Born: 12 October 1838 in Georgia
Died: 30 June 1921 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Stewart Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Anthony and Frances (Payne) Head

1st Married: Helen J. "Nellie" (Robinson) Campbell between 1865-1868 in Gallatin County, Illinois
Born: September 1840 in Gallatin County, Illinois
Died: 9 June 1911in Saint Louis County, Missouri
Buried: Bellefountain Cemetery, Saint Louis County, Missouri
Parents: John S. and Judith (Williams) Robinson
Widow of:
Philander or Lansden Campbell (died before 23 June 1865)


  1. Unknown Girl
  2. Charlie Head

2nd Married: Martha Jane "Mattie" Grider on 15 July 1899 Putnam County, Tennessee
Born: 10 February 1855 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Died: 2 January 1933 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Stewart Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Martin and Frances (Terry) Dowell


  • Brother: William H. Head - 16th Tennessee Infantry Regiment


16 thTennessee Infantry
Company I


  • Entered the service as a Private and left the service as an Private
  • Enlisted 20 May 1861 at Camp Harris
  • Age: 26
  • Jul & Aug 1861: Present
  • Apr - Jun 1862: Present
  • 1 Sep - 1 Jan 1862: Present
  • Jan - Mar 1863: Present
  • 19 Jul 1863: Present
  • Jul & Aug 1863: Present
  • Jan - Apr 1864: Present
  • Prisoner of War: Captured 9 Oct 1862 at Perryville, KY and sent to Vicksburg, Miss via Cairo, IL 13 Dec 1862
  • Prisoner of War: Captured near Marietta, Ga on 7 Jun 1864.
  • Prisoner of War: Captured at Kensaw Mnt on 27 Jun 1864 and sent to Military Prison in Louisville, KY
  • Prisoner of War: Received at Military Prison, Louisville, KY on 13 Jul 1864. Captured 27 Jun 1864 at Marietta, Ga. Sent to
  • Camp Douglas 14 Jul 1864.
  • Prisoner of War: Applying for the Oath of Allegiance 1 Jan 1865. "Claims to have been loyal was conscripted; was captured &
  • desires to take the oath of allegiance to the US & become a loyal citizen."
  • Prisoner of War: Released from Camp Douglas, Chicago, IL on 27 Apr 1865.
  • Oath of Allegiance, 27 Apr 1865:
    • Residence: Van Buren County, TN
    • Complexion: Dark
    • Hair: Black
    • Eyes: Hazel
    • Height: 5' 9"
    • Enlisted 20 May 1861 and captured 27 Jun 1864 near Kennesaw Mt. GA
    • Statement that he was conscripted into the Confederate Army.



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  • Filed: 3 March 1897
  • Resident: Cane Ridge, Van Buren County, TN
  • Born: In Van Buren County, TN in 1838
  • Was in Prison at Camp Douglas
  • Took the Oath of Allegiance on 27 April 1865 because he wished to get to his brother's house in Southern Illinois.
  • Wife and children are dead.
  • Living with an aged sister.
  • Brother: W. H. Head

Supporting Documents:

  • TAH (27 Jun 1903) to Col Frank A. Moses: Sending answers to questions.
  • TAH (9 Jun 1919) to Col. J. P. Hickman: Sending his age and is sworn to by Algood Carlen, Notary Public.



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  • Filed: 7 Jul 1921
  • Died: 24 Jan 1915
  • Married: 16 Jul 1899 by Rev. W. B. Gentry
  • Maiden Name: Martha Jane Grider, born in Putnam County, TN on 10 Feb 1855.
  • Husband died at their home on 30 Jun 1921.
  • No Children
  • Witness: D. M. Grider was at their wedding in 1899.

Supporting Documents:

  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (17 Oct 1905): Request Service records
  • War Department (17 Oct 1905): Sent Service Records
  • Mrs. T. A. Head (4 Feb 1922): Why is she not receiving her pension as the widow of Thomas A. Head?
  • Secretary of the Pension Board (5 Feb 1922): Her pension was disallowed because she married after 1890.


