Born: 4 February 1840 in Greenville District, SC (Tombstone says 1845)
Died: 10 Aug 1915in Putnam County, TN
Buried: Judd Cemetery, Putnam County, TN
Parents: Joseph Harden and Rebecca (Waldrop) Kuykendall

Married: Sarah E. Osteen (it is in dispute whether these two actually were married)
Died: about 1902 in South Carolina
Buried: Osteen Graveyard, Henderson County, NC
Parents: Solomon and Teresa (Unknown) Osteen


  1. Rebecca Osteen

Married: Susannah Caroline Mathis on 11 July 1875 in Putnam County, TN
Born: 13 October 1857 in Putnam County, TN
Died: 4 May 1929 in Putnam County, TN
Buried: Judd Cemetery, Putnam County, TN
Parents: James and Susannah (Stulz) Mathis


  1. Olivia Kuykendall
  2. Isaac Kuykendall
  3. Simon Kuykendall
  4. Martin L. Kuykendall
  5. Ella L. Kuykendall
  6. Connie Kuykendall
  7. William Kuykendall
  8. Harvey D. Kuykendall
  9. Benton McMillan Kuykendall
  10. Harry H. Kuykendall


  • Brother: Alfred Kuykendall- 2nd North Carolina Mounted Infantry Regiment - USA
  • Brother: Ezekial Kuykendall - 2nd North Carolina Mounted Infantry Regiment - USA
  • Brother: Isaac Kuykendall- 2nd North Carolina Mounted Infantry Regiment - USA
  • Brother: Thomas M. Kuykendall- 2nd North Carolina Mounted Infantry Regiment - USA


16 thNorth Carolina Infantry Regiment (CSA)
Company I


  • Entered military as Private and left as a Private
  • Enlisted 22 March 1862 at Henderson, North Carolina
  • Jan & Feb 1862: Absent without Leave
  • Jul & Aug 1863: Absent without Leave
  • Sep & Oct 1863: Deserted near Stanton, VA on 12 July 1863 while on his way to the company
  • 22 Mar 1863: Roll of Honor - Captured at Sharpsburg, VA, Paroled, Deserted; Age: 18
  • 27 June 1862 - 6 July 1862: Admitted to General Hospital, Howard's Grove, Richmond, VA with ?Vul Schlgut?

2 ndNorth Carolina Mounted Infantry Regiment (USA)
Company H


  • Entered military as Private and left as a Private
  • Enlisted 1 Oct 1863 at Knoxville, TN; Age: 18
  • Mustered In 9 Dec 1863
  • Enlistment - 31 Dec 1863: On Detached Muster Roll in Maynardville, TN: Present
  • Mar & Jun 1864: Present
  • Jul & Aug 1864: Not Stated
  • Sep & Oct 1864: Deserted August 30 at Cimberland Gap, TN
  • May & June 1865: Joined from desertion May 25 1865; not restored to duty
  • Mustered Out: 16 Aug 1865
  • 2 Feb 1867: War Department - Restored to duty without trial with loss of pay and allowances for time improperly absent by for 7. SO# 26 Hd Quarters for the Department of Tenn.; Knoxville, Tenn 30 July 1865.
  • Sep 1864: Loss 30 August Cumberland Gap - Deserted
  • May 1865: Gain Mary 25 1865 Greenville, Tenn - Joined from desertion; Absent sick in Hospital, Greenville, Tenn since 27 May 1865



( Download Full Pension Application)


  • Filed: 27 Feb 1900
  • Rejected
  • Residence: Cookeville, Putnam County
  • Member: Company I, 16th North Carolina Hampton's Brigade, A. P. Hill Division
  • Wounded at Cedar Mountain near Culpepper Court House in 1862; Gunshot would to left knee; bullet never removed
  • Born: Greenville District, South Carolina on 4 Feb 1840
  • Enlisted May 1861 in Captain Wm. Shipp's Co. I; Col. John Y Elroy's 16th North Carolina Regiment; Captain Ben Whittaker's Company
  • Parolled at Appomatox Court House, Apr or May 1865
  • Wife is 43
  • 3 Daughter and 6 sons
  • Came to Putnam County in Feb 1874; Lived in Rutherford County (North Carolina)
  • Attest: Henry P. Davis & R. R. Brown

Supporting Documents:

  • Tennessee Bureau of Pension Examiners (6 Apr 1905) - Request Service Records
  • War Department (11 Apr 1905) - No records found
  • J. I. Allison, M. D. (21 Apr 2005) - Medical Exam
  • J. T Pointer (22 Apr 1905) - Tax Assessment
  • Z. P. Lee (11 Aug 1905) - Supports his claim


  • 1850 Census: Henderson County, NC, Page 242 (Listed as John C. Kuykendall)
  • 1860 Census: Henderson County, NC, Page 418B (Listed as John C. Kuykendall)
  • 1870 Census:
  • 1880 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 88D (Listed as W. T. Kuykendall)
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 14B
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 8B


Putnam County Herald
15 August 1915
Vol. XIII, No. 32, Page 3

  • Wm. Kuykendall, aged about 70 years died at his home two miles west of Cookeville, Tuesday night after a sickness of several months. The remains were buried in the Judd Cemetery Wednesday. Mr. Kuykendall leaves his wife and several children among who is Mrs. Sterling Wall.


  • Death Certificate: Putnam County, TN (1915) - #137 - W. Jahugh C. Kuykendall
  • Death Certificate: Putnam County, TN (1929) - #13625 - Mrs. Susana Caroline Kuykendall
  • Union Civil War Pension Application: #818304 - Mrs. Susan C. Kuykendall (listed as Contest Widow)
  • Tennessee Convicts, Early Records of the State Penitentiary, Vol. 2, 1850 - 1870by Charles A. Sherrill - Lists a J. W. Kurkenall who was convicted in Johnson County, TN of larceny. He was incarcerated in 1870 for a term of 5 years.


William Jahu Chastine Kuykendall is an interesting character. It appears that he was born Jahu Chastine Kuykendall in North Carolina. He first enlisted in the Confederate Army of North Carolina. Then sometime during the war, he switched sides and ended up serving with his brothers. After the war, he returned home and began living with Sarah E. Osteen. It is unclear if they were ever officially married. They had one child named Rebecca, whom Mr. Kuykendall never knew, because he left NC when Rebecca was only three months old.

Sarah E. Osteen applied for a Union Widow's Pension in 1898 claiming that her "husband" died in a Tennessee prison. She never received a pension and died right after the turn of the century.

Mr. Kuykendall came to Tennessee sometime in the 1870s. He claims that it was February of 1874. Early records of the state penitentiary include a record for a J. W. Kurkendall who was convicted of larceny in Johnson County, TN. This may be Mr. Kuykendall. He changed his name from Jahu to William Jahu about the time he came to Tennessee.

He married Susan Caroline Mathis on 11 July 1875 and remained in Putnam County until his death.

In 1900, he applied for a Confederate pension from the State of Tennessee but was denied, because the War Department could not find his records. On 17 Jan 1911, he applied for a Union Pension from the Federal Government. It was then that he learned that Sarah E. Osteen had applied for a Widow's pension based on his Civil War Service. He claims that he and Sarah were never married. However, several of Sarah's family and friends claim to have been at their wedding.

Eventually, he was awarded a Union pension. After his death, his wife, Susan Caroline Kuykendall received a widow's pension until her death in 1929.