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Benjamin Cherry was born August 18, 1790 in Bedford County Pennsylvania according to census records. His father was Benjamin Cherry and mother Rebecca Crawford. He enlist in the War of 1812 in Bledsoe County Tennessee (Captain John Kennedy's Company), he is promoted to the rank of Ensign on November 8 ,1813, Lieutenant on September 5, 1814, and Captain on November 13, 1815 in the 31st Regiment. In 1837 he rounded up the Franklin County Volunteers and commanded the 4th Battalion Tennessee mounted Cavalry in the 2nd Seminole War.

Benjamin had at least four wives and fifteen children. In 1809 he married Charlotte Walker in Bledsoe County Tennessee, in 1842 he married Sarah Carson in Franklin County Tennessee, in 1846 he married Rebecca Hopkins in Franklin County, and in 1854 he married Emily Elizabeth Nugent in Franklin County. He Applied for a pension based on his service in the War of 1812 on June 7, 1871. He died in Roark's Cove, Franklin County on May 23, 1876 and is buried in the Cherry Cemetery. In July of 1879 his wife Emily started receiving an eight dollar a month pension for his service in the War of 1812.

A personal note from me, Benjamin Cherry was a true American patriot. He defended his Country and family on more than one occasion.

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Franklin Co., TN Deed Book Q:256, (Deed of Mortgage) 27 October 1837

Benjamin CHERRY, Captain, and William GIBSON First Lt. of the company of Mounted Volunteers lately raised in the County and State aforesaid for the service of the United States in Florida, being Jointly bound as security with each of us, the undersigned members of the company, as aforesaid in the note which he has Executed for the purchase money of Horses which he now has, and is to use in the approaching campaign. Now to save said CHERRY and GIBSON harmless, each of us dose hereby convey to the said CHERRY and GIBSON their heirs and assigns forever all right Title and Interest which he has in and to his said Horse. this conveyance however is to be void as to each of the undersigned who pays his said note when it becomes due. Furthermore each of the undersigned does hereby empower and appoint the CHERRY and GIBSON to be his lawful attorney to receive from the General Government of the United States as it fall due, the pay to which he may be entitled and to take all necessary steps to recover the same, should payment be delayed, They are also authorized to apply said pay when received to the payment of the notes in which they are jointly bound, with each of us if not before paid and the balance if any pay over to him of us to whom it is due. This 27th Octoberr 1837. Signed:

John G. BOSTICK, James KEENEY, John W. GREER, Geo. W. CHERRY, John (his X mark) DILE, David (his X mark) HOWARD, Coleman (his X mark) MILAM, Jackson PATTERSON, Rowling DAVIS, Thomas SANDERS, Thomas J. WILLIAMS, Daniel GWINN (his X mark), Madison GOODMAN, Allen GILLIAM, Wiley KING, William (his X mark) SPAIN, Alexander STITH, Charles (his X mark) ODEAR, Jefferson (his X mark) HILL, Jonathan (his X mark) THOMAS, Jesse (his X mark) MCKELVEY, William C. BOYSE, Hiram R. SMITH, James SANSOM, Anderson (his X mark) SUMMORS, William FERRELL, John DAVIS (his X mark), Sydney (his X mark) ROBERTS, John M. WALKER, Abner (his X mark) DIAR, Claybourn C. SEGE, Thomas J. ROSE, Caleb (his X mark) MOORE, Jas. W. (his X mark) STAMPS, William GARRETT, Peter WILEY, William SIMS, Wilson MORRIS, Joseph M. STAFFORD, John B. COFFROTH, Wm. (his X mark) HILL, Ben (his X mark) LADD, John B. (his X mark) BRANNON, James M. (his X mark) SMITH, John (his X mark) HARGESS, Jesse (his X mark) COVEY, Obediah W. HUNTER, Charles SANSON, Jesse SANSON, Peter (his X mark) VIBBERT, Thomas F. MILAM, George (his X mark) KING, John MORRIS, John ELLIS, Elias SMITH, Geo. W. ROSE, Wm. HAYES, Abram HARGESS, Benj. ROLLINS, George SUMMERS, Benj. F. JONES. WITNESS: Samuel THOMPSON, Harris GILLIAM, G.W. SARTAIN, Jurat. ATTEST: John NUGENT, Zachariah (his X mark) GOWERS.


Mrs. Beatrice O’Rear Treadway, probably about 1900, wrote down this account, narrated by her father, George Washington O’Rear about his experiences in the Seminole Indian war. (Reminisces)

Seminole War in Florida, 1836 - 1837, from a Statement by George Washington O’Rear

"My company was made up in Franklin County, Tennessee in 1837. -- Benjamin Cherry, Captain, Major, Lauderdale.

Came to Ross’ Landing (now Chattanooga) to be mustered into service. Four hundred men, Captain Waterhouse’s company, in reserve at Chattannoga, in Nov. 1837.

Three companies made up in Franklin County but when we got to Chattanooga the muster master would only need two companies. So one company split up and joined the other two companies.

Sanders Farris and Benjamin Cherry were the captains, battalion formed in Chattanooga.

