2015 June Meeting

The Moore County Historical Society will present a program on Judah P. Benjamin, “A Confederate genius”  at the Masonic Lodge in Lynchburg on Sunday:   June 14, 2015  at 2:00 pm.   The meeting is open to the public and guests are welcome. The speaker is Tullahoma historian,  Milan Hill.  He retired from the Tullahoma School system after teaching over 30 years.  He has a degree in history from Middle Tennessee State University .   He is a member of the Dr. J. B. Cowan Camp 155 Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Judah Philip Benjamin was a lawyer and politician who was a United States Senator from Louisiana, a Cabinet officer of the Confederate States..   Benjamin was the first person professing the Jewish faith to be elected to the United States Senate, and the first to hold a cabinet position in North America. His family first emigrated to North Carolina and then to Charleston, South Carolina, in the United States. Benjamin attended Yale, and after departing without graduating, moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he read law and passed the bar. Confederate President Jefferson Davis first appointed him Attorney General then  Davis later appointed him Secretary of War. and next  promoted him to the Confederate State Department in March 1862 As Secretary of State, Benjamin attempted to gain recognition of the Confederacy by France and the United Kingdom; his efforts were ultimately unsuccessful.  When Davis fled the Confederate capital of Richmond in early 1865, Benjamin went with him, but Benjamin made his way to Britain, and became a lawyer , again rising to the top of his profession before retiring in 1883. He died in Paris the following year.

For further information contact  Betty Robertson at 931-759-7763, email grannyjorobertson@gmail.com or George Stone at georgestone@cafes.net or by phone at 931-581-2621

About John Parkes

Welcome to the Moore County, Tennessee Genealogy Page. My name is John Franklin Parkes and I maintain this Web site. I have been researching my family for about seven years. Although I have only been working on my genealogy for a short time, my great-grandfather Roy H. Parkes, Sr. of Lynchburg, Tennessee spent his entire life collecting family histories, wills, deeds, pictures, and other historical treasures from this county. I was fortunate enough to obtain or get copies of most of his written records. After careful research, I realized that I am related in some way to many families of this county. Some of the surnames include Bobo, Colsher, Edens, Fanning, Felps, Flack, Holt, Lewis, Moore, Motlow, Parkes, Pearson, Pogue (Pollock), Renegar, Rountree, Simpson, Stone, Waggoner, & Walker. It may be noteworthy to mention that my great-great-great-great grandfather Allen Waller Parkes, great-great-great grandfather Rufus Burton Parks, great-great grandfather Rufus Alonzo Parks, great grandfather Roy H. Parkes, Sr., grandfather Roy H. Parkes, Jr and father Robert Jackson Parkes are all buried in the Lynchburg Cemetery, Moore County, Tennessee. God willing, I will also be buried there.

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