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Benjamin Franklin “B. F.” Hart

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Benjamin Franklin “B. F.” Hart

Birth
Marshall County, Tennessee, USA
Death
19 Apr 1941 (aged 92)
Petersburg, Lincoln County, Tennessee, USA
Burial
Petersburg, Lincoln County, Tennessee, USA Add to Map
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Gospel preacher.

Sketch Of The Life Of B.F. Hart (1849-1941)

To write about self sounds like blowing your own horn, but as requested I will try to do so. My parents were Samuel and Emily Motlow Hart. I was born January 16, 1849, in Marshall County, near Petersburg, Tenn., and have lived all my life on a farm in that same community. My father died when I was three years old, leaving mother with five children and a debt of seven hundred dollars. Be it said to her honor, she reared the children and paid the debt before her death. As to my education, I went to school very little. I hated the schoolboy declamation part of school, and have not gotten over that yet. I was too stupid to realize the value of a school until the Civil War came and broke up the school. After the war, there was work to do. I did go to the T. B. Larimore School, at Mars Hill, Ala., one term and learned the best lesson of my life. That lesson was, if I preached the Book, I must study and learn it for myself. I obeyed the gospel at the age of seventeen, knowing but little about the Bible; but when those old brethren said, “We take the Bible wholly and solely as the man of our counsel,” that appealed to me then and still appeals to me. I preached my first sermon in September, 1872, at old Cane Creek. I cannot tell how awkward I was nor how many mistakes I made, but the brethren were kind and encouraged me to go on. I have had but few additions since. Most of my preaching has been to the church and nearly all in my own community. I am glad now this is true, since I have lived to see the church grow from three congregations to eleven within the radius of ten miles of my home, and I know my people and they know me. I have the distinction of baptizing eight old people over eighty years of age, one man ninety-three years of age. I have no idea how many funerals I have conducted nor how many marriage ceremonies I have performed. I am thankful to my Maker that, though nearing ninety-one years, I am still able to drive my own car and go and preach. I have been a reader of the Gospel Advocate since 1872.–-Gospel Advocate, January 4, 1940, p. 17.


h/o Hettie Wade Hart
Gospel preacher.

Sketch Of The Life Of B.F. Hart (1849-1941)

To write about self sounds like blowing your own horn, but as requested I will try to do so. My parents were Samuel and Emily Motlow Hart. I was born January 16, 1849, in Marshall County, near Petersburg, Tenn., and have lived all my life on a farm in that same community. My father died when I was three years old, leaving mother with five children and a debt of seven hundred dollars. Be it said to her honor, she reared the children and paid the debt before her death. As to my education, I went to school very little. I hated the schoolboy declamation part of school, and have not gotten over that yet. I was too stupid to realize the value of a school until the Civil War came and broke up the school. After the war, there was work to do. I did go to the T. B. Larimore School, at Mars Hill, Ala., one term and learned the best lesson of my life. That lesson was, if I preached the Book, I must study and learn it for myself. I obeyed the gospel at the age of seventeen, knowing but little about the Bible; but when those old brethren said, “We take the Bible wholly and solely as the man of our counsel,” that appealed to me then and still appeals to me. I preached my first sermon in September, 1872, at old Cane Creek. I cannot tell how awkward I was nor how many mistakes I made, but the brethren were kind and encouraged me to go on. I have had but few additions since. Most of my preaching has been to the church and nearly all in my own community. I am glad now this is true, since I have lived to see the church grow from three congregations to eleven within the radius of ten miles of my home, and I know my people and they know me. I have the distinction of baptizing eight old people over eighty years of age, one man ninety-three years of age. I have no idea how many funerals I have conducted nor how many marriage ceremonies I have performed. I am thankful to my Maker that, though nearing ninety-one years, I am still able to drive my own car and go and preach. I have been a reader of the Gospel Advocate since 1872.–-Gospel Advocate, January 4, 1940, p. 17.


h/o Hettie Wade Hart


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  • Maintained by: Tom Childers
  • Originally Created by: HBZ
  • Added: Sep 27, 2007
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/21801324/benjamin_franklin-hart: accessed ), memorial page for Benjamin Franklin “B. F.” Hart (16 Jan 1849–19 Apr 1941), Find a Grave Memorial ID 21801324, citing Old Orchard Cemetery, Petersburg, Lincoln County, Tennessee, USA; Maintained by Tom Childers (contributor 46515204).