website page: www.shilotv.com/?p=7949 wednesday 2-13-2013 Shiloh production, Trail Boss tv article: 11-22-2010By: Shiloh tv Filed Under: trail Boss Articles Book title: Pick of the Liter Book author: Frank Hebber first published: Field & Stream 1954 Hebber devoted a chapter to the Lilly's.
Ben Vernon Lilly born 12-31-1856 Wilcox county, Alabama, The oldest of seven children. mother: Margaret Anna McKay. from Nicholoson Female College in Mississippi.Ben V. Lilly parents believed in education.He had a sister who became a teacher at davidson College and another sister who was a pipe organist and music teacher.
Ben's father: Albert Lilly Ben's mother: Margaret Anna McKay. and blacksmith.During the civil war, he forge horse-shoes and the 18 inchdouble edge blades that were carried by General nathan Bedford Forrest's : hell for the leather calvary.
Ben Lilly's grandfather: Benjamin Franklin Lilly fought in the war of 1812 nd built guns, famous for the accuracy.His great grandfather William Lilly came from England.He lived in the most remote area of North carolina among the Indians.
Ben Lilly, a kinsman to John Lilly built guns during the Revolutionary War.Ben was known as "Peg Leg" for obvious reasons and was noted for bracing three British Soldiers at one time with his sword.
Ben Lilly's first vocation was blacksmithing.He enjoyed making his Lilly knives and knew how to temper steel.He inherited a farm and tried to be a farmer.Neighbors reported seeing Lilly running behind a plowhorse tearing furrows in the the earth at a full gallop, laughing and guiding the plow and handle.
Lilly stood at 5 feet 9 inches, weighed 180 pounds.He could sind his hooks into a a 500 pound cotton bale, and heit it onto his back & carry it off.
His running skill was unqaulified.He once bet a local athlete he could outrun him around a baseball diamond and Lilly would run on all fours.Lilly crossed homeplate with the challenged loser, still1/2 way back to third base.
Lilly filled a void between Davey Crocket & the modern out-doorsmanJack O'Connor and Elmer Keith.He guided Theordore Roosevelt on hungs.
Ben Lilly was not a consevatist, he was one of the hunters to provide scientific evidence to the U.S. Biological survey...Many naturalist and biologists of the early 20th century quote him, in their books. article arthur: Herman W. Brune...
- - - - - - I did a general Internet search of Benjamin Franklin Lilly. IF you can find the article :website page, there is a picture of Benjamin F.Lilly