Thank you for your reply. I believe the Ben M. Stennett who is the ancestor of your late Grandfather (Gordon Merritt Stennett, 1900-1983) is possibly my husband's great-grandfather.
Here is what information I have: There are three Benjamin Merritt Stennett's in my husband's ancestry. His g-g-grandfather was born 1792 in VA, m. 1820 in TN to Elizabeth
Ann Matthews, b. 1801 in VA. I do not have any of this one's siblings or parents' information.
The second, his g-grandfather, was Benjamin Merritt Stennett b. 1828 in Tennessee, d. 9 May 1884, Prentiss County, MS, m. 5 May 1870 to Sarah Finch, b. 19 January 1841 in Hickory Plains, Tishimingo County, MS, d. 7 March 1935 in Idalou, Lubbock County, TX. Sarah Finch was his second wife. I have his first wife listed as unknown, b. abt. 1858. It is my understanding that he had children with his first wife, but I do not have any information on that.
The third Benjamin Merritt Stennett, his grandfather, was born 22 January 1871, in Marietta, MS, d. 20 August 1937 in Round Timber, Baylor County, TX, m. 2 February 1899 in Throckmorton County, TX, to Lucy Bell Rouswell, b.10 May 1881 in San Saba, TX d. 5 Sept. 1968 in Seymour, Baylor County, TX
Here is some information taken from Widow's Pension Application #23694 filed by Mrs. Sarah (Finch) Stennett in Baylor County, Seymour, Texas on August 15, 1913 and approved on September 1, 1913.
Sarah Stennett stated: she was the widow of Benjamin Merrett Stennett, Sr., who died 9 May 1884 in Prentiss County, Mississippi. They were married on 5 May 1870 in the county of Prentiss, Mississippi. She said Benjamin Merrett Stennett, Sr. enlisted and served in the military service of the Confederate States from 1861 to 1865. He
served with Capt. Tyre in the Infantry. (NOTE: In typed application, Merrett was spelled with an "e", in handwritten affidavit, it was spelled with an "i").
Sarah stated she was born in Hickory Plaines, Tishimingo Co., Mississippi and resided in Texas since 1894; in Baylor County, Seymour, Texas since September 1912.
Witnesses to the Affidavit (application for pension): W. T. Wheeler and Benjamin M. Stennett, Jr.
Affidavit of Witnesses certifying military service: J.K.P.
Vandervender (?) and H.D. McCollum stated: Before me, C. R. Lacy, Clerk of Chansery Court of Prentiss County, Mississippi on this day personally appeared J.K.P. Vandervender(?) and H. D. McCollum, who are personally known to me to be credible citizens and Confederate
Soldiers who, being by me sworn, on oath state that they are
personally acquainted with the foregoing applicant, and that the facts set forth and statements made in her application are correct and true, to the best of their knowledge and belief, and that they have no interest in this claim. And further make oath to the following facts touching the service of the applicant's husband in the Confederate Army: "We know that Benjamin Merritt Stennett was the husband of applicant at the time of his death, that he was a Confederate Soldier in the late Civil War - that he enlisted and served in Company K,
Lowry's Brigade - Cleyburn's Division, Hardie's Corps, Army of
Tennessee, 32 Mississippi, from May 1862 to the surrender, that he was a good soldier, was always at his post, never shunned a duty and surrendered with Johnson's Army in N.C. (Was with Tyre but a short time.) These affiants were with the husband of applicant through his war career, and know the facts as above declared. Dated 2 August 1913.
Do you have additional information on Ben M. Stennett and Rebecca Jane Pate, such as children's names? Do you have Rebecca's death date? Does it seem possible to you that this is the same Ben M. Stennett that later married Sarah Finch and that the children from both the first and second marriages continued using the name Benjamin Merritt to name their children?