Born: 8 November 1831 in Jackson County, TN
Died: 4 December 1912 in Putnam County, TN
Buried: Cookeville City Cemetery, Putnam County, TN
Parents: William and Nancy (Unknown) Parkison

Married: Sarah C. "Sally" Whittaker in 1865 in Putnam County, TN
Born: 18 February 1839 in Jackson County, TN
Died: 21 January 1920 in Putnam County, TN
Buried: Cookeville City Cemetery, Putnam County, TN
Parents: Isaac and Sarah "Sally" (Unknown) Whittaker


  1. Verna L. Parkison
  2. Sarah A. Parkison
  3. William H. Parkison
  4. Nancy Parkison
  5. Martha Parkison
  6. James D. Parkison


13 th(Gore's) Tennessee Cavalry
(also known as 8 thTennessee Cavalry)
Company C


  • Entered the service as a Private and left the service as a Private
  • Enlisted 1 September 1862 at Cookeville
  • 12 October 1862: Present
  • 30 June - 31 December 1864: Present



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  • Filed 12 November 1906
  • Accepted
  • Widow's Pension Application #4639
  • Resident of Cookeville, TN
  • Member of 13th TN Cavalry Company C, Colonel George G. Dibrell
  • Born in Jackson County in 1831
  • Enlisted: September 1862 in Captain J. G. Woolsey Company C in the 13th Cavalry commanded at the close of the war by Captain C. J. Davis
  • Wife is 68 years old and one son 28 years old
  • Attest: J. H. Reagan & M. Langford

Supporting Documents:

  • RFP (29 Apr 1907) - Says he needs a pension
  • Parol (9 May 1865) - Height 5' 8", Hair: Dark; Eyes: Dark; Complexion: Fair



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  • Filed 20 December 1912
  • Accepted
  • Resident of Cookeville, RDF #9
  • Maiden Name: Sarah C. Whittaker
  • Born: 18 Feb 1839 in what is now First Civil District of Putnam County
  • Married 28 August 1865 by Esquire Jonathan Buck
  • Husband born November 1831 in what is now Putnam County
  • Husband died 4 December 1912 at their home in Cookeville
  • 7 Children: four daughters and three sons. One son is dead. The other six are married and have families of their own. Oldest child was born 18 July 1866 and youngest was born 10 June 1878.
  • Witnesses: J. H. Davis
    • Lives in Cookeville.
    • Have known Sarah C. Parkinson since 1861.
    • They have lived in the First Civil District practically all their lives.
    • Sarah was born in Putnam County in 1839.
    • She and her husband were married by Esquire Buck in the summer of 1865. He was not at the wedding but remembers distinctly that they were married.
    • Richard F. Parkison died at his home on 4 December 1912.

Supporting Documents:

