Born: 3 November 1836 in Overton County, Tennessee (Tombstone says 1841. Death Certificate and Pension Application says 1836)
Died: 5 April 1917in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Norris Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: John and Lydia (Yelton) Norris

Married: Martha McGee about 1858 in Overton County, Tennessee
Born: October 1842 in Tennessee
Died: 28 June 1925in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Probably buried near her husband in an unmarked grave in the Norris Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: John and Mary (Godsey) McGee


  1. Valena Martha Norris
  2. John Norris
  3. Roose Norris
  4. Edward Mayhew Norris
  5. Ollie Norris
  6. Harry Norris
  7. Clanky Norris
  8. Lola Norris


13th Tennessee (Gore's) Cavalry Regiment
(also known as 8th Tennessee Cavalry)
Company E


  • Entered military as Private and left as a Private
  • Enlisted 4 Sep 1862 in Overton County, TN
  • 12 Oct 1862: Present



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  • Filed: 115 October 1915
  • Rejected
  • Residence Algood, Putnam County, TN
  • Member of Company E. 8th Tennessee Cavalry
  • Born 3 November 1836 in Overton County, 10 miles from present home
  • Enlisted late summer or early fall of 1862 in Company E 8th Tennessee Cavalry, Captain John S. Roberts and Col. G. G. Dibrell, Col Mounce Gore
  • Battles: Neeley's Bend, Franklin Pike, Truina, Franklin, Parkers Cross Roads
  • Diseases: Rheumatism due to exposure
  • Married: Wife is 70 years old; 3 daughters and one son living in St. Louis, MO
  • Attest: A. A. Reagan and A. W. West

Supporting Documents:

  • Tennessee Bureau of Pension Examiners (15 Oct 1915) - Service Record Request
  • War Department (18 Oct 1915) - Sent Service Records
  • Special Examiner (18 Dec 1915) - Need to furnish proof of furlough
  • Special Examiner (12 Mar 1916) - unreadable
  • DMN (21 Mar 1916) -
    • He will be 80 on 2 Nov 1916.
    • He fought in the Reedyville battle or stampede.
    • He camped near General Dibrell's tent on the night before the Federal attack at daylight.
    • DMN and Lt. Chapin caught a loose sorrel horse, took the bridle off, and foist it on General Dibrell's horse to enable him to escape at the time the Federal army charged them.
    • The enemy's advance was only 40-50 yards away when they finally got General Dibrell's horse bridled.
    • His last service was at Reedyville. His health was so bad that he could barely sit up. He was given permission by Lt. W. P. Chapin to return home.
    • He was sick for the remainder of the war.
    • During the last few months of his service, he was a patient in a private home.
    • At Shelbyville, TN he was confined to a bed in a private home.
    • He would have stayed with his unit if he had been physically able.
    • He is a responsible citizen of Putnam County.


  • 1850 Census: Overton County, TN, Page 41
  • 1860 Census: Overton County, TN, Page 148
  • 1870 Census:
  • 1880 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 130D
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 140A
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 177A


Putnam County, TN
Will Book 6
Name: Norris, D. M.
Page(s): 291
Online at FamilySearch
Date the Will was Written: Mar 10, 1917
Date the Will was Recorded : Feb 25, 1918
Spouse: Martha Norris


Putnam County Herald
12 April 1917
Vol. 15, No. 15, Page 3

We were sorry to hear of the death of Dave Norris. He died last Thursday and was buried Saturday. He leaves a wife and 7 children, and a number of grandchildren to mourn his loss.