Following is a transcription of the above person's (TN) obituary from the Fentress County Gazette, Jamestown, Fentress Co., TN, dated 07/16/1896:
Died, at his family residence in Jamestown, on the 10th day of July, Benjamin Lodge BRIER, at the age of 84 yers, lacking four days.
Mr. BRIER was born in Dayton, Ohio, July 14, 1812, and his early life was passed at his old Ohio home until he emigrated to Indiana in the thirties, and was on the 3d day of April, 1838, married to Martha A. NEELY, of Indiana, who lived only a short time. On the 22d day of February, 1844, he was again married to Miss Elizabeth Evaline CLARK, of Indiana, who was his constant companion for 49 years, and only preceded him a few years to the glory land.
To them there were born five sons and two daughters. Hubert, Lincoln and Grace, all of whom are well known to our people, are still living.
Mr BRIER emigrated from Baraboo, Wis., to our State in the fall of 1866, and settled temporarily on Wolf river, removing early in the spring of 1867 to the Cumberland Plateau, where he has resided ever since. He entered into the mercantile business in Jamestown, which business he successfully followed for 15 or 16 years, when he retired to private life and lived for the balance of his days surrounded by all the comforts and pleasures of the Cumberland Plateau.
Mr. BRIER was an enthusiast upon any subject he believed in or took an active part in. He was a firm believer in Christianity and in building up the morals of this people and had been for a number of years a consistant communicant of the Presbyterian church. He despised deceit in all its forms, was a strong advocate of temperance, and practiced strictly what he preached. He was firm and stern in his daily avocations, but no one in sorrow or distress ever appealed to him in vain. His large, active brain and his well-stored stock of knowledge made him quite an interesting companion.
It has been the pleasure of the writer to have known Mr. BRIER for quite a while and to have always found him an agreeable and affable gentleman in conversation while he was firm and unmovable in his convictions, though charitable to his opponents.
We extend our heartfelt sympathy to all his sorrying friends and relatives and say to them in this hour of pain and sorrow, look not upon the world for consolation, but turn to the pages of the Holy Book where alone true consolation can be found.