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 Mattie M. <I>Brewer</I> Benford

Mattie M. Brewer Benford

Birth
Death 8 Oct 1961 (aged 94)
Burial Coopers, Baldwin County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 31995986 · View Source
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Mattie Brewer was the wife of Charles B. Finney. They had two children before Charles was struck and killed by lightning.
Mattie and the children moved in with her parents.
A year later, she became engaged to Ashe Benford. Her parents were greatly opposed to the marriage.
When he arrived at the door of her parents' house, Mrs Brewer met him with a gun. As Mr Brewer joined the argument, Mattie quickly left with Ashe.
They fled to Milledgeville where they were married by Rev. J.D. Chapman, who was in town holding a prayer meeting at the Asylum.
In an article called "A Runaway Marriage," the local paper, The Union Recorder, stated: "While sympathizing with the parents in their distress over a marriage so antagonistic to their wishes we must congratulate the happy pair in the successful termination of one of the most romantic marriages that ever occurred in Baldwin county. The pluck and determination displayed by the bridegroom in securing his bride will doubtless make for her a happy home."


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Gravesite Details She was first married to Charles B. Finney, and then to Ashley M. Benford.

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  • Created by: Jack Johnson
  • Added: 6 Dec 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 31995986
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mattie M. Brewer Benford (9 Dec 1866–8 Oct 1961), Find A Grave Memorial no. 31995986, citing Cooperville Baptist Church Cemetery, Coopers, Baldwin County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Jack Johnson (contributor 46814495) .