Benjamin Franklin Ficklin

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Benjamin Franklin Ficklin (1827–1871) was an Albemarle County native who was co-founder of the pony express and a Civil War blockade runner. [1] He is buried in Maplewood Cemetery.

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Ficklin's father moved to the Crozet area in the 1800's and moved to Charlottesville in the 1820's and became a tobacco merchant and minister. [2]

His brother is Slaughter Ficklin

Born in Albemarle County, he was a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, Class of 1849. He is famous for his help in starting the Pony Express and for establishing other stage coach and mail routes in the United States during the nineteenth century. He ran the blockade for the Confederacy, was arrested in connection with the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and also once owned Monticello.


  1. "Charlottesville : Maplewood Cemetery." Charlottesville : Home. Web. 20 Apr. 2010. <>.
  2. Web. Belmont - A History of a Neighborhood, James H. Buck Jr., Paper for James Kinard's Local History course, May 1980, retrieved June 30, 2014.

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