Benjamin W. L. Rives


Personal and Family Information

Benjamin was born about JUN 1836 in Tennessee, the son of unknown parents.

He died about OCT 1913 in Lincoln County, Tennessee.

His wife was Harriet Ellen Flynt, who he married on 10 Nov 1857 in Lincoln County, Tennessee. They had no known children.


BirthABT JUN 1836
Place: Tennessee
DeathABT OCT 1913
Place: Lincoln County, Tennessee
Census18 NOV 1850
Place: Dist 4, Marshall County, Tennessee
Age: 14 born Tenn
Address: image 1 of 21, dwelling 628 family 628 with father Green Rives age 74 born VA, Willam 22, James M 18 Robert C 12, and Susan E age 10 all born Tenn
Census27 JUN 1870
Place: Kankakee, Kankakee County, Illinois
Age: 36 born Tenn
Address: dwelling 626 family 621 shoe merchant with Catherine age 35 born Tenn no children?
Census17 JUN 1880
Place: Kankakee, Kankakee County, Illinois
Age: 45 born Tenn
Address: dwelling 269 Clerk in Shoe Store. father and mother born Tenn with wife Kate age 47 born Tenn daughter Anna age 12 born Tenn and son Hugh age 10 born Tenn
Census1 JUN 1900
Place: Kankakee, Kankakee County, Illinois
Age: 64 born Tenn
Address: Illinois Eastern Hospital for the Insane line 69, inmate, married, father born NT mother born Mass, traveling salesman
Census22 APR 1910
Place: Dist 21, Lincoln County, Tennessee
Age: 75 born Tenn
Address: dwelling 53 family 58, alone widower, father and mother born Virginia, Salesman of grocery
Other EventFROM 1861 TO OCT 1863
Place: Arkansas
Type: Military Service
Address: Company K, Pleasant's 29th Regiment wounded at Praire Grove Dec 1862, at battle of Helena July 1863 captured near Little Rock, Oct 1863 Tennesse Confed Pension Application 1907


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Note 1

test this: Benjamin Watkins Leigh Rives -- careful -- some confirms, some questionable….

born 1835 Lincoln County Tenn

died 1913

1850 census Marshall Tenn, age 14

1m H.E Flynt 10 Nov 1857

2 m Mrs C H Rives (Catherine H Storke) 19 Jan 1868 Lincoln County, Tenn

also found marriage Catharine Storke with Henry H Rives, 12 Dec 1848, Sumner County, Tenn.

HH Rives, Catharine and his first 3 children in Lincoln County, Tennessee 1850 census

1870 census Kankakee, Illinois

1880 census Kankakee, Illinois

1900 census Kankakee, Illinois--inmate at Illinois Hospital for insane, married

1910 census Lincoln Tenn

father Green Rives 1776-1859

mother Susan Elizabeth Woodward 1804-1846

all per:


Tennessee, Civil War Confederate Pension Applications Index

B. W. Rives

Unit Served: 1st Trans-Mississippi Infantry

State Served: TN

Application Type: Soldier

Application Numbers: S9365

Application Location: Lincoln, TN

Note: The name Rives, B. W. appears on a Tennesse Confederate Application

U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865

Name: B.W. Rives

Side: Confederate

Regiment State/Origin: Arkansas

Regiment Name: 37 Arkansas Infantry

Regiment Name Expanded: 37th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry

Company: K

Rank In: Private

Rank In Expanded: Private

Rank Out: First Sergeant

Rank Out Expanded: First Sergeant

Alternate Name: B.W./Reeves

Film Number: M376 roll 20

This is the same unit as Richard M Flynt, brother of Hammet E Flynt -- careful -- some confirms, some questionable….

BENJAMIN WATKINS LEIGH RIVES, son of Green Rives, born in Petersburg, Tenn., June 7, 1835. Was educated in private schools and moved to Pine Bluff, Ark., where he married first Harriet E. Flint. Issue: 

 (1) Charles Rives, died in infancy. (2) Susan E., died in infancy. 

He married second, Katherine Stark Rives, widow of his half brother, Henry Hardaway Rives, but had no issue by her. They adopted two children, Hugh Moore Rives and Anna Moore Rives. He served as a private in Company K 37th Ark. Infantry in the Confederate States of America, and after the war moved from Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Kankakee, Illinois, about 1870, where he was a member of the firm of Rives and Fonville, his partner being a brother of Virginia Fonville, second wife of Willis Green Rives. Later the firm of Rives and Fonville dissolved. (He was elected Tax Assessor of Kankakee County, Illinois as a Democrat, shortly after he moved to that County.)

He was Chief of Police of Kankakee, 1891-1892. He was a doorkeeper of the Illinois House of Representatives 1893. He was a member of Petersburg Lodge A.F. & A.M. 122 of Petersburg, Tennessee, and was Knighted in Ivanhoe Commandery No. 33, Knights Templar, of  Kankakee, Illinois, January 8, 1871 and was dropped September 17, 1903.

In 1903 he moved from Kankakee to Birmingham, Alabama, where he made his home with his nephew, Jno. R. T. Rives, until about 1909, when he moved on a farm in Lincoln County, Tennessee, where he died October 3, 1913.

father Green Rives 1776 - 1859 and mother Susan 1804-1849 buried Rives-Crunk Cemetery Talley, Marshall County, Tenn

Note 2

1924 letter from JC Alexander to his cousin LC Flynt from Becky Merritt, Jan 4, 2015. Kathy James - " Yes, that came from me.  It was actually in a bunch of records that were given to my dad (Bobby Flynt) after his mother, Susie Holt Flynt died.  Susie was married to LC (Louis Clayton) Flynt. I only found out about these records last year or the year before.  Had no idea my dad had them all these years."

I went to the TN State Archives and Library today and downloaded images from the civil war pension application of Benjamin W Rives. There were a lot of documents pertaining to this application. I ended out downloading 44 images.   I will try to email it to you in a minute. It is 20.4 MB. It contained a statement signed by Mrs. E.V. Boyd dated 4th Oct 1909 that said: 

State of Arkansas, County of Lonoke. “ Mrs. E.V. Boyd, states that she is acquainted with B.W Rives, and was acquainted with his wife Harriet Ellen Rives during her life and that said Harriet Ellen Rives died in the Town of Argenta, Pulaski County, Arkansas on the 23rd day of October 1864 of consumption of which she had been a sufferer for more than a year prior to her death, that she is a sister of said Harriet Ellen Rives and that said Harriet Ellen Rives died at her Father’s home”. Signed by Mrs. E.V Boyd on the 4th day of October 1909. Notary was J.C Boyd.