Section II - Benjamin Franklin Massey, 1811-1879:
Missouri Career as Merchant-Trader; Politics; 1856-1864 Secretary of State of Secessionist Missouri Administration.
One Maryland Massey Family by George Langford, Jr. 1901-1996
©Cullen G. Langford and George Langford, III, 2010

A Biographical Narrative of his Life and Career
B.F. Massey Is Kept on the Run during the War between the States
Half way through his second term as Secretary of State, in June 1861, the Civil War broke out.  Union troops seized the State Capitol at Jefferson City, ousted the elected State administration, and took over the State.  The ousted Rebel administration promptly took flight into the South.
The fugitive Rebel administration, the "Government in Exile" kept their group intact and prepared to return to Jefferson City to run the State, the moment that the Rebel army defeated the Union troops.  They fled from place to place all over the South, avoiding capture by the Union troops.
Among the members of this fugitive administration was the Governor, the Lt. Governor, the Adjutant General, the Secretary of State (6.Benjamin Franklin Massey), and his eldest son, 44.Benjamin Ulpian Massey, who functioned as his father's Chief Clerk.
At this point, the B.F. Massey family was about as patriotically Rebel as could be possible (see Massey Appendix XLI):
B.F. Massey; Secretary of State.
B.U. Massey; his father's Chief Clerk.
43.Nina Massey Hough; eldest daughter, a message Courier to the Rebel forces.
Warwick Hough; her husband; Adjutant General; later Secretary of State; finally a Captain in the Confederate army.
46.Clarence Randolph Massey; a son; a Confederate soldier.
From the Autumn of 1861 until the Autumn of 1862, B.F. Massey functioned part of the time as Secretary of State and part of the time had to delegate his authority to his son and Chief Clerk.  His health and rheumatism made continuous service an impossibility.
By December of 1862, his health had become so impaired that he resigned as Secretary of State, returned to the Fayette, Missouri area, rejoined his wife and minor children, and resumed farming, continuing to farm until 1864.