Benjamin Franklin Conaway & Helena McKenzie Walker
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            BENJAMIN FRANKLIN CONAWAY was a farmer in Calhoun, Gordon County, Georgia. The record books show Lot 160 - 14th section, 3rd district. 1870 - BENJAMIN F. CONAWAY sold (or deeded) North half to Octavia A. Thornbrough, Price - $300. December 19, 1870. December 19, 1870 - Octavia Thornbrough deeded South half lot 160-14-3 to BENJAMIN F. CONAWAY. Price $300.

                                                                                    
    BENJAMIN F. CONAWAY enlisted in the Army on January 29, 1863, for 3 years or the war - at Calhoun, Georgia, under Captain C. W. Howard. He was a Private in the 63rd Ga. Regt. On July 18, 1863, he was wounded at battery Wagner, Morris Island, S. C. On October 17, 1863, he was absent for sick leave for 20 days. He was admitted to Ocmulgee Hospital, Macon Ga., June 14, 1864, for Chronic Diarrhea. Dispositioned - 60 days. On June 28, 1864, he was furloughed to Gordon County, Georgia - his residence. He was captured April 12, 1865, at Salisbury, S. C. by forces under Major General Thomas commanding Dept. of the Cumberland at Nashville, Tenn, and forwarded to Capt. C. B. Pratt at Louisville, Ky., on April 29, 1865. He was transferred May 1, 1865, and arrived at Camp Chase, Ohio, May 4, 1865.  On June 13, 1865, B. F. CONAWAY signed an Oath of Allegiance to the US at Camp Chase, Ohio. His place of residence was listed as Gordon Co., Georgia; Complexion - dark; hair - grey; eyes - blue; height 5'7"; age 39 years.

    On May 8, 1880, B. F. CONAWAY died of Tuberculosis. His wife, HELENA MCKENZIE WALKER died on December 39, 1879, of bronchitis. Four of their children came to Texas, but the youngest daughter remained in Georgia where she also died of Tuberculosis. Census records indicate that son Marshall Clint Conaway was a farmer.

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HISTORY OF WARREN CO. GA. 1793-1974

p. 177-8 The "Gardner Volunteers"

The boys of Warren County, who were enlisting in the second company from the county, met under the oak tree in the corner of the Methodist Church yard, next to the home of Col. E. P. Davis, on August 6, 1861. They boarded the mule car at the station where the church now stands and were drawn to Camak where they entrained for Augusta. Arriving at the City they were met by Capt. James A. Gardner, a commission merchant and cotton buyer, who presented them with a large silk Confederate flag and they selected the name "The Gardner volunteers." Below is the muster roll of the "Gardner Volunteers," Company "H" 22nd Ga. Regiment.
Privates B. F. CONOWAY, Neal Camp

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1830 Warren County Georgia Census
Henry Conaway
1 male 0 - 5 years (BEN CONAWAY)
1 male 5 - 10 years
1 male 10 - 15 years
1 male 20 - 30 years
1 male 40 - 50 years
1 female 0 - 5 years
1 female 10 - 15 years
1 female 15 - 20 years
1 female 40 - 50 years

 

1840 Warren County Georgia Census
Henry Conaway
1 male 10 - 15 years (BEN CONAWAY)
1 male 20 - 30 years
1 male 50 - 60 years
1 female 10 - 15 years
1 female 29 - 30 years
1 female 50 - 60 years

 

1850 Gordon County Georgia Census p. 066
Wells Walker with
BENJAMIN F. CONAWAY 25 M W Ga.
HELENA                                25 F W Ga.
Patrick H.                                  1 M W Ga.

1860 Gordon County Georgia Census Post Office Calhoun p. 263 133/131
BENJAMIN F. CONAWAY 34 M W Farmer Ga
HELENA                                 34 F W             Ga
Patrick H.                                 11 M W           Ga
Sarah G.                                     7 F W            Ga
Susan N.                                    5 F W             Ga
Marshal                                      1 M W            Ga

 

1870 Gordon County Georgia Census p288  33/33
CONAWAY BENJAMIN 43 M W Farmer 400 300 Ga
HELENA M.                      42 F W Keeping House    Ga
Susan Ann                          15 F W Attended school   Ga
Marshal C.                          12 M W Attended school Ga can't write & worked on
Jennie V.                               9 F W                                                           farm

 

1880 Gordon County Georgia Census
B. F. CONAWAY 55 W M Ga Ga Ga

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Georgia, Warren County to any Minister of the Gospel, Judge, Justice of the Inferior Court or Justice of the Peace, to Celebrate These are to authorize and permit you to join in the Honorable state of MATRIMONY, BENJAMIN F. CONAWAY of the one part, and ELEANOR M. WALKER of the other part according to the rites of your Church, provided there be no lawful cause to obstruct the same; and this shall be your authority for so doing.
Given under my hand as Clerk of the Court of Ordinary of the County aforesaid, this Seventh day of October 1846  Patrick N. Maddox C.C.D.
I do hereby certify, That BENJAMIN F. CONAWAY and ELEANOR M. WALKER were joined in the Holy Bands of Matrimony by me on the Twenty Seventh day of October 1846  H. W. Massengale J. J. C. C. C.

