Abstracts of information from Confederate pension applications of soldiers or widows. These applications were viewed from the microfilm collection of Wallace State College's Genealogy Collection (located on the 5th floor)at the campus in Hanceville, Alabama. I previously had these files on my Freepages Genealogy Website that was hosted at Rootsweb. You can now access the TN Confederate Pension files at Familysearch.org (Log on required for some portions of the site but it is free) This post should give you an idea of the type of information found in those files. Please check out the digital images of the originals at FamilySearch for these and other pension applications.
Confederate Pensions were paid by the States not the Federal Government. Also, keep in mind that they were filed in the state of residence which may or may not be the state in which they served. Eligibility requirements vary from state to state. The states which paid Confederate Pensions were Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
Drucilla Dunham--Dekalb Co. TN Widow's Pension Application #274
Drucilla Dunham age 67 Born Dekalb Co. TN Maiden Name Wilkerson Husband Born in 1836 Dekalb Co. TN His full name was David Lafayette Dunham. Married in Dekalb Co. TN Marriage License issued on Jan 12, 1856. Married on Jan 17th 1856 by Leonard Cantrell J. P. For Dekalb Co. TN Enlisted in Dekalb Co. TN Capt Shields Co. 16th TN Reg. Inf. Served nearly 4 yrs. He served as long as he lived. He died in prison in Rock Island IL He was captured near Chattanooga & carried to Rock Island and died in prison. 3 Children--2 boys and 1 girl Only one boy living 46 yrs old Nov. next (application made June 4, 1905) War Dept Statement Enlisted May 21, 1861 at Camp Harris TN Priv. Co. G 16th TN INF CSA Captured Nov. 25, 1863 at Missionary Ridge. Died at Rock Island IL Barracks Dec 23, 1863 Witness who was acquainted with Drucilla's husband(I missed their name) as he served with him stated that he saw him in prison and while he had small pox. Also saw his grave after he was buried. The head board had name and regiment number.
Nancy Dunham--White Co. TN Widow's Pension Application #1215
Nancy Dunham Belk,TN Born in Dekalb Co. TN Feb 18, 1827 as Nancy Adcock Husband Born in Alabama March 24, 1821 name: William Ray Dunham Married March 29, 1849 in Dekalb Co. TN Enlisted Dec 9, 1861 in Capt Perry Adcock Combs' Battalion Co. H. 50th TN Served until Paroled Surrender in Macon GA April 28, 1865 When and where did your husband die Dekalb Co. TN Jan 24, 1884 Seven Children--3 boys and 5 girls(Marie Note: yes I know that 3+5 doesn't = 7) age ranging from abt 58 to 35 yrs of age Two Girls dead. have 75 acres of land as dower on Homestead about tithable income $25 per annum No personal. I live with son W. R. Dunham my youngest child. He has almost 30 acres of land and very little personal property. application dated Oct 13th 1906 William R. Dunham & Nancy Adcock License issued March 29th 1849 Marr. Record Book "B" War Dept Record Statement Dec 11 1906 The name of William Richard Dunham has not been found on the rolls of Co. H. 50th TN Inf CSA The records show however that one William R. Dunham a priv. of Co. K 50th TN Inf CSA is reported on Roll of Co. Dated Apr. 30 1864 only roll on file as present. It is also shown by the records that one William R. Dunham Private 50th TN INF(Co. was not stated) was paroled April 28, 1865 & he subscribed to the oath of allegience May 4, 1865 at Chattanooga, TN.
Alfred Fisher--White Co. TN Soldier's Pension Application #11710
Alfred Fisher filed Dec 14, 1909 Alfred Fisher of Walling, TN was a member of Co. 8th TN Dibrells Calvary Born in White County Tennessee 1825 Enlisted 1861 Dibrells G.G. Dibrell Col. Jeff Leftwell Capt. Was not wounded but contracted Chronic Rheumatism and I am still effected with it. Paroled in May 1865 at the close of the war at Washington, GA Size of Family? Myself and my Wife Wife is 76 years old 3 boys and 3 girls but none living with me. Business engaged in? Try to farm a little Property? About 110 acres land valued at $380 Statement from V. B. Webb M.D. saying that Alfred has Vertigo & Chronic Rheumatism. W. L. Dibrell writes to Pension board requesting blank forms for Widow's Pension Application and informing them of Alfred's death.
