Born: 27 November 1843 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Died: 12 February 1919 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: West Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Stephen and Katherine (Fite) Davis

Married: Tempy Maxwell about 1871 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Born: 26 October 1851 in Fentress County, Tennessee
Died: 15 May 1892 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: West Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: David and Nancy (Graham) Maxwell


  1. Isaiah Davis
  2. Solon Davis
  3. Ethel Davis
  4. Jacob Davis
  5. Alva A. Davis


  • Brother: Henry Milton Davis - 25th Tennessee Infantry and 13th Tennessee (Gore's) Cavalry Regiment
  • Uncle: Columbus Jackson Davis - 13th Tennessee (Gore's) Cavalry Regiment
  • Father-in-Law: David Mock Maxwell - 13th Tennessee (Gore's) Cavalry Regiment
  • Cousin: Henry Polk Davis - 25th Tennessee Infantry


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


  • Entered the service as a Private and left the service as a Private
  • Enlisted 2 Aug 1862 at Cookeville
  • 30 Jun - 31 Dec 1864: on detached service with Colonel Biffle
  • Prisoner of War: Transferred to Louisville, KY (captured at Louisville)
  • Apr 1864: Took the Oath of Allegiance
  • Deserter from the Rebel Army
  • Received 4 Apr 1864
  • Residence: Louisville, KY
  • Complexion: Sallow
  • Hair: Dark
  • Eyes: Grey
  • Height: 5'8"
  • Name appears as James H. Davis



( Download Full Pension Application)


  • Filed May 1, 1905
  • Accepted
  • Died: 14 Feb 1919
  • Resident of Cookeville, TN
  • Member of Company C of the 8th TN Cavalry
  • Battles: 1) Battle of Saltville, VA, 2) at home while on scout with Reeves, 3) Battle of Calf Killer while fighting Tinker Davies men
  • Wounds: 1) thigh & hip, 2) right knee, 3) left hip
  • Born: 27 Nov 1842 in Putnam County
  • Enlisted in 1862 in Corinth, MS under Captain J. G. Woolsey, 8th TN Cavalry and Colonel G. G. Dibrell
  • Wife is dead
  • One son is 15, One daughter is 26
  • Attest: A. A. Reagan & Joseph Hudgens

Supporting Documents:

  • Thos. A. Head (19 May 1905) - JHD tells the following story: Lt. Reavis killed a man who killed his brother in a personal difficulty over the division of captured property. Dibrell, rather than court martial him, put him in charge of 20 men for hazardous duty to go into the country above Sparta and assist the boys to get out (those who were there). General Dibrell sent Lt. Daughtery with a small force to gather these men and rendez-vous at Kingston. Daughtery rounded up about 800 men. Instead of going south, he stayed at home. Daughtery lived at Livingston and was captured. The men were willing to go to command, but depended on Daughtery to get them there. General Dibrell sent Reavis with 20 picket men to inquire. In the face of dangers that were appalling, he scoured the country and kept General Dibrell apprised of enemy movements. Jacob Davis was among those chosen.
  • J. F. Dyer, Physician (7 Aug 1905) - Physical Exam
  • Katherine Davis (14 Nov 1935) to Special Examiner - Requests for Civil War records of Jacob H. Davis, Jackson Davis, & Henry M. Davis
  • Special Examiner (21 Nov 1935) to Katherine Davis - response to request for pension papers.
  • Special Examiner (21 Nov 1935) - gives summary of papers


  • 1850 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 238
  • 1860 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page
  • 1870 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 109
  • 1880 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 90D
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 1A
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 10A


Putnam County Herald
Vol. XVII, No. 8, Page 1

  • Jacob Davis -- Jacob Davis died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Peyton Phy of the Salem neighborhood on Feb. 23, 1919, aged 76 years. He served as a soldier of the Confederacy thruout the Civil War, contracting chronic diarrhea, which troubled him periodically and finally caused his death. He was bried at the west graveyard Thursday afternoon, with Masonic honors. Rev. Wiley Gentry conducted the services at the Phy home. Mr. Davis joined the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in boyhood and was a fithful member to the end. Soon after the war he became a Mason Mr. Davis leaves several children one of them being Ezra Davis of this city. Jacob Davis was a glland soldier, a good citizen, a Christian gentleman. His memory will be revered by a large circle of friends.


  • Death Certificate: Putnam County, TN (1919) - #341 - Jacob H. Davis
  • Putnam County Herald, 16 July 1914, Vol. XII, No. 28, Page 2
    Jacob H. Davis appears on a list of former Confederate soldiers who served with the late Sidney S. Stanton and who endorsed Colonel Stanton's son, Sidney S. Stanton's bid for office in the 1914 election.
  • Putnam County, Tennessee 1850 - 1970 by Mary Jean DeLozier (Page 44) - "Confederate soldiers on leave were special targets [from Union guerillas]. Union soldiers, hearing that Jacob Davis was back in Putnam, threatened to kill his father, the Rev. Stephen Davis, if he did not produce his son. Jacob's sister, Angelina, saved her father's life by throwing herself in front of him."

Photo Source: Stray leaves from Putnam County history : pioneer families, sights and sounds from the past, old school groups, Civil War soldiers, Page 233