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Martin Carroll "Gov" Benson
Birth: Dec. 15, 1827
Barren Plain
Robertson County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Nov. 16, 1878
Graves County
Kentucky, USA


As recalled by his granddaughter Daisy (Parker) Marshall;

He lived in Graves County, Kentucky, on State Line Road six miles east of Fulton, Kentucky, and ran a general store in Fulton, located in the Creedle Block on State Line Road and the Illinois Central Railroad on the east side. When I passed the old building several years ago (1961) you could still read the name on the side of the building. He had an old man and half a dozen or more children who lived in a house where Grandpa lived before he built the present house where he and Grandma were married. The old man was named Swift and they stayed on the place as long as Mama and Papa owned it.
Grandpa owned a bunch of slaves as the old book shows. Mama said when he came home from the war (Civil) he went out to the slave quarters and called them all together and said, "Now you all are just as free as I am so you can do as you please and go where you please". Mama said many of them, with tears streaming down their faces said, "Marse Gov, you have always looked after us and taken care of us so please let us stay with you", which all but a few of the younger ones who wanted to strike out for themselves did. Mama said several of them came back and stayed when they found out what it was like to fight for themselves.
When he bought the store in town he fitted up living quarters upstairs and spent part of his time there with Grandma, with Mama and Mr. Swift running the farm. He died there. Mama said he had a terrible cold Monday when he started to town and they begged him to stay at home but he wouldn't. He developed pneumonia and was bad from the first. He tried so hard to tell the doctor something and they finally made out "Lula". They had already sent for she and Grandma but he couldn't talk when they got there. He was trying to say "Lula" but that was all they could make out. He had always had money buried around outside the house and Lula, as a young girl, had found it every time it was moved. Finally, the last time he moved it he told her, "Lula, I bet you can't find it now" and she never did. The family thought he was trying to tell Lula where it was, but to no avail. The family spent many hours and days looking for it in the family cemetery plot, down by the large tree on the creek, and several other likely places but it was never found.
I don't know whether he was a judge, Justice of the Peace, or what, but there was a small house in one corner of the front yard he used as an office and I have heard the old cousins talk about any dispute or fuss anyone got in to, they would take it to "Uncle Gov", and he generally was able to settle it. I have always been very proud to have had such an ancestor as he was and I honor his name and hope my descendants will do the same.
Martin Carroll Benson's nickname of "Gov", came about when his father, Captain Richard Allen Benson was attending the tobacco market in Nashville, Tennessee, and was in a hotel lobby when word came to him that he had just had a son born at home in Robertson County, Tennessee. Governor Martin Carroll asked Captain Benson what he planned to name his new son and it was decided then that he would name him after his good friend the Tennessee Governor, hence the nickname "Gov".

Probable buriel in Dukedom or in private family cemetery near Fulton where the old home was.

1st Wife ~ Nancy Jane (Williams) Benson
born on Aug. 21, 1833
died on Mar. 6, 1863
*Married Aug. 17, 1856 in Graves County, Kentucky

1) Mary Mitylene Benson
born on Feb. 4, 1858 in Graves County, Kentucky

2) Tallula "Lula" (Benson) Parker
born on Dec. 7, 1861 in Graves County, Kentucky

2nd Wife ~ Saluda M. McElmurry
born on Jan. 21, 1848 in Graves County, Kentucky
*Married on Sep. 8, 1869 in Graves County, Kentucky

Irene Gertrude Benson
born on Jan. 8, 1871 in Graves County, Kentucky

*I would like to thank John Frederick Marshall for all his help in his genealogy research. John is a great, great, grandson of Martin Carroll Benson.

Family links: 
  Richard Allen Benson (1782 - 1841)
  Sarah Jones Benson (1787 - 1858)
  Tallula Benson Parker (1861 - 1941)*
  Nancy Wilmuth Benson Rose (1819 - 1908)*
  Martin Carroll Benson (1827 - 1878)
*Calculated relationship
Old Bethel Cemetery
Graves County
Kentucky, USA
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Record added: Feb 08, 2013
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