Benjamin Isaac Wells
of Navarro County, Texas


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Text from brochure for B. I. Wells' gravestone dedication ceremony.

33rd Mississippi Infantry Regiment
"Leake Rebels"
Co. "F" - Leake County, Mississippi

Note:  Due to a transcription/handwriting error, B. I. Wells' name appears as
B. "J" Wells on some rosters.

The 33rd Mississippi Infantry Regiment was organized in early 1862.

B. I. Wells' Service Record indicates he enlisted February 22, 1862.

Whole number, including field staff officers = 792 men.  January 1863, the
regiment was assigned to Featherston's Brigade, Loring's Division. 
Consolidation with the 22nd Infantry came in 1865.

The unit participated in many battles, some of which were:
Mississippi:  Corinth
Atlanta, Georgia - New Hope Church & Peace Tree Creek
Franklin and Nashville, Tennessee
The Carolinas Campaign
Bentonville, Arkansas

B. I. Wells married Mary Jane White in Leake County, Mississippi, April 13,
1864.  She passed away c. 1883 in Johnson County, Texas.


Obituary of Benjamin I. Wells
Brownwood Bulletin, November 18, 1919

The death of Benjamin I. Wells occurred early this morning at the home
of his daughter, Mrs. H. A. Holloway on Avenue "C", following a short illness. 
The remains will be shipped tonight to Malone, Texas, for interment.  Mr. and
Mrs. Holloway will accompany the body.

Mr. Wells was born August 24th, 1842, in Mississippi.  He was married
on April 13th, 1864, and was the father of six children, three of whom survive
him.  They are Mrs. H. A. Holloway of this city, Sam Wells of Malone and Mrs.
A. L. Osborne, whose home is near Malone.

Mr. Wells has spent some time in Brownwood during the past few years,
living with his daughter here for a portion of each year.  He had been here for
two months and intended to spend the winter in Brownwood.  While here he
enjoyed the friendship of a large number of friends, especially among the
members of Camp Stonewall Jackson, U.C.V., he having served throughout the
Civil War as a Confederate soldier and having joined the local veterans in
their activities of the past few years.

Mr. Wells' life was characterized by a consecrated Christianity that
was an inspiration to all those with whom he became acquainted.  He was
converted and joined the Methodist church when quite young and spent more than
half a century as a devout member of that denomination.  His last days were
filled with quiet contentment in the love of his children and grandchildren and
friends, and the memory of his calm, contented life will be cherished by scores
both in this city and in Malone, the old family home.


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