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Benjamin Blakeney (1826-1864)
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Born: 1826 Montgomery County Tennessee. 1
Married: (1) Sarah Caroline Wilson (1828-1858) the daughter of Joseph Wilson (1799-1850) and Rutha (1798-1850) on 30 Jan 1850 in Alcorn County Mississippi. 4
Married: (2) Martha Pinkston (1830-1900) the daughter of Zachariah Pinkston (1808-1880) and Mary Carroll (1811-1866) on 10 Mar 1861 in Carroll County Tennessee. 5 4
Died: 10 Oct 1864 Andersonville Prison Andersonville Georgia. 1
Buried: Andersonville National Cemetery Andersonville Georgia. 2 3
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Hugh Blakeney
John Blakeney
Abt 1800-Bet 1850 and 1860
Isabella (Ibby)
Abt 1777-Aft 1860
Benjamin Blakeney
1826-10 Oct 1864
Civil War - Union John Wilson
1780-Aft 1850
Winifred Wilson
1784-Aft 1850

Spouse and Children

      Sarah Caroline Wilson

      Martha Pinkston

Brothers and Sisters

Benjamin and his daughter Mary were living with Winnie Blakeney in 1860.

Benjamin was captured at Trenton, Tennessee and paroled to Camp Chase, Ohio. Prior to going to Camp Chase, he was furloughed on 17 Sep 1863. His destination was Henderson County, Tennessee. From Camp Chase, he was sent to Andersonville Prison, Georgia where he died. His daughter, Sarah Elizabeth was born 27 Jun 1864, 9 months after his furlough.

BLAKELEY (BLAKENEY, BLAKNEY), BENJAMIN, Co E, farrier/corporal, enlisted for 3 years at Huntingdon, Carroll Co, TN on 8/27/62 and mustered at Humboldt TN on 9/24/62 at age 37. He was 5'7 tall, dark complexion, dark eyes, dark hair, a farmer, born in Montgomery Co,TN. Captured at either the battle of Lexington or Trenton, TN in late December 1862, he spent time in parole camp at Camp Chase, OH before being exchanged. Blakney is presumed captured with the regiment at Union City, TN on 3/24/64 since he spent time in Andersonville Prison in Georgia, where he died of chronic diarrhea on 10/10/64. His widow, Martha Smothers "Blakeney" applied for and received a pension, #155,530/114,439, in 1867. Martha Blakney was still in Carroll Co, TN in the 1880 census and in 1883 received $8 per month pension. MR #1681 6 3 7 8 9


  1. Benjamin Blakeney's Civil War Service Record
  2. Benj Blakley Headstone - Andersonville National Cemetery
  3. The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, National Park Service
  4. Benjamin Blakeney Pension File
  5. Carroll County Marriage Record, pg 25
  6. Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census Tishomingo, Mississippi; Roll: M653_593; Page: 272; Image: 277
  7. Presidential Memorial Certificate
  8. Benjamin's copy of "FIELD SERVICE OF THE U.S. CAVALRY IN TIME OF WAR, by Geo. B. McClellan, Major-General U.S. ARMY"
  9. THE 7TH TENNESSEE CAVALRY USA (Originally 2nd West Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry) Peggy Scott Holley

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