  • W. O. Watson, County Clerk (18 Dec 1912) - The marriage books for the year 1865 were burned up in a Court House fire. It is well known that they lived were married and lived as man and wife.
  • J. F. Dyer, MD (18 Dec 1912) - Did not attend their wedding but remembers that it happened in the summer of 1865. Have known them from the date of their wedding until RFP's death on 4 December 1912. They lived as man and wife and raised a very large family.
  • Sam Matheny (25 Mar 1913) - He does not understand why they granted Mrs. Parkison a pension. They have a farm that was willed to the son, James D. Parkison. With the construction of the Pike from Cookeville to Nashville has raised it's value to $3000.
  • O. K. Holladay (15 Jul 1913) - The father did indeed convey the land to the son in order for him to take care of his parents. It is not valued at $3000 but more like $2000. The pike will indeed run through there. It is situated near town and has about 90 acres in it. The land is poor and does not produce well.
  • J. D. Parkison (13 Nov 1913) -
    • His mother never received the letter of the charges against. She will gladly refute these charges with good people of the county. His mother is Sarah C. Parkison.
    • She is extremely feeble.
    • Gifts or conveyances made by his mother to obtain a pension are untrue.
    • He paid all the expenses incident to the sickness and death of his father.
    • He is not a strong man and the property was in need of many repairs. He conceived of an idea of trading it for property in town with enough room for his sister and family to move in.
    • His mother's pension was suspended because the board thought that they had conveyed the property to obtain a pension. However, his father conveyed the property to him after his father was placed on the pension roll.
    • One of his brothers has been offended since his father conveyed his the property. His brother was so offended that that he did not even visit their father throughout his sickness. His brother lives only three miles from them and does not visit his mother.
    • Unless the charges against his mother were brought about by this brother, he does not know who would make these charges.
    • Neither he or his mother has received the state board pension letter.
  • Sarah C. Parkison (8 Dec 1914) - She has not received her pension check this month. Please have someone send it at once.
  • Frank Moses, Special Examiner (11 Jan 1915) - Did you pay anyone to procure a pension for you?
  • J. D. Parkison (12 Jan 1915) -
    • His mother is seventy-six years old and very feeble. She requires someone to be with her at all times.
    • His father died two years ago at the age of eighty-one.
    • He is the youngest child of the family.
    • His parents owned a small tract of land. Adjacent to this land was another tract of land with a four room weatherboarded house that was owned by Mr. Robert White. His wife is my sister.he bought the land and house from Mr. White.
    • After the death of this father, he sold the land owned by his father and the land formerly owned by White for a lot and house in town (valued at $700).
    • He is not able to work and has not been able to for about two years.
    • He and his mother live together.
    • The home of his parents was an old two room house in disrepair. He was unable to make repairs on it. He had an opportunity to trade for a lot in town.
    • He has always lived with his parents and took care of them.
    • His father was a good soldier or so he was told. His mother is old and weakley.
    • She i sin certain need of her pension.
    • His sisters and brother long ago married and left. He never married and took care of his parents.
  • D. E. Slagle (13 Jan 1915) - The house and lot in town has been assessed at a value of $350 for taxes for the year of 1915.
  • Frank Moses, Special Examiner (2 Feb 1915) - What amount did you pay Mr. Boyd to procure a pension for you? Reply: He charged nothing except expenses to obtain proof. Her son paid him $6.
  • E. H. Boyd (6 Feb 1915) -
    • J. D. Parkison came to his law office to hire him to take care of applying for a pension. He needed to visit his mother who was unable to come in to town. He had no horse and had to hire a horse and buggy. J. D. Parkison agreed to pay his bill.
    • He was not able to assume the expenses himself.
      That was two years ago and is not able to recall the exact expenses.
    • He donated his time to help her obtain a pension.
    • He knows of no law that would require him to bear the burden of these expenses.
    • A few years ago, he was asked to prepare a pension application and charged expenses.
    • He would appreciate an early reply on whether or not he should bear the burden of expenses.
    • While he was home assisting a sick member of his family, Mr. Parkinson had Mr. Thompson assist him. Mr. Thompson got the impression that the board thought he had done something improper.
    • If you could drop a line to Mr. Thompson and to correct this impression.
      His interest in the pension has been an unselfish one.
  • C. J. Davis, J. H. Davis, C. Bradford, and J. F. Thompson (1 Apr 1915) - We the undersigned Confederate soldiers recommend that you restore Mrs. Sarah Parkison to the roll. She is very worthy.
  • J. D. Parkison (7 Apr 1915) - His father gave him his land for a life estate of him and his wife, Sarah. After his father's death, he sold the lands in addition to other lands he owned. He believes that some of the other children of his mother and other worthless characters have caused reports to be sent to the board.
  • No Name (22 May 1915) - He looked at the Register Book. The farm transferred to the son was for a life estate. Please consider this.
  • Special Examiner (11 Jul 1915) - The father transferred his property to his son in order for him to take care of them for the rest of his life. One member of the board believes that he has a contract with her for maintenance and support.
  • Special Examiner (29 July 1915) - Your father transferred property to you with the condition that you take care of your father and mother during their lifetime. Since your father has died, you are relieved of that responsibility. However, you are still responsible for your mother. We cannot at this time put your mother on the pension rolls.
  • Special Examiner (3 Dec 1916) - We dropped her from the roll because she had a contract with a solvent man to take care of her during her life.
  • J. D. Parkison (???) -
    • His is the son of the late R. F. Parkison who died 4 December 1912.
      Mother Sarah C. Parkison is still living.
    • His father owned a tract of land in the First Civil District that contained a two room boxey house.
    • He has always resided with his parents and looked after them. They were old and feeble.
    • The place is accessed for taxes at $300.
    • About two years ago, he purchased an adjoining land from Robert White and wife. They lands contained a five room house. He paid for this land and house from his own money.
    • On 4 Oct 1911, his father and mother conveyed their property to him. They retained a life estate.
    • There was no fraud, deceit or collusion.
  • ???? (???) - Mrs. Sarah Parkinson is the widow of a Confederate Pensioner. Her husband died 4 December 1912. Shortly after his death, she was placed on