Born: 26 March 1833 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Died: 10 September 1912 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Salem Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Thomas T. and Susannah (Travis) Nicholas

Married: Sarah Ann Peek about October-November 1856 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Born: 10 May 1841 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Died: 3 December 1929 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Salem Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Robert and Mary Polly (Fowler) Peek


  • Joseph Elihu Nicholas
  • William Robert Nicholas
  • Adelia Adival Nicholas


  • Brother-in-law: Robert Peek - 25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Brother-in-law: Thomas Peek - 25th Tennessee Infantry and 8th Tennessee (Dibrell's) Cavalry Regiment
  • Niece's Husband: Bluford H. Stockton - 25th Tennesse Infantry Regiment


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


  • Entered military as Private and left as a Private
  • Enlisted 15 Sep 1862 in White County
  • 12 October 1862: Present



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  • Filed: 12 August 1909
  • Rejected
  • Residence: Cookeville, Putnam County
  • Member of Company H of 8th Tennessee Cavalry
  • Born on 26 March 1833 in Jackson County
  • Enlisted about 20 September 1862; Captain James Barnes; General G. Dibrell; enlisted at Reagan's Store in White County
  • Battles: Neeley's Bend, Franklin, Hoover's Gap, Chickamauga
  • Diseases: suffered from exposure and rheumatism
  • Discharge: After the Battle of Chickamauga, HMK and mess mate S. R. Wilhite were detailed by Orderly Sergeant to go two miles and get baked bread for company. They left in the morning and returned that evening. The command had gone. They were unable to return to their command. In December 1863, he was forced to take the oath or go to prison.
  • Married: in 1856. He had a wife and two small children when he enlisted. His wife is 68 years old. He has three married children: two sons and one daughter.
  • Occupation: Miller by trade
  • HMN lived in Missouri during the winter of 1860 and returned in the spring of 1861
  • HMN was the County Trustee of Putnam County during 1888-1892.
  • Attest: J. M. Whitson and Matthew Langford

2nd Application:

  • Filed: 2 May 1911
  • Residence: Cookeville, Putnam County
  • Battles: Triune, Neely's Bend, Franklin, Chickamauga, Philadelphia
  • Wife: is 71 years old
  • Attest: J. H. Davis and James M. Nichols - 8th Tennessee (Dibrell's) Cavalry

Supporting Documents:

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  • Filed: 1 December 1915
  • Added to the Rolls 11 April 1929
  • Residence: Algood, TN
  • Resided in TN all her life
  • Maiden Name was Sarah Ann Peek, born 10 May 1841 in Putnam County, TN
  • Husband was Henry M. Nicholas. He lived in Putnam County, TN. He died 10 September 1912. He was 79 years old. They were married in November 1856 at her father's home in Putnam County, TN by Rev. Gordon, a Baptist Minister. Henry was born 26 March 1833.
  • He belonged to Dibrell's Regiment. His captain was Jas. Barnes.
  • She has not married since the death of her husband.
  • She had four children. One died in childhood. Two sons and one daughter are living.
  • She lives with her daughter, Mrs. J. T. Pointer.
  • She has a brother, Esq. Robert Peek of Cookeville.
  • Witness: J. E. Nicholas

Witness: Robert Peek

  • Name: Robert Peek, Cookeville
  • Sarah Ann Nicholas is his sister.
  • SAN has resided in Putnam County all her life.
  • SAN was born 10 May 1841
  • They were married in Nov 1856 at his father's house.
  • Robert was present at the marriage, which was performed by Rev. Wm. Gordon, a Baptist Minister.
  • Robert knew Henry all his life.
  • Henry belonged to Capt. Jas. Barnes Company.
  • Robert was a Confederate soldier who belonged to 6th Regiment - John Morgan's command.
  • Henry M. Nicholas died 10 Sep 1912 at his home in Putnam County.
  • Sarah has remained unmarried since his death.
  • Her only property is 1/4 undivided share in a lot in Cookeville.
  • J. E. Nicholas, age 58, Cookeville, states that he is a son of HMN & SAN. The record of their marriage was destroyed by courthouse fire.

2nd Application:

  • Name: Sarah Ann Nicholas of Algood
  • Has been a resident of TN all her life
  • Maiden Name: Sarah Ann Peek
  • Married to Henry M. Nicholas
  • HMN enlisted about Oct 1862 in Co. H. 8th TN Cavalry
  • HMN came home from Sparta to visit home folks. The command moved onto Knoxville. He started to them, but was cut off and could not reach them.
  • Husband died 10 Sept 1912 at his home.
  • Two sons and one daughter.
  • SAN lives with her daughter.

