History

Rev Edward Graham Benners rev

Birth: Feb. 14, 1813 – New Bern – Craven County – North Carolina, USA

Death: Mar. 14, 1894 – Jefferson – Marion County – Texas, USA

Burial: Oakwood Cemetery – Jefferson – Marion County – Texas, USA

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Completed study of law in 1829 and started law practice in 1830 in NC. Benners was an established lawyer when he arrived in Jefferson in 1850 and established a law practice here. During the Civil War, he was a Chaplain in the Confederate Army. He served Christ Episcopal Church in Jefferson, first, as an organizer, then as a Lay Reader and finally as an ordained Priest. He was the first full time Priest of Christ Episcopal Church. Many thanks to Ms. Dorothy Craver for some of this information from her book, “This Old Church.”

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