Monday, August 4, 2008

The Life and Times of Dr. Benjamin David Hennington


Dr. Benjamin David Hennington, was born 21 January 1843 in Copiah County, Mississippi. He is my 1st cousin, three times removed. He was the son of Rev. Henry Hennington and Susannah Nesom.

Benjamin spent his youth in Copiah County, living with his family in the old Henry Hennington house, still standing today on Didlake Road near Crystal Springs, Mississippi.

During the Civil War, Benjamin served in the 16th MS Infantry Co. C as a Private and 2nd Lt. Serving in the same company was his future brother-in-law William H. Catchings, as well as several cousins from the Slay, Funchess and Weathersby families. H served with Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, and was with him when he was gravely wounded at Chancellorsville, Virginia in May, 1863.


Before the war's close, he was discharged and returned to Copiah County, Mississippi. He married Mary Narcissus Catchings on 11 August 1864 in the same county. Mary was the daughter of John Noel Catchings and Emma Angeline Smith.

In 1866 he graduated from the New Orleans School of Medicine, and returned to his family in Mississippi to set up general family practice. They soon moved to Lawrence County, and as stated in the Leader newspaper in Brookhaven, Mississippi, "he was a dedicated doctor and well trained in the practice of medicine. The weather was never too cold or too rainy, the roads were never too rough or slippery for him to get out, if needed he went, he would rise from his sleep and go to a patient at any hour of the night. He road horseback or traveled by buggy and went many miles to the sick. Some families paid him and some could not, but he went to all alike, for he went when and where he was needed. When the Civil War began, he joined the army and was as dedicated to serving his country as he was at practicing medicine."

Legend through the decades, indicates that Dr. Hennington gave the name "Tryus" to the small community where he was practicing medicine. Among several legends, one states that it got its name from a slogan hung over the door of a store owned by Dr. Hennington and Jasper Newton.
The sign said " Try US", which was shortened to "Tryus". Another legend says that Dr. Hennington asked the U.S. Postal Service to give the small community a post office. The postal service thought there weren't enough people there for a post office, and Dr. Hennington said, " try us", and they indeed got their post office and the name "Tryus." It was during this time, the Dr. served as the Postmaster from December 1893 until 1908. Tryus is still a small rural community near Sontag, Oma, Brackett and Wanill, Mississippi.

Benjamin and his family were of the Methodist faith, and attended the Bahala Chapel, built in 1868. The original building still stands today and services are held twice per year, and is owned by the Bahala Chapel Cemetery Association. The church has never had electricity and the original pews and altar remain. Bahala Chapel is located in a secluded place near Bahala Creek between Sontag and Oma.

Benjamin and his wife Mary, had eight children, all born in Mississippi. Their children included; Frank W., Emma Frances, Annie, Henry Livingston, Lucius Lamar, Rosa, Beatrice and Benjamin David Hennington Jr.

On 16 May 1925, Benjamin died at Oma in Lawrence County. Six months later, his wife Mary passed away. The semi-weekly Leader (pg. 4) Brookhaven, Mississippi, 27 May 1925 published his obituary as; "Dr. B.D. Hennington, one of the landmarks of Lawrence County, died at Oma.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J.H. Moore, Pastor of the Monticello Methodist Church at the Old Bahala Chapel. In his active years, Dr. Hennington was a man of great influence and large possessions."

The Lawrence County Press (pg. 4) May 21, 1925 edition stated; "Lawrence County loses another good citizen and it's landmark in the passing of B.D. Hennington of Oma, whose death occurred last Sunday. He was buried Sunday afternoon at three o'clock at Old Bahala Chapel, the funeral service being conducted by Rev. J.H.Moore, pastor of the Monticello Methodist Church, who was also pastor of the deceased. Dr. Hennington had been partially paralyzed for a number of years, by reason of which he had lived a rather secluded life. At one time, however, he was a man of great activity, wonderful influence, and large possessions. He was an educated man, of striking personality, and highly connected. We had in Dr. Hennington a valued and sincere friend, and his family mourns the loss of one whose place can never be filled. All hearts are sad of his going away."

Dr. Benjamin Hennington is buried in the Bahala Methodist Cemetery, as is his wife Mary, daughters Beatrice, Mary and Eva, sons Henry Livingston and Benjamin David Jr.

Special thanks and appreciation to W.E. "Bill" Farnham for his assistance. Bill is a dedicated member of the Sons of the Confederacy and spent quite a bit of time in the Monticello Public Library, viewing micro film, gathering details from reference books and transcribing the obituaries on this fascinating man. Bill also went out his way to take photographs of Bahala Chapel, Benjamin's tombstone and placed a Confederate flag at his grave. He also graciously took photographs of all the Hennington tombstones nearby. Bill went out of his way to help me, and this proud Daughter of the Confederacy is most grateful! Thanks again Bill!

Tombstone Photo - Dr. Benjamin David Henington & Mary Narcissus Catchings




Tombstone located in the Bahala Methodist Cemetery,
Lawrence County, Mississippi

Benjamin David Hennington
b. 21 Jan 1843 Copiah County, Mississippi
d. 16 May 1925 Oma, Lawrence County, Mississippi
Son of Rev. Henry Hennington & Susannah Nesom

Married to Mary Narcissus Catching 11 Aug. 1864
Copiah County,Mississippi. Mary was the daughter
of John Noel Catchings & Emma Angeline Smith.
Mary was born 23 March 1843 in Crystal Springs,
Copiah County, Mississippi.