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  • Filed: 1 May 1929
  • Died: 2 Jan 1933
  • Born: 10 Feb 1855 in Putnam County, TN
  • Husband was born 12 Oct 1838 in the State of Georgia and moved to this state as a small boy.
  • Full Name: Thomas Anthony Head
  • Married: 16th Civil District of Putnam County, TN on 16 Jul 1899 by Rev. Wyley Gentry.
  • Witnesses: Dillard M. Grider
  • Have known Martha Jane Grider all her life and Thomas Head for about 30 years.
  • He died in 7th Civil District of Putnam County, TN on 30 June 1921.
  • John B. Payne - Have known Martha Jane Head for about 50 years and Thomas A. Head for 25 years. They spent the night at his house the day after their marriage.

Supporting Documents:

  • Putnam County, TN Marriage Record: 15 Jul 1899
  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (__ ___ 192_): Requests service records
  • War Department (6 May 1929): Sent service records.
  • Comptroller of the Treasury (8 Jan 1933): Enclosed Proof of Death for Martha J. Head.


  • 1850 Census: Van Buren County, TN, Page 381
  • 1860 Census:
  • 1870 Census: Gallatin County, IL, Page 371
  • 1880 Census:
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 88B
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 99B
  • 1920 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 89A


  • Name: Head, Thomas A.
    Page(s): 446
    Date the Will was Written: Nov 15, 1917
    Date the Will was Recorded: Jan 5, 1933
    Other Information: Thomas A. & Martha J. Head


Putnam County Herald
7 July 1921
Vol. XIX, No. 23, Page 8

  • CONFEDERATE SOLDIER DIES - Prof. Thomas A. Head, aged 83, died Thursday at his home in Pleasant Vally four miles south-west of this city. He was one of the best known and most highly respected citizens of this section of the state. He was a gallant Confederate soldier, a scholarly gentleman of wide information and an author and writer of note. He spent more than fifty years as a teacher and was an instructor of marked success. He is survived by his wife. His remains were interred Friday at the Stewart graveyard. Funeral services begin conducted in the presence of a large assemblage of the friends of the deceased.

Putnam County Herald
12 January 1933
Vol. XXXI, No. 2, Page 1

  • MRS. THOMAS A. HEAD - Funeral services for Mrs. Thomas A. Head, 77, widow of the late T. A. Head, were conducted at her home four miles west of Cookeville, on the Mine Lick Raoad, by the Rev. W. B. Gentry. Mrs. Head had been a member of the Methodist Church since the age of 17, and had lived an exemplary Christian life. She is survived by three brothers (sic) and two sisters.


  • Death Certificate: Illinois (1911) - #22625 - Mrs. Helen J. Campbell
  • Confederate Veteran,Vol. 6, Page 136 : HISTORY SIXTEENTH TENNESSEE REGIMENT - Thomas Anthony Head, author of this history, is a native of Van Buren County, Tenn. He was born in 1838, and was educated at Burritt College. Enlisting in Company I, Sixteenth Tennessee Regiment, in May, 1861, he was present for duty until captured at Kennessaw Mountain, in June, 1864, and was kept at Camp Douglas until the close of the war. After the war Comrade Head engaged in teaching in Southern Illinois for ten years, returning South in 1875, where he continued teaching until 1893. In 1883-84 he wrote the history of his regiment. The book contains four hundred and eighty-eight pages, with illustrations, and is a history of the Western army. It is supplied with the VETERAN for a year at $1.50. ....
  • Campaigns and Battles of the Sixteenth Regiment, Tennessee Volunteers, in the War Between the States: With Incidental Sketches of the Part Performed by Other Tennessee Troops in the Same War. 1861-1865 by Thomas A. Head (See Online at Google Books).

Photo Source: Campaigns and Battles of the Sixteenth Regiment, Tennessee Volunteers, in the War Between the States: With Incidental Sketches of the Part Performed by Other Tennessee Troops in the Same War. 1861-1865