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Benjamin Franklin Brantly, Sr
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Birth: Dec. 25, 1792
Chatham County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jun. 20, 1868
Little Rock
Pulaski County
Arkansas, USA

Benjamin Brantly was the son of John and Sarah Braswell Brantly and the grandson of Joseph and Ann White Brantley all of Deep River, Chatham County, North Carolina. He was cousin to the leading Protestant Minister in America in the early 1800's, Dr. William Theophilus Brantley, who started the first Baptist Congregation in Augusta, GA and was its first pastor. (Benjamin's grandfather Joseph and William's father, William were brothers.)

On June 19, 1834, Benjamin Brantly married Susan Fidelia Blodgett in Augusta, Richmond County, GA. They were married by the Rev. Charles Dutton Mallary, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Augusta from 1830-1834. The Brantly's had twelve children: five died in infancy and the eleven known children are: Susan Elizabeth, Benjamin Franklin, Joseph Kirk, Sarah Angeline, John Stanley, Mary Anna, Edmund Foster (twin), William Adams (twin), Prescott Selah, Charles Jenkins and Macon Crawford Brantly.

The Brantly's resided in Augusta, GA, Penfield, GA, Cassville, GA, Fort Scott, Bourbon County, Kansas (Territory), and Little Rock, Arkansas.

Benjamin Brantly was an editor and publisher for fifty years. In Georgia, he was well known as publisher of The State's Right Sentinel at Augusta. About June of 1840, on establishment of Mercer University at Penfield, the Brantly's moved to Penfield and Benjamin was the editor and publisher of the Christian Index and Temperance Banner there. (His close friend and brother-in-law, Gaspard T. Carrie, worked alongside him as the first printer and foreman of the Christian Index and Temperance Banner.) In 1856, the family left Penfield and resided in Cassville, GA. (By the 1850's, Cassville was the cultural center of North Georgia with two colleges (male & female), four hotels, a newspaper and wooden sidewalks.) The week of April 7, 1861, the Brantly's moved to Fort Scott, Bourbon County, Kansas (Territory). On October 6, 1856, Benjamin Brantly was elected in the second Territorial Legislature for Bourbon County representing in the House of Representatives. On November 14, 1861, the Brantly's left Fort Scott and moved to Arkansas and later on to the city of Little Rock.

On Saturday, June 20, 1868, Benjamin Brantly died and was buried on Sunday, June 21, 1868 in Oakland Cemetery, Little Rock, Arkansas.

On June 20th, 1868, Benjamin Brantly, an old and respected citizen of this place.

Farewell! Thou loved one of earth, farewell!
No more shall we gaze upon thy decrepid form, for thou art gone from this land of mortality to a home not built with hands, but eternal in the skies. We mourn not thy loss. No, God forbid. We envy thee not thy bright, thy joy-giving home, with seraphim's and cherubim's, that roam around and about the azure fields of Heaven. C.G.R.

June 23, 1868
p. 2, col. 5
Arkansas Gazette

The Augusta papers announce the death of BENJAMIN BRANTLEY, at Little Rock, Arkansas, 25th ult. The deceased will be remembered as the publisher of the Christian Index, and Temperance Banner, at Penfield, Ga.

July 10, 1868
p. 5, col. 1, Fri.
Georgia Weekly Telegraph
Macon, GA
Vol. XLII-No. 38

By a private letter to the Augusta Republican, learns the death of Mr. Benjamin Brantly, at Little Rock, Ark., on the 25th ult. The deceased resided for many years in Penfield, Ga., where he published the Christian Index and the Temperance Banner. A few years since he removed to Little Rock. On the 19 of June, he was taken suddenly ill, he suffered a great deal until within half an hour of his death; he then fell into a calm sleep. Those who knew him need not the comforting assurance that his death was triumphant in the Christian's hope.

July 24, 1868
p. 3, col. 1
The Cartersville Express
No. 5, Vol. 7
Cartersville, GA

Family links: 
  Sarah Braswell Brantly (1759 - 1855)
  Susan Fidelia Blodgett Brantly (1814 - 1882)
  Susan Elizabeth Brantly (1835 - 1835)*
  Benjamin Franklin Brantly (1836 - 1859)*
  Joseph Kirk Brantly (1839 - 1905)*
  Sarah Angeline Brantly (1842 - 1845)*
  John Stanley Brantly (1844 - 1914)*
  Mary Anna Brantly Davidson (1846 - 1932)*
  Edmund Foster Brantly (1849 - 1849)*
  Prescott Selah Brantly (1852 - 1852)*
  Charles Jenkins Brantly (1853 - 1929)*
  Macon Crawford Brantly (1856 - 1857)*
*Calculated relationship
Oakland and Fraternal Historic Cemetery Park
Little Rock
Pulaski County
Arkansas, USA
Plot: Lot 7; Burial 16
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Record added: Jul 06, 2011
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Benjamin Franklin Brantly, Sr
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