Captain Waterhouse’s company was made up in Chattanooga, and there were other companies were made up near there. These Co’s were enlisted for six months. Each man furnished his own horse and clothing. The government furnished guns and food. Battalion saw many Cherokee Indians all through Georgia as far as St Mary’s river. The Cherokee were not hostile, they already having agreed to move to Arkansas.

From St Mary’s river we went to Jacksonville and from there to Black Creek up St John’s river, staid a week, then crossed St John’s river to Lake Harvey which is two miles wide. We forded it. It was swimming to a horse in places, then we’d struck bottom again.

Crossing Lake Harvey again, went 18 miles east to Indian river -- There we got in among some hostile Indians and had some fights. We kept close to Indians until we got to the edge of Everglades.

After we passed Lake Okechobe we struck a nest of Indians whom we fought on Jan 24, 1838. We lost ten of our men, and only wounded one Indian. Gen. Jessup had about 2000 regular soldiers there -- infantry. We were Cavalry.

Four weeks after this we took 700 warriors and the women and children captive. There were Negroes with the Indians, and this battle was commanded by a Negro seven feet tall.

This battle was on Turtle Creek about four miles from lake that makes Jupiter Inlet. We sent these captured Indians on board a steamer boat to Arkansas.

We made breastwork out of trees and cut or boxed out chips and portholes to shoot through. We had to shoot across Turtle Creek which was like a ditch about 24 feet wide with perpendicular banks about 8 feet deep.

The Indians’ breastwork logs were on the opposite side of the creek, and when we attempted to cross over this creek, our men would go under the water.

Water and banks were level and when we attempted to cross over it was 8 feet deep and perpendicular bank. It was the meanest ditch I ever tried to cross. A great wonder the horses did not fall backwards in getting out.

General Jessup had sent a boatload of provisions to Jupiter Inlet, and found the Indians there. The Indians led the Marines (100) about four miles from this landing.

Indians thought they would capture us but did not. Were at Fort Pierce then -- a few of us. The rest of our command were hunting the Indians but did not find them.

Marines captured an old Indian woman, and talked of putting her to death -- I could not stand it. They asked her to pilot them to Indians, which she did, and they had a fight at the same place we had a fight on 24th of January, but on the ocean side of the creek.

The Marines did not kill her. We started home in April got home in May 1838.

A wonderful thing that happened there after we captured the Indians. I went one day to the Indian Camp. I found some lead and powder buried close by a pine tree, and looking around I saw a snake as big as my thumb and from 60 to 100 feet long, about the size of a steer-rope or walking stick and 10 to 12 feet from one coil to another. Before I got to the tail part, it disappeared. There was a hole near snake’s head -- I was standing near and looking at the tail when I heard something pop and looking around quickly there was no snake, nothing but a hole in the ground close to where the head had been."

The following are tax / census records of Benjamin Cherry

State: TN Year: 1815
County: Bledsoe County
Record Type: Tax
Cherry, Benjamin

State: TN Year: 1830
County: Hamilton County Record Type: Federal Population Schedule
Division: County 7 Page: 77
Database: TN 1830 Federal Census Index

CHERRY, Benjamin
2 - male 5 to 10
1 - male 10 to 15
1 - male 15 to 20
1 - male 30 to 40
1 - female 0 to 5
2 - female 5 to 10
1 - female 15 to 20
1 - female 20 to 30
1 - female 40 to 50

State: TN Year: 1840
County: Franklin County Record Type: Federal Population Schedule
Township: No Township Listed Page: 58
Database: TN 1840 Federal Census Index

CHERRY, Benjamin
1 - male 5 to 10
1 - male 10 to 15
1 - male 40 to 50
1 - female 5 to 10
1 - female 10 to 15
2 - female 15 to 20
1 - female 50 to 60

State: TN Year: 1850
County: Franklin County Record Type: Federal Population Schedule
Township: 9th District Page: 78
Database: TN 1850 Federal Census Index

ROARK, Timothy - 60 - M - Farmer - TN
Nancy - 60 - F - TN
Elizabeth - 20 - F - TN
Dorsett, George - 12 - M - TN
William - 16 - M - TN
Elizabeth - 18 - F - TN
Cherry, Benjamin - 60 - M - TN
Darcus - 6 - F - TN

State: TN Year: 1860
County: Franklin County Record Type: Federal Population Schedule
Township: 9th District Page: 201
Database: TN 1860 Federal Census Index

CHERRY, Benjamin - 70 - M - Farmer - PN
Elizabeth - 35 - F - TN
Dorcas - 18 - F - TN
Mary E. - 3 - F - TN
Josephine - 2 - F - TN
Benjamin - 1 - M - TN

State: TN Year: 1870
County: Franklin County Record Type: Federal Population Schedule
Township: 9th District Page: 7
Database: TN 1870 Federal Census Index

CHERRY, Benjamin - 80 - M - Farmer - PN
Eliza E. - 45 - F - TN
Mary E. - 13 - F - TN
Josephine - 12 - F - TN
Benjamin - 10 - M - TN
Mary A. - 9 - F - TN
John - 6 - M - TN
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