, who was born 1819 in Ontario Co., N.Y., and came to Fitchburg in 1846, entering 160 acres on Sec. 31, which he soon traded for 80 of the present homestead, afterward buying the 80 on which are the buildings. In October, 1846, Thomas Gilbert, wife and six children left Ontario Co., N.Y. and settled in the town of Oregon, bought 80 acres on Sec. 6, and built a log house, where his daughter, H.R. and Mr. Bennett were married, Feb. 29, 1848; she was born in Ontario Co., in 1829; they began life in a log house, standing a few yards north of the present house, the upright part of which was built by Mr. B. prior to his death, Oct. 7, 1854; his only son and child, born here in 1852, has since cleared about 80 acres, and made substantial improvements.He married, in Union, Rock. Co., WI, Ida, daughter of Norman Hough, of Evansville; they have two children – Claudia and Maudie, both born on the old homestead.

He is a Republican, and the entire family belong to the Presbyterian Church.

Alive to progress, he has now four young Hambletonian horses; his father was a carpenter and joiner by trade. Three generations his mother’s ancestors were warriors. Thomas Gilbert was a Revolutionary hero, his son and her father was in the war of 1812, and her brother, Thomas was shot dead at the close of the last fight of the war of secession, at Spanish Fort, March 27, 1865; he had gone safely through the mighty struggle of four years, only to die thus; his brother James Gilbert, was Lieutenant of the same Company, E. 8th W.V.I.

1880 History of Dane County, Wisconsin, p. 1253.