Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa, (Lewis Publishing Company (1887)),pp. 676-77: "JASON BENNETT, farmer and stock-raiser, resides on section 26, High Point Township, where he owns 200 acres of land. He was born in South Carolina, April 21, 1811, son of Roland and Elizabeth Bennett. He was reared a farmer, and came to Decatur County in 1853, first entering eighty acres, then adding forties from time to time, until he has his present large farm. He was married in Indiana, in 1832, to Lizzie A. Abbott, born in Pennsylvania, in 1815. Their children are -–Roland, of New Brunswick; Hiram, of Decatur County; Samantha A., wife of John Baker of Smith County, Kansas, and John K. When Mr. Bennett first commenced life for himself he worked out by day’s work, then rented ground. When he was married he was poor - packed all he had under his arm. Both were in quite poor health. He lived ten years on White River, Indiana, and also in Schuyler County, near Springfield, for a while. He lost one entire year from sickness. He not unfrequently chopped wood in order to earn a little money. At one time he obtained a job in the First National Bank, for which he received $1 a day, then obtained employment in a saw-mill. He lived ten or twelve years in Schuyler County, where he met with financial success, although he lost three years from sickness. He removed to Sangamon County, where he managed a large farm for John Gillette. He at one time owned 400 acres of land. Mr. Bennett has held the office of school director and supervisor, and is one of the County Board to organize schools. He is a member of the Christian faith."