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The will of Wells Walker - see #111 - bequeaths land to his son-in-law  BENJAMIN F. CONAWAY & leaves a clock to BEN's son. He also makes BEN executor of the will.

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From an old Family bible

BENJAMIN F. CONAWAY & HELENAH M CONAWAY married Oct 27, 1846
B. F. CONAWAY died 8 of May 1880
H. M. CONAWAY died 30 of December 1879

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CEMETERIES & GENEALOGY Warren County, Georgia And Immediate Vicinity by Daniel Nathan Crumpton

p. 419 CONAWAY, BENJAMIN F. (or Conway): Private Aug 31, 1861. Discharged, disability, at Camp Blanchard, Va. Mar 18, 1862.

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Gordon County, Georgia 1870 Bk F page 63

State of Georgia        OctaviaA.Thornbrough         This indenture made   Gordon County                  From                           this Nineteenth of
No. 57                BENJAMIN F. CONAWAY    December in the year
160                                                                         of our lord Eighteen
X 3                                                                       hundred and seventy
between BENJAMIN F. CONAWAY of the county and state aforesaid of the one part and Octavia A. Thornbrough of the same place of the other part witnesseth that for and in consideration of the sum of three hundred dollars to him in hand paid the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath bargained and sold and by these presents doth Revise release and for ever quit claim to the said Octavia A. Thornbrough her heirs and assigns all the right title interest claim or demand the said B. F. CONAWAY has or may have had in and to the north half of lot of land Number one hundred and sixty (160) in the (14th) fourteenth District Third (3) section of the county aforesaid containing Eighty acres more or less with all the rights numbers & appurtenances to said half lot of land in any wise appertaining or belonging. To have and to hold the said North half of lot of land to the said Octavia A. Thornbrough her heirs and assigns so that neither the said B. F. CONAWAY nor his heirs nor any other person or persons claiming under him shall at any time hereafter by any way or means have claim or demands any right title or interest in or to the said North half of lot of lands or its appurtenances or any part thereof in Testimony where of the said B. F. CONAWAY hath hereunto Set his hand and affixed his Seal the day and year above written, Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of                                                                                                           N. J. Boaz
J. D. Tinsley JP                            B. F. CONAWAY SEAL

stamped here

Recorded this 6th day of April 1871
C. A. Harris Clk

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Gordon County, Georgia 1870 Book F pages 115-6

No. 113     BENJAMIN F. CONAWAY    State of Georgia      
No. 160           From                                     Gordon County     
3               Octavia A. Thornbrough                                             
                                                                  This Indenture made this nineteenth day of December in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and Seventy between Octavia A. Thornbrough of the County and State Aforesaid of the one part and BENJAMIN F. CONAWAY of the Same place of the other part Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the sum of three hundred Dollars to her in hand paid the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath bargained and sold and by these presents doth revise release and forever quit claim to the Said B. F. CONAWAY his heirs and assigns all the right title interest claim or demand the Said O. A. Thornbrough has or  may have had in and to the South half of Lot of Land Number one hundred and Sixty in the (14) fourteenth and (3d) Third Section of the County aforesaid Containing Eighty Acres more or Less with all the rights numbers and appurtenances to Said half Lot of Land in anywise appertaining or belonging To have and to hold the Said South half of Lot of Land to the said B. F. CONAWAY his heirs and assigns so that neither the Said Octavia A. Thornbrough nor her heirs nor any other person or persons claiming under her Shall at any time hereafter by any way or means have claim or demand any right-title or interest in or to the said South half of Lot-of Land or in appurtenances or any part thereof In testimony whereof the said Octavia A. Thornbrough hath hereunto Set the hand and affixed her seal the day and year above written Signed Sealed and delivered in presence of J. B. Barnett & O. A. Thornbrough SL
J. D. Gineley NP & JP

Recorded this 10th day May 1871
C. A. Harris, Clk

 

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