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William Bennett (1788-1866) of Wren and Bennett
1788 December 9th. Born in Papplewick, Notts., the son of Joseph Bennett (1762-1822) and his wife Hannah Hankin
1834-6 James Nasmyth rented a 'flat' (room in a mill) from Wren and Bennett, and one of his first contracts involved machining components for them.
Anne Nasmyth was a fine artist, and with five of her sisters, taught at the Nasmyth family painting school in Edinburgh. Anne met William Bennett when visiting her brothers James Nasmyth and George Nasmyth in Manchester. They married in 1838 and set up home in Salford. 
1851 Living at 2 Rotham Villas, Putney: William Bennett (age 62 born Papplewick, Notts), Retired Civil Engineer. With his wife Anne Gibson Bennett (age 52 born Edinburgh). Two servants.
1861. Living at 2 Ashford Villas, Putney: William Bennett (age 72 born Papplewick, Notts), Retired Civil Engineer. With his wife Anne G. Bennett (age 62 born Edinburgh). Two servants.
1866 November 24th. Died, of 2 Charlewood Road, Putney. Probate to his widow Anne Gibson Bennett.