Benton County


Senate, 47th General Assembly, 1891-93; representing Benton, Carroll and Decatur Counties; Democrat. Born in Benton County 25 December 1842; son of Eli and Mary (George) Castile. Education slight, because of early death of father, and was "bound out" at age of eight to work on farm. Married Amy J. Cole on 27 September 1867 in Benton County; children -- Eugenia Castile, Mary Castile, Bette Castile, Green Castile, Ella Castile, Walter Monroe Castile, Little Belle Castile and Lenora Castile. Subject was engaged in farming in 5th Civil District of Benton County in 1887, operated a sawmill and gristmill; four years later moved to south Camden in Benton County and added a planing mill to his holdings; bought another mill in 1904. Moved to Johnsonville, Humphreys County, TN prior to death of wife in 1922 and lived in semi-retirement. Member of county court; county trustee, 1870-72; superintendent of county schools, 1875-79; member of poor house commission in 1900. Although a Democrat generally, ran unsuccessfully for state Senate as candidate of Populist Party. Served in Confederate Army as private, Company A, 55th (Brown's) Tenn. Inf.; captured at Island No. 10 on 8 April 1862; sent as prisoner of war to Camp Randall, Madison Wis., and from there to Camp Douglass, Ill. ; sent from there to Vicksburg, MS for exchange 4 September 1862; rejoined command and elected sergeant 25 September 1862; surrendered at Johnsville, Humphreys County, TN 9 May 1865; subscribed to Oath of Allegiance at Nashville, Davidson County, TN giving Benton County as place of residence. Commander of Post No. 1014, United Confederate Veterans, 190308. Member of Methodist Episcopal Church; Farmer's Alliance; President Benton County Farmers and Laborers' Union. Died at Johnsonville 2 February 1923 and buried in the Camden City Cemetery.

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