Private Benjamin Cleveland “Cleve"
He was born in DeKalb Co, TN, 11 December 1836, and was the son of George Washington and Mary Wilkinson.
On his father’s death when he went to Warren Co. and lived with an uncle, C. A. Cantrell and at 19 he returned to DeKalb Co, TN, and attended school for one year.
He enlisted on the 18 May 1861.
Slightly wounded slightly at Perryville (Chaplin Hills), KY, on the 8 October 1862.
He was captured at Ringgold, GA, 25 November 1863 and sent to Rock Island Prison, IL.
Taking the oath on the 12 May 1865 he was released from prison having been on roll of prisoners who wanted to take the Oath in 18 March 1864 as he “wishes to go home and be loyal”.
Vouched for the widow Cotton’s pension application in 1908 in Warren Co. Stated he knew her husband.
After his return from the war he again engaged in farming. In 1873 he also became a merchant at Bare Branch. In 1881 he closed out his business there being a farmer and also a miller.
He was a Mason, and a decided Democrat in politics.
He married Elizabeth “Bettie” Potter on the 14 March 1859 in DeKalb Co, TN. She was born 13 May 1844 and died on the 8 March 1892 in the Jessie Community, Warren Co, TN. She was the daughter of Thomas and Fatima (Webb) Potter. They had nine children: Mary, Thomas B., William Doke, John F., Fatima, George L., Ada Lee, Cleveland L., and Elizabeth Belle Wilkinson.
His second wife was Talitha Ann Jaco, they married on 8 October 1893. She was born 12 May 1857 and died 23 December 1943 and is buried in Salem Christian Church McMinnville, Warren Co, TN. She was the daughter of Jeremiah J. "Jerry" and Amanda Melvina (Evans) Jaco. They had two children: Benjamin Abraham and Robert Lee Wilkinson.
He died 26 December 1908 in DeKalb Co. He and Elizabeth are buried in the Potter Cemetery, Keltonburg, DeKalb Co. TN.