Lane Street Project: Smith Bennett.

Smith Bennett’s grave marker in Odd Fellows cemetery.

In the 1900 census of Wilson, Wilson County: blacksmith Smith Bennett, 47, widower; daughter Addie, 20; boarder Robert Wilkerson, 36, cooper, born in Virginia; and lodgers Archie Williams, 34, carpenter, and Samuel Wooten, 18, farm laborer.

Smith Bennett, 48, of Wilson, son of Hardy and Riny Bennett, married Mariah Ray, 36, of Wilson, on 7 March 1901. Hilliard Ellis Jr. applied for the license, and Free Will Baptist minister David Crockett Best performed the ceremony at Smith Bennett’s in the town of Wilson in the presence of Robert W. Wilkerson, Hilliard Ellis Jr., and Dawson Williams.

In the 1908 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Bennett Smith lab h 310 S Spring

Wilson Daily Times, 15 November 1910.

In the 1912 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Bennett Smith fireman h 314 S Spring

In the 1920 census of Wilson, Wilson County: on Mercer Street, Smith Bennett, 68, and wife Mary, 47, laundress.

Smith Bennett died 29 April 1920 at Saint Agnes Hospital, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina. Per his death certificate, he was 68 years old; was married; was born to Hardy Bennett and Marina Robbins, both of Edgecombe County; was a resident of Wilson; was a farmer; and was buried in Wilson. He died of “shock following operation for removal of hypertrophied prostate.”

Smith Bennett in 1894. Detail from a photo of employees of Wainwright Foundry.


  1. The zoom lecture at the Wilson Library was just awesome. I have been following all the activities at the cemeteries and learned so much more during the hour. Your work is so important.

    I cannot get the vision of the empty field at Vicks Cemetery vs the diagram of all the hashmark graves out of my mind.

    Thank you

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