SAMUEL LEE JOHNSON
25 thTENNESSEE INFANTRY
CSA

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Born: 8 September 1843 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Died: 5 August 1931 in Overton County, Tennessee
Buried: Overton Cemetery, Jackson County, Tennessee
Parents: Daniel and Margaret (Lynn) Johnson

1st Married: Helen Bell Putty about 1864 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Born: 27 January 1844 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Died: 7 April 1904 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Buried: Overton Cemetery, Jackson County, Tennessee
Parents: William Edward and Lavinia (Kelly) Putty

Children:

  1. Hattie L. Johnson
  2. Josephine Ida Johnson
  3. Kirk M. Johnson
  4. William C. Johnson
  5. Alcie C. Johnson
  6. Pirken Johnson
  7. Henrietta Johnson
  8. Daniel Edward Johnson
  9. Samuel Fowler Johnson
  10. Maggie Johnson

2nd Married: Martha J. Anderson Mayberry on 16 November 1908 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Born: 23 December 1840 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Died: 19 September 1912 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Smith Chapel Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents:
Widow of: Joshua Maberry

3rd Married: Luella Smith Bartlett Jaquess on 7 February 1915 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Born: 7 September 1868 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Died: 29 July 1940 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Smith Chapel Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: John and Polly Ann (Crowder) Smith
Widow of: Sampson A. Bartlett and Bob Jaquess

MILITARY INFORMATION

25 thTennessee Infantry
Company I

ABSTRACT:

  • Entered the service as a Private and left the service as a Private
  • Enlisted 30 July 1861 in Livingston, TN
  • Age: 18
  • 1 Oct 1861: Present
  • 1 Aug - 31 Oct 1861: Present
  • 6 April 1864: Transferred to the 8th TN Cavalry Sept 1862
  • Age: 20

13 thTennessee (Gore's) Cavaly
Company G

ABSTRACT:

  • Entered the service as a Private and left the service as a Private
  • Enlisted 25 Aug 1862 in Jackson County
  • Voucher for horse killed at Parker's Cross Roads

PENSION APPLICATION ABSTRACT

S15538

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ABSTRACT:

  • Filed 18 March 1921
  • Accepted
  • Resident of Cookeville
  • Member of 25th Tennessee Infantry under Captain Reed, Colonel Stanton's Regiment
  • Born 8 September 1843 in Jackson County, TN
  • Enlisted 1861 in Colonel Stanton's Regiment, Captain Reed's company. Then in 8th TN Cavalry under Captain Gore and Colonel Dibrell and General Forrest
  • Battles: On scout until Parker's Cross Roads where captured. Transferred to Camp Douglass for 4 months. Went with General Forrest to Nashville and then to Chattanooga.
  • Diseases: Severe spell with fever
  • Married: Wife is 52; Two sons living with him
  • Wife: Mrs. Ella Johnson
  • Attest: John S. Quarles and W. C. Morgan

2nd Application

  • Filed 25 May 1925
  • Wife: 55 years old
  • Attest: H. L. Morgan and W. C. Campbell

Supporting Documents:

