Submitted by: Wynona Jennings Hamilton
Benjamin Boon(e): (b.1820 SC) enlisted for the Mexican War on the 5th day of May, 1847, at Montgomery, Alabama. He was assigned to Co. “E”, 13 Regiment of U.S. Infantry. Records show him present in Mexico for sixty days during the war with that country. He was discharged March 20, 1848 for disability at Vera Cruz, Mexico.
Returning to Alabama, Benjamin married Martha [?], bought forty two acres in the Andalusia, Covington County area and settled down to raise a family. For reasons unknown, he moved his family to Walton County, Florida. While in Florida, he enlisted as a private in the New Company E, 1 Regiment Florida Infantry on March 18, 1862 at Camp Walton (now Fort Walton Beach) for a period of three years. He was listed as a prisoner of war in Louisvillle, Kentucky, Register No. 1, pg . 27 (no date) and was given for exchange for prisoners of war on November 15, 1862 near Vicksburg, Mississippi, on board Steamer Maria Denning. He was wounded at Perryville, Kentucky in December of 1862 and then listed as absent without leave during January and February of 1863. He returned to service and was paroled at Greensboro, North Carolina, on May 01, 1865 at the close of the war.
Benjamin and Martha had five children: John, Martha, Benjamin, Mary Ann and William.
Records indicate Martha died about 1862/63. Benjamin married 2nd: Nancy Givens at Andalusia,
Alabama in 1864. Benjamin and Nancy had 9 children: Benjamin, Daniel James, Emma,George, Mary Elizabeth, Richard, Henry Pinkston, Ella and Missouri.
In 1887, Benjamin was living in Walton County Florida when he applied for his Invalid Pension, filing on his service in the Mexican War. The pension was approved in the amount of $8.00 a month until he died November 13, 1889. It is not known where he is buried.
Submitted by: Wynona Jennings Hamilton OQWJH@aol.com