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Major Benjamin Southern Wathen

Male 1844 - 1929  (85 years)


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  • Name Benjamin Southern Wathen 
    Title Major 
    Born 04 Mar 1844  Marion County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Military 10 Sept 1862  Springfield, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Enlisted in Company K, Kentucky 8th Cavalry Regiment, CSA. 
    Military 26 Jul 1863  Salineville, Columbiana, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Taken as prisoner by Union forces. 
    Occupation Civil Engineer 
    Died 30 Dec 1929  Dallas, Dallas, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • John Henry Brown's History of Dallas County, 1892

      BENJAMIN S. WATHEN. As a civil engineer of rare skill and much experience, this gentleman has rendered valued services throughout the South, and is well and favorably known here. There is probably not another man in the State who has a better knowledge of the topography of Texas than he.

      Mr. Wathen was born in Marion county, Kentucky, and in that county received an academic education. In 1862 be joined the Eighth Kentucky Cavalry, and served during the war, much of the time under that matchless leader, General J. H. Morgan. He took part in that historic campaign that is the romance of the war-Morgan's Raid. He enlisted as a private and served with Morgan, except while be was imprisoned. He was with the general in the Indianapolis and Ohio raid and was captured at Salineville, Ohio. Was imprisoned for a time and was in Virginia when the war closed.

      At the close of the war he turned his attention to civil engineering, and until 1869 was on the Louisville & Nashville railroad in Kentucky. He then came to Texas in 1869, and as a builder of' railroads began a career that is not equaled by any man's in the South. The International & Great Northern, Missouri, Kansas & Texas, Texas & Pacific, and Cotton Belt and several others are some of the great roads that he has helped to construct. He also helped to build some of the first railroads in Mexico, viz., the Mexican, Oriental, Interocean and the International. Ever since 1874 he has been chief engineer of some important branch of railroad building. At this writing he is president engineer of the Texas & Pacific. He has had an office in Dallas the past six years, though his home is in Henderson, Texas.

      Personally, Mr. Wathen is a quiet and unassuming gentleman, having the confidence and respect of all classes of people.

    Person ID I4823  Dickinson
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2010 

    Family 1 Josephine Medora Trammell,   b. 29 Mar 1850, Walton County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1895, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years) 
    Married 21 May 1877  Rusk County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Eugene Wathen,   b. 10 Mar 1878, Henderson, Rusk, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Bessie Wathen,   b. Mar 1880, Henderson, Rusk, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Lucille Wathen,   b. Jul 1883, Henderson, Rusk, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. James W Wathen,   b. Jul 1885, Henderson, Rusk, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Thomas Neal Wathen,   b. 11 Feb 1888, Henderson, Rusk, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Robert Clifton Wathen,   b. 14 Aug 1890, Henderson, Rusk, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2010 
    Family ID F1299  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Edith Josephine Harrison,   b. Jan 1871, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1958, Dallas, Dallas, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 87 years) 
    Married Nov 1896  Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. Edith Wathen,   b. Nov 1898, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Lois Wathen,   b. Jan 1899, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Benjamin S Wathen,   b. Abt. 1908, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2010 
    Family ID F1300  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 04 Mar 1844 - Marion County, Kentucky Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 30 Dec 1929 - Dallas, Dallas, Texas Link to Google Earth
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  • Histories
    Veterans: Confederate
    Veterans: Confederate

    We are a band of brothers, and native to the soil,
    Fighting for our Liberty with treasure, blood and toil;
    And when our rights were threaten'd, the cry rose near and far,
    Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag, that bears a Single Star!


    The Bonnie Blue Flag
    Harry Macarthy
    History of Texas and Texans, vol. 3
    History of Texas and Texans, vol. 3
    Johnson, Francis White, Ernest William Winkler, ed. (Chicago, Illinois: The American Historical Society, 1914)

  • Sources 
    1. [S336307] A History of Texas and Texans, Frank W. Johnson, Eugene C. Barker, Ernest William Winkler, (Chicago, Illinois: The American Historical Society, 1914), vol. 3, 1163.

    2. [S065099] Texas Death Index, 1903-2000, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006 Original data: Texas Department of Health. Texas Death Indexes, 1903-2000. Austin, TX, USA: Texas Department of Health, State Vital Statistics Unit.), Certificate: 57814.

    3. [S336307] A History of Texas and Texans, Frank W. Johnson, Eugene C. Barker, Ernest William Winkler, (Chicago, Illinois: The American Historical Society, 1914), vol. 3, 1164.