| ||Notes for Ephraim Bennett, Jr.:|
The marker for Ephraim in the cemetery at Montour Falls, New York reads:
A Revolutionary Soldier, Born 1762 in Rhode Island, Died Oct. 26, 1843 in
Town of Dix, New York, age 86 yrs. 5 mos. 26 days.
Tioga county records show a deed made 1802, by Charles Wilkes and Lewis Simond, by their attorney, Robert Johnson, of new York, city, to Ephraim Bennett, of Catharinestown, Tioga county, N.Y., conveying eighty-one and one-half acres of land in southwest quarter of township no. 3, situate on the road leading from the Seneca lake to Newtown or Elmira. This was unquestionably the Millport property where he built a sawmill. Here his family grew up, were married, going out to homes of their own, but frequently returning to the paternal roof.
Ephraim was out much with surveyors who established landlines for the great proprietors who had obtained large tracts by patents from the government. When so engaged, where the city of Corning now is, he was offered as much land on the opposite flats above Gibson as he wanted for two cows. He used to tell this story with a smile, and explained that the cows were esteemed of more value than all the flat land there, covered as it was with stunted pines and subject to yearly overflow.
From Millport he removed to the town of Dix, where he owned and occupied a farm adjoining his son's which, in later years, he called the "lower place." there was included a grist mill upon Bower's creek, passing through the farm. The mill was abandoned long since, like many works of men's hands, having outlived its usefulness. The little stream which turned its great wheel being the work of the Creator still enriches the landscape, and its falls, "Montour," furnishes one of the attractions of the lake country.