Born: 8 July 1844 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Died: 24 March 1931 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Whittaker Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee (FindAGrave)
Parents: Lawrence and Sarah (Carlisle) Byrne

1st Married: Mary Malinda Nichols on 12 November 1865 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Born: 3 September 1845 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Died: 7 November 1921 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Whittaker Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee (FindAGrave)
Parents: David and Elizabeth Ann "Betsy" (Jared) Nichols


  1. Ella Byrne
  2. Nola Nichols Byrne
  3. Marvin Cullum Byrne
  4. Archer Adolphus Byrne
  5. Mary Ann Byrne
  6. Daisy Myrtle Byrne
  7. Beula Berta Byrne

2nd Married: Cleora Cordelia Henry Wilcott/Wilcox between 1921 and 1930
Born: 1 September 1863 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Died: 20 March 1943 in Davidson County, Tennessee
Buried: Whittaker Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee (FindAGrave)
Parents: George Washington and Adelade (Johnson) Henry
Widow of:
Thomas C. Wilcott


  • Brother: Robert Carlisle Byrne - 17th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Brother: James Polk Byrne - 17th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Brother-in-law: Ligard Jefferson Whitaker - 25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Brother-in-law: John Harmon Nichols - 16th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Brother-in-law: Moses Jasper Nichols - 16th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Brother-in-law: James A. Boyd - 16th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Brother-in-law: George Washington Henry - 25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Brother-in-law: Jasper Henry - 84th Tennessee Infantry
  • Brother-in-law: Jacob Henry - 84th Tennessee Infantry


17th Tennessee Infantry
Company K


  • Entered the service as a Private and left the service as a Private
  • Enlisted on 8 November 1862 at Camp Trousdale
  • Sep & Oct 1862: <no information>
  • Nov & Dec 1862: Present
  • Jan & Feb 1863: Wounded in the battle of Murfreesboro; Returned since muster
  • May - June 1863: Present



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  • Filed 10 November 1910
  • Accepted
  • Died: 24 March 1931
  • Resident of Monterey, Putnam County
  • Member: Company K 17th Infantry Regiment
  • Born: 1844 in Jackson County, TN
  • Enlisted: 8 Nov 1862, Company K, Capt. Geo. McDonel, 17th TN Infantry Regiment, Col. A. S. Marks
  • Wounded: At the battle of Murfreesboro by a minnie ball which was taken out three weeks later
  • Wife 65 years old; A daughter who is 41 years old
  • Up until 1907, he had a small store.
  • Attest: A. K. Williamson & Absalom Bryant

Supporting Documents:

  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (7 Jul 1910) - Request Service Records
  • War Department (26 Jul 1910) - Sent Service Records
  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (26 Nov 1910) - Request Service Records
  • War Department (29 Nov 1910) - Sent Service Records
  • J. D. Stewart (25 Dec 1910) - He does not know anything about GDB's absence from duty as he is not certain how he left. While he was on duty at Fort Sanders, a number of men left including T. J. Lee, C. W. Saddler, and W. P. Louis (all of Gainesboro).
  • A. K. Williamson (28 Jul 1911) - Came home because most Officers and men were captured in the Battle of Murfreesboro. Their Lieutenant was tyrannical. Came home to join up with another unit.
  • Absalom Bryant (31 Jul 1911) - Received a permit from his Lieutenant to come home and visit his wife who was on her death bed. The Lieutenant intended for Bryant and GDB to join up with the Cavalry.
  • Special Examiner (19 Oct 1912) - Found the statement of N. B. Nicholas. It was placed in the wrong file.
  • GDB (12 Jan 1913)
    • Captain Shaw was forming a Cavalry in the county.
    • Shaw told him that owing to his wound that it would be a risky thing for him to ride horse back.
    • Small bits of bone had worked its way out of the wound giving him trouble for a year or more.
    • Shaw would not take a man with as bad a horse as he had.
    • The Federal Bushwhackers had raided the country of all the horses.
    • He was disappointed that he could not go. If he stayed, his life was in great danger.
    • Often times, his mother's home was surrounded by bushwhackers looking for him.
    • They burned the roofs off of outhouses and burned fences around the farm. They carried off household goods and stock; all because she had four sons in the rebel army.
    • Absalom Bryant (Cookeville) and A. K. Williamson (Algood) sent statements that they served with him.
  • M. G. Sadler (18 Oct 1912) - Needed to write and correct an earlier statement. The names of the men given worked with GDB on the farm before the war. In 1863 -1864, it was N. B. Nichols (Boma) and J. C. Nichols (Lebanon).
  • W. G. Sadler (22 Oct 1912) -
    • GDB worked on a farm of H. D. Nichols on Indian Creek about 3 miles East of Buffalo Valley in part of 1863 - 1864. Matt Judd and Jim Rogers also worked there.
    • Rogers is dead, he thinks.
    • Judd is is a Baptist preacher at Cookeville PO.
  • B. B. Nichols (???) - He remembers when GDB came home from the army in the fall of 1863. He worked with GDB on farm in the spring of 1864. GDB complained of wound pain. He was in perfect health except for the wound.
  • W. G. Saddler (22 Oct 1913) - Returning the statement of Dr. W. C. Officer
  • W. C. Officer (????) - Medical Exam
  • GDB (????) -
    • After Murfreesboro in which he was wounded, he was sent to the hospital in Rome, Georgia from December 1862 - March 1863.
    • He was given a permit to travel to Jasper, TN to his brother's place and stay until 1863. His brother was a physician.
    • He rejoined the army at Tullahoma while he was still on crutches.
    • He remained with the company during summer and fall of 1863.
    • At the Battle of Chickamauga, the company was cut down severely.
    • He started to Virginia with Longstreet, but the Lieutenant advised six of us to join Cavalry under Shaw.
    • They came home for horses and were captured.
    • He took the oath in order to support his mother and two sisters.
  • Special Examiner (14 July 1920) - The pension has been disallowed.
  • Mrs. H. B. Blue (Daisy Byrne Blue) (13 Apr 1933) - She is a daughter of GDB and needs a copy of his service records to join the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
  • Special Examiner to Mrs. Blue (20 Apr 1933) - Copies of GDB Service Records are enclosed
  • Special Examiner (20 Apr 1933) - Sent Service Records


