Born: 1 January 1838 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Died: 5 July 1905 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Bullington Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Mother: Mariah Kinnaird
Father: His father (proved through DNA) was a Julian from the Rene Julian line (most probably Thomas Kelly Julian).
Raised by grandparents Montgomery K. and Sarah (Rhea) Kinnaird

Married: Virginia Bullington on 3 May 1860 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Born: 22 February 1838 in Rockingham County, North Carolina
Died: 1 February 1910in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Bullington Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Josiah and Sarah Jane (Mahan) Bullington


  1. Thomas Kinnaird
  2. Morrison Montgomery Kinnaird
  3. Pleasant Kinnaird
  4. William Alexander Kinnaird
  5. Robert Wesley Kinnaird
  6. Minnie Lee Kinnaird


  • Uncle: Ezekiel Ray Kinnaird - CSA
  • Brother-in-Law: Wesley Rufus Bullington - 1st Tennessee Mounted Infantry - USA


13 thTennessee (Gore's) Cavalry Regiment
(also known as 8 thTennessee Cavalry)
Company K


  • Entered military as a Private and left as a Private
  • Enlisted 15 Sep 1862 at Sparta
  • Captured in East TN in Nov 1863
  • Captured in Ooltewah on 26 Nov 1863
  • Transferred to Louisville, KY on 11 Dec 1863
  • Transferred to Rock Island, IL on 12 Dec 1863
  • Received at Rock Island, IL on 14 Dec 1863
  • Took the Oath of Allegiance 6 Jun 1865
  • Residence: Cookeville, Putnam County
  • Complexion: Fresh
  • Hair: Auburn
  • Eyes: Hazel
  • Height: 5' 8 1/2"
  • Age: 27
  • Released: 5 Jun 1865



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  • Filed: 27 Jun 1900
  • Accepted
  • Residence: Cookeville, Putnam County
  • Member: Company K, 8th Tennessee Cavalry under Col. Dibrell. Captured in Nov 1863 on the courier line while in discharge of duty as a courier near Cleveland, TN. Sent to Rock Island Prison where he remained until Jun 1865.
  • Disease: While in prison, contracted small pox which resulted in permanent injury to his eyes. Also suffered from piles
  • Born: 1 Jan 1838 in Jackson County (now Putnam County), TN
  • Enlisted: Capt. Swearingim's Co. K, Dibrell's Reg 8th TN Cavalry. 1st Lt. Jesse Buck. 2Lt. Elijah Terry
  • Released from Prison: 6 Jun 1865
  • Married: Wife is 64 years and one daughter 19
  • Attest: H. P. Davis and Columbus Jackson Davis
  • 2nd Application Filed: 6 Oct 1891
  • Residence: Irby, Putnam County
  • Captured the day after Missionary Ridge
  • 3rd Lt. William Draper, Orderly Sergeant Bird Trarick
  • Married: Wife is 55 years
  • Children: 19, 16, 11
  • Attest: B. G. Moreland and W. J. Terry

Supporting Documents:

  • Thos. A. Head (19 Feb 1900) - Presents an explanation of why AK took the Oath of Allegiance. Also, mentions Lansden Robbins, E. W. Terry, and H. A. Powers



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  • Filed: 18 January 1906
  • Accepted
  • Name: Virginia Kinnarid
  • Residence: Cookeville
  • Have lived in this state since March 1853
  • Maiden Name: Virginia Bullington
  • Born: Rockingham NC on 22 Feb 1836
  • Husband: Alex Kinnaird born 1 Jan 1838
  • Married: 3 May 1860 by Alexander Byers in Jackson County, Tennessee
  • Enlisted Oct 1862 in Capt Swearingins Co. K. Colonel Dibrell's 8th TN Cav
  • Husband stayed with his company until he was captured and put in Federal Prison.
  • He was captured the day following Missionary Ridge and taken to Rock Island Prison.
  • Husband died 5 July 1905
  • Have 5 boys and 3 girls living and 3 girls dead. Ages (boys) 42, 39, 3, 36, and 33 (girls 31, 30, 25
  • Witness: W. J. Terry of Cookeville, TN
  • Acquainted with Virginia Kinnaird about 45 - 50 years
  • She was born in Rockingham, NC
  • They were married in 1860
  • Husband was born in Jackson County afterwards Putnam County
  • Husband enlisted in Capt. Swearingin's Company of General Dibrell's 8th TN Cavalry.
  • W. J. Terry was in that command as well.
  • Alexander Kinnaird was in prison at the time of the surrender. He had been captured near Missionary Ridge.
  • AK died in July 1905 at his home in Putnam County.


  • 1850 Census: Jackson County, Page 273
  • 1860 Census:
  • 1870 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 101
  • 1880 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 93A
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 9A


  • The Cookeville Press
    6 July 1905
    Page 5
    Alex Kinnard, aged 65, who lived three miles northwest of Cookeville, died last night of dropsy. He was an ex-confederate soldier and a prominent farmer. He was a member of the Cumberland presbyterian Church.


Alexander Kinnaird

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