Benjamin Essary

Tennessee, USA
Death 12 Oct 1887 (aged 75)
Essary Springs, Hardeman County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Pocahontas, Hardeman County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 156207736 · View Source
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Benjamin Essary was born: Jan. 15, 1812 Tennessee. In Tennessee Benjamin found a city called Essary Springs, which he named after himself and the springs after the mineral water, thought to promote ones health. Benjamin Essary being a land owner in Ms received a land grant in 1841 beside the Hatchie River and later receiving another land grant in 1844. With the town becoming a summer resort, sum due to the mineral water, Mr. Essary donated the area of the largest Spring for a public park with a picnic area, and space for games such as horseshoes and marbles. Soon the Spring became known as the Fountain of Youth.

Essary Springs showed potential early on, with a Post Office being built in 1890, and a School “The Southern Tennessee Normal College” starting in 1889 by A. G. Freed, and a hotel but unfortunately the hotel burnt and was not rebuilt. The Post Office closed in 1915, and was consolidated with Pocahontas Post Office. In 1895, The Southern Tennessee Normal College consolidated with West Tennessee Christian College in Henderson Tennessee. With the Memphis-Charleston Railroad in Pocahontas, being built in 1848, ended the stagecoach midway of Essary Springs and Pocahontas, with this in consideration, people started moving approximately four miles away to be near the Memphis-Charleston Railroad, where business was booming. Benjamin Essary had 10 kids 8 boys and 2 girls with his wife Elizabeth Graves Smith.

Married Elizabeth Graves Smith in 1838.
1. Thomas P. (Cape) Essary b. 9 May 1840
2. William Lafayette Essary b. 2 Feb 1845, his 5 kids Joseph Jackson Essary, Vannie Essary, William Edgar Essary, Viola Mae Essary, Vada Vadeene Essary
3. Mary Ann Essary b. 3 July 1846 (known as 'aunt sis')
4. Martha J. 'Mattie' Essary b. 10 Jan 1849
5. Abner Frank Essary b. 12 Jan 1852
6. Joseph Caleb Essary

Book was Hardeman County TN: Family History, this was pg 139

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 156207736
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Benjamin Essary (15 Jan 1812–12 Oct 1887), Find a Grave Memorial no. 156207736, citing Essary Springs Cemetery, Pocahontas, Hardeman County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Avery (contributor 48862322) .