Thomas Benton Golladay

27th Kentucky Infantry
Company B
Wagoner
Corporal

Son of Frederick Augusta Golladay and Mary Elizabeth Pearson
Husband of Polly Nichols and Belle Shively


The family and friends of Thomas Benton Golladay called him by his middle name "Benton". He was married with one living child at the start of the Civil War.

Benton enlisted on 20 October 1861 in Breckenridge County, Kentucky and mustered in on 21 March 1862 at Camp Underwood in Rochester (Butler County), Kentucky. On 18 Nov 1861, he was appointed "Teamster" (or wagoner). In the Union army, each company normally had one wagoner. The role of wagoner was important because the wagons carried the ammunition, cooking utensils, food, and other supplies essential for military operations. His duties included maintaining the wagons and caring for the mules/horses that were used to pull the wagons.

Benton was present with his regiment on all muster rolls except as follows:

  - 16 September until the end of October 1862 - Absent left with train at Bowling Green

  - August 1863 - Absent - teamster with regiment

He was discharged on 20 March 1865 at Louisville along with the rest of his Company.

Benton has several children after the war. He was a farmer in Rock Creek on the property that later became known as the known as the George Tom Skaggs place. On 24 October 1890, Benton was employed as a constable in Rock Creek.

After his first wife Polly died in 1904, Benton movd to Big Clifty and married Belle Shively. Belle called him Tom Benton. She was born in 1866 after the Civil War had ended, so she was thirty years younger than Benton. When Belle was asked in her later years if she regretted marrying such an older man, she said no. She said she got a good pension because of his Civil War service.

Benton was living in Big Clifty when he died of malarial fever on 01 June 1920.



Grave of Benton Golladay

Photo courtesy of Charlotte Bryant

US flag   Buried at: Cedar Hill cemetery in Big Clifty, Kentucky (Grayson County)   US flag


This page last updated on November 28, 2014