Benjamin Franklin O'Rear

26 January 1826–11 September 1865 (Age 39)
Georgia, United States

The Life of Benjamin Franklin

When Benjamin Franklin O'Rear was born on 26 January 1826, in Georgia, United States, his father, Benjamin O'Rear, was 36 and his mother, Elizabeth Cook, was 35. He married Elizabeth Jameson on 21 June 1851, in Pontotoc, Mississippi, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. He died on 11 September 1865, in Arkansas, United States, at the age of 39, and was buried in Green Cemetery, Columbia, Arkansas, United States.

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Benjamin Franklin O'Rear
Elizabeth Jameson
Marriage: 21 June 1851
Imo Cordelia O'Rear
William A O'Rear
James Madison O'Rear
Martha O'Rear
Mary Jane O'Rear
Benjamin Franklin Orear
John D. O'Rear
Emma Elizabeth O'Rear

Spouse and Children

21 June 1851
Pontotoc, Mississippi, United States


    Imo Cordelia O'Rear


    William A O'Rear


    James Madison O'Rear


    Martha O'Rear



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World Events (7)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 4

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1832 · Worcester v. Georgia

Age 6

In 1830, U.S. President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act which required all Native Americans to relocate to areas west of the Mississippi River. That same year, Governor Gilmer of Georgia signed an act which claimed for Georgia all Cherokee territories within the boundaries of Georgia. The Cherokees protested the act and the case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The case, Worcester v. Georgia, ruled in 1832 that the United States, not Georgia, had rights over the Cherokee territories and Georgia laws regarding the Cherokee Nation were voided. President Jackson didn’t enforce the ruling and the Cherokees did not cede their land and Georgia held a land lottery anyway for white settlers.
1838 · Orders No. 25 Removes Cherokees

Age 12

A small group of Cherokees from Georgia voluntarily migrated to the Indian Territory. The remaining Cherokees in Georgia resisted the mounting pressure to leave. In 1838, U.S. President Martin Van Buren ordered U.S. troops to remove the Cherokee Nation. The troops gathered the Cherokees and marched them and other Native Americans from North Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama along what is now known as “The Trail of Tears.” Approximately 5,000 Cherokees died on their way to Indian Territory.

Name Meaning

Apparently of Irish origin, but unexplained.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Benjamin Franklin O'Rear, "Find A Grave Index"
  • B.F. Orear, "United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865"
  • Franklin Orear, "Mississippi, Marriages, 1800-1911"

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