Catherine Jane SMITH Hester Ann SMITH Charles H SMITH William L SMITH Ella SMITH Mary Isabella HENSON Mini tree diagram
Benjamin Franklin SMITH

Benjamin Franklin SMITH3,1,4,7,5,6

about 18393,4,5 - 27th Aug 18871,6

Life History

about 1839

Born in Tennessee.3,4,5

between 1862 and 1865

Military in Co C 32nd Texas Dismounted Cavalry.1

28th Aug 1864

Married Mary Isabella HENSON in Cass County, Texas.3,1,5,6,6

10th Apr 1868

Birth of daughter Catherine Jane SMITH in Cass County, Texas.8,7,9,10,4,11,12

9th Jul 1870

Birth of daughter Hester Ann SMITH in Cass County, Texas.4,5,13,14,15

about 1873

Birth of son Charles H SMITH in Texas.4,7

about 1877

Birth of son William L SMITH in Cass County, Texas.4,16,17

Sep 1881

Birth of daughter Ella SMITH in Texas.18

Mar 1887

Resident in Bryan's Mill, Cass, Texas.2

27th Aug 1887

Died in Bowie County, Texas.1,6


  • 1880 Federal Census, Cass County, Texas, 12 July, Precinct 3, District 12, page 60 (scan 150A), Hse/Fam #562
    Barcroft, Eliza W F 70 (No Relationship) Widow Farming NC NC NC
    Smith, D F [BF] W M 45 (No Relationship) Married Farming TN TN TN
    Smith, Mary E  W F 38 Wife Married Keeps House TX NC NC

    Records from 1909 provide Ben's Civil War record.  His wife Mary applied for  a confederate widow's pension.

    U.S., Confederate Pensions, 1884-1958
    Benjamin Franklin Smith
    Widow Application 16 Aug 1909 Cass, Texas
    Enlisted June 1862, surrendered at end of war
    Co C 32nd Texas Dismounted Cavalry
    Pension File Number 14852
    Spouse Mary I Smith
    Marriage 1 Aug 1864 Cass, Texas
    Death 27 Aug 1887 Bowie, Texas

    An actual summary of service in the file related to Mary's pension request reports that Ben enlisted 4 November 1861.  Last service date on record was 22 December 1863, when he was furloughed to go to Texas.  The report indicates no further service entry was in the record.

    Benjamin Franklin Smith Widow Pension File
    War Department
    Adjutant General's Office
    September 1, 1909
    Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensoins
    State of Texas
    It is shown by the records that B F Smith, private, Company C, 32d TExas Cavalry, Confederate State Army, enlisted November 4, 1861.  On the muster roll of that company dated April 5, 1864 (the last on file), he is reported as "Absent, furloughed for 50 days, 22d December, 1863, by order General Johnston to go to Texas -- supposed to be there yet."  No later record of his has been found.


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