The Tennessean (Nashville, Tennessee) Sunday, Oct. 25th, 1874 pg. 4
https://www.newspapers.com accessed Wednesday, Jan 3rd, 2018
Connally F Trigg
--the judge presiding at the time of David Pitman's hearing.
I believe this is my David Pitman for several reasons: The Thomas Cotton listed with him lives in White Co TN just over the county line from David Pittman, who lives in Dekalb Co. This is the same Thomas Cotton who served with him in the TN 16th Infantry(Confederate). Additionally, the L. R. Dunham is likely kin as David had 2 Dunham brother-in-laws as well as an Uncle by marriage who were Dunhams. I had heard family talk about the Pittman family having been involved in making liquor.
Federal Court would have been District Court in the Middle District.
From the National Archives site:
21.45 Records of U.S. District and Other Courts in Tennessee
21.45.3 Records of the U.S. District Court for the Middle
Textual Records (in Atlanta): Records of the Northeastern Division (Cookeville), including minutes, 1916-25; dockets, 1912- 50; civil, law, equity, and criminal case files, 1912-71; and records concerning bankruptcy, 1915-62. Records of the Columbia Division, including minutes, 1925-57; dockets, 1925-50; civil, law, equity, and criminal case files, 1925-71; and records dealing with bankruptcy, 1925-62. Records of the Nashville Division, including minutes, 1801-1924; dockets, 1814-1955; civil, law, equity, and criminal case files, 1799-1969; and records relating to bankruptcy, 1842-1963. Records of the Winchester Division, including minutes, 1925-38; dockets, 1926- 41; civil, equity, law, and criminal case files, 1926-43; and records concerning bankruptcy, 1925-43.
Microfilm Publications: M1213, M1215.
Looks costly to order copies. Need to see if I can find another mention in the paper.