Benton County


House, 45th General Assembly, 1887-89; representing Benton County; Democrat. Born 26 October 1837; son of W.W. and Mary Wheatley, both natives of N.C. Married Judy Dennis on 26 January 1852 in Benton County, TN; born Ca. 1836 daughter of Mary Dennis, native of KY.; six children -- William D., Belona, Dillard, John F., Gildora G., and E.F.; second marriage to Mary Louella Phifer; no children by this marriage. Subject was living at Flatwoods in 1887, and at Sulpher Creek in 1892. He was a farmer; Mason; Justice of the peace; census enumerator in 1880. Mustered in Confederate Army on 22 September 1861 and assigned to Co. B, 55th (Brown's) Tenn. Inf., elected 1st lieutenant same day: captured with command 8 April 1862 at Island No. 10; sent to prisoner of war first to Camp Chase, Ohio, transferred 1 May 1862 to Johnsons Island, Sandusky, Ohio; exchanged and returned to command; submitted resignation on 11 July 1863 near Cannon, MS "because of protracted ill health," which army surgeon described as chronic rheumatism and dyspepsia with "no possibility of his recovering his health while in the army." Resignation effective 17 July 1863; subscribed to Oath of Allegiance at Nashville after 4 August 1864.

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