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Notes for John 'Benjamin' Allison

Margaret Bidax and John B. Allison were married on 21 July 1859 in McDowell Co, North Carolina by W.D. Lyda. Indexed Register of Marriages - McDowell Co, NC, p13.

1850 No Township Listed, Buncombe Co, North Carolina 6 November 1850, p317b & 318a:
#1660/1660 H. Allison 60 m farmer $600, 4 attended school NC
Mary 50 f NC
Jeff 22 m laborer NC
Elizabeth 19 f NC
John 15 m } twin, laborer NC
Benjn 15 m} twin, laborer NC
Richd 14 m laborer NC
Riley 12 m laborer NC
p318a: Jane 8 f } twin NC
Lydia 8 f } twin NC

1860 - unable to locate family

1870 Old Fort Township & PO, McDowell Co, North Carolina 17 August 1870, p664a:
#65/67 Allison Benjamin 30 m w farm labr NC - citizen
Rebecca 21 f w keeping house NC
John 8 m w at home NC
Jane 10 f w at home NC
James 4 m w at home NC
Dicy 2 f w at home NC
#66/68 Allison John 30 m w farm labr NC - citizen
Rebecca 22 f w keeping house NC
Sarah 4 f w at home NC
Ervin 2 m w at home NC
[this is Benjamin's twin brother]

1880 Old Fort Township, McDowell Co, North Carolina 5 June 1880, ed140, p446a:
#43/43 Allison Benjamin w m 50 md farmer, can't read/write NC NC NC
Rebecca w f 35 wife md house keeping, can't read/write NC NC NC
Jane w f 20 dau single, at home, can't read/write NC NC NC
John w m 18 son single, at home, can't read/write NC NC NC
James w m 14 son single, at home NC NC NC
Dicey w f 11 dau single, at home NC NC NC
Anna w f 2 dau at home NC NC NC
Florance w f 3 niece at home NC NC NC
Floney w f 1 niece at home NC NC NC

John Benjamin Allison and Benjamin Posey Allison are twins.

Benjamin enlisted on March 15, 1862 from McDowell County, Company K, 22nd Regiment, North Carolina State Troops. He was captured and held prisoner at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania July 1, 1863. One of his surviving granddaughters, Naomi Lucille (Raffield) Quinn related that he was away during the war for approximately five years and when he was released (or escaped) from Gettysburg he walked home to the Old Fort - Marion, North Carolina area, a distance of approximately six hundred miles. His young wife, Margaret 'Rebecca' (Biddix), was in the yard cutting kindling and upon being approached by her husband who asked her for some food.. she did not recognize him. Her reply was, "Sit down and I'll bring you something to eat."

John Benjamin Allison was buried beside his twin brother Benjamin Posey Allison, who preceded him in death December 23, 1890. They were both buried in the original Ebenezer Methodist Church Cemetery, near two oak trees, which is now abandoned and in a disgraceful condition.

McDowell County, North Carolina Cemeteries Vol. 3, p200:
Buried: (Old) Ebenezer Methodist Church Cemetery

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