Born: 18 October 1841 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Died: 20 November 1917in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Bloomington Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: William Riley and Mahala (Harper) Dyer

1st Married: Sarah Jane "Sallie" Pippin about 1862 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Born: about 1844 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Died: Between 1870 - 1880 in either Jackson or Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: James Willis "Nig" and Alice (Barnes) Pippin


  1. William Riley Dyer
  2. Martha Belle Dyer

2nd Married: Elizabeth Smith on 6 June 1880 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Born: 4 March 1861 in Overton County, Tennessee
Died: 1945 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee


  1. Lena Dyer
  2. Carra Dyer
  3. John Dyer
  4. Hop Lee Dyer
  5. Elva Dyer
  6. Mittie Cordell Dyer


  • Brother-in-law: Ezekiel Ray Kinnaird - 28th Tennessee Infantry
  • Brother-in-law: Silas Nelson Scarlett - 28th Tennessee Infantry
  • Brother-in-law: Willis Barnes "Little Barnes" Pippin - 28th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Father-in-law: James Willis Pippin - 28th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Uncle: Wade Washington Dyer - 28th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Uncle-in-law: Willis Woodfork Pippin - 28th Tennessee Infantry Regiment


17 thTennessee Infantry Regiment
Company K


  • Entered service as Private and left service as a Private
  • Enlisted 9 June 1861 at Camp Troudals
  • 15 Aug - 15 Oct 1861: Present
  • 15 Oct - 15 Dec 1861: Absent sick
  • May & June 1862: Absent without leave
  • 1Sep 1861: Absent on sick furlough since 1 Sep 1871



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  • Filed: 13 January 1913
  • Rejected
  • Widow's Application: 10074
  • Residence: Bloomington Springs, Putnam County
  • Member: Company K, 17th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Born: Jackson County, 16 October 1840
  • Enlisted: 9 June 1861, Co. K 17th TN Infantry Regiment at Camp Trousdale, Col. T. W. Newman, Captain S. B. McDurham, 1st Lieutenant W. W. Cowen, 2nd Lieutenant R. B. Montgomery
  • Battles: Mill Springs, (Fishing Creek); Contracted measles at Camp Trousdale, hemmoroids of the lungs; typhoid fever in the fall of 1862; never able to return to his command. He was furloughed at Old Monroe near Livingston on Saturday after Mill Springs on Sunday 19 January 1862.
  • Wife is 49. Children: H. P. Dyer 17, Elva - 12, Mittie - 3
  • Attest: O. N. Bryant and John Tucker

Supporting Documents:

  • JPD (11 Jan 1913) -
    • JPD contracted measles at Camp Trousdale in the fall of 1861.
    • He was given a furlough of 20 days and sent home to Jackson County.
    • Returned to the army at Bristol, VA.
    • After Mill Springs or Fishing Creek, he was given a furlough.
    • His father came after him and carried him home with typhoid fever and hemmoroids of the lungs.
    • He took the oath because the Yankees threatened to kill him.
    • Without taking the oath, he could not get salt or corn ground. His family would have starved to death.
  • Sallie Kinnaird (11 Jan 1913) - Her husband is Ezekiel Ray Kinnairdin the 28th TN Infantry. E. R. Kinnaird and JPD enlisted together.
    • After 6 months, JPD was furloughed home and sick with measles.
    • He remained at home for 20 - 30 days.
    • Then he returned to the army.
    • About 60 - 90 days later, he returned home with typhoid fever. He had hemmoroids of the lungs.
    • Sallie's father went out after JPD at Old Monroe in Overton County.
    • They understood that JPD would not live.
    • At the close of the war, Sallie's father and JPD & others went to Carthage to take the oath.
  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (17 Jan 1913) - Service Records Request
  • War Department (20 Jan 1913) - Sent Service Records
  • Frances Scarlett (1 Aug 1917) - She helped to wait on JPD from 1861 - 1863. He was barley able to speak above a whisper.
  • Sallie Kinnaird (2 Aug 1917) - JPD had measles which settled into his lungs.



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  • Filed 3 March 1931
  • Accepted
  • Residence: Baxter
  • Resident of TN all her life
  • Born: 4 March 1861 in Overton County
  • Husband was born about 1840 in Jackson County, TN. They were married in 1885 by Preacher Alex Baus (Alex Byers).
  • Husband enlisted 9 June 1861 in Co. K 17 Inf. He served about 6 months.
  • Husband took sick and had measles and was brought home with lung trouble.
  • Husband died in Bloomington Springs in 1915 or 1916.
  • Friends: Larence Grace and Author Judd
  • Witness: Mary Frances Scarlett
    • Elizabeth Dyer is her sister-in-law. She married MFS's brother Jas P. Dyer.
    • Has known ED for 50 years.
    • ED llives at Baxter, TN
    • ED was born in Overton County in 1861.
    • JPD and ED were married by Alex Baus (Alex Byers) in 1883.
    • Remembers when JPD entered the army and came home sick.
    • JPD died at Bloomington Springs in 1915 or 1916.
    • ED remained JPD's widow.
  • Witness: Lawrence Grace
    • Resident of Bloomington Springs
    • Well acquainted with Elizabeth Dyer and James P. Dyer
    • Knows that ED and JPD lived together as man and wife.
    • He went to Jackson County to obtain the records and was told by the clerk that they were lost when the court house burned.


  • 1850 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 276
  • 1860 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 285
  • 1870 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 248
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  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 169A
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 212A