Benjamin Franklin Hughes
Contributed by
Deborah Harden Baker


My great-grandfather, Benjamin Franklin Hughes (1/16/1846 - 8/4/1921), was a Private in Company I, 3rd Georgia, between January 1864 and August 1964, according to Confederate Rolls. His nature of service was "teamster" and was "In the field" January through April 1864 and then joined the Company at Petersburg, Virginia in May and remained through August 1864. Family records indicate that he joined the Home Guard when he was sixteen (est. 1862) but I do not know what service he performed prior to the documentation of 1864 or after the August '64 timeframe.

Following the war, he returned to his home in Flowery Branch, Georgia, not marrying until he was in his 30's to Esther E. Swafford (3/12/1864-3/23/1922). After a brief time in Arkansas and return to Georgia, they later moved to north-central Alabama where they lived until their deaths. He and Esther had 12 children, including my grandmother Hattie Snow Hughes Harden (1/23/1888 - 8/16/1966). Ben was a preacher and a farmer. He helped to organize the Liberty Baptist church in Morris, Alabama and later served as Clerk and Pastor. He had pastorates at Calcedonia, Gardendale, Enon and Kimberly Baptist Churches. Ben was descended from Matthew Martin Hughes (3/15/1816-3/22/1889) and Mary Ann "Polly" Carlysle Hughes (6/25/1820 - 6/5/1911), whose parents were John Hughes (b.&d.?) and Nancy Martin (b.d.?) who came to America from Ireland following their elopment and marriage. John Hughes died at the age of 100!


Civil War bullet"Return Fire" to 3rd GVI Veterans Page, 1/5/99