Nathan Cooper



Born: 4 March 1841 in White County, Tennessee
Died: after 1900 possibly in Kentucky
Parents: Thomas and Catherine (Rogers) Cooper

Married: Martha Rector about 1862 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Born: 9 December 1843 in Bledsoe County, Tennessee
Died: 1 July 1915 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Algood Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: William "Bill" and Elizabeth "Bettie" (Parham) Rector


  1. Hester/Hettie E. Cooper
  2. Lee M. Cooper
  3. Martha Cooper
  4. Drusilla Cooper
  5. Lawrence Cooper
  6. Ava Cooper
  7. Ova Cooper
  8. Lou Vernia Copper
  9. Nathan L. Cooper
  10. Catherine Cooper


  • Brother: Gabriel Marion Cooper
  • Brother: William Kennedy Cooper
  • Brother-in-law: William J. Rector - 28th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Brother-in-law: Isaac Easley Rector
  • Brother-in-law: James R. Rector - 13th Tennessee (Gore's) Cavalry Regiment


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


  • Entered military as Private and left as a Private
  • Prisoner of War at Camp Douglas, IL: Captured at Parkers X Rds on 31 Dec 1862
  • Prisoner of War Paroled at Camp Douglas, IL on 23 Mar 1863 and delivered to City Point, VA on 4 Apr 1863

Company K


  • Entered military as Private and left as a Private
  • Age: 28
  • Enlisted: 13 Sep 1861 at Livingston
  • Aug 6 - Oct 31, 1861: Down with Typhoid Fever
  • Hauled Home on 18 Dec 1861
  • Transferred 8th TN Cavalry on 16 Nov 1862
  • 7 Jan 1864 -
    • Age: 19
    • Eyes: Blue
    • Hair: Dark
    • Complexion: Fair
    • Height: 5' 8"
    • Born in Bedford County



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  • Filed: 21 Feb 1900
  • Rejected
  • Residence: Algood, Putnam County, TN
  • Member: Company D, 28th Tennessee Infantry Regiment & Co. C 8th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment
  • Wounds: Fever at Mill Springs, KY; in bed for 28 weeks at home. Rejoined command at Murfreesboro. Transferred to Co. C 8th Cavalry
  • Born: 4 Mar 1841 in White County
  • Enlisted: Col. J. P. Murray, Captain Parker Sims Co. C, 28th in Sep 1861 in Thelsobane?
  • Transferred to Co. C. 8th TN Cavalry in Dec 1862
  • Wife is 53 years old
  • Has daughters living with him
  • Attest: George M. Moore & Columbus Jackson Davis

Supporting Documents:

  • O. K. Holladay (10 Feb 1910) - NC left his family to go to Kentucky to become a foreman on the railroad. He has never written his family, and his wife wants to check to see if he is drawing a pension in Tennessee. His age is 73 years old.



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  • Filed: 23 January 1913
  • Name: Martha Cooper
  • Residence: Algood
  • Resident of TN: All her life
  • Born: in 1842 in Bledsoe County
  • Maiden Name: Martha Rector
  • Husband was born in 1840
  • Married by Rev. Burton Jones
  • Witnesses: William Kennedy Cooper and Ben H. Ray
    • William Cooper has known her all his life.
    • Ben H. Ray has known her 20 or 30 years.
    • They married in 1861 or 1862 in Putnam County.
    • Nathan Cooper was captured at Parkers X Roads and sent to Rock Island, Il
    • They don't know when Nathan Cooper died.
    • Nathan Cooper's home was at Algood, but they don't know where he died.


  • Martha J. Bilbrey (22 Jan 1913) - She personally knew that when Nathan Cooper came home from Fishing or Mill Creek, KY that it was about six months before he was able to return to the army. While he was home, he was unable for service. He and Martha were married during this time. She is a sister of Nathan Cooper. Nathan's wife stayed at MJB's father's house until the surrender. After Nathan married, he returned to the army, was captured and stayed in prison a long time. After getting out of prison, Nathan was unable to return to the Southern army.
  • Drusilla Tallent (wife of Icel Vernice Tallent - 8th Kentucky Infantry) (22 Jan 1913) - She knew Nathan Cooper and Martha Cooper. They were married in 1862. She was present and saw them married. Several people were present at the marriage. Jackson Rector was present.
  • G. S. S. Carnes (10 Feb 1914) - Trying to find out if Martha Cooper has been give a pension.


  • 1850 Census: Overton County, TN, Page 62
  • 1860 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 37
  • 1870 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 148
  • 1880 Census: Cumberland County, TN, Page 340A
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 13A
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 41A (Martha Cooper only)



Martha Ann (Rector) Cooper (Center)


Top Photo Source: Siftings from Putnam County, Tennessee, Page 170

Bottom Photo Source: Siftings from Putnam County, Tennessee, Page 171