Thursday, October 21, 2010

Make Love Not War

The Civil War years found W.C. Jones in Madison Co., KY having children. Or I should say that Elizabeth Isabel (nee Adams) was having the children, and W.C. was there at each beginning. Children were born 1860 (William Younger Jones), 1862 (Amanda Elizabeth Jones), 1864 (Lorena Isabell Jones), and 1866 (Jacksin Martin Jones). On the other hand, W.C.'s little brother made war.

Benjamin Harrison Jones was born in Clark Co., KY 2 Feb. 1838. Ben. was raised on the family farm 4 Mile Creek and according to History of Kentucky Illustrated, Edition 8-B, p.892, he had a common-school education. He lived on the family farm and helped his Dad, Thomas, until 10 Sept. 1862, when he enlisted in the Confederate Army, Roll of Company C, 11th Regiment Cavalry, under Gen. John Hunt Morgan. In the Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky-Civil War, Vol. II, Confederatep.82, he is 16th in line, given as "4th Corportal". There are 73 names given, all but seven being from Clark Co. Ky. The captain of this company was Andrew Jackson Bruner. Ben. was captured at Buffington Island following the most famous John Hunt Morgan raid into Indiana and Ohio recorded in great detail inThe Longest Raid of the Civil Warby Hortwitz. Ben. spent twenty-one months as a prisoner of war. He returned to Clark Co., and in 1866 he married Amelia S. Cunningham (nee Donaldson). He is recored to have been a strict Presbyterian and Democrat. The final statement in "Biographical Sketches" records: "He owns 145 acres of fine land, is popular and public-spirited, and enjoys the respect and cofidence of all who fall within the sphere of his acquaintance." Way to go Ben. in spite of making war.

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