Hi! I wish you had included your tree link -of course I found it after most of the following was found !! http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/12230458/person/1715979242/
I'm going to include all of what I found, some of it you already have. The birth year of 1888 is wrong it's what he knew when he registered for the draft. I attached a copy of his birth cert 6 Jun 1892 and a copy of his draft regis. 6 Jun 1888.
Starting with Roy's dad, Emerson, as a child... through adulthood, marriage and children... by listing the same census years together here you can see how little Roy may have seen his father Emerson.
1870 Census, Post Office: Ovid, Middlebury, Shiawassee, Michigan
BENNETT, Catharine head 65 b NY, On farm $1,500/480
next door is...
BENNETT, Burnett head 38 b NY, farm tenant $ -/150
Elsie wife 30 b NY (from other trees: Elsie Jane Payne)
Julia dua 14 b MI
Emerson son 11 b MI
Seth son 8 b MI
1880 Census Ovid, Clinton, Michigan
BENNETT, A. M. head 50, b NY/NY/NY Carpenter & Joiner
Elsie J. wife 43 b MI/NY/NY
Emerson E. son 20 b MI laborer (1860)
Julia A. dau 24 b MI seamstress (c1856)
Seth J. son 17 b MI laborer (1863-1942)
Alfred J. son b MI 3 (1876-1932)
1890-2 Emerson would be 30 he marries... did not find marriage record.
1892 Emerson Bennett, a Carpenter, b MI and Vina Bennett, b Canada, both residents of Grand Ledge, Eaton County, MI; had a child Roy C. Bennett, 6 Jun 1892 at Lansing, Eaton, Michigan (see picture)https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11848-131733-72...
1893-1897 Emerson & Vina divorced. The child, a toddler, goes with Vina.
1897 Emerson marries (2) Emma
1900 Census 209 Knox St., Tobacco, Gladwin, Michigan
BENNETT, Emerson E 40, married 3 years b Dec 1859 MI/MI/MI; occ: can't read.
Emma 23, has 1 child born & 1 child living; b Nov 1875 MI/OH/NY
Wilma 1 Aug 1898 MI/MI/MI
1900 Census 909 Prospect St., Lansing Ward 5, Ingham, Michigan
BENNETT, Vina Head 32 b Jun 1869 Canada, Widowed, Imm 1881 here 19 yrs, Knitting Factory Inspector, owns home w/motgage.
Roy Benett 9 b Jun 1890 b MI/MI/Canada
Zelina Hull 5 Roomer (Daughter crossed out) b MI/Canada/MI
Zelona Hull 5 Roomer b MI/Canada/MI
1910 Census Sciota, Shiawassee, MI
BENNETT, Emerson E head 49 Married X-2 for 12 yrs; b MI/NY/NY, Occ: Carpenter.
Emma J wife 34 Married X-1 for 12 yrs.; 2 ch/2 ch liv; b OH[SICMI]/OH/NY
Wilma E dau 11 b MI
Bernice L dau 8 b MI
(Not On Census) Leila Amma Bennett was born May 27 1910 & died July 26, 1910. 1mo, 29 days.
Emerson & Elsie's (the 1st wife) son Seth J. is found on same page.
1910 Census 218 Roinson St., Flint, Ward 4, Genesee, MI
HULL, Albert head 38 Married X-2 for 13 yrs. (1897) b Canada Imm 1882, Naturalized; Machinist Auto Factory
Alvina wife 40 Married X-2 for 13 yrs. 1 ch b/1 ch liv (Roy); b Canada, Imm 1881
Zelona dau 15 b MI
Zelma dua 15 b MI
BENNETT, Roy E stepson 19 b MI, Machinist Auto Factory
NOTE: Roy's birth record shows mother as Vina, here she's Alvina, headstone is Lavina.
NOTE: 1910 state married 13 yrs., 1897. 1900 census she is Bennett a widow (Emerson d. 1923?), Hull children are Roomers.
After 1910, before 1915
Roy marries Bessie A Belman, b 14 Dec 1891, Shiawassee Co., MI; d 1975
Roy Bennett 1915-1916, son of R. E. & B. A. Bennett (see link below)
"United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Roy Emerson Bennett VS Roy C Bennett on birth record.
birth date: 6 Jun 1888 VS 6 Jun 1892 on birth record.
The birth place is same as birth record.
He is within 4 yrs of birth, has taken his father's first name as his middle.
Roy Emerson Bennett, 27, of 201 E. Tobias St., Flint, Genesee, Mich.; born June 6, 1888; natural born citizen, born in Lansing, Eaton, Mich., US. He is a self employed Chauffer working in Flint, Mich., he has a wife & child who are dependent on him for support. He is a married caucasian. He claims exemption due to rupture and wife & child. [signed] Roy Emerson Bennett /-/ side 2: His physical description is medium height and build with dark blue eyes and dark hair not bald. No loss of extremity or other disability. 6th Ward, 2nd Precinct, Flint, Mich. Jun 5 1917 /-/ Source: NARA Pub# M1509, Film # 1675434 World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards. https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K6XW-P85
NOTE: First Registration. The registration on 5 June 1917, was for men aged twenty-one to thirty-one—men born between 6 June 1886 and 5 June 1896.
1920 Census Sciota, Shiawassee, Michigan
BENNETT, Emerson E head 65
Emma J wife 43
Bernice L dau 18
Lois E dau 9
1920 3 Jan Census 201 Tobias St., Flint Ward 6, Genesee, Michigan
BENNETT, Roy E head 29 b MI/MI/Canada; Foreman auto shop; owns house w/mortage, rents to another family.
Bessie (A. Belman) wife 28 MI/MI/England;
Fletcher son 2yrs, 11mos.
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Find A Grave Memorials- listed here as they are found in census work above.
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Emerson Bennett (Roy's Father) Find A Grave http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=33...
Seth Bennett (Roy's Uncle) Find A Grave http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=10...
Alfred Bennett (Roy's Uncle) Find A Grave http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=10...
this volunteer willing to do lookups in the counties listed
Roy Bennett 1915-1916, son of R. E. & B. A. Bennetthttp://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=35...
Leila Amma Bennett (Roy's sister) (May 27 1910-July 26, 1910) 1mo, 29 days.http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=98...
Albert Hull (Roy's Step-father) Find A Grave (1871-1949)http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=69...
Lavina J (Hedley) Hull (Roy's Mother) (1864-1944) Find A Grave http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=69...
Zelma Hull (Roy's step-sister) (1895-1939) Find A Grave http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=69...