|Birth: ||Apr. 7, 1837|
|Death: ||Sep. 4, 1904|
The following was supplied by Judy K. Brantley/Wilson:
Private 10th Regiment Georgia Calvary CSA.
JAMES H. L. BENFORD, farmer, Victory, Carroll Co., Ga., son of John and Martha (Anders) Benford, was born in Twiggs county, Ga., in 1837. His paternal grandparents, George and Elizabeth Benford, were Virginians, and he was a soldier in the patriot army during the revolutionary war. His father was born in Virginia in 1818, came to Georgia when a young man and settled first in Bibb county; he afterward went to Twiggs county and settled in the woods and cleared a farm. He was a soldier in the Indian war of 1836, and was wounded in the arm. His maternal grandparents, Robin and Elizabeth Anders, were natives of Maryland, but migrated to Georgia, and were among the earliest settlers of Twiggs county. Mr. Benford was reared on the farm in Twiggs county and remained on it until he was eighteen years old, when he removed to Carroll county and settled in the woods on the tract whereon he now lives. There was not a stick amiss on the land, and he cleared the land for his farm by himself. There were four families moved together in ox carts, and all of them occupied an eighteen by eighteen log cabin together, cooking, etc., until they could build. He went to school only one week and was never taught anything but the alphabet.
In 1861 he enlisted in Company B, Cleburne's regiment, known as the "Pattison Rangers." He participated in quite a number of battles-Gatling's farm, Petersburg Columbia, etc., but was most of the time on scouting duty, and often on special courier service. For nearly a month, at one time, his command was chased by Gen. Kilpatrick, fighting nearly every day. He was captured once in Virginia, and when commanded to surrender his gun he threw it down and broke it, and then put his foot on his saber and broke that, too; he then told his captors to take him if they wanted to. As they were taking him to their lines, after dark, dangerous as the attempt seemed, he succeeded in eluding their vigilance and escaped. For a long time he was a courier for Gen. Lee, whose pass he bore permitting him to go where and when he pleased at his discretion. At the time of the surrender he was scouting in the rear of the Union army. He came out of the war with nothing but his land, and when his father died had his family to care for, giving the children a fair education. He owns now 1,500 acres of good land, including a well-improved farm, ,and has the reputation among his neighbors of being one of the most progressive and one of the best farmers in Carroll county., He certainly ranks among the solidest and most substantial of the county's citizens. In 1865 Mr. Benford was married to Miss Fannie Morris, born in Meriwether county and daughter of William and Sarah (Ayers) Morris. Fifteen children have blessed this union, of whom thirteen are living: Henry, Price, Alice, Lity, Warren; Terrell, Eugenia, Perdue, Anna, Sula, Edell, Artentious, and Pious. Mr. Benford is a master Mason. and himself and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist church.
Mary Frances Morris Benford (1846 - 1900)*
J. William Henry Benford (1866 - 1942)*
Alice A Benford Ward (1869 - 1950)*
Malydia Ann Benford Brook (1871 - 1949)*
Ida J. Benford (1874 - 1874)*
Eugenia E. Benford Ward (1875 - 1960)*
Benjamin Terrell Benford (1877 - 1951)*
Ada Perdue Benford Barnes (1878 - 1953)*
Amy Lena Benford Ward (1880 - 1968)*
Sula Benford Barnes (1882 - 1968)*
Fannie Edel Benford Blackwelder (1883 - 1982)*
Artentious Auburn Benford (1885 - 1949)*
May Benford (1887 - 1889)*
Tyus Benford Blackwelder (1889 - 1983)*
Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery
Plot: Row 10
Created by: Janie Light
Record added: Aug 08, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40422276
Thank you so much for this information on my Great-Great Grandfather. May he rest in peace. x|
Added: Jul. 14, 2013
James Henry Lamar Benford is my Great- Great- Great Grandfather. I am so happy to have found this family history. Thank you.|
Added: Jan. 17, 2012
Remembering and Honoring a True Southern Hero, a Confederate Soldier. Deo Vindice.|
Tony Smith SCV Camp 38, North Charleston S.C.
Added: Aug. 27, 2010