Emily C. Fisher--White Co. TN Widow's Pension Application #23
Emily C. Fisher Widow of Madison Lee Fisher Marriage M. L. Fisher & Emily C. Hastey Oct 26 1867 in White County Tennessee Records show that M. L. Fisher Private Co. B(also Co. C) 16th Inf CSA inlisted May 21 1861 to serve 12 months that(as Madison L. Fisher) he was captured May 19 1864 at Cassville, GA and that he was released at Rock Island, Illinois May 16, 1865 after taking the oath of allegience.
Enoch Fisher--Smith Co. TN Soldier's Pension Application #7400
Enoch Fisher Aug 1908 Punch? TN Co. F 25th & 28th TN Reg. INF Born in Smith Co. TN 1830 Inlisted in later part of 1861 and went to Camp Myers in Overton Co. where Co. was drilled. I was in Co. F Capt Jeff Shaw 25th TN Reg. Col. S. S. Statton Later on at reorganization of army the company was transfered to 25th TN. Size of Family Wife age 53 2 dau. 1- 20 yrs old and one 18 yrs old. Priv. Co. F 25th TN Inf CSA enlisted Sept 23, 1861 on roll of company for May & June 1863 other records show that he resigned July 16, 1863 Declined to appear before the board.
John Fisher--Dekalb Co. TN Soldier's Pension Application #4666
John Fisher 16th Inf Enlisted in Capt Perry Adcock's Co. S.H. Combs Batt. Fought at Atlanta and Jonesborough Contracted Rheumatism, injury to feet and bloody piles. Injured by fall in Atlanta disabled him for awhile At Jonesborough a shell injured his head and hearing has always injured him since above fall of 1862 At Vicksburg contracted pain in back and hips. Born in White County Tennessee July 20, 1838 Enlisted in Fall of 1861 Injury to feet marching 6 days in cold weather Married? "Yes" Size of Family? Wife and 4 children--Two children with us and two married. Children all boys Wife is 64 Oldest child born 1867 youngest is 20 yrs old
John P. Fisher--Dekalb Co. TN Soldier's Pension Application #4989
John P. Fisher May 9, 1903 Resides Belk in Dekalb Co. TN Co. G. TN INF I was wounded at Chickamauga. The wound was in right leg not very serious. Born in Dekalb County TN Enlisted in Co. G 1st TN was transfered to Tom B. Maury Batt. John Salvage's Col. Was slightly wounded at Chickamauga was in the battle of Perryville, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge and in a subsequent battle of these Bentonville in April 1865. Went to hospital and remained a short time. I was paroled at Washington GA Family? Myself and my wife. I am 66 wife is 62.
Sallie Fisher--White Co. TN Widow's Pension Application #3442
Sallie Fisher widow of Alfred Fisher Sallie resided in TN for 77 yrs. Born in White Co. TN with maiden name Sallie Hutson. Alfred Fisher, her husband, was born 1824 in White County Tennessee. They were married 57 yrs ago last June Husband died 7th Dec 1910 in White County. He was a pensioner. Children 3 Boys and 3 girls current ages 48-55 yrs Alfred Fisher married to Sarah Hutson June 17 1852 in White Co. TNTN Confederate Pensions are grouped by Soldier, Widow and Colored Soldiers and then by Application Number. Before visiting the college library, I consulted the online index of the TN State Library and Archives for pensions of interest. Tennessee Confederate soldiers' pension applications.
TSLA (Nashville, TN) 113 reels Accessed at Wallace State College Library: Genealogy Collection, 5th-floor Microfilm F 436 .M55 S46
Tennessee - Widows pension applications. TSLA (Nashville, TN) 60 reels. Accessed at Wallace State College Library: Genealogy Collection, 5th-floor Microfilm F 436 .M55 W52