  • 1850 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 264
  • 1860 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 62
  • 1870 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 190 (listed as G. D. Burns)
  • 1880 Census: Smith County, TN, Page 117B (listed as Dallas Burns)
  • 1900 Census: Trousdale County, TN, Page 43A
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 169A
  • 1920 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 54B


Putnam County Herald
10 November 1921
Vol. XIX, No. 45, Page 1
(Chronicling America)

  • DEATH OF A GOOD WOMAN - Mrs. Mary Nichols Byrne, wife of Rev. G. D. Byrne, died Monday at their home in Monterey after an illness of several months. She was a most estimable Christian lady and was greatly loved by a wide circle of relatives and friends. She was seventy-six years old and had been a devoted member of the Methodist church for sixty-four years. She is survived by her husband, Rev. G. D. Byrne, well known veteran Methodist minister, and her five children, Misses Nola, and Daisy Byrne and Mrs. G. C. Irvine of Monterey, Dr. Marvin Byrne of Memphis, and a. A. Byrne of Nashville. The deceased was a daughter of David Nichols, one of the most prominent pioneer citizens of this county. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. T. C. Holladay of this city, and by Four brothers, Rev. B. B. Nichols, and L. B. Nichols of Boma, J. P. Nichols of Buffalo Valley, and J. C. Nichols of Lebanon, and by many neices (sic), nephews, and other relatives in this city and county. Funeral services were conducted. Tuesday afternoon at the Methodist church in Monterey by Revs. J. A. Allison, A. P. Walker, D. A. Ensor, J. W. Killefer and A. P. Welch, followed by the interment of the remains at the Monterey cemetery.

Putnam County Herald
26 March 1931
Vol. XXIX, No. 13, Page 1

  • REV. G. D. BYRNE DIES AT HOME IN MONTEREY -- Rev. George Dallas Byrne, the oldest and best known Methodist minister in this section of the state, died Tuesday at his home in Monterey, following a two-weeks illness. He was, at the time of his death, in his 87th year, but was remarkably vigorous and well preserved, considering his advanced age. Until his last illness he enjoyed good health, took an active interest in the affairs of his church and Sunday School, frequently conducting funeral services, and performed marriage ceremonys, and occasionally preached. He fully retained his mental virility and to the end of his life was a constant reader and close student of current events. He belonged to one of the oldest pioneer families of this county. He was born and reared in Western part of this county on the Nashville highway. The Byrne family was closely related to the Jared family. In 1861, at the outbreak of the Civil War, when he was only seventeen years old, he volunteered as a soldier in the Confederate army and served for four years and until the close of the war. He belonged to Col. Sidney S. Stanton's regiment. He was severely wounded in battle. Soon after the close of the Civil War, he entered the ministry of the Southern Methodist Church and joined the Tennessee Conference. For about forty-five years he served different Middle Tennessee pastorates of this Conference and was one of the most active members of this Conefrence (sic). His last pastorate was at Monterey in this, his native county. At the conclusion of his Monterey pastorate, having then reached an advanced age and not feeling himself to be pastoral relation, he reluctantly asked his Conference for a superannuate relation. His request was granted and he determined after more than forty years spent away from his native county, in the pastoral work, throughout Middle Tennessee, to spend the remainder of his life in his native county and he continued to reside in Monterey, the field of his last pastorate until his death. He was a man of rare native ability, deep convictions and strong faith. He was a forceful gospel preacher. In his young man-hood he was married to Miss Mary Nichols, a daughter of David H. Nichols, a prominent pioneer citizen of the 11th Civil District, of this county. Their marriage was an unusually happy one. She was a gifted and consecrated woman and throughout the long years of his pastoral life, she was indeed a loyal and faithful help mate. She died several years ago. Of their children, four survive them as follows: Mrs. H. B. Blue and Mrs. G. C. Irvine, of Monterey, A. A. Byrne, of Nashville, and Marvin Byrne, of Little Rock. Another daughter, Miss Nola Byrne, of Monterey, died only a few weeks ago. Two other daughters, Mrs. Ella Story, of Lynnville, and Beulah Byrne, died several years ago. He was married a second time to Mrs. Wilcox, a most estimable lady of Monterey, who survives him. He is also survived by many other relatives in Cookeville and Putnam county. He was a brother of the late Capt. James P. Byrne, of Nashville, for many years a city or county official of Nashville or Davidson county, and a prominent Confederate soldier. He was a brother of the late Terrell Byrne, of Jackson county, and Mrs. L. J. Whiteaker of this county. Funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon at the Methodist Church in Monterey, followed by the interment of the remans in the family plot in the Monterey cemetery. The funeral service was largely attended by relatives and friends from throughout this and adjoining counties. All of the mininsters of Monterey and several visiting ministers united in paying most feeling tributes to the life and character of this veteran minister.