  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (18 Mar 1921) - Service Records Request
  • War Department (25 Mar 1921) - Sent Service Records
  • SLJ (27 Dec 1921) - Requests status of his Pension
  • Special Examiner (27 Jul 1921) - Need proof of his service
  • Secretary (30 Sep 1921) - Witness Mr. N. R. Head swears that you and he came home on furlough in the Spring of 1864. The regiment moved. SLJ stayed and farmed.
  • SLJ (17 Oct 1821) - SLJ enlisted as Samuel Johnson. One of his kinsmen signed his name as Samuel Johnson. So SLJ added an "L" to his name to keep the mail from being confused.
  • Armel Gaw and W. C. Terry (24 Oct 1921) - Supports his claim
  • Nimrod Reed of Jackson County (24 Oct 1921) -
    • SLJ and Nimrod Reed came home on furlough.
    • The command left before they could return.
    • They laid out and dodged around.
    • In 1864, they took the oath on the account of danger and hardship.
  • SLJ (27 Dec 1921) - Requests Status of his pension
  • SLJ (28 Mar 1924) - Requests Status of his pension
  • Secretary (1 Apr 1924) SLJ is not pensionable
  • S. G. Gore (25 Jan 1926) [brother to M. L. Gore] - Supports his claim
  • J. N. King (25 Jan 1926) - Supports his claim
  • Samuel Hawkins (1 Jan 1928) -
    • SLJ made several attempts to get back to the army.
    • Captain Gore came back, but he was almost killed three times.
    • Some of the men that were with them were killed.
    • The only thing that saved Captain Gore from being killed one time was the fact that he had a good horse that outran Stoke's men.
  • John T. Harris to War Department (31 Dec 1936) - Request service records for SLJ who was pensioned in Putnam County
  • Special Examiner to J. T. Harris (16 Jan 1957) - SLJ drew a pension from January 1925 until his death 6 August 1931

WIDOW'S PENSION APPLICATION ABSTRACT

W10350

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ABSTRACT:

  • Filed: 13 October 1931
  • Rejected
  • Residence: Putnam County, TN
  • Born the 7 September 1865 in Putnam County; lived in Overton County for the last two years
  • Married to Sam L. Johnson in Putnam County by Van W. Tolbert, JP
  • Husband died 5 August 1931 in Livingston, TN
  • Witnesses: Alcie Terry and Vandie Merritt

Supporting Documents:

  • Putnam County, TN Marriage License: 7 February 1915
  • Special Examiner (17 May 1932) - Samuel L. Johnson filed a Confederate Pension Application on 10 March 1921.
  • President (12 October 1931) - You are not pensionable since you married after 1905.
  • Lorene Ralls, Clerk (??) - The Acting Special Examiner is out of town.
  • Ella Johnson (30 Apr 1932) - She is the widow of Samuel Johnson. Please send her SLJ's pension number.
  • Special Examiner (17 May 1932) - We are not allowed to return papers sent in. If your marriage certificate is an original, submit a duplicate and we will return your copy.

TN CIVIL WAR QUESTIONNAIRE

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  • Born: Jackson County, Tennessee
  • Age: 79 years
  • Company H from 25th TN Infantry and transferred to Co H of the 8th TN Cavalry
  • Father Daniel Johnson who was born in Virginia and came to Tennessee at an early age
  • Mother Margaret Lynn who was the daughter of Acy Lynn and Margaret Lynn who lived in Jackson County
  • His grandparents on his father's side went from Virginia to Missouri and died there. His grandparents from his mother's side lived and died in Jackson County.
  • He did not own any slaves, but his father owned three.

CENSUS DATA

  • 1850 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 176
  • 1860 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 25
  • 1870 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 215
  • 1880 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 207D
  • 1900 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 158B
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 182B
  • 1920 Census: Clay County, TN, Page 46A
  • 1930 Census: Overson County, TN, Page 93B

OBITUARY

Gainesboro Sentinel
18 July 1904

MRS. S. L. JOHNSON
On the 7th of April 1904 the death angel came and visited the home of S. L. Johnson and called from him his loving wife. Mrs. Johnson had been sick along time and suffered untold pain. While her husband and children done everything they could to make her pleasant and used the best medical skill, but at last they had to give her up, as God in his wisdom saw it best to call her away, but while it is so we join her bereaved family in sympathy. She leaves two sons, four daughters and a tender husband to mourn the loss of a devother mother nand faithful wife. Mrs. Johnson had been a member of the Church of Christ for many years and has lived a devoted Christian life, . . . Mrs. Johnson's remain were laid to rest in the old family grave yars at W. A. Overon's where many of her firends met and paid her their last tribute of honor in this world. ( Bullets, Fire, Moonshine and The Bible: Life in Jackson County, TN From 1903 - 1907, Vol. 2, Page 90)

Putnam County Herald
3 October 1912
Vol. X, No. 40, Page 7

Aunt Martha Johnson died last week Thursday and was buried at Smith Chapel Saturday in the presence of a large crowd. She leaves a host of relatives and friends.