Their children were: Frank W., Emma Frances,
Annie, Henry Livingston, Lucius Lamar, Rosa,
Beatrice and Benjamin David Jr.

For a biography of Dr. Benjamin Hennington, please
refer to blog posting of December 10, 2006.

Benjamin & Mary share their tombstone, and several of their children are buried nearby. The family is buried inthe Hennington plot as pictured above.


Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Family Group Record for Rev. Henry H. Hennington


Husband: Henry H. (Rev.) Hennington

Born: 13 Sep 1795 - Orangeburg Disrict, South Carolina
Died: 28 Sep 1864 - Crystal Springs, Copiah County, Misissippi
Buried: - Hennington-Flowers Cemetery, Copiah County, Mississippi
Father: Thomas Hennington (Abt 1770-Abt 1816)
Mother: Ann Howell (1770-1845)
Marriage: 22 Aug 1819 Place: Covington County, Mississippi

Other Spouse: Caroline Morgan (1808- )
Date: 1 Jan 1855 - Georgetown, Copiah County, Mississippi
Wife: Susannah Nesom
Died: 1 Sep 1854 - Crystal Springs, Copiah County, Misissippi
Buried: - Hennington-Flowers Cemetery, Copiah County, Mississippi
Father: Joseph Calvin Nesom (1767-1808)
Mother: Elizabeth Drusilla Cooper (1779-1822)

Children
1 M Joseph Edward (Rev.) Hennington
Born: 27 Mar 1821 - Covington County, Mississippi
Died: 17 Oct 1868 - Sylvarena, Smith County, Mississippi
Buried: - Smith (or) Copiah County, Mississippi
Spouse: Melina Jane Flowers (1824-Aft 1860)
Marr. Date: 7 Mar 1843 - Copiah County, Mississippi
Spouse: Penina Flowers (1831-Aft 1870)
Marr. Date: Smith County, Mississippi

2 F Mary (Nancy) Margaret Hennington
Born: 9 Nov 1822 - Covington County, Mississippi
Died: 11 Feb 1885 - Crystal Springs, Copiah County, Misissippi
Buried: - Crystal Springs, Copiah County, Misissippi
Spouse: Willis Barnes (1817-1898)
Marr. Date: 10 May 1838 - Copiah County, Mississippi

3 F Elizabeth Mahala Hennington
Born: 21 Apr 1824 - Covington County, Mississippi
Died: 24 Oct 1899 - Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana
Buried: unk.
Spouse: Garrison Samuel Clement (1805-1868)
Marr. Date: 21 Jun 1844 - Copiah County, Mississippi
Spouse: Simon F. Rogers (1824- )
Marr. Date: 25 Jun 1856 - Copiah County, Mississippi

4 F Rachel Harper Hennington
Born: 26 Jul 1825 - Covington County, Mississippi
Died: 1859 - Copiah County, Mississippi
Buried: unk
Spouse: James Sellers (Abt 1825-Bef 1860)
Spouse: William Paine Pierce (1825- )
Marr. Date: 14 Dec 1844 - Copiah County, Mississippi

5 M Isaac John Hennington
Born: 28 Feb 1827 - Jones County, Mississippi
Died: 18 Oct 1872 - Copiah County, Mississippi
Buried: - Hennington-Flowers Cemetery, Copiah County, Mississippi
Spouse: Caroline Martha Rawls (1834-1879)
Marr. Date: 25 Sep 1854 - Raymond County, Mississippi

6 M Henry James Hennington
Born: 5 Nov 1828 - Jones County, Mississippi
Died: 23 Sep 1889 - Copiah County, Misissippi
Buried: - Hennington-Flowers Cemetery, Copiah County, Mississippi
Spouse: Ann A. Seibe (1828- )
Marr. Date: 1 Jan 1866 - Copiah County, Mississippi

7 M Richard Thomas (Rev.) Hennington
Born: 19 May 1830 - Copiah County, Misissippi
Died: 24 Jun 1894 - Para, Belem, Brazil
Buried: - Para, Belem, Brazil
Spouse: Mary Elizabeth Black (1832-1918)
Marr. Date: 23 Oct 1851 - Crystal Springs, Copiah County, Misissippi

8 F Susannah Caroline Hennington
Born: 11 Dec 1831 - Copiah County, Misissippi
Died: 22 Jul 1909 - Copiah County, Mississippi
Buried: - Hennington-Flowers Cemetery, Copiah County, Mississippi
Spouse: Wesley Washington (Rev.) Funchess (1821-1890)
Marr. Date: 26 Jan 1847 - Copiah County, Mississippi

9 F Levitia Ann Hennington
Born: 3 Jan 1834 - Copiah County, Misissippi
Died: 28 Dec 1915 - Crystal Springs, Copiah County, Misissippi
Buried: - Hennington-Flowers Cemetery, Copiah County, Mississippi
Spouse: Hiram G. Flowers (1827-1897)
Marr. Date: 23 Jan 1849 - Copiah County, Mississippi

10 F Dorcas Mariah Hennington
Born: 11 Feb 1836 - Copiah County, Misissippi
Died: 8 Mar 1910 - Martinsville, Copiah County, Mississippi
Buried: - Hennington-Flowers Cemetery, Copiah County, Mississippi
Spouse: Thomas Griffin Welch (1831-1875)
Marr. Date: 28 Jan 1857 - Copiah County, Mississippi

11 M Green William Hennington
Born: 15 Dec 1837 - Copiah County, Misissippi
Died: 9 Aug 1864 - Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama
Buried: - Magnolia Confederate Cemetery, Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama
Spouse: Melissa G. Mattheny (1841-1885)
Marr. Date: 24 Dec 1856 - Copiah County, Mississippi

