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Gen Benjamin Cleveland

  • Birth 13 Jun 1784 Pickens County, South Carolina, USA
  • Death 29 Jun 1858 Habersham County, Georgia, USA
  • Burial Clarkesville, Habersham County, Georgia, USA
  • Memorial ID 54628626

Benjamin was the son of John (Devil John) CLEVELAND and Catherine Montgomery neé SLOAN, was born in Virginia 13 June 1784 died 29 June 1858 in Clarkesville, Habersham County, Georgia. He was the grandson of Colonel Benjamin Cleveland, A Revolutionary War Patriot.

He married Argin/Anglin BLAIR in Franklin County, Georgia, 1802. Argin was born in North Carolina circa 1789. She was the daughter of James Blair, b. 6 Mar 1761, Augusta, VA; d. 31 May 1839, Pickens County, AL; and Elizabeth Powell; b. 10 Apr 1765, Orange, NC; d. 26 Mar 1839, Pickens, AL. They are buried in the Old Mount Moriah Cemetery, Pickens County, AL.

Benjamin was reared by his grandfather Benjamin; was a long time prominent citizen of Habersham County, an officer in the Creek Indian War, major and commandant of a regiment, under General Floyd at the Battles of Autossee, AL., Nov 29, 1813, Calibbee Swamp, also Othtewalla, War of 1812.

He owned large possessions at the foot of Currahee Mountain, Habersham County. By trade he was a carpenter and builder. He settled in the lower part of Nacoochee valley, in Habersham County, bought land there and became a merchant. He was partner with General Rusk.

Benjamin was General in the Militia and represented Habersham over 20 years in the Legislature. He was a member of the Whig Party and in 1848 candidate for Representative in Congress, and ran ahead of his ticket against Howell Cobb. He was noted for his kindness. He was known in times of scarity, to haul corn 25 miles and sell it to poor neighbors on credit at cost.

He was a merchant at Clarkesville. In the mercantile business he had as his partner for several years, his son-in-law, Thomas J. Rusk. He was a man of large means and gave much to charity. He died June 23, 1858. His widow went to Mississippi where she died in as the home of her son-in-law, James M. Hoyle. Her remains were brought to Clarkesville and buried beside her husband. (This narration is in question). Argin Cleveland is listed in the 1870 Lee County, Mississippi census as living in the household of James M. and Amanda Hoyle (granddaughter) age 84 and a widow).

Benjamin CLEVELAND and Anglin BLAIR had the following children:

John CLEVELAND was born in Franklin County, Georgia 1806 and died 1827 at 21 years of age.

James Alexander CLEVELAND was born in Habersham County Georgia 6 September 1808 and died 25 July 1854 in Habersham County Georgia, at 45 years of age.

Mary Frances CLEVELAND was born in Habersham County Georgia August 1809 and died 26 April 1856 in Nacogdoches County, Texas, at 46 years of age. She married Jefferson Rusk Esq in Habersham County Georgia, 5 January 1827. Thomas was born in South Carolina 15 December 1803. Thomas was the son of John Rusk and Mary Stemitt. Thomas died 29 July 1857 in Nacogdoches County, Texas, at 53 years of age. Thomas was a lawyer and a member of the Supreme Court. Thomas and Mary are buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Nacogdoches County, TX. Their FINDAGRAVE MEMORIAL NUMBERS are Thomas Rusk #6258947
Mary Jane Cleveland Rusk #6259012

Catherine CLEVELAND was born 7 May 1813, GA; d. 20 Mar 1856, Union County, MS. She is buried in the Liberty Cemetery, Union County, MS. She married Henry JOHNSON in Habersham County Georgia, 19 April 1830. Mr. Johnson was born circa 1807. He died in Mississippi. Her second husband was David Lattimore Hoyle, b. 2 Jun 1814, Rutherford County, NC; d. 28 Feb 1871, Pontotoc County, Mississippi. He is buied in the Bethel Methodist Church Cemetery, Pontotoc County, MS.

Ann CLEVELAND was born in Habersham County Georgia circa 1814 and died June 1855 in Nacogdoches County, Texas. She married Major John Leander SMITH in Habersham County Georgia, 31 March 1831. Leander was the son of General W. Davidson Smith and Sarah "Sally" Carson. He was born in Buncombe County, NC and was murdered in Nacogdoches County, Republic of Texas, 18 September 1836. He was a veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto and friend of Thomas J. Rusk.
After the death of her first husband, Capt. Leander Smith, she married James (Jim) Thorn, 25 November 1841, and settled in Nacogdoches, Texas. According to Lois Foster Blount in "The Southwestern Historical Quarterly," Vol. XXXIV, No. 3, January 1931, page 192, Ann Cleveland lived a few miles up North Street in Nacogdoches. She quotes C. B. Sterritt (Life of T. J. Rusk) when she said, "General Rusk gives the death of Smith, and the necessity to aid in the support of his family, as one of the reasons why he was unable to accept the presidential nomination in 1838." According to Cleburne Huston's "Towering Texan," p. 77, "Thomas J. and Mary Rusk were joined in Texas by several brothers and sisters from both sides of the family. Mrs. Rusk's sister, Ann, and husband, Capt. Leander Smith, came during the Revolution and settled in Nacogdoches. Following the death of Captain Smith, Ann married Jim Thorn of the same town." According to Cleburne Huston's "Towering Texan," p. 159, Ann died June 1855 in Nacogdoches.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 54628626
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