HON. BENJAMIN D. BRANTLEY, of Blackshear, Ga., was born in Laurens County, Ga., January 14, 1832. His parents were Benjamin and Elizabeth (Daniel) Brantley. The father was born and reared in North Carolina, and moved from there to Georgia, where he married the mother of the subject of this sketch. His occupation was that of a planter, which he pursued with considerable success up to the time of his death, which occurred when he was yet a young man. The mother was reared in Laurens County, Ga., and bore her husband six children, of whom the subject of this sketch was the youngest. His youth was spent in Montgomery and Laurens counties, Ga., where he attended the common schools. In 1858 he removed to Blackshear and engaged in the mercantile business on a small scale, the firm being known as "Brantley & Douglas," until 1860, when Mr. Brantley purchased his partner's interest. In 1870 Judge W. M. Sessions became a partner and the firm was known as "Brantley & Co." In 1875 Mr. Brantley bought the interest of Judge Sessions. The business has prospered, owing to Mr. Brantley's business sagacity, and it is the largest mercantile house in Blackshear. Mr. Brantley is the wealthiest man in Pierce County. In 1863 he joined the Confederate service as a private in the Fourth Georgia cavalry, but served only a short time. In January, 1864, he was elected clerk of the superior and inferior courts of Pierce County and served until 1868. In 1873-74 he represented his county in the legislature and has been treasurer of Pierce County since 1876. Mr. Brantley is a self-made man, and, considering the disadvantages of his earlier days, he deserves great credit for his success in life.
August 10, 1856, he was married to Miss Jennette McRae, daughter of Christopher and Christian (McCrimmon) McRae. She bore him seven children, viz.: Christian E., Margaret L., William G., Archibald P., Benjamin D., Jr., John T. and Jennette H. His son, William G., is the present senator from the third Georgia senatorial district, and represented Pierce County in the Georgia house of representatives in 1884-85. Mr. Brantley is a member of the F. and A. M.
Source: Biographical Souvenir, Of the States of Georgia and Florida, published by F.A. Battey & Co., Chicago, 1889; Pg. 93(This volume was reproduced from an 1889 Edition, Southern Historical Press, % The Rev. S. Emmett Lucas, Jr., P.O. Box 738, Easley, South Carolina).