I intended to read through a few of the TN Confederate Pension applications today. I checked the TN State Library & Archives Confederate Pension Index and found one for a J. H. Hale(S2278) who applied in White Co Tennessee(a county near the area where my Hales lived) Logged onto Familysearch.org and selected the TN Confederate Pension Applications---Applications by Soldiers and then the link for Pensions by Soldiers covering 2242-2292. This section had 686 images typed in 500 and ended up right in the middle of pension S2278. Talk about luck...or was it. A check soon told me the pension files contained 66 images(images 462-528 of 686). I read through the documents. This application process started in 1899 and goes on for 12+ years.He states that he lives in Putman Co TN but his Post Office is in White Co. He had enlisted underage as a member of Co K 25th TN Conf. and served for a year and then was released in 1862. J. H. Hale was born in Jackson Co TN in Aug 1844. Apparently after being released he still wanted to fight so he followed Dibrell and fought "bearing my own expenses". He had numerous people who offered sworn affidavits about his character --neighbors and those who served with him. They can't seem to find his records. Then it appears they find one that shows him serving but doesn't show his release. He tells of his wife and invalid daughter in the files. Over the course of the correspondence there is some mix up with his pension and it appears they start noting 5911 as his pension number(I checked this one and it is a J. H. Hale of Rhea Co TN who applies in 1908) There are obvious differences in these soldiers identities ...different household sizes, counties of residence and application dates as well as dates of service. The White Co. J. H. Hale's application is Rejected after letter upon letter to the pension board from people in the community who have known him for many years and know his circumstances. The Rhea Co J. H. Hale's pension is approved. It is a good read and lets you see the human condition.
I keep on noticing in many pension applications, people wrote using paper with informative letterheads. All of these were from the J. H. Hale application I have snipped a few of these with the dates below as it shows occupations and dates. I have also included the 1900 & 1910 Census Records for J. H. Hale of Putnam Co TN. Click on the images for larger views.
J. T. Pointer--Trustee--Putnam County
Oct 2nd 1905
|E, L Ferrell, Cookeville|
Superintendent of Public Roads
March 21 1912 Putnam Co Tennessee
|Tennessee Central Railroad Company|
H. B. Chamberlain, W. K, McAlister, Receivers
Office of the General Agent
Rutledge Smith General Agent--Cookeville Tenn.
Nashville Tenn, April 27 1916
|Pennock-Walter Manufacturing Co.|
Manufacturers of White Oak & Hickory Wagon Spokes
J. A. Efferson President
J. L. Efferson, Vice- President
C. B. Rickman, Secretary
T. J. Clark, Treasurer
April 11 1914