12 F Angeline Vashti Hennington
Born: 18 Dec 1839 - Copiah County, Misissippi
Died: 4 Jan 1911 - Crystal Springs, Copiah County, Misissippi
Buried: - Hennington-Flowers Cemetery, Copiah County, Mississippi
Spouse: John W. Barnes (1838- )
Marr. Date: 25 Nov 1857 - Copiah County, Mississippi

13 M Abram Hennington
Born: 21 Dec 1841 - Copiah County, Misissippi
Died: 1842 - Copiah County, Misissippi
Buried: - Hennington-Flowers Cemetery, Copiah County, Mississippi

14 M Sarai Hennington
Born: 21 Dec 1841 - Copiah County, Misissippi
Died: 1842 - Copiah County, Misissippi
Buried: - Hennington-Flowers Cemetery, Copiah County, Mississippi

15 M Benjamin David (Dr.) Hennington
Born: 21 Jan 1843 - Copiah County, Misissippi
Died: 16 May 1925 - Oma, Lawrence County, Mississippi
Buried: - Bahala Methodist Church Cemetery, Lawrence County, Mississippi
Spouse: Mary Narcissus Catching (1843-1925)
Marr. Date: 11 Aug 1864 - Copiah County, Mississippi

16 F Laura Jane Hennington
Born: 22 Jun 1846 - Copiah County, Misissippi
Died: 14 Jan 1858 - Copiah County, Misissippi
Buried: - Hennington-Flowers Cemetery, Copiah County, Mississippi

Other Spouse for Rev Henry Hennington:
Susannah Nesom (1805-1854)
Date: 22 Aug 1819 - Covington County, Mississippi
Wife: Caroline Morgan
Born: 1808 - Georgia
Died: - Poss Copiah County, Misissippi
Buried:unk.
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2008

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Family Group Record - David Sloan Lanier & Felista L. Hale


Family Group Record for David Sloan Lanier


Husband: David Sloan Lanier
Born: 20 Oct 1820-1823 - Bulloch County, Georgia
Christened:
Died: 20 Jun 1873 - Madison County, Florida
Buried: - Lanier Cemetery, Madison County, Florida
Father: Benjamin Lanier (1786-1854)
Mother: Sarah (Sally) Pridgen (1789-1866)
Marriage: 8 Apr 1856 Place: Madison County, Florida

Wife: Felista L. Hale
Born: 1 Mar 1840 - Barnwell County, South Carolina
Christened:
Died: 4 Jul 1911 - Madison County, Florida
Buried: - Lanier Cemetery, Madison County, Florida

Children
1 M Columbus Lanier
Born: 1857 - Madison County, Florida
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2 F A. Estella Lanier
Born: 1858 - Madison County, Florida
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3 M Demett H. Lanier
Born: 19 Aug 1860 - Madison County, Florida
Christened:
Died: 12 Oct 1890 - Madison County, Florida
Buried: - Lanier Cemetery, Madison County, Florida
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4 F Ida May Lanier
Born: 20 Aug 1862 - Madison County, Florida
Christened:
Died: 22 Nov 1889
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5 M Pickney Kirkland Lanier
Born: 27 Jul 1864 - Madison County, Florida
Christened:
Died: 11 Dec 1941 - Madison County, Florida
Buried: - Pineview Cemetery, Madison County, Florida
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6 F Mary Virginia (Jennie) Lanier
Born: Abt 1866 - Madison County, Florida
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7 F Fannie A. Lanier
Born: 24 Dec 1868 - Madison County, Florida
Christened:
Died: 28 Jan 1949 - Madison County, Florida
Buried: - Oak Ridge Cemetery, Madison County, Florida
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8 M David Drew Lanier
Born: Nov 1872 - Madison County, Florida
Christened:
Died: 5 Mar 1925 - Ocala, Madison County, Florida
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Last Modified: 10 Feb 2008/GVH

Family Group Record - Benjamin Lanier & Sarah Pridgen

Family Group Record for Benjamin Lanier

Husband: Benjamin Lanier
Born: 1786 - Duplin County, Colonial North Carolina
Christened:
Died: Aug 1854 - Madison County, Florida
Buried: - Madison County, Florida
Father: Lewis Lanier (1753-1792)
Mother: Margaret Unknown (Abt 1756- )
Marriage: 24 Sep 1805 Place: Bulloch County, Georgia

Wife: Sarah (Sally) Pridgen
Born: 1789 - Georgia
Christened:
Died: 22 Apr 1866 - Madison County, Florida
Buried: - Madison County, Florida
Father: Luke Pridgen
Mother: Amelia Bowen

