J. D. McKinleyJAMES DONALD MCKINLEY
17th TENNESSEE INFANTRY
CSA

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Born: 21 July 1831 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Died: 5 August 1919in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Cookeville City Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Matthew Cowan and Darthula "Billie" (Sadler) McKinley

Married: Sarah Frances "Fannie" Maddux on 10 June 1862 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Born: 3 January 1842 in Smith County, Tennessee
Died: 1 December 1919in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Cookeville City Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Thomas and Elizabeth "Betsey" (Garrett) Maddux

Children:

  1. Matthew S. McKinley
  2. Elizabeth N. "Bettie" McKinley
  3. Lassie McKinley
  4. Mary Tennessee McKinley
  5. Margaret McKinley
  6. Vallie McKinley

RELATIVE WHO SERVED

  • Brother: George Washington McKinley - 17th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Brother: Thomas Calhoun McKinley - 17th Tennessee Infantry Regiment

MILITARY INFORMATION

17th Tennessee Infantry
Company K

ABSTRACT:

  • Entered the service as a Private and left the service as a 3rd Lieutenant
  • Enlisted on 9 June 1861 at Camp Trousdale
  • Wagon Master
  • 15 Oct - 31 Dec 1861: Present
  • May - Aug 1862: Present
  • May - June 1863: On detached service recruiting officers
  • 15 May 1862: appointed Lieutenant
  • Deserted
  • Vouchers

PENSION APPLICATION ABSTRACT

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ABSTRACT:

  • Filed February 24, 1904
  • Accepted
  • Resident of Cookeville, TN
  • Member: 3rd Lieutenant of Company K 17th Infantry Regiment
  • Wounds: Chronic diarrhea in latter part of 1861
  • Born: 21 July 1831 in Jackson County, TN
  • Enlisted: May 1861 at Granville in Captain McDearmon's Co. K; Col Tazie Newman's 17th TN Infantry
  • Wife 62 years old
  • One son age 38; two daughters ages 30 and 27
  • Attest: John Cole & J. M. Williamson

Supporting Documents:

  • J. H. Chaffin of Jackson County (24 Apr 1905) - Tax Assessment
  • John S. Quarles (5 May 1905) - JDM owns a hotel and is able bodied
  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (6 Jun 1905) - requests Service records
  • War Department (10 Apr 1905) - sends service records
  • Special Examiner (24 Jun 1904) - Need to know the status of the farm
  • John W. Howard of Jackson County (24 Apr 1905) - JDM conveyed land to Mounce L. Butler in trust for S. F. McKinley. Money was paid by Sarah F. McKinley, his wife. The money belonged to her from the estate of her father.
  • James D. McKinley (3 May 1905) - After the battle of Murfreesboro, the army fell back to Tullahoma. An order was issued for a Lieutenant to be sent to assist the enrolling officer from each unit. JDM was ordered to report to Colonel Nixon at McMinnville. After the army fell back to Chattanooga, Colonel Nixon told him to report to General Pillow at Marietta, GA. General Pillow sent him to Middle TN to raise a company of Cavalry. The night before he was ready to go out, he was captured by General Spears men who were stationed at Carthage, TN. He was taken to McMinnville and paroled. Upon returning home, the men he conscripted ran away, deserted & joined Stokes men. They swore that they would kill him if he remained in that country. He crossed the TN river and joined General Forrest's command and remained there until Hood's battle at Nashville. Then he was transferred to West, TN with Captain Bayless Anderson to get supplies. Anderson got orders from Forrest to surrender where he pleased. Both went to Padukah, KY and surrendered to General Merritt.
  • W. L. Dibrell (25 Apr 1913) - JDM purchased a farm for his wife using the money from her father's estate
  • Special Examiner (3 Jul 1913) - JC Clark needs information about the sale of his farm
  • James D. McKinley (29 Jun 1914) - answers TN Pension Boards Questions
  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (24 Jun 1914) - inquires about the status of the farm
  • W. L. Dibrell (29 Jun 1914) - Supports his claim
  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (29 Jul 1914) - Frank Moses in Sparta went to talk with JDM, but he was not home
  • Special Examiner (19 Jun 1915) - White County: Did JDM purchase a farm
  • Special Examiner (19 Jun 1915) - Putnam County: Did JDM sell a farm
  • O. K. Holladay (11 Jun 1917) - Supports his claim
  • O. K. Holladay (12 Jul 1917) - Supports his claim
  • James D. McKinley (25 Jun 1919) - Requests an increase in pension

WIDOW'S PENSION APPLICATION ABSTRACT

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ABSTRACT:

  • Filed: 21 August 1919
  • Rejected
  • Residence: Cookeville, Putnam County, TN, all of her life
  • Born: 3 January 1842 in Smith County.
  • Maiden Name: Sarah Frances Madduxx
  • Husband was James D. McKinley who was born 21 July 1831 in Jackson County.
  • They were married on 10 June 1862 in Putnam County by James M. Daniel, JP.
  • He died at home on 5 August 1919
  • They have one son and five daughters
  • Witness: S. F. Carr at the State Capitol in Nashville
    • He had known her about 25 years.
    • He is convinced that her statements are true.
    • James D. McKinley died 5 Aug 1919 in Cookeville.

