BENJAMIN BERNARD | Ben Bernard, an aged and well known colored man who made his home in the vicinity of Locust Bluff, died Monday of pneumonia, after an illness of 10 days, and was buried at Plummer’s Grove the day following.
[The Covington Leader, Thursday, February 8, 1917]
Benjamin Bernard was born around 1850, and died on February 5, 1917. He was married to Jane Hall on September 9, 1865, in Tipton County, Tennessee.
The census does not record information about his parents, but there is evidence of at least two children. The children on the census are William born about 1866, and Angelina born about 1869.
According to the 1870 census the family was living in Tipton County and Ben was working as a farm laborer. In the 1900 census, shows Ben is 58 years old, born in Tennessee and still farming. Jane was born in 1848, in Tennessee. Both Jane’s and Ben’s parents were born in Tennessee according the the census. Finally, Lockey Bernard is shown in the census as the son of Ben. Lockey was born in 1888.