Born: 7September 1840 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Died: 5 April 1922in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Smith Chapel Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Wiley and Nancy (Smith) Owen

1st Married: Mary Margaret Farmer about 1868 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Born: 11 November 1838 in Greene County, Tennessee
Died: 2 April 1873 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Terry Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Stephen and Eliza (Smith) Farmer


  1. Clarence Owen
  2. Everette Owen

2nd Married: Henrietta Frances Dowell about 1877 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Born: 10 October 1844 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Died: 27 February 1921in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Smith Chapel Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Martin and Frances (Terry) Dowell


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


16th Tennessee Infantry
Company F


  • Entered the service as a Private and left the service as an Orderly Sergeant
  • Enlisted14 March 1863 at McMinnville
  • Mar & April 1863: Present
  • Age: 23
  • 15 Jul 1863: Present
  • Jul & Aug 1863: Present; Promoted to Orderly Sergeant 11 Jul 1863
  • Jan - Apr 1864: Present



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  • Filed April 15, 1908
  • Accepted
  • Resident of Cookeville, TN
  • Member of Company F in 16th Tennessee Infantry Regiment; Colonel John Savage; Captain H. H. Dillard
  • Born: Jackson County (Now Putnam County), 7 September 1840
  • Enlisted: March 1862, Company F, 16th TN Infantry Regiment, Colonel John H. Savage; Captain H. H. Dillard
  • Battles: Fighting from Shelbyville to Chattanooga, Peachtree, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Altoona Mountain
  • Wounds: Shot through right leg above knee on 20 Jul 1864 in battle of Peachtree; carried off the battlefield in a litter and taken to Hospital at Columbus, GA; Had gangrene from wounds; remained in Columbus Hospital until April 1865; reached home 19 May 1865
  • Rank: Orderly Sergeant
  • Married: Wife 64 years old - one son
  • Attest J. H. Reagan & A. A. Reagan

Supporting Documents:

  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (15 Apr 1908) - Requests service records from the War Department
  • War Department (18 Apr 1908) - Sent Service Records
  • MMO (16 Oct 1908) -
    • Was shot in the battle of Peachtree Creek and carried to a field hospital on a litter
    • In the battle, he was shot twice in the right leg.
    • His brother Rufus E. Owen was killed in the battle.
    • Another brother, Lt. John F. Owen was killed in the battle of Jonesboro
    • MMO was transferred to Milner Stations Hospital for three days.
    • Then he was transferred to Macon, GA Hospital.
    • He took gangrene in his leg and had to lay on his back for 69 days.
    • While he had gangene, he was in a hospital in Viniville, GA for 6 weeks
    • He was then transferred to Columbus, GA hospital until he was able to walk on a crutch.
    • Then he was transferred to the Camp of Instruction in a suburb of Columbus, GA where he was to work as an Orderly Sergeant.
    • After the surrender, he carried 7 prisoners from Columbus to Macon by the order of Colonel Von Zinker
    • After arriving in Macon and delivering the prisoners, the city of Columbus was captured by General Wilson
    • He was captured and paroled at Macon
    • His parol was burned when his residence burned in April 1872.
  • Joseph G. Jaquess, Jackson County, (17 Oct 1908) -
    • JGJ enlisted in 1861 and paroled at Augusta, GA in 1865
    • JGJ was wounded by a minnie ball in the arm at Peachtree Creek.
    • MMO was wounded at the same time. They both spent time at the hospital together until JGJ was sent to Macon, GA and MMO was transferred to Miller Station.
  • MMO (27 Sep 1917) - The 268 acres that MMO owned was deeded to P. H. Horne. In May 1908, MMO deeded 100 acres to PHHr for the love and affection he had for him. In December 1910, MMO made and published his last will and testament that gave PHH 155 acres.MMO income is only $25 a year as being Commissioner of County Asylum time expires 1 Oct 1919. Being in his 80th year, he cannot walk without a crutch. He may not be appointed commissioner again.
  • Secretary of Pension Board (8 Mar 1920) - MMO owned 268 acres of land and as such is not pensionable. The board heard that you gave your land to different parties to take care of you.
  • Tennessee Pension Board of Examiners (9 Sep 1919) - Because you owned 268 acres, you are not indigent.
  • MMO (11 Sep 1919) - I was misinformed as to the real estate that I own.
  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (12 Nov 1919) - You gave away your land to parties to take care of you.
  • W. O. Jaquess (27 Sep 1919) - The statement made by MMO on property is true.
  • MMO (25 Nov 1919) - MMO did not make any contract with anyone to take care of him
  • MMO (5 Mar 1920) - Why was I dropped from the roll?
  • MMO (8 Mar 1920) - Why was I dropped from the roll?
  • Secretary (11 Mar 1920) - MMO was dropped from the roll because of the reasons listed in a letter dated 8 Mar 1911
  • J. H. Cummings (22 Jan 1921) - MMO was formerly on the roll, but he was taken off. MMO had one brother killed in a previous battle. One brother was killed by his own side in the battle of Peachtree before Atlanta. He was wounded twice in that battle. He fought valiantly even though her was severely wounded. When his brother fell, he stopped long enough to straighten his brother out and placed a handkerchief over his face. He went back out to the firing line only to receive a second wound which knocked him down. He was carried off the field in a litter. At one point during the war, he was surrounded by union soldiers. He crawled pushing his crutches and stick to safety. He gave up the fight only after Johnson surrendered. It was reported that he was not indigent, but he is. He has no children except one son by his first wife.
  • ??? (1 Feb 1921) - Years ago he gave a deed to P. H. Horner for 100 acre tract of land to keep him from going to TX. (rest of this document is missing)
  • W. A. Kinnaird & J. H. Cummings (23 Mar 1921) - Support his claim
  • MMO (23 Mar 1921) - His discharge burned when his house caught fire after the war. His means of support was reduced due to sickness of dependent P. H. Horner, whom MMO gave control of what he had in order that P. H. Horner would take care of him.
  • J. H. Cummings (24 Mar 1921) - written to Honorable J. N. King, House of Representatives: Please help MMO get back on the roll.