Putnam County Herald
14 November 1912
Vol. X, No. 46, Page 5

On the 19th of Sept., 1912, the death angel came and visited the home of S. L. Johnson and called from him his loving wife. Mrs. Johnson had been sick a long time and suffered untold pain. . . . She leave three sons, three daughters and a tender husband to mourn the loss of a devoted mother and faithful wife. Mrs. Johnson had beenn (sic) a member of the Church of Christ for many years, and has lived a devoted Christian life., . . . Mrs. Johnson's remains were laid to rest. in the old family graveyard at Smith's Chapel, where many of her friends met her and paid her their last tribute of honor in this world.

Jackson County Sentinel
12 September 1928
Vol. 30, No. 37, Page 1

Uncle Sam L. Johnson celebrated his 85th birthday Sept. 8th with a re-union of his children and grandchildren and friends. The dinner table was well furnished and light was furnished with 126 candles. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. P. Terry of Cookeville, Francis and Virginia Storie, of Cookeville, M. M. Allen and daughters of Algood, Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Johnson, of Livingston, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Dale, Mr. and Mrs. Winnie Johnson, Sam Davis of Celina and other relatives about 52 and friends about 25. Uncle Sam received many presents and good wishes. Burt Johnson, 79, of Roaring River was his only living brother. A Friend.

Jackson County Sentinel
12 August 1931
Vol. 33, No. 32, Page 5

Samuel Johnson, Civil War Veteran, Is Dead. Livingston, Tenn. -- Samuel Johnson, 88, Confederate soldiers andone of the oldest citizens of Overton county, died at his home Monday night, Aug. 3, aftr a brief illness. He was buried at 10 o'clock Thursday at the family cemetery on Roaring river in Jackson county. Mr. Johnson was a farmer and had spent most of his life in Jackson county. He was a member of the Christian churhc and of the Masonic Lodge at Gainesboro. He was the father of 10 children, five boys and five girls as follows: S. F. Johnson of this city, sheriff of Overton county, relected last Saturday; Mrs. Bob Dale, Celina; Mrs. Monroe Allen, Algood; Mrs. Philander Terry, Cookeville; Mrs. Morrison Clinton, of Texas; Mrs. Henry Bailey and Kirk Johnson, Will Johnson, and Daniel Johnson.

Livingston Enterprise
7 August 1931
Vol. XXXIX, No. 32, Page 1

SAMUEL JOHNSON, FATHER OF SHERIFF, DIED TUESDAY -- Aged Man Went To The Polls Saturday To Vote For Son. Aged 88 -- BURIED IN JACKSON. -- Samuel Johnson, age 88 years, Confederate soldier and one of the oldest and best citizens of Overton County, died at his home Tuesday night aftr a brief illness and was buried at the family cemetery on roaring river in Jackson County Thursday. Mr. Johnson was a farmer and had spent most of his life in Jackson Conuty (sic). He was a splendid citizen and Christian gentlemen, member of the Christian church, and of the Masonic Lodge at Gainesboro. He had lived here for about two years. He was the father of ten children, five boys and five girls as follows: S. F. Johnson, of this city, Sheriff of Overton County, re-elected last Saturday and his father came out and voted for him; Mrs. Bob Dale, Celina, Mrs. Monroe Allen, Algood, Mrs. Philander Terry, Cookeville, Mrs. Morrison Clinton, of Texas, Mrs. Henry Bailey, Kirk Johnson, Will Johnson and Daniel Johnson. The funeral was in chare of Rev. Jones of Christian church.

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