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  • ID: I51223
  • Name: Benjamin Franklin Graves
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1771 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia
  • Reference Number: I51223
  • Death: 1813
  • Note:
    Benjamin Franklin Graves (1771-1813) was a politician and military leader in early 19th-century Kentucky. During the War of 1812, Graves served as a Major in the 2nd Battalion, 5th Kentucky Volunteer regiment. Together with other officers, he commanded relatively inexperienced Kentucky troops in the Battle of Frenchtown (also known as the Battle of the River Raisin) in Michigan Territory. This battle had the highest number of American fatalities in the war: of 1000 American troops, nearly 400 were killed in the conflict on January 22 and 547 were taken prisoner. The next day an estimated 30-100 Americans were killed by Native Americans after having surrendered.

    Graves was among Americans known to be taken by the Potawatomi on a forced march to Detroit, Michigan. He is believed to have died on the way, as he disappeared from the historic record. Because so many men of the Kentucky elite were lost in this battle, it has been commemorated in the state. Graves is included among the officers memorialized on Kentucky's Military Monument to All Wars in the state capital of Frankfort. In 2009, the Michigan area was commemorated as the River Raisin National Battlefield Park, the only such park to mark a War of 1812 site, although others are noted as national or state historic sites.

    Wikipedia Article: Benjamin Franklin Graves

    Benjamin Franklin Graves apparently married twice: (1) ; and (2) Polly Dudley. All children listed in this database are ascribed to his second wife, which may be incorrect.

    Father: Joseph Graves b: BEF 1725
    Mother: Sarah Coleman

    Marriage 1 Polly Dudley
      1. Has No Children James Dudley Graves
      2. Has No Children Ambrose Dudley Graves
      3. Has No Children Nancy Graves Graves
      4. Has No Children Francis H. Graves
      5. Has No Children Lucien W. Graves
      6. Has No Children Elizabeth Mary Graves
      7. Has No Children Marion W. Graves
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