I was destined for politics. If only my ancestors were known to me. My daughter’s people are ignorant nobodies – and proud of it!
Bennett was a city of London merchant and a member of the Worshipful Company of Mercers. On 7 February 1594, he was elected an alderman of the City of London for Vintry ward. He was Sheriff of London in 1594 to 1595 and Master of the Mercers’ Company in 1595. He was Master of the Mercers’ Company again in 1602. In 1603, he was elected Lord Mayor of London. He was knighted on 26 July 1603. In 1604 he became alderman of Lime Street ward, remaining until 1612. He was president of Bethlem and Bridewell from 1606 to 1613. In 1610 he was Master of the Mercers’ Company again. In 1612 he became alderman for Bassishaw ward and remained until 1627. He was president of St Bartholomew’s Hospital from 1623 to 1627.
Bennett was the father of Sir Simon Bennett, 1st Baronet.
He has three pages in G.E. Cokayne’s “Lord Mayors and Sheriffs of London” (pp. 16-18), with extensive, and to some extent documented, biographical and genealogical information.
- page 302-303 of Boone Family Immigrants to Virginia 1650 By Jim White. Son of Richard Bennett & Elizabeth Teasdale.
- Alfred P Beaven, ‘Notes on the aldermen, 1502-1700’, in The Aldermen of the City of London Temp. Henry III – 1912 (London, 1908), pp. 168-195 http://www.british-history.ac.uk/no-series/london-aldermen/hen3-1912/pp168-195 [accessed 26 October 2015].
- 1594. Sir Thomas Bennett. Father of Sir Simon Bennett, Bart. His elder brother Richard was father of Thomas Bennett (Alderman, Sheriff 1613–4).
- page 364 of Peerage of England: Containing a Genealogical and Historical Account of All …By Arthur Collins. 1764.
Sir Thomas Bennett, Mercer
Sheriff 1594-5. Mayor 1603-4. Knighted 26 Jul 1603; President Bethlem and Bridewell 1606-13; President St. Bartholomew’s Hospital 1623-7; Master Mercers 1595, 1602, 1610. Died 16 Feb 1627; Will (PCC 21 Skynner) cod. 26 Jan; proved 20 Feb 1627.
Father of Sir Simon Bennett, Bart. His elder brother Richard was father of Thomas Bennett (Alderman, Sheriff 1613-4).
Sir Thomas Bennet, Lord Mayor of London
Curator Note from Erica Howton (10/31/2015):Married Mary Brooke alias Taylor, daughter of Richard Brooke & Anne, who was later the wife of Robert Taylor.
Thomas Bennet, Knight
Wallingford, Berkshire, England
|Death:||February 16, 1627 (80-88)
London, Middlesex, England
|Place of Burial:||London, Middlesex, England|
|Immediate Family:||Son of Thomas Bennet, Esq., of Clapcot and Ann Bennet
Husband of Mary Bennet
Father of Sir Simon Bennett, 1st (and last) Baronet of Bechampton; Agnes Bennet; Ambrose Bennet; Mary Bennett; Richard Bennet
Brother of Richard Bennet, of Clapcot; Elizabeth Bennett; Edmund Bennett; Margaret Bennett; Avelen Bennett
Half brother of Ralph Freeman
|Added by:||Scott David Hibbard on July 5, 2008|
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|Curated by:||Erica Howton|