From your information and reviewing my notes & Alderman book, Benjamin's father (Matthew) was a brother to my great-great grandfather (Mitchell).Mitchell Alderman was born in 1833 and deceased in 1881, however, I do not have a burial site for him (do you have any information in your records for that?).
My relative buried at Ft. Green is James Elam Alderman who is the grandson of James Alderman and son of Mitchell Alderman (Matthew’s brother).
My records indicate, James Alderman was the youngest of 14 children and a twin (Timothy) from David and Jemina Alderman.James was born February 19, 1801, along with his twin Timothy in Duplin County, North Carolina. However, in 1815, he moved to Bulloch County, Georgia with his father and the rest of his family.It was there that he married Roxy Ann Holloway (born February 16, 1882), daughter of William Holloway.Shortly after their marriage, they pulled up stakes and relocated to Brooks County, Georgia.
However, in 1848, he moved again, this time to Hillsborough County, Florida, where he engaged in cattle raising, in which, he became very successful.It is reported that at one time he numbered his cattle at approximately thirty thousand head of cattle.In total, James and Roxy had 15 children (Matthew, Jency, Timothy II, Eliza, Mitchell, Elizabeth, Michael, Susan, Rachel, Catherine, Mary, Nancy, David, and Hiram).During the War Between the States, several of James’s sons and sons-in-law volunteered for service in the Confederate Army.During those times, James and Roxy opened their doors to their daughters and daughters-in –law, whose husbands had entered this great conflict.
James’ forded the Alafia River located in Hillsborough County in 1848 by cutting down trees along its steep banks near where the river's north and south branches converge. Alderman's Ford, as the site became known, grew into a gathering place for local residents. Alderman's Ford is now a county park and a popular spot for a picnic, bike ride, and campout or canoe trip.
In Dec, 1860, James Alderman signed a petition (appears 47th on the list out of 102 signatures) in Hillsborough County for secession from the union when Lincoln was elected President. However, there is no record that James participated in the Civil War.Ultimately, James is recognized as one of the leading men in pioneer history for the state of Florida.James Alderman deceased February 9, 1880 and is buried at Alderman-Pelot Cemetery, Lithia, Florida, with his wife, Roxanna Holloway Alderman (deceased March 6, 1868).
Records indicate that Mitchell and his father (James) joined a local company in 1856 when the third (and last) Seminole War broke out.In Feb 1864, cattle owners in Florida who had been exempt from military service were subject to the Confederate draft, either as conscripts or reserve soldiers, and many served in Munnerlyn's 1st Battalion, Florida Special Cavalry, also known as Munnerlyn’s Cattle Guard Battalion or Cow Cavalry, (Mitchell and some of his brothers, and brother-in-laws, show up on one of the company rolls, which was Captain John T. Lesley’s Company “B” The Sandpipers).They were sort of a home guard to protect Florida herds from deserters/marauders, they drove approximately 15,000 head of cattle north to Confederate Army depots during the war, checked raids by Union troops, assisted in blockade running operations, and protected the salt works, as well as other duties.That battalion witnessed action against organized groups of deserters/marauders and the Union forces in Florida:Bowlegs Creek, April 7, 1864; Fort Meade area, May 1864; Brooksville area, July 1864; Fort Myers area, August 1864; Rocky Point near Tampa, December 3, 1864; Cedar Keys, February 13, 1865; Fort Myers, February 20, 1865.
Are you aware of any Alderman reunions in the area?They use to have them but my father has not heard of any in some years.
My home e-mail is:DrKirkAlderman@Yahoo.com
Nice communicating with you,