Witness: J. N. Nelson

  • Post Office: Algood
  • SAN has lived in county all her life.
  • She was born near Algood.
  • JNH knew HMN since before the war.
  • They were in the same company and enlisted at the same time.. JNH was sent home sick in Aug 1863.
  • HMN left his command somewhere near Knoxville when he was cut off.
  • HMN died 10 Sep 1912.
  • Dated: 5 March 1929

Supporting Documents:

  • War Department (16 Apr 1909) - Sent service records
  • W. L. Ray & Jesse Hickman Buck - 8th Tennessee (Dibrell's) Cavalry (10 Nov 1915) - Were soldiers serving with HMN. Knew him from childhood until death. They also know that Sarah was the wife of Henry.
  • Special Examiner to Robert Peek (7 Dec 1915) - The board declined to give HMN a pension because they were not satisfied how he got out of the army. W. L. Ray and J. H. Buck failed to give proof how HMN got out of the army.
  • J. N. King (22 Dec 1915) - James M. Nichols - 8th Tennessee (Dibrell's) Cavalry says that he was a member of HMN company. The Lieutenant was John Hill. Late 1864 to early 1965, HMN and Dock White were detailed cook rations for the company. While they were doing this, the company was ordered out to Sherman's line, and HMN and Dock White were cut off.
  • J. N. King (22 Dec 1915) - J. H. Davis was deposed and states that he understands that HMN was cut off from the Southern army in East TN. HMN was never able to get back to his command. HMN made a good soldier. HMN died a respected and honored citizen.
  • Robert Peek (30 Dec 1915) - Due to my advanced age, getting the evidence for SAN pension has been slow. I am waiting for a reply from Mr. McWilhoit and W. L. Dyer.
  • Special Examiner to Sarah Nicholas (18 Feb 1916) - We wrote to Robert Peek, but have not received a reply.
  • Special Examiner to Robert Peek (7 Apr 1916) - I have written you, but I have not received a reply concerning Mrs. Nicholas's case.
  • Robert Peek (10 apr 1916) - I sent you these affidavits and requested you to notify me of there was anything else to do.
  • Special Examiner to Robert Peek (11 Apr 1916) - Please send a copy of your affidavite.
  • J. N. King (15 Apr 1916) - James M. Nichols - 8th Tennessee (Dibrell's) Cavalry appeared before JNK and declared that he was a soldier in Co H under James Barnes and 8th TN Cavalry with HMN. He served with him until they were cut off from the command. They joined Major Bledsoe said that it was impossible to get back to the main army; so he turned the men over to Col. Hughes. They remained with them until the close of the war. HMN was loyal to the Confederacy and remained so until his death.
  • J. N. King (15 Apr 1916) - J. H. Davis of the same regiment declares the he served with HMN until about 1863. He was with him in the battle of Hiwassee River after which he was transferred to Hood's command. HMN was a good soldier.
  • Special Examiner to Robert Peek (20 May 1916) - We have received with the evidence submitted by J. E. Nicholas and Jacob H. Davis, but the board is still not satified how HMN got out of the army.
  • Jesse Hickman Buck - 8th Tennessee (Dibrell's) Cavalry(12 Mar 1929) - JHB enlisted in Co. H of the 8th TN Cavalry. HMN was already in the army. In Aug 1863, JHB was captured at Tullahoma and was neverr with him any more. Some time that fall HMN came on a visit from Sparta, and the army moved on to Knoxville. HMN got cut off and did not get back to them any more. JHB lived near him until his death. SAN still lives with her daughter.


  • 1850 Census: White County, TN, Page 74 (listed as Henry M. Nichols)
  • 1860 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 18
  • 1870 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 118
  • 1880 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 102A
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 31A
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 47A


Putnam County Herald
8 February 1912
Vol. X, No. 37, Page 4

Henry M. Nicholas, one of Putnam county's oldest citizens passed away at his home one Falling Water September 19, 1912, in his 80th year. He had been a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church about 50 years. His widow, two sons and one daughter survive him. The funeral service was conducted at Salem by Rev. W. W. Baxter in the presence of a large number of friends and relatives.


Nicholas and Wife


Photo Source (top of the page): Siftings from Putnam County, Page 133

Photo Source (bottom of the page): Stray Leaves from Putnam County, Tennessee, Page 231