Children
1 F Nancy Ann Lanier
Born: 1806 - Bulloch County, Georgia
Died: 5 Jan 1887 - Bulloch County, Georgia
Buried: - Macedonia Church Cemetery, Bulloch County, Georgia
Spouse: John R. Miller
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2 M Gibson S. Lanier
Born: 14 Feb 1808 - Bulloch County, Georgia
Died: 29 May 1895 - Madison County, Florida
Buried: - Mount Olive Cemetery, Madison County, Florida
Spouse: Aliff Unknown (1812-1881)
Marr. Date: 1835 - Bulloch County, Georgia
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3 M Lewis (Louis) Lanier
Born: 9 Aug 1809 - Bulloch County, Georgia
Christened:
Died: 23 Nov 1884 - Fort Mead, Polk County, Florida
Buried: - Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Mead, Polk County, Florida
Spouse: Mary Lucretia (Crissey) Ross (Abt 1810- )
Marr. Date: Abt 1830 - Bulloch County, Georgia
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4 M Luke Pridgen Lanier
Born: 1813 - Bulloch County, Georgia
Died: 1 Oct 1856 - Bulloch County, Georgia
Spouse: Mary B. Williams (1819-1892)
Marr. Date: 8 Mar 1836 - Bulloch County, Georgia
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5 M Andrew Jackson Lanier
Born: 1815 - Bulloch County, Georgia
Died: 1867-1868 - Lafayette, Leon County, Florida
Spouse: Rebecca C. Cowart (1815- )
Marr. Date: 14 Jul 1836 - Bulloch County, Georgia
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6 M David Sloan Lanier
Born: 20 Oct 1820-1823 - Bulloch County, Georgia
Died: 20 Jun 1873 - Madison County, Florida
Buried: - Lanier Cemetery, Madison County, Florida
Spouse: Felista L. Hale (1840-1911)
Marr. Date: 8 Apr 1856 - Madison County, Florida
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F Lucinda Lanier
Born: 1822 - Bulloch County, Georgia
Spouse: Robert McKinney
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8 F Harriet Lanier
Born: 1824 - Bulloch County, Georgia
Spouse: Lawrence Farrell
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9 M Rowan Johnson Lanier
Born: 6 Apr 1826 - Bulloch County, Georgia
Died: 11 Aug 1900 - Live Oak, Suwannee County, Florida
Buried: - Philadelphia Cemetery, Live Oak, Suwannee County, Florida
Spouse: Lucy Emmaline Johnson (1833-1916)
Marr. Date: 1850 - Madison County, Florida
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10 F Jane Lanier
Born: 1827 - Bulloch County, Georgia
Spouse: Joshua J. Kemps
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11 M Frederick S. Lanier
Born: 1829 - Bulloch County, Georgia
Died: 17 Oct 1875 - Poss. De Soto County, Florida
Buried: - Fort Ogden Cemetery, De Soto, De Soto County, Florida
Spouse: Mary Susan Williams (1833- )
Marr. Date: 14 Oct 1852 - Madison, Madison County, Florida
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12 M Francis M. Lanier
Born: 1831 - Bulloch County, Georgia
Died: 5 Dec 1864 - Elmira Prison, Elmira, Chemung County, New York
Buried: - Elmira-Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, Chemung County, New
York
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Last Modified: 10 Feb 2008/GVH

Family Group Record - Thaddeus P Lanier & Mary E. Hudnall

Family Group Record for Thaddeus Peter Lanier

Husband: Thaddeus Peter Lanier
Born: 20 Mar 1825 - Screven, Wayne County, Georgia
Died: 22 Feb 1870 - Brazoria County, Texas
Buried:
Father: Augustus Harris Lanier (1802-1855)
Mother: Elizabeth Ann Unknown (1807-1855)
Marriage: 5 Sep 1844 Place: Florida
Other Spouse: Mary Jane Unknown Date: 13 Oct 1863

Wife: Mary Elizabeth Hudnall
Born: 23 Mar 1845 - Manning, Sumter County, South Carolina
Christened:
Died: 17 Feb 1863 - Jasper, Jasper County, Texas
Buried: - Lanier Cemetery, Jasper, Jasper County, Texas
Father: Willis Hudnall (Abt 1819- )
Mother: Frances Bennett ( - )

Children
1 F Sarah Frances Lanier
Born: 15 Nov 1845 - Shellman, Randolph County, Georgia
Christened:
Died: 1928
Buried:
Spouse: Allen A. Neyland (Abt 1841- )
Marr. Date: 7 Aug 1866
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2 M Joseph Benjamin Lanier
Born: 17 Jun 1847 - Shellman, Randolph County, Georgia
Christened:
Died: 22 Dec 1916 - Jasper , Jasper County, Texas
Buried: - Lanier Cemetery, Jasper, Jasper County, Texas
Spouse: Martha (Mattie) Ella Lanier (Abt 1851-1878)
Marr. Date: 12 Nov 1874
Spouse: Ella L. (Zoa) Lanier (Abt 1851-1888)
Marr. Date: 19 Apr 1879
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3 M Augustus Harris Lanier
Born: 29 Sep 1848 - Shellman, Randolph County, Georgia
Christened:
Died: 7 Dec 1928 - Jasper, Jasper County, Texas
Buried: 8 Dec 1928 - Jasper, Jasper County, Texas
Spouse: Emma Lewis Miller (1861-1940)
Marr. Date: 28 Jan 1880 - Peach Tree, Jasper County, Texas
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4 M Linton Hudnall Lanier
Born: 29 Sep 1848 - Shellman, Randolph County, Georgia
Christened:
Died: 22 Aug 1949
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5 M Robert Charlton Lanier
Born: 20 Apr 1853 - Shellman, Randolph County, Georgia
Christened:
Died: 1934
Buried:
Spouse: Mollie C. Causey (Abt 1857- )
Marr. Date: 14 Oct 1874
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6 M Junius Fisher Lanier
Born: 12 May 1858 - Shellman, Randolph County, Georgia
Christened:
Died: 1 May 1919 - Jasper , Jasper County, Texas
Buried: - Lanier Cemetery, Jasper, Jasper County, Texas
Spouse: Lotilia (Lottie) Buford (Abt 1862- )
Marr. Date: 12 Jun 1883
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Last Modified: 09 Feb 2008/Gayle H Van Horn