  • 1850 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page268
  • 1860 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 26
  • 1870 Census: PutnamCounty, TN, Page 215
  • 1880 Census: PutnamCounty, TN, Page 133B
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 139A
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 182B
  • 1920 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 179B


Putnam County Herald
3 March 1921
Vol. XIV , No.9 , Page 1

  • MRS. M. M. OWEN - Mrs. Milton M. Owen died Sunday night at her home in the 15th District. She was about 72 years old and was an excellent Christian lady. She is survived by her aged husband and by one son, Clarence Owen. The deceased was a sister of the late Esquire John H. Dowell of this place.

Putnam County Herald
6 April 1922
Vol. XX, No. 14, Page 1

  • DEATH OF OLD CONFEDERATE - Milton M. Owen died Wednesday at his home in the Fifteenth District of this county. By his death Putnam county loses one of its most useful and highly respected citizens. He was about eighty years old. He was a gallant Confederate soldier, having served throughout the Civil war, during which he was several times severly wounded. He was a Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church for fifty years -- his membership being at Prospect Church. He was twice married, both his wives having preceded him to the grave. He was first married to Martha Farmer. Some years after her death he married Frances Dowell, who died about two years agao. He is survived by one son, Clarence Owen. He was a man of the strictest integrity and of the highest order of moral courage. A man of splendid ability and wide information; his influence was always exerted in behalf of religion, education and progress. For many years he was chairman of the Democratic Executive Committee of this county. He has served for many years as one of the Commissioners of the County Farm. For more than half a century he had been prominently identified with the history of Putnam county. He was respected ad esteemed by all who knew him; a typical Southren gentleman of the old school. His passing away brings sorrow to many hearts.


Putnam County, TN
Will Book 6
Pages 321-322

Name: Owens, M. M.
Date the Will was Written: Dec 30, 1910
Date the Will was Recorded : Apr 11, 1922
Spouse: Wife
Other Information: Codicil Nov 7, 1919
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  • Death Certificate: Putnam County, TN (1922) - #67 - Milton M. Owen
  • Death Certificate: Putnam County, TN (1921) - #33 - Mrs. Frances Dowell Owen
  • Putnam County, Tennessee 1850 - 1970 by Mary Jean DeLozier - In 1873, the Tennessee General Assembly changed the boundary line between Putnam and Jackson Counties to include the entire farm of Milton M. Owen. Additional farms included were Elmore Carrington, William Sadler, Charles Sadler and M. M. Jaquess.
  • Putnam County Herald, 7 December 1904, Vol. II, No. 44, Page 1 : M. M. Owen who has been seriously ill with pneumonia for several days, is convalescent.
  • A History of Putnam County, Tennessee by Walter S. McClain, Page 8
    Peter Smith settled in what is now the Fifteenth civil district, before Tennessee became a state. His son, John Smith, born 1794, died 1872, lived his long and useful life in that section of the county. He was the grandfather of Milton Owen, deceased, and Mrs. L. B. Hatfield, of near Algood. His was the first grave at the old Smith's Chapel graveyard.
  • A History and Educational Survey Putnam County, Tennessee, Page 30
    After the war a school was taught by an ex-confederate soldier as a means of a livelihood. This was called a "subscription school" in which were taught reading, writing, spelling and arithmetic. The teacher was M. M. Owen, who lived until a few years ago, and was until his death a leading citizen of Putnam county. There is no evidence that this man ever attended school anywhere. Certainly he had never enrolled in an academy or college for there were none that he could have attended; but he was considered well read, and had a wide range of knowledge.


Milton M. and Mary Margaret (Farmer) Owen


Top Photo and Family Photo Source: Siftings from Putnam County, Tennessee, Page 123

Bottom Photo Source: Stray leaves from Putnam County history : pioneer families, sights and sounds from the past, old school groups, Civil War soldiers, Page 233