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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Obituary Sunday: Benjamin Clark Heaslet, Jr. 1810 - 1895

B. C. Heaslet, Fayetteville Memorial Cemetery, Talladega, Alabama

This venerable pioneer passed away at his home the 21st day of January 1895. at the age of nearly eighty five years.

He was born Feb. 25. 1810, in the State of Tennessee. In 1812 his parents removed to Alabama and settled near Huntsville. In 1816 they moved again and settled in Shelby County, near Huntsville. Here the family remained until 1830 when they settled in what is now Talladega County. It was then a wilderness traversed only by Indian trails. They were among the first whites who settled in Talladega County and the county was covered by vast forest. Young Heaslet helped his father build the first house that was reared by white men in that part of the county. His father's name was B.C. Heaslet. In this section the rest of his life was spent. He was a man of strong constitution and encountered the hardships of life and labors incident to that day with hardihood and energy and patience. In the strength of his youth he helped to cut away the forest growth and plant in the wilderness the dominion of Civilized man. He belonged to that generation of men who opened up the fields, traced the roads, and built the homesteads of Alabama.

In 1835 he was married to Miss Ellen Rogers, and seven children were born by this first marriage. Of these five are still living and two are deceased. His wife died in 1847 and he remained a widower until August 1855, when he was married to Miss S.E. Russell. By this marriage, his second, nine children were born, seven still living and two deceased. He was baptized into the fellowship of the Fort William Baptist Church in 1857 and lived an honest consistent Christian life. He was a close student of the scriptures and grew familiar with all the promises of God. His conversation was largely concerning the meaning and interpretation of scripture. His manner of life was unpretentious. In speech he was of few words, candid, and straight forward, knew but one way to say a thing and that in the fewest words. In life he was earnest: in faith he was strong; in habit he was temperate. His will, his constitution, and his convictions were strong. Although he was a representative pioneer and lived to see the vast forests disappear and fields of corn and cotton take its place. For sixty-five years he has continually lived in Talladega County, and never had a spell of sickness.

In November 1893 he was thrown from his buggy and received the injuries which finally carried him off. He was confined to his room for fourteen months, during which time he suffered much bodily pain until death released him on the 21st of January 1895. He never murmured at suffering, but the strength of his faith sustained him when the strength of the body failed. He was buried in Fayetteville Cemetery on the 22nd of January and many were the friends who attended the burial service. By Pastor, Thomas Henderson.

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