Family Group Record - Augustus H. Lanier & Emma L. Miller

Family Group Record for Augustus Harris Lanier

Husband: Augustus Harris Lanier
Born: 29 Sep 1848 - Shellman, Randolph County, Georgia
Christened:
Died: 7 Dec 1928 - Jasper, Jasper County, Texas
Buried: 8 Dec 1928 - Jasper, Jasper County, Texas
Father: Thaddeus Peter Lanier (1825-1870)
Mother: Mary Elizabeth Hudnall (1845-1863)
Marriage: 28 Jan 1880 Place: Peach Tree, Jasper County,
Texas
Wife: Emma Lewis Miller
Born: 16 Jan 1861 - Cuthbert, Randolph County, Georgia
Christened:
Died: 27 Dec 1940 - Jasper, Jasper County, Texas
Buried: 29 Dec 1940 - Jasper, Jasper County, Texas
Father: Lewis B. Miller (1829-1902)
Mother: Nancy Jane Hay (1832-1893)

Children:
1 M Allen Augustus Lanier
Born: 27 Jul 1881 - Peach Tree, Jasper County, Texas
Christened:
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2 F Mary Pearl Lanier
Born: 17 Mar 1884 - Jasper , Jasper County, Texas
Christened:
Died: 16 Jul 1974
Buried:
Spouse: Walter Edgar Smith (Abt 1880- )
Marr. Date: 19 Jun 1904
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3 M Lewis Edgar Lanier
Born: 30 Nov 1885 - Jasper , Jasper County, Texas
Christened:
Died: 1975
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4 M Jesse Clayton Lanier
Born: 11 Nov 1887 - Jasper , Jasper County, Texas
Christened:
Died: 1976
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5 F Nannie Reba Lanier
Born: 29 Jan 1890 - Jasper , Jasper County, Texas
Christened:
Died: 22 Apr 1953
Buried:
Spouse: Julius Edwin Eaves (Abt 1886- )
Marr. Date: 19 Jun 1911 - Jasper County, Texas
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6 M Joseph Robert Lanier
Born: 9 Jun 1892 - Jasper , Jasper County, Texas
Christened:
Died: 11 Jan 1981 - Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona
Buried: - Sylvan Cemetery, Pleasant View, Montezuma County, Colorado
Spouse: Lucy Marie Pharo (1902- )
Marr. Date: 24 Nov 1924 - Cortez, Montezuma County, Colorado
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7 M Willis Fletcher Lanier
Born: 17 Mar 1894 - Jasper , Jasper County, Texas
Christened:
Died: 23 Dec 1924
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8 M Hudnall Fisher Lanier
Born: 14 Jan 1896 - Jasper , Jasper County, Texas
Christened:
Died: 15 Dec 1951
Buried:
Spouse: Temple Lorene Smith (Abt 1900- )
Marr. Date: 21 Aug 1922 - Jasper County, Texas
Spouse:
Marr. Date:
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9 F Lorene Lanier
Born: 20 Feb 1898 - Beech Grove, Jasper County, Texas
Christened:
Died: 17 Aug 1974
Buried:
Spouse: Simon Frazier McIntosh (Abt 1894- )
Marr. Date: 31 Oct 1943
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10 M George Denson Lanier
Born: 5 Nov 1899 - Beech Grove, Jasper County, Texas
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Last Modified: 09 Feb. 2008/Gayle H Van Horn

Friday, February 8, 2008

Family Group Record - Joshua Stephen Hennington and Eugenia G Holliday


Joshua Hennington Cemetery - Copiah County, Mississippi

Family Group Record for Joshua Stephen Hennington





Husband: Joshua Stephen Hennington
Born: 2 Jun 1832 - Jones (or) Copiah County, Misissippi
Died: 4 Jun 1900 - Crystal Springs, Copiah County, Misissippi
Buried: - Joshua Hennington Cemetery, Copiah County, Mississippi
Father: John (Rev.) Hennington (1793-Bet 1840)
Mother: Margaret (Mollie) Berry (Abt 1790-Bet 1834)
Marriage: 11 Jan 1869 Place: Crystal Springs, Copiah County, Misissippi
Other Spouse: Frances T. Willis ( - )
Date: 28 Jan 1855 - Copiah County, Mississippi

Wife: Eugenia Gertrude Holliday
Born: 9 Feb 1847 - Mississippi
Died: 15 Oct 1912 - Crystal Springs, Copiah County, Misissippi
Buried: - Joshua Hennington Cemetery, Crystal Springs, Copiah County, Mississippi






Children
1 M Joshua G. Hennington
Born: 17 Oct 1869 - Crystal Springs, Copiah County, Misissippi
Died: 7 Jan 1936 - Copiah County, Mississippi
Buried: - Joshua Hennington Cemetery, Copiah County, Mississippi
Spouse: Lettie Frances (Fannie) Ervin (1885-1918)



2 F E. Portiene Hennington
Born: 1871 - Crystal Springs, Copiah County, Misissippi
Died: 21 Dec 1952 - Crystal Springs, Copiah County, Misissippi
Buried: - Joshua Hennington Cemetery, Crystal Springs, Copiah County, Mississippi

3 F Carrie Hennington
Born: 1874 - Crystal Springs, Copiah County, Misissippi
Died: 1952 - Crystal Springs, Copiah County, Misissippi
Buried: - Joshua Hennington Cemetery, Crystal Springs, Copiah County,
Mississippi



Last Modified: 8 Feb. 2008/Gayle H Van Horn
Thanks to K. Galindo and Find-A-Grave for the tombstone photos.

