Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Benjamin Franklin Shavers & Eliza Jane Sartin

Benjamin Franklin (Ben) Shavers was one of Obediah and Manerva's five sons.  He was born on June 12, 1887 in Anderson County, Tennessee.  He would have been about 8 years old when his father died, and 11 when his mother remarried.  The 1910 census shows him living next door to his mother and stepfather in Jackson County, and working a farm with Jim Reynolds.  He married Eliza Jane (Jennie) Sartin on February 9, 1911 in Jackson County.  Jennie was the daughter of William Minor Sartin and Nancy Gilbert.  She was one of nine children.  The Sartins lived in Pisgah, Jackson County.   According to family history, William homesteaded 160 acres in Jackson County.  The 1900 and 1910 census show him living in Pisgah with his family. William died in 1917 when he was cutting timber and a tree fell on him.  He and Nancy are buried in the Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery in Jackson County.
William Minor Sartin
William & Nancy Sartin's grave, Friendship Church Cemetery, Jackson County, AL
Ben and Jennie Shavers had six children, including a baby that died at birth in 1912.  Walter Shavers was born in 1911, Alvin Calloway in 1913, Agnes Ardella in 1915, Lois Minerva in 1918, and Eulas Roy in 1920.  The 1920 census shows them living in Pisgah, with Ben's occupation listed as farmer.   By 1930, they are living in Ft. Payne, DeKalb County, AL; his occupation is still listed as farmer.  They remained in Ft. Payne for the rest of their lives.  Jennie died on April 12, 1971 and Ben on October 28, 1978.  They are buried in Friendship Cemetery in Jackson County.
Eliza Jane & Benjamin Franklin Shavers, Friendship Church Cemetery, Jackson County, AL
This photo is of a family reunion of the Shavers in Limerock, AL; I would estimate probably in the 1930's.  Andrew Jackson Shavers Jr. is the man in the center wearing glasses; he would have been a cousin to Ben. 


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