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Benjamin Franklin Cresap (1830 - 1913)

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Capt. Benjamin Franklin Cresap
Born in Pickaway County, Ohio, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died in Champaign, Champaign County, Illinois, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 24 Apr 2016
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Categories: 107th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, United States Civil War.

Biography

Piatt Co Republican – January 16, 1913

Captain B. F. Cresap was born near Circleville, Pickaway County, Ohio on November 17, 1830 and died at his home at Champaign IL on January 9, 1913, after an illness of nine days. He was buried in Monticello Cemetery.

He was one of the few men of whom everyone spoke well and no one ill. He was at his best in his family and among his intimate friends. Notwithstanding his reserve, his activity and prominence in the business affairs of the county in former years had brought him a host of friends and made him for forty years, one of the best known citizens of the county.

He was married June 16, 1886 to Miss Sarah Vincent, who survives. Also the following children: W. H. Cresap of Seymour; Mrs. Clara McBee and Miss Nellie Cresap of Couer D'Alene, Idaho and Miss Josephine at home. Also by brother Daniel of Rich Hill, Missouri and sister, Mrs. B. F. Thomas, Sr., of Mahomet. Miss Mary Cresap, Principal of the Gregory School, is a niece and Attorney C. D. Thomas of Champaign, a nephew. He still owned the farm on the county line, southwest of Seymour when he died. He had resided upon his farm and engaged in the cattle business and farming until about 1900, when he removed to his late home on University Avenue in Champaign.

Coming from a family that had given to the American Army two colonels in the Revolution War, he upheld the traditions of his family by rendering splendid services as a Union soldier in the War of the Rebellion. He entered the army in 1862 as a lieutenant in the 107th IL Infantry. He was promoted to Captain at the Battle of Knoxville for meritorious conduct on the battlefield, where it appeared for a time as if his entire command would be annihilated. He served for three years and participated in Sherman's March to the Sea and in many of the bloodiest battles of the war. It is believed he was the last surviving commissioned officer of his regiment. He was a typical military officer not only in character and courage, but in physical appearance, being six feet two inches in height, and with an erect and commanding carriage which he retained until his death.

He was a man in the fullest and noblest sense of the word. Prominent among his characteristics were his high sense of honor, his unchangeable loyalty to his friends, devotion to his family, and his patriotic interest in the welfare of his country.


Sources

  • "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MXQY-YLR : accessed 24 April 2016), Franklin Cresap in household of Daniel Cresap, Scioto, Pickaway, Ohio, United States; citing family 842, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • "United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F9GX-4ZC : 4 December 2014), Benjamin F. Cresap, Captain, Company C, 107th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Union; citing NARA microfilm publication M539 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 19; FHL microfilm 881,639.
  • "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MXNH-QM9 : 22 August 2017), Benjamin F Cresap, Scott, Champaign, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district ED 22, sheet 288D, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0180; FHL microfilm 1,254,180.
  • "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MSSZ-P9D : accessed 26 November 2017), Benjamin F Cresap, Scott Township, Champaign, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 25, sheet 6A, family 101, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,241.
  • "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MKHW-ZPM : accessed 26 November 2017), Benjamin F Cresap, Champaign Ward 6, Champaign, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 12, sheet 9B, family 182, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 233; FHL microfilm 1,374,246.
  • "United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K6HN-S16 : 12 December 2014), Benjamin F Cresap, 1907-1933; citing NARA microfilm publication M850 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,634,533.
  • "United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K6HN-QM7 : 12 December 2014), Benjamin F Cresap, 1907-1933; citing NARA microfilm publication M850 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,634,533.


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