Family Group Record William Harrison Slay and Nancy Nelson


Family Group Record for William Harrison Slay and Nancy A. Riley Nelson

Husband: William Harrison Slay
Born: 1 May 1862 - Coryell County, Texas
Christened:
Died: 14 Dec 1939 - Ozark, Franklin County, Arkansas
Buried:
Father: William A. Slay (Abt 1815- )
Mother: Mary Ann Higgins (1831- )
Marriage: 9 Dec 1880 Place: Washington County, Florida

Wife: Nancy A. Riley Nelson
Born: Abt 1864 - Florida
Christened:
Died:
Buried:

Children
1 M Benjamin Franklin Slay
Born: 9 Apr 1882 - Washington County, Florida
Christened:
Died: 17 Jul 1917
Buried:
Spouse: Clara Bell Cook ( - )
Marr. Date: 6 Oct 1901 - Washington County, Florida
Spouse:
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2 M Jackson Irving Slay
Born: 5 Mar 1884 - Orange Hill, Washington County, Florida
Christened:
Died: 22 Jul 1971 - Panama City, Bay County, Florida
Buried: - Greenwood Cemetery, Panama City, Bay County, Florida
Spouse: Elzena Locke (1885-1937)
Marr. Date: 21 Dec 1905
Spouse: Lucille Roberta Kittrell (1915-1992)
Marr. Date: 7 Aug 1937
Spouse:
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3 M Edgar Brittan Slay
Born: 2 Mar 1886 - Washington County, Florida
Christened:
Died: Sep 1988 - Alabama
Buried:
Spouse: Georgia L. Hogue (1888- )
Marr. Date:
Spouse:
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4 M Wesley Wilson Slay
Born: 22 Dec 1887 - Washington County, Florida
Christened:
Died: 14 Sep 1935 - Ozark, Dale County, Florida
Buried: - Claybank Cemetery, Dale County, Florida
Spouse: Lucille Parker ( - )
Marr. Date: Dale County, Alabama
Spouse:
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5 M Samuel Thompson Slay
Born: 15 Dec 1889 - Washington County, Florida
Christened:
Died: May 1980 - Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama
Buried:
Spouse:
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6 M Thomas Henry Slay
Born: 14 Nov 1891 - Washington County, Florida
Christened:
Died: 25 Sep 1965 - Alabama
Buried:
Spouse:
Marr. Date:

7 F Margaret Selina Slay
Born: 5 Jun 1893 - Washington County, Florida
Christened:
Died: 17 Dec 1989
Buried:
Spouse: Angus Holman Parrish ( -1948)
Marr. Date: 1913
Spouse:
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8 F Harriet Elizabeth Slay
Born: 13 Sep 1895 - Washington County, Florida
Christened:
Died:
Buried:
Spouse: Unknown Fradley ( - )
Marr. Date:
Spouse:
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9 M William Bryant Slay
Born: 24 Jun 1897 - Washington County, Florida
Christened:
Died: 20 Feb 1961 - Dale County, Alabama
Buried: - Clayback Cemetery, Ozark, Dale County, Alabama
Spouse:
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10 F Everetta Slay
Born: 24 Jul 1899 - Washington County, Florida
Christened:
Died:
Buried:
Spouse: Thomas Wilson ( - )
Marr. Date:
Spouse:
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11 F Nancy Louise Slay
Born: 20 May 1901 - Washington County, Florida
Christened:
Died:
Buried:
Spouse: Ben Davidson ( - )
Marr. Date:
Spouse:
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12 F Mary Jessica Slay
Born: 4 Oct 1902 - Washington County, Florida
Christened:
Died: 29 May 1965
Buried:
Spouse:
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13 M Broward Bryant Slay
Born: 17 May 1905 - Washington County, Florida
Christened:
Died: 1923
Buried:
Spouse:
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14 M Gordon Lamar Slay
Born: 16 Jan 1908 - Washington County, Florida
Christened:
Died: May 1977 - Columbus, Muscogee County, Alabama
Buried:
Spouse:
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Last Modified: 8 Feb 2008/Gayle H Van Horn

Mark Buchanan Slay (Sr.) and Flinnie Stephens

Family Group Record for Mark Buchanan (Sr.) Slay and Flinnie Stephens

Husband: Mark Buchanan (Sr.) Slay
Born: 4 Nov 1891 - Junction, Kimble County, Texas
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Died: 14 Apr 1982 - Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto County, Texas
Buried: - McAdams Cemetery, Palo Pinto County, Texas
Father: James Porter (Sr.) Slay (1863-1919)
Mother: Lucinda Jane Elizabeth Hatley (1861-1931)
Marriage: Abt 1912 Place: Palo Pinto County, Texas

Wife: Flinnie Bell Stephens
Born: 23 Apr 1896 - Palo Pinto County, Texas
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Died: 21 Dec 1977 - Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto County, Texas
Buried: - McAdams Cemetery, Palo Pinto County, Texas