Supporting Documents:

  • Algood Moore, County Clerk Putnam County (20 Aug 1919) - The county records were burned and marriage records were lost. He is personally acquainted with Sarah McKinley. Their marriage is a matter of common knowledge.

CENSUS DATA

  • 1850 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 292
  • 1860 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 315B
  • 1870 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 289
  • 1880 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 245A
  • 1900 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 138B
  • 1910 Census: White County, TN, Page 2A

WILL

Putnam County, TN
Will Book 6
Page 305-306
Online at FamilySearch

  • Will of Sarah Frances McKinley
  • Written: 5 Dec 1916
  • Probated: 8 Dec 1919
  • Attest: Thos. Finley & Carrie Wilkes
  • Husband: J. D. McKinley dec'd
  • Heirs: Tommy McKinley (daughter), Maggie McKinley (daughter), Matt McKinley (son), Bettie McKinley Beasley (daughter), Lassie McKinley Ragland (daughter), Donald H & Nina G & John Ragland (children of Lassie McKinley Ragland), Valley McKinley Williams (daughter)

OBITUARY

Putnam County Herald
7 August 1919
Vol. XVII, No. 32, Page 1

  • J. D. McKinley -- J. D. McKinley, one of the best known and most estimable men of this section, died Tuesday evcening, Aug. 5, 1919, at his home on Washington Avenue and was buried in the City Cemetery Wenesday afternoon. Rev. J. A. Colle conducting the burial service. Mr. McKinley was born in Jackson county 88 years ago, and has since lived in White, Smith and Putnam counties. He was a Confederate soldier, serving the first two years of the war in McDearmon's company, Newman's regiment, and the last two in Forrest's regiment, where he was a recruiting officer and was forming a company of his own at the close of the war. During the war he married Miss Sara Francis Maddux, who now survives him. For many years he was a well known trader and cotton buyer between Nashville and New Orleans. He leaves one son, Matt, and the following daughters, Mrs. John Ragland, Mrs. Chas. Williams, Misses Tommie and Margaret McKinley of Cookeville, and Mrs. W. A. Beasley of Jacksonville, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Verily a good man has gone from among us.

The Nashville Tennessean
29 August 1919
Page 5

  • J. D. M'Kinley Dies at His Home at Cookeville - Confederate Veteran Passes Away at Age of 88 - COOKEVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 28 - (Special) - J. D. McKinley, who was one of the best known and most estimable men of this section, died at his home on Washington avenue. Mr. McKinley was born in Jackson County eighty-eight years ago and had since lived in Whie (sic), Smith and Putnam counties. He was a Confederate soldier, serving in the first two years of the war in McDearman's Company of Newman's regiment and the last two years in Forrest's regiment, where he was recruiting officer, and was forming a company of his own at the close of the war. During the war he married Miss Sara Frances Maddux, who now survives him. For many years he was a well known trader and cotton buyer between Nashville and New Orleans. He leaves one son Matt, and the following daughters: Mrs. John Ragland, Mrs. Chas. Williams, Misses Tommie and Margaret McKinley of Cookeville, and Mrs. W. A. Beasley of Jacksonville. He also leaves many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Putnam County Herald
4 December 1919
Vol. XVII, No. 49, Page 1

  • Mrs. J. D. McKinley -- Mrs. Sara Francis Maddox McKinley, widow of the late J. D. McKinley, died Thursday afternoon at her home in this city. Mrs. McKinley was born and reared in Putnam county but had lived in White, Jackson and Smith counties. She was a member of the Presbyterian church. She is survived by one son, Matthew McKinley, five daughters, Miss Tommie and Margaret McKinley, Mrs. John Ragland, Mrs. Charles Williams and Mrs. Willie Beasley of Jacksonville; one brother, Bradley Maddox of Rock Springs, and a sister in Terrell, Texas.

ADDITIONAL DATA

Photo Source: The Nashville Tennessean, 29 August 1919, Page 5