Ruth's Genealogy

“And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”

Could this be the grave of James Bennett, Jr, my second great-granduncle and a known murderer and presumed bank-robber?

James Bennett, Jr (ca 1866- ca 1906)

A few days ago I met a new Bennett cousin online, and this morning she sent me some data on my Bennett boys, including the possible site of James Bennett, Jr’s unmarked grave. Above is the Find-A-Grave page.

Custer National Cemetery is not too far from the possible death sites of James Bennett, Jr: Glendive and Miles City, Montana.

But to bury a violent criminal in a national cemetery, which is usually reserved for military veterans, their spouses and others closely associated with some time of military event?

According to the family lore, a newspaper article describing James Bennett’s last bank robbery and subsequent death, and a photo of the body was sent to James Bennett’s brother George for identification. Perhaps, when I find that newspaper article…

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