Children:
1 F Thelma Lorene Slay
Born: 22 Dec 1913 - Palo Pinto County, Texas
Christened:
Died: 3 Nov 1996 - Graham, Young County, Texas
Buried: - Palo Pinto County, Texas
Spouse: George J. (Jr.) Weldon ( - )
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Spouse: Edman Stowe ( - )
Marr. Date: Weatherford County, Texas
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2 F Cordie Luvelle Slay
Born: 31 May 1915 - Turkey, Palo Pinto County, Texas
Christened:
Died: 17 Dec 2001 - Weatherford, Parker County, Texas
Buried: - Palo Pinto County, Texas
Spouse: Roy Max (Sr.) Moore ( - )
Marr. Date: 8 Jul 1934 - Graham, Young County, Texas
Spouse: James Arley Key ( - )
Marr. Date: 21 Apr 1985 - Palo Pinto County, Texas
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3 F Lucinda W. Slay
Born: 1917 - Palo Pinto County, Texas
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Died:
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Spouse: Aubrey Otha Robertson ( - )
Marr. Date: 29 Oct 1932 - Graford, Palo Pinto County, Texas
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4 M Mark Buchanan (Jr.)
Born: 15 Apr 1919 - Palo Pinto County, Texas
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Died: 9 Feb 1995 - Odessa, Ector County, Texas
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Spouse: Hazel Rae Luten ( - )
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5 M Charlie Alford Labow Slay
Born: 25 Dec 1920 - Jackson, Jack County, Texas
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Died: 1 Aug 1985 - Graford, Palo Pinto County, Texas
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Spouse: Eunice Elline Nash ( -1998)
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6 M George Bain Slay
Born: 11 Mar 1923 - Palo Pinto County, Texas
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Died: 3 Jan 1967 - Witchita Falls, Wichita County, Texas
Buried: 5 Jan 1967 - Possum Kingdom Lake, Palo Pinto County, Texas
Spouse: Margaret Gwendolyn Copeland ( -1989)
Marr. Date: 7 Nov 1942
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7 M Leslie Ray (Hoot) Slay
Born: 4 Oct 1926 - Palo Pinto County, Texas
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Died: 3 Jan 2004 - Weatherford, Parker County, Texas
Buried: 6 Jan 2004 - McAdams Cemetery, Palo Pinto County, Texas
Spouse: Bobbie Dean Hurley ( - )
Marr. Date: 17 May 1968 - Jack County, Texas
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8 F Ester M. Slay
Born: 4 Oct 1926 - Palo Pinto County, Texas
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9 M Jimmie C. Slay
Born: 26 May 1928 - Palo Pinto County, Texas
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10 F Patsy Larue Slay
Born: 5 Aug 1933 - Graford, Palo Pinto County, Texas
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Died: 9 Jun 1963 - Wichita Falls, Wichita County, Texas
Buried: 10 Jun 1963 - Oiowa Park, Wichita County, Texas
Spouse: Gerald Brown ( - )
Marr. Date: 29 Sep 1950 - Iowa Park, Wichita County, Texas
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James Porter Slay Sr. & Lucinda Hatley


Family Group Record for James Porter (Sr.) Slay

Husband: James Porter (Sr.) Slay
Born: 5 Apr 1863 - Coryell County, Texas
Christened:
Died: 11 Feb 1919 - Lampasas, Palo Pinto County, Texas
Buried: - McAdams Cemetery, Palo Pinto County, Texas
Father: William A. Slay (Abt 1815- )
Mother: Mary Ann Higgins (1831- )
Marriage: Feb 1888 Place: Texas

Wife: Lucinda Jane Elizabeth Hatley
Born: 13 Mar 1861 - Lampasas County, Texas
Christened:
Died: 5 Nov 1931 - Graham, Young County, Texas
Buried:

Children

1 F Amber Belle Slay
Born: 3 Apr 1890 - Junction, Kimble County, Texas
Christened:
Died: 24 Jun 1986 - Palo Pinto County, Texas
Buried: - Graford, Palo Pinto County, Texas
Spouse: William Franklin West (1885-1973)
Marr. Date: 13 Oct 1907 - Palo Pinto, Palo Pinto County, Texas
Spouse:
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2 M Mark Buchanan (Sr.) Slay
Born: 4 Nov 1891 - Junction, Kimble County, Texas
Christened:
Died: 14 Apr 1982 - Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto County, Texas
Buried: - McAdams Cemetery, Palo Pinto County, Texas
Spouse: Flinnie Bell Stephens (1896-1977)
Marr. Date: Abt 1912 - Palo Pinto County, Texas
Spouse:
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3 M William M.(Willie) Slay
Born: 27 Mar 1893 - Junction, Kimble County, Texas
Christened:
Died: 23 Mar 1985 - Graham, Young County, Texas
Buried: - McAdams Cemetery, Palo Pinto County, Texas
Spouse: Agnes (Aggie) Savilla Barron (1899-1989)
Marr. Date: 1 Dec 1915 - Graham, Young County, Texas
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4 F Georgia Bain Slay
Born: 31 Dec 1896 - Texas
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Died: 5 Oct 1918 - Delaware
Buried:
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5 M James Porter (Jr.) Slay
Born: 22 Aug 1898 - Lampasas County, Texas
Christened:
Died: 20 Jun 1983 - Possum Kingdom Lake, Palo Pinto County, Texas
Buried: - Palo Pinto County, Texas
Spouse: Lottie Mae Daves (1898-1947)
Marr. Date: 18 Aug 1925 - Palo Pinto County, Texas
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6 F Ella M. Slay
Born: 24 Jun 1900 - Bell County, Texas
Christened:
Died: 19 Jan 1920 - Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas
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7 F Lucy Lee Slay
Born: 4 Feb 1904 - Palo Pinto County, Texas
Christened:
Died: 7 Jan 1983 - Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas
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Spouse: Roley Roy Barron ( - )
Marr. Date: 21 Sep 1920 - Graham, Young County, Texas
Spouse: Jack Harris ( - )
Marr. Date: Abt 1946
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8 F Dona B. Slay
Born: 16 Sep 1905 - Palo Pinto County, Texas
Christened:
Died: 29 Nov 1988 - Arlington, Tarrant County, Texas
Buried:
Spouse: David Newton Winslett ( - )
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9 F Margaret Pruett Slay
Born: 22 Dec 1906 - Palo Pinto County, Texas
Christened:
Died: 23 Apr 1996 - Arlington, Tarrant County, Texas
Buried: - Moore Cemetery, Tarrant County, Texas
Spouse: William Truman (Sr.) Bryant (1909-1999)
Marr. Date: Young County, Texas
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Last Modified: 8 Feb 2008/Gayle H Van Horn

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Benjamin A. Burdett 1835 - 1921

Benjamin Apling Burdette, my great-grandfather, was born 23 December 1835 in DeKalb County, Georgia. He was the son of James W. Burdett and Alice (Ealcey) Falkner.

