Bennett Lake is a 150 acre, all sports lake, located just south of Lobdell Lake. The two lakes are attached by a channel that runs under Bennett Lake Rd. Bottom composition varies from sand, marl, organic peat and gravel. There's a marsh on the east end of the lake, and a small channel to Hoisington Lake. The lake's depth ranges to 50ft.
The lake is named after William Bennett, who settled, along with his family, along the west shore of North Ore Creek. When it became Bennett Lake is not clear, but if we review the 1875 plat drawing of Deerfield Township, we see that it was called Laird Lake. http://www.livgenmi.com
According to the 1880 History of Livingston County, http://www.livgenmi.com "William Bennett was captain of a vessel on the lakes, and followed that calling for a number of years. He came to Deerfield, with his wife and three children, a few weeks later than his brother Benjamin", (April 1836), "and built his house on the west side of North Ore Creek, at the foot of Bennett Lake, which received its name in honor of him. There he lived for fifteen years.....". "One of his objectives in purchasing the land at the foot of the lake was that he expected to be able to utilize it's outlet for a water-power, and during his life here he tried to fulfill this expectation by building a dam preparatory to the erection of mills at that point. But someone at Argentine had been a little more expeditious in utilizing the stream, and had built a dam that sent the back-flow of water to the foot of Mr. Bennett's dam, who seeing the folly of proceeding further, at once abandoned the project."
Again, according to the 1880 History of Livingston County, Deerfield Township report, speaking of Bennett Lake, "It's greatest length is from east to west, a distance of a little over two miles", indicating that Hoisington Lake, and more was included. This same report complains that lake names change according to who resides on them. Is it safe to say that the Hoisington family lived there after 1880? NO! I just reviewed the 1880 Tyrone Township history in which Hoisington Lake is mentioned. I give!
Any further info would be greatly appreciated!
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