Benjamin Franklin Irvine and Catherine L. (Kitty) Tabor Irvine
Photo from the files of Karen Lawless

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Benjamin Franklin (Franklin) Irvine, was born in August 19, 1821 in Mercer County, Kentucky. In about 1838, he immigrated to Montgomery County, Texas, with his parents, Benjamin Fielding Irvine, and Mary (Polly) Belles. He was the brother of Peter B. Irvine.

The family settled in the Danville area, and on 23 September 1844, Benjamin married Catherine L. Tabor, the sister of Peter's wife, Minerva Tabor, and daughter of Isaac Tabor and Susannah Bullock. They are enumerated on the 1850 census of Montgomery County with no children.

Catherine was the first cousin of Reuben B. White.

Franklin served as a notary public in Montgomery County, beginning in 1849. He also served as a commissioner for estate settlements in the county. He was self-employed as a mechanic at the time of the 1850 and 1860 censuses.

On February 14, 1862, Franklin was listed on the muster rolls of the Danville Mounted Riflemen, a militia unit of the Seventeenth Brigade, Texas State Troops. He was a private.

He was not on the rolls of Co. B, 24th Cavalry, and his name is not found in CSA records; he was probably exempted from service because he was over age.

After the war, Franklin became the third person in Montgomery County to sign the amnesty oath. This oath was a pledge of loyalty to the Union, and it paved the way for voting rights to be restored. Some years later, he and Katherine left Montgomery County.

The couple was living in Williamson County by 1880.

They were enumerated in Navarro County in 1900. The photo that appears here was taken at their home in Corsicana in 1881 and was provided by Karen Lawless.

Benjamin Franklin Irvine died on January 6, 1902, in Navarro County, and was buried at Eureka Cemetery in Navarro County.

Thank you to Navarro County Gary of Fredericksburg, Virginia, for sharing the grave photo with the Ancestry Community.

The biographical information on Benjamin Franklin Irvine was furnished by

Karen Lucas

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Karen McCann Hett

For further information and records of all Confederate soldiers of Montgomery County, Texas, as well as histories of the regiments they served in, see Montgomery County, Texas, CSA by Frank M. Johnson. The book may be purchased by visiting Frank's website at or by contacting Frank at [email protected]

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