When he was a young boy, his father moved the family from Georgia to Randolph County, Alabama, and settled along the Talapoosa River, near Fox Creek, an area not far from Wedowee. His father was a farmer, and raised his son Benjamin as one too.

On January 4, 1855, Benjamin married Millie Elizabeth Hood, at the Missionary Baptist Church, and settled in nearby Lanette. Millie was the daughter of Josa Hood and Harriett S. Robertson.


When the Civil War broke out, Benjamin enlisted in Montgomery, Alabama with his two brothers Samuel Monroe and Littleton J. in the 13th Alabama Co. E. He soon left a wife and three small children, and would not return until four years later.

Along with his two brother's he served with several cousins, a brother-in-law and neighbors. The 13th saw action during the Williamsburg, Siege of Yorktown, followed by Seven Pines, Cold Harbor and Fredericksburg.

During the Maryland Campaign he was atop South Mountain, and followed the next day at the Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam). During the battle of Sharpsburg, Benjamin was in Miller's Cornfield and along the fence line at Bloody Lane, two areas of massive fighting and casulities. It was during this battle, both of his brother's sustained severe gunshot wounds. Littleton J. would succumb from his wounds four months later in a Hagerstown, Maryland military hospital. He is buried within the confines of the Rose Hill Cemetery in Hagerstown, in the Confederate section.

Benjamin was active with his regiment in Hazel's Grove at Chancellorsville in May 1863. It was during this campain, Gen, Thomas J. Jackson (Stonewall) was severely wounded and died.

On June 30th, they marched from Cashtown, Pennsylvania to a little town called Gettysburg.On the opening day of the battle of Gettysburg, July 1st, Benjamin was captured shortly after Gen. John Reynolds was killed in McPherson's Woods. Several of his cousins and brother in law Benjamin Hood were also captured.

Following their capture they began a forced march to nearby Winchester,and boarded the next day on a train to Ft, McHenry. From there, they were taken to Ft. Delaware, the dreaded Union Federal Prison. For the next two years, he was confined in prison, living on what little food was provided, and no doubt praying to survive. He lost two cousins in prison, but somehow managed to perservere.

In July 1863, three months after the war had ended, he and his brother-in-law, were released from prison. The two of them made their way home by any means they could find from walking and hitching wagon rides from Delaware to Alabama.

Three months later, Benjamin packed his wife and children, along with his father, brother's Wilson and James, and two of his wife's brother's families. They headed for Texas where land was affordable and plentiful.

In December, the wagons arrived in Smith County, to stay for a brief time. It was while in this county, we believe his father James died. Next they traveled to Leon County, and settled between Marquez and Jewette to farm the land. They lived here fifteen years and for a time in Comanche County near their married daughter Emma. In 1881, they decided to leave Leone County for a higher altitude, and set out for Bosque County. Along with Benjamin, Millie and their children, was Millie's widowed mother Harriet Hood. The next year their last child George Issac Burdette was born in Meridian, August 28, 1882.

In 1899 he applied for a Confederate Pension and was approved the next year. His pension as well as his Muster Rolls confirm his services as well as battles serving in the Army of Northern Virginia.

Benjamin and Millie stayed in Meridian until their deaths. At one time they lived on Live Oak Street, off the main town square. He remained a farmer and stayed close to his Bible, children and grandchildren. On their 50th wedding anniversary, according to the newspaper article, they preferred to spend it alone in Meridian, and would celebrate later with their children.

This remarkable man was a devoted husband to Millie and they had twelve children. Both lived to enjoy many great grandchildren. Their last anniversary together was their 65th in 1920.

Benjamin's obituary tells of a man loved by the community, and one of Bosque County's pioneers. He died September 14, 1921, at his home. The next day he was buried in the Meridian Cemetery. Millie stayed in Meridian, near her daughter Lina Gandy, until her death April 23, 1926. She shares a tombstone with her husband, nearby is a large oak tree.

I have actively researched my family lines for many years, however my great grandfather Benjamin remains one of my favorites. I have gathered an enormous amount of information on him and his family, and my quest continues.

I have followed my greatgrand father's footsteps across battlefields in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, and viewed those hallowed fields through his eyes. I have felt his presence at his grave side, and thanked him a hundred times for his sacrifice.

I ask myself how a man could go into battle and never be touched, when all around him, he is surrounded by death and destruction. How could he live through two years of confinment, lose friends and loved ones in battle, only to walk home and begin a new life. There is only one explanation and it is devine province.

The first time I gazed across the battlefields, I realized what this man had endured, and because of him, I was able to follow him.

Thank you great grandpa Benjamin. I will not let your descendants forget you.
Gayle

For additional family information that includes his children, please refer to the link Our Family Group Sheets (PDF format). You may also find a Family Group Sheet on Benjamin and his siblings at his parents James and Alice Burdett Family Group Sheet link.