Data from:Application for membership to the national society of the Daughters of the American Revolution dated October 1965
Loyalty Chapter, Alexandria Louisiana
Mrs George Ann Murphey Valentine
Wife of Boby Leon Valentine, Ph. D.
Residence Route 1 Box 7 Starkville Mississippi
Descendant of Rufus Benet
Rufus Bennet b Connecticut in 1754, d Wilkes-Barre, Penn 20 April 1842
His place of residence during the Revolution was Wyoming Valley, Penn
[(Hanover, Luzerne Co) (Wilkes Barre, PA pensioner)
George Arthur Murphey b 6-28-1884 at Olla, Louisiana d 11-8-1932 Grayson, Louisiana
wife Helen Lylie Baker b 1-6-1894 McDonoughville, Louisiana (was Gouldsborough-now Gretna, Louisiana) married 6-7-1926
Joseph Goodwin Baker b 12-12-1859 Hanover, Penn d 2-18-1942 Boyce, Louisiana
Wife Mary Ann Stout b 7-7-1863 Wilkes-Barre, Penn d 9-13-1940 Boyce Louisiana, married 10-24-1889
Charles Barnes Stout b 1831 Wilkes-Barre, Penn d 1-10-1880 Wilkes-Barre, Penn
Wife Sarah Elizabeth Marcy b 3-27-1843 Hanover, Penn d 7-3-1875 Wilkes-Barre, Penn married 8-31-1862
Ira Marcy b 4-20-1807 or 1808 Hanover, Penn d 10-8-1873 or 1874 Wilkes-Barre, Penn
Wife Mary Ann Teeter b 7-15-1810 d 6-10-1863 Wilkes-Barre, Penn married 12-31-1835
Jared Marcy b 6-6-1782 Pittston, Penn d 12-18-1816 Pittston, Penn
Wife Sarah Bennet b 7-20-1785 or 4-21-1785 Wyoming Valley, Penn d 9-1-1847 Hanover, Penn married 1804*
Rufus Bennet b 1754 Connecticut d 4-20-1842 Wilkes-Barre, Penn
Wife Martha Bennet b 8-15-1763 Connecticut d 9-20-1852 Wilkes-Barre, Penn married 6-1-1783
Helen Lylie Baker was DAR member 501609
History of Hanover Township by Henry Blackman Plumb, 1885 p 391-2, 457-8
The Michael Shoemaker Book by Williams T Blair 1924 p 569.
The New England Historical and Genealogical Register published under the direction of New England Historic Genealogical Society, July 1875, No. CXV, Vol., XXIX, p 314
Children of Rufus Bennet:
Sarah (Sally) Bennet married Jared Marcy then Darius Finch, William Bennet, Welles Bennet married Jane Fell, Miranda Bennet married George Gledhill, Selesta Bennet married Randall Stivers then Peter Fisher, Rockwell Bennet married unknown Fisher, Rufus H Bennet married Harriet Lueder, Ransom Bennet married Phoebe Smiley, Elmer Bennet married unknown Beck, Patty M Bennet, Maryan Bennet.
George Ann Murphey was born 12-21-1928 at Alexandria Louisiana, married on 9-3-1955 at Mr Olivet Episcopal Curch, Pinevill, La by Rev Edwin C Coleman to Bobby Leon Valentine, Ph.D who was born 2-5-1929
In August 1776, two companies were raised in the Wyoming Valley in Penn to defend Westmoreland.Rufus Bennet enlisted 9-1-1776 (Affidavit signed by Rufus Bennet, April 16, 1818, Pension and Warranty files, National Archives, Washington, DC) After the disasters to Gen Washingtons’ army in New York however, these two companies were sent to join Washingtons’ army.As a part of these forces Rufus Bennet took part in the battles of Mill Stone, Bound Brook and in the battles of Brandywine, of Germantown, and of Mud Fort. (Annals of Luzerne County by Stewart Pearce, 1866, p122 and Appendix D pages 537-8)
During the time Rufus Bennet served in the Revolutionary War he was a private in Capt Ransons’ Company, Capt Spauldings’ Independent Co and Capt Eells’ Company (Conn Military Record 1775-1848, compiled by authority of the General Assembly under direction of Adj Gen S R Smith, L A Barbour, F E Camp and G M White, 1889 pages 263-6 and 317)
Rufus was home in July 1778 and took part in the battle between the people of the Wyoming Valley, Penn and the British and Indians on July 3, 1778.In the flight of the survivors which followed the battle, two Indians were I close pursuit of Rufus with tomahawks in hand when Col Butler galloped his horse close by and Rufus seized the long switch tail of the horse, hoping to out-distance his pursuers.Just as his hold broke, they came upon Richard Inman, who had fallen out on the way to the battlefield, and on Col Butlers’ command he shot the first Indian and the other then stopped and ran back.The two men then made their way on foot to the safety of the fort . (History of Wyoming by Rev Geo Peck 1858, Cap XVI, pages 362-8)
Rufus Bennet served until the 7th day of June, 1783, when he was discharged at West Point, NY
Rufus Bennet is buried in the Hanover Green Cemetery, Luzerne Co., Pa., where a monument, placed by the Wyoming Valley Chapter of the DAR states that he was at one time one of Gen Washingtons’ life guards.
Rufus Bennet served as a private.