|A traditional Jewish wedding. Did Louis really put his|
family through this every time he married?
This union, at last, bore signs of greater success. On the fourteenth of September 1895 a son, Berthold was born. Yet despite the birth of his son, and her relative sturdiness (she was still alive in 1920), theirs seems eventually to have been an ill-fated match. By the Federal Census of 1900, Louis was living as a boarder, described as single. While Rose and Louis are nowhere to be found in this census, it is interesting that they appear arriving as passengers into New York in 1904- they had come from Germany, where Rose was born. In the next federal census of 1910, Rose, while still describing as 'married', is living alone with a teenage Berthold; our man Louis has relocated, supposedly divorced to Massachusetts.
The final piece of busy Mr Bennett's puzzle comes in a marriage, performed by Rabbi Jacob Slavritsky in Boston, Massachusetts, on the 18th of February 1914. This is somewhat described as Louis' second marriage, following a divorce. The full names of parents are given, so we can be quite sure that this is him, but his age, given as 44 (he should been at least 50) seems about fishy as his marital status. He mercifully does not appear to have remarried, though I may well still be proved wrong, as I have not found a record yet of his death. Whilst there are still so many questions remaining about Louis remaining, it is fascinating to conclude that, minus one divorcee, he had the same number of wives with fates as King Henry VIII of England: three died, one divorced, and one survived!