Born: 15 June 1842 in Smith County, Tennessee
Died: 15 May 1931 in Beckham County, Oklahoma
Buried: Crisp Cemetery, Ellis County, Texas
Parents: William and Joyce (Buckingham) Hughes

Married: Amelia Frances Smith on 29 October 1871 in Clay County, Tennessee
Born: 31 May 1853 in Tennessee
Died: 23 July 1904 in Ellis County, Texas
Buried: Crisp Cemetery, Ellis County, Texas
Parents: Hardin W. and Martha (Heard) Smith


  1. Gilbert Smith Hughes
  2. Herbert Marion Hughes
  3. William H. Hughes
  4. Iver J. Hughes
  5. Bedford Hughes
  6. Sallie Francis Hughes
  7. Willard Hughes
  8. Carvel Hughes


7 thTennessee Cavalry Battalion
Company B


  • Entered the service as a Private and left the service as a Private
  • Enlisted 19 Oct 1861 in Hartsville

22nd Tennessee (Barteau's) Cavalry
(also known as 2nd Tennessee Cavalry Regiment)
Company E


  • Entered the service as a Private and left the service as a Private
  • Enlisted 19 October 1861 in Hartsville
  • May & June 1862: Discharged June 16, 1862



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  • Filed May 6, 1907
  • Accepted
  • Resident of Cookeville, TN
  • Member of Co B, 7th Battalion Tennessee Cavalry which was consolidated in the 2nd Tennessee Cavalry
  • Born in Smith County, now Trousdale County in 1842
  • Enlisted in 1861 in Captain Kitt Barnett's Co. Col James Bennet
  • Battles: Shiloh and several skirmishes
  • Diseases: measles which settled in his lungs
  • Discharged at Corinth, MS. When the army left, JDH was carried about 12 miles and left at a him.
  • His wife died three years ago.
  • Children: 6 sons ad 1 daughter
  • Resided in Tennessee except for 9 years in Texas
  • Attest: B. P. Reese & T. L. Buckingham

Supporting Documents:

  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (5 Jul 1907) - Request service records
  • War Department (9 Jul 1907) - Sent service records
  • H. M. Hughes (18 Aug 1907) - HMH is the son of JDH. His father is in Texas for a couple of days. JDH went to Texas nine years ago and returned last October. He was there on account of his wife's health. After her death, he returned to Tennessee.
  • H. S. Barnes (11 Aug 1910) - Supports his claim
  • E. H. Boyd (11 Aug 1910) - Supports his claim
  • JDH (11 Aug 1910)
    • JDH entered the service weighing 147 pounds. When he reached home after his discharge, he weighted 65 pounds. He was disabled until the close of the war.
    • After his discharge in Corinth, MS, it was 9 weeks before being able to withstand the trip home.
    • He was confined for 7 weeks to bed at the home of a man named Rippy who conducted a public house on pike 15 miles from Waynesboro, TN.
    • From his place, JDH was carried him home in a buggy.
  • JDH (21 May 1919) -
    • His disability was due to measles settling in his lungs.
    • He rode a half a day in the rain when measles broke out.
    • He spent 1 night without shelter.
    • I took two months and 2 days to get home.
    • Wife has been dead for 14 years.
  • JDH (22 Aug 1919)
    • B. P. Reese and Thomas Buckingham have filed pension applications.
    • Last living person of a family of nine.
  • J. G. Rush, Greer County, OK (19 Jul 1919)
    • At the start of the war, JDH was a "big old kid of a boy."
    • When he was first sent home from war, JDH came to our house three miles from Hartsville.
    • He stayed at our house for 3-4 days.
    • His follks sent a man after him. This man carried JDH from our house to a buggy, because he was unable to walk.
  • JDH (22 Aug 1919) - Requests status of pension application


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  • Name: J. D. Hughes
  • Address: Cookeville, TN
  • Age: 80 years old next June 15
  • Born: Sumner County, TN
  • Side: Confederate
  • Company: A, Second Tennessee Cavalry
  • Occupation: Farmer
  • Father: William Hughes born in VA
  • Mother: Joyce Buckingham
  • Property owed at the beginning of the war: Horse valued at $130
  • Property: Owned no land
  • Lived in a log house with three rooms
  • School: attended 2-3 months in the fall until about 15 years old
  • Nearest school: 2 miles
  • Enlisted in the service of the Confederacy at 18 years old
  • Company was first sent to Eperson Springs
  • Engaged in the battle of Shiloh about April 6-7, 1862
  • "After the battle of Shiloh went to Corinth Miss stayed there some three months eat pickled beef what grease was cooked out of the beef we put the bread, never drew but one blanket one pare boots one saddle"
  • Discharged at Corinth
  • Trip Home: "after discharge traveled 14 days foot and sick got 15 miles from warnes for cough got sick staid 7 weeks at one place my folks sent a man with buggy after me"


  • 1850 Census: Monroe County, KY, Page 434
  • 1860 Census: Smith County, TN, Page 336
  • 1870 Census:
  • 1880 Census: Overton County, TN, Page 285B
  • 1900 Census: Dallas County, TX, Page 283A
  • 1910 Census:
  • 1920 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 44B
  • 1930 Census: