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Benjamin H Bacchus
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Birth: Oct. 15, 1848
Chestertown
Kent County
Maryland, USA
Death: Jun. 27, 1891
Osceola
Mississippi County
Arkansas, USA

Source: Violet Cemetery Records by Mabel F Edrington, Mississippi County Historian; Violet Cemetery Directory compiled by Brian and Amy King, of Harrisburg, AR printed November 21, 1998.

Data Source: Northeast Arkansas Biographies and Historical Memoirs - Published in 1891 by Goodspeed - Information gathered in circa 1889.
Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northeast Arkansas
Mississippi County - County Organization
Osceola Lodge No. 27, A.F. & A.M., was organized November 6, 1867, with the following charter members: William A. Ferring, W.M.; R.G. Hardin, S.W.; B.F. Bennett, J.W.; B. Harris, Treas.; E.W. Rowlett, Sec.; J.F.Davies, S.D.; T.C. Morris, J.D.; J.R. Acree, tyler. Members: J.G. Layton, W.S. Sugg, J.B. Kelley, J.W. Ozell, J.C. Clark, W.J. Kent, M.F. Warren, J.M. Able, James Stewart.
This lodge, which has always been one of the most flourishing in the State, has a large membership, now numbering eighty, presided over at the present time by the following officers: Benjamin H. Bacchus, W. M.; W. F. Williams, S. W.; F. B. Hale, J. W.; R. M. Fletcher, Sec.; J. K. P. Hale, Treas.; Elliot Williams, S. D.; S. C. Edrington, J. D.; John Barney, tyler.


Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northeast Arkansas
Mississippi County Selected Biographical Sketches.
page 465
Benjamin H. Bacchus, a prominent druggist and farmer of Osceola, Ark., is a native of Kent County, Md., born at Chestertown on October 15, 1848, and of the six children born to his parents, William and Harriet (Greenwood) Bacchus, Benjamin H. was the fifth in order of birth. The parents were natives of Maryland, and the father for a long time was a miller and farmer of that place. The mother died in 1856, and in 1859 the father married Miss Susan Arthur. He died in 1872, having during the latter years of his life lived in retirement. Benjamin H. Bacchus passed his youth in Chestertown, and received an exceptionally good education in public and private schools, supplementing the same by a two years' attendance at the college at Chestertown. He then took a course of instruction at Bryant, Stratton & Sadler's [p.465] Business College, at Baltimore, and left that institution fully equipped to enter upon any pursuit. He followed the teacher's profession for one term, and in 1867 went to Memphis, where he engaged in the cotton and oil business. At the end of one and one-half years he came to Mississippi County, Ark., and commenced farming at Elmot, where he continued until 1880. In 1878 Mr. Bacchus was elected county surveyor, and in 1880 he was elected clerk of the supreme court, ex-officio clerk of the county and probate courts, and recorder. So well did he fill this position that he was re-elected in 1882. In 1887 he was elected mayor of the city of Osceola. At this time the city was heavily in debt, and its warrants were worthless; but at the expiration of Mr. Bacchus' term of office the debt of the city was wiped out, and the warrants were worth their face value. In July, 1885, Mr. Bacchus engaged in the drug business in Osceola, and in 1888 he erected a fine store-house, into which he moved in February, 1889. The new quarters are neat, tasty and ornamental, and contain a complete line of fresh drugs. Mr. Bacchus selected Miss Katie M. Williams as his companion in life, and was wedded to her in 1871. She was born in Mississippi County, and is the daughter of James H. Williams, who was formerly from Tennessee, and one of the old settlers of Mississippi County. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Bacchus were born seven children: Alice W., Lallie C., Lena S., Benjamin H., Jr., J. Greenwood, Minnie Avery and Mary Kate. Mr. Bacchus is a member of the Episcopal Church, and Mrs. Bacchus of the Methodist Episcopal. Mr. Bacchus is a member of Masonic Lodge No. 27, Osceola, occupying an official position. He was school commissioner of the county from 1872 to 1880, and takes a decided interest in all school matters.

Records found by Peggy Pickens-Trojan:
1850 U.S. Federal Census - District 2, Kent County, Maryland - Benjamine H Bacchus, age 2
1860 U.S. Federal Census - District 1, Kent County, Maryland - Benjamin H Bachus, age 11
1870
1871, Nov 4th Benjamin H Bachus, age 23, married Katie M Williams, age 18, in Mississippi County, AR.
1880 U.S. Federal Census - Monroe, Mississippi County, Arkansas - Benjamin Bacchus, age 31
1891 Jun 27 - Benjamin H Bachus/Bacchus died in Osceola, Mississippi County, AR at about the age of 43.

 
 
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 Spouse:
  Katie M Williams Bacchus (1853 - 1897)*
 
 Children:
  John Greenwood Bacchus (1882 - 1889)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Violet Cemetery
Osceola
Mississippi County
Arkansas, USA
Plot: East side - E808
 
Created by: Peggy Pickens-Trojan
Record added: Jun 28, 2008
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Benjamin H Bacchus
Added by: Karon Murphy Hall
 
 
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