|Birth: ||Dec. 15, 1837|
|Death: ||May, 1926|
Benjamin was a sergeant in Company N, 13th Missouri Cavalry (USA) during the Civil War, enlisting 20 September 1864 and serving until 13 May 1866.
During a skirmish near Lebanon, Benjamin was captured by Confederate soldiers who took his new woolen uniform and good boots and made him wear a tattered Confederate uniform. With his feet wrapped in strips of burlap and his hands tied behind him, he was forced to walk in snow some 30 miles from Lebanon to Hartville. His hands froze and were deformed for the rest of his life.
Benjamin and Eliza Shields homesteaded between Phillipsburg and Conway, eventually adding to their one-room log house a second room, a lean-to kitchen, a front porch and a back porch leading to the well house.
Benjamin, known as "Uncle Ben," attended a school of higher education, a the old academy at Lebanon, Missouri and taught school at Phillipsburg for 33 years, using the McGuffey reader, Ray's arithmetic and the Blue Back speller. He also taught music, using shaped notes. In Benjamin's classroom, students studied aloud. When they were quiet, he knew they were not studying and tapped them with a ruler.
He was a very good Bible student, and when young took part in many debates on the Bible, which were popular when he was a young man.
John Shahan Shields (1807 - 1870)
Sarah Haggard Shields (1808 - 1884)
Eliza Maria McFarland Shields (1838 - 1924)
Sarah Mirinda Shields Price (1865 - 1944)*
Edward Walter Shields (1880 - 1961)*
Benjamin Franklin Shields (1837 - 1926)
John Cook Shields (1840 - 1916)*
William Breedlove Shields (1842 - 1892)*
Sarah J. Shields Dennis (1845 - 1905)*
Created by: Beverly Davis Valcovic
Record added: Apr 20, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 36120309