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Ellis, Benjamin F.
Benjamin F. Ellis, of Orrville, Dallas County, Ala., passed away on February 12, 1922. He was born April 21, 1838, so was near fourscore and four years of age. His father moved from Georgia to old Cahaba, Ala. on the Alabama River, but later located near Orrville and reared a large family of children. When the War between the States came on, this family contributed four stalwart young men to the Confederate army, one o whom, James, never returned, being killed at Malvern Hill.
On May 16, 1861, B F. Ellis was married to Miss Josephine Weaver and in a few months went away to the war, enlisting in the 58th Alabama Infantry Regiment, for a long time known as the 9th Alabama Battalion.
When he returned home in May, 1865, it is said that, after plowing one day, he told his young wife he believed there was an easier way for him to make a living for her than by farming. So he went to New Orleans, purchased one thousand dollars worth of goods on credit, and began merchandizing, a business he thoroughly mastered, and which, with extensive farming operations, enabled him to amass a considerable fortune.
Always he manifested a patriotic spirit, keeping in close touch with public matters, but never for a moment considering the candidacy for any office. When he began to live a less strenuous life, the citizens of his county drafted him for the State Senate, to which he was elected without opposition, and his service to the State as Senator was considered invaluable. His genial disposition, his benevolent, honest face, and his commanding presence won him a place in everybody's heart. He survived his devoted wife two years. His declining days were made happy by the loving administrations of his devoted children, two of whom—a son, Senator James B. Ellis, and daughter, Mrs. R. L. Sutton—survive him. Two brothers, J. M. and George W. Ellis, and a sister also, are left of the large family.
He was devoted to the interests of the Confederate veterans, and was made Commander of his Brigade, U. C. V. He was buried in his Confederate gray.
His Church life began at the age of twelve, when he was baptized into the fellowship of Providence Church. His fine business sense was worth much to his Church and denomination.
(Rev. W. B. Crumpton.)
Confederate Veteran, Jun 1922