STEPHEN DECATUR BILBREY
8 thTENNESSEE (DIBRELL'S) CAVALRY
CSA

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Born: 7 March 1833 in Overton County, TN
Died: 20 June 1921in Putnam County, TN
Buried: Burnett Cemetery, Overton County, TN ( FindAGrave)
Parents: Lawrence "Lard" and Nancy (Copeland) Bilbrey

1st Married: Martha McNeil about 1861 in Overton County, TN
Born: 31 December 1839 in Overton County, TN
Died: 29 February 1876 in Overton County, TN
Buried: Burnett Cemetery, Overton County, TN ( FindAGrave)
Parents: John and Mary Nancy (Norris) McNeil

Children:

  1. Joseph Bilbrey
  2. Tonadis Arensdy Bilbrey
  3. Nancy J. P. Bilbrey
  4. John Lard Bilbrey

2nd Married: Martha Jane Cooper about 1876 in Putnam County, TN
Born: 14 January 1851 in Overton County, TN
Died: 26 January 1929 in Putnam County, TN
Buried: Burnett Cemetery, Overton County, TN ( FindAGrave)
Parents: Thomas and Kate (Loftis) Cooper

RELATIVES WHO SERVED

  • Brother: Mounce Bilbrey- 25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Brother: Isham Bilbrey - 25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Brother: James H. Bilbrey - 25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Brother: William C. Bilbrey - 25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Brother: Josiah H. Bilbrey - 25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment

MILITARY INFORMATION

14 (McCarver's) Arkansas Infantry
Company F

ABSTRACT:

  • Entered the service as a Private and left the service as a Private
  • Enlisted 21 Nov 1861 at Pocahontas, AR

21st Arkansas Infantry
Company B

ABSTRACT:

  • Entered the service as a Private and left the serice as a Private
  • Enlisted 21 Nov 1861 at Pocahontes
  • May & Jun 1862: Absent on account of sickness
  • Jul & Aug 1862: Deserted 28 July 1862

13 th(Gore's) Tennessee Cavalry
(also known as 8 thTennessee Cavalry)
Company F

ABSTRACT:

  • Entered the service as a Private and left the service as a Private
  • Enlisted 8 August 1862 at Overton County, TN
  • 12 October 1862: Present

PENSION APPLICATION ABSTRACT

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ABSTRACT:

  • Filed November 7, 1905
  • Rejected
  • Resident of Jeremiah, TN
  • Member of the 14th Arkansas Infantry, Colonel McCarver and Capt William Matheny, Co. F until 1862; joined 8th TN Cavalry under General Dibrell; Captain Joseph Bilbrey
  • Born in Overton County in 1833
  • Enlisted 1861 in Arkansas 14th Infantry and 8th TN Infantry; Cut off in White County in 1864 by Col. Stokes
  • Married: Wife is 56, 1 child
  • Attest: Matthew Langford

Supporting Documents:

  • Stephen D. Bilbrey (9 July 1911) - SDB is not a deserter. He was in the 14th Arkansas Infantry Co F. In Corinth, MS, he fell back to Tupelo. He was transferred to Chattanooga and then to Vicksburg, MS. He had four brothers in the 25th TN Infantry and asked the Captain to transfer him to the 25th.
  • Stephen D. Bilbrey (7 Apr 1912) - ????
  • Martha A. Cooper (wife of Gabriel M. Cooper and Mary K. Hall (6 Oct 1925) - Martha J. Bilbrey is the widow of SDB. They were married about 1876 in Putnam County.
  • Algood Moore (15 October 1925) - The marriage records for the county were destroyed.
  • Rutledge Smith (????) - What does SDB need to correct this situation.

WIDOW'S PENSION APPLICATION ABSTRACT

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ABSTRACT:

  • Filed September 7, 1925
  • Accepted
  • Resident of Brotherton, TN
  • Resident of TN since 1881
  • Maiden Name: Martha J. Cooper. She was born in Putnam County.
  • Steven D. Bilbrey was born in Overton County. They married in Putnam County by W. F. Poteet.
  • SDB enlisted in 1861 in Arkansas.
  • SDB died in Putnam County.
  • Witness F. G. Bilbrey
    • Was living in Livingston, TN.
    • He has known Martha and Steve all of his life.
    • FGB was in the same company as Steve.
    • SDB died at his home on Spring Creek in Putnam County.
    • SDB was born and raised in Tennessee and lived there all his life.
  • War Department (29 May 1908) -
    • Stephen D. Bilbrey was a private in Co F of the 14th Arkansas Infantry, CSA.
    • He enlisted 21 Nov 1861 and transferred to Company B, 21st Arkansas Infantry.
    • S. D. Bilbey was a private in Co. F of the 13th TN Cavalry. He enllisted 8 Aug 1862.
  • There are also records pertaining to Andrew J. Tharp of Lewis County, TN

CENSUS DATA

  • 1850 Census: Overton County, TN, Page 37
  • 1860 Census: Overton County, TN, Page 147
  • 1870 Census: Overton County, TN, Page 251
  • 1880 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 139A
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 73A
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 93B
  • 1920 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 81A

OBITUARY

Putnam County Herald
30 June 1921,
Vol. XIX, No. 26, Page 5

  • THREE VETERANS PASS AWAY -- The Bilbrey family is one of the oldest and best families of this section of the state. Since the early pioneer days the Bilbreys have been prominently identified with the history and public affairs of Over and Putnam counties. During the past week three aged men of this family have died, all of them begin cousins of each other. These men were all three gallant Confederate soldiers, who enlisted in the the Southern cause at the outbreak of the Civil War and served with undaunted courage and fidelity until the war closed. There were Stephen Decatur Bilbrey, aged 89 ears, of the sixth Civil District of this county, Capt. Joseph Bilbrey, aged 94 years, who lived near the Spring Creek Bridge, and Martin Bilbrey, aged 82 years, of Overton county -- wife of the last named is a sister of the late Capt. J. H. Curtis of this city. There were all men of the strictest integrity who enjoyed the confidence and esteem of all who knew them. Men of undaunted moral and physical courage who faced the horrors of battle without a tremor, they were also devout Christian gentlemen who served well their day and generation and died in the full assurance of the Christian's hope.

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