Born: 28 December 1841 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Killed: 1 September 1864 in a battle at Jonesboro, Georgia
Buried: Smith Chapel Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee (Tombstone is believed to be a cenotaph)
Parents: Wiley and Nancy (Smith) Owen


  • Brother: Rufus E. Owen - 16th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Brother: Milton M. Owen - 16th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Brother-in-law: Joseph G. Jaquess - 16th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Uncle: Matthew Sims Smith - 16th Tennessee Infantry Regiment


16 thTennessee Infantry
Company F


  • Entered the service as a Private and left the service as an 3rd Lieutenant
  • Enlisted 9 June 1861 at Camp Trousdale
  • July & Aug 1861: Present
  • 28 Feb 1862: <no remarks>
  • Mar & Apr 1862: Present
  • 30 Jun - 31 Dec 1862: Present
  • Name appears on a list of casualties in the 1st Division P. C. A. T. at the battle before Murfreesboro, Tenn., Dec. 31, 1862. Slightly wounded.
  • Jan & Feb 1863: Present
  • Mar & Apr 1863: Present; Promoted from Private to Bvt. 2 Lt 21 Mar 1863.
  • 15 Jul 1863: Was elected 3rd Lt. after the death of Wallace
  • Age: 22
  • Jul & Aug 1863: Present
  • Jan - Apr 1864: Present
  • Jun 1863: Assigned to duty as Bvt 2 Lieut Co. F. 30 Mar 1863


  • 1850 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page268
  • 1860 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 26


  • Name appears on a Monument located on the grounds near the Court House in McMinnville, Warren County, TN: "CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA, 16th Tennessee Regiment, Memorial Monument, Sw Corner Courthouse Yard, Mcminnville, Warren County, Tennessee, In Memory Of, Those Members Of The, 16th Tenn. Regt. C.S.A., Killed In Battle, Whose Names, Are Inscribed Hereon., Erected By Their, Colonel John H. Savage., 1904."
  • The Military Annals of Tennessee : Confederateby John Berrien Lindsley: History of the 16th Tennessee Regiment written by H. H. Dillard: "At this late day it is impossible to give other than a partial list of our company who were killed in different battles. Here is a list of their names as I can remember or procure by aid of others . . . Killed at Peach-tree Creek, Ga.: R. I. West, Rufus Owen. Killed at Jonesboro, Ga : Third Lieut. John F. Owen . . . (Page 341).
  • John F. Owen wrote many letters home during his service in the war. A copy of these letters are maintained at the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
    Owen Family Papers, 1856-1863. Manuscripts. Tennessee State Library and Archives.