Born: 7 Nov 1834 in White County, TN
Died: 11 Jul 1917in Putnam County, TN
Buried: Dyer Cemetery, White County, TN
Parents: Samuel and Margaret (Robinson) Dyer

Married: Margarette "Maggie" Robinson about 1857 in Putnam County, TN
Born: May 1835 in White County, TN
Died: 1880 in Putnam County, TN
Buried: Dyer Cemetery, White County, TN
Parents: Thomas and Susannah (Pryor) Robinson


  1. Dibrell B. Dyer
  2. Roberson Petway Dyer
  3. George Ann Dyer
  4. Amanda Dyer
  5. Libby L. Dyer
  6. Calvada Dyer
  7. Hellen Belle Dyer
  8. Guy Dyer


  • Brother-in-law: Alvin Cullom Huddleston - 8th Tennessee (Dibrell's) Cavalry
  • Brother-in-law: Pryor Robinson - 8th Tennessee (Dibrell's) Cavalry - CSA
  • Brother-in-law: Alexander Robinson - 25th Tennessee Infantry
  • Brother-in-law: Howard Farley - 8th Tennessee (Dibrell's) Cavalry - CSA


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


  • Entered military as Private and left as a Private
  • Enlisted 15 Sep 1862 in White County, TN



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  • Filed: 14 Aug 1899
  • Accepted
  • Residence: Goffton, Putnam County, TN
  • Member: Col. George G. Dibrell's Regiment, Company H, Captain James Barnes Company
  • Wounded: shot through the hips
  • Born: 1834 in White County, TN
  • Enlisted: 1862 in Geo. G. Dibrell's Regiment, James Barnes Company
  • Battles: Parker's X Rds
  • Arrested by Federal Authorities at his home in 1864 and forced to take the oath
  • Wife is dead
  • 1 son and 1 daughter
  • Attest: James M. Nichols & Thomas Farris

Supporting Documents:

  • J. S. Denton (?) - Supports his claim
  • Columbus Jackson Davis (?) - Supports his claim
  • Z. P. Lee (?) - Supports his claim
  • Thos. A. Head (10 Jul 1899) - Supports his claim
  • J. H. Curtis (27 Apr 1900) - WLD is a member of his Bivouac
  • G. M. Moore (8 Apr 1902) - Supports his claim
  • H. M. Nicholas (19 Apr 1902) - Supports his claim
  • J. N. Back (2 May 1902) - Supports his claim
  • J. B. S. Martin, MD (7 Feb 1903) - Physical Exam
  • J. M. Nichols (20 Aug 1904) -
    • Nickles and WLD were captured the same as about 400 others
    • Nickles carried WLD to a house that was being used as a hospital
    • Nickles stayed with WLD the first day and then was sent to Camp Douglass, IL.
    • Nickles carried the ball that was cut from WLD hip in his pocket while he was in prison.
    • It was about 28 Dec 1862 that WLD was wounded.
  • W. A. Gooch (16 ??? 1904) - Supports his claim
  • Z. P. Lee (2 Feb 1904) - Supports his claim
  • Joseph Phifer (24 Jan 1905) - Supports his claim
  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (28 Jan 1905) - Request for Service Records
  • War Department (31 Jan 1905) - Sent Service Records


  • 1850 Census: White County, TN, Page 75
  • 1860 Census:
  • 1870 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 130
  • 1880 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 94A
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 7B
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 55A


Putnam County Herald
26 July 1917
Vol. XV, No. 30, Page 1

  • W. L. Dyer died at his home in Dry Valley on July 11, 1917 after a long illness. He was about 83 years old, and served faithfully in the Confederate Army throughout the Civil War. One by one the veterans of the great struggle are passing over the river.


Putnam County, TN
Will Book 6
Page 275
Online at FamilySearch

  • Written: 24 Aug 1911
  • Probated: 16 Jul 1917
  • Executors: Dibrell Dyer and Flora Taylor (son-in-law)
  • Heirs: Children: Dibrell Dyer; Petway Dyer; Amanda Hunter, w/o G. W. Hunter; Libby L. Taylor, w/o Flora Taylor; Call Hill, w/o John Hill; Belle Farris, w/o Dank Farris; Franklin G. Dyer; Grandchildren: Robert & Pearly Hudgens, children of deceased daughter George Ann Hudgeons


  • Death Certificate: Putnam County, TN (1917) - #480 William L. Dyer
  • Putnam County Herald, 23 November 1911, Vol. IX, No. 47, Page 1
    Family Reunion - On Tuesday Nov. 7th 1911, the writer and wife were invited guests to a family reunion and birthday dinner in honor of Wm. L. Dyer, who was 77 years old on that day. He was a Confederate soldier and bears a deep scar where he was shot through the hip while in battle. The reunion was held at the home of his son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Allison Mitchell at the W. J. Mills residence near Pigeon Roost, where about all the children a d grandchildren that are in this part of the country were present including John Hill and family, F. D. Taylor and family, Dank Farris and family, and his single son Dibrell, besides a good number of old friends and acquaintances, the number being about fifty grown people besides the grandchildren which swelled the crowd to at least sixty-five. There was also present J. M. Whitson and wife, John P. Huddleston and wife, Uncle Mack Wilhite and wife. The three latter named gentle men were Veterans of the Civil War with Uncle Billie. They recounted some of the happenings of the early sixties, the lost but just cause of the South and the constitution of States rights for which they fought and spent the prime of their lives. Also J. H. Dowell and wife, Asbury Bullock and wife, Nathan Bartlett and wife, Mr. Petty and wife, Byrd Dowell and wife, R. M. Breeding and wife, Eli Shipley and wife, Mrs. Margaret Wright and daughter, Mrs. Walter McClain, Mrs. Henry Caruthers , Miss Alma Kinnard, Brice Wright and wife, Mrs. Haskell Bartlett and Grandmother Bartlett and Mrs. Tennie Bartlett. Perhaps others were present. The writer had the honor and pleasure of sitting at the table with sixteen of the oldest men and women above mentioned including the four Confederate soldiers and their venerable, faithful Southern wives, and such a social, old fashioned crowed and good cheer one for another as neighbors are not often found. The inspiration received upon the occasion was an uplift to all present. As host and hostess Bro. Mitchell and wife cannot be excelled and a finer dinner of every variety of the very best of eatables cannot be though of, well cooked and well served in that old time Southern style of hospitality that makes you feel so free and so much at home. The day will long be remembered with pleasure. Bro. Dyer is one of our most honored and respected citizens, of the highest Christian character and a staunch Democrat in politics. No man has a nicer nor more upright set of children then Bro. Dyer and all his sons in-law are are (sic) honorable and upright citizens. Their kindness and affectionate love and high respect they ever show for their aged father gives them a warm place in the hearts of all right thinking people who adhere to and practice the Scripture that says, "Honor thy father and thy mother that they days may be long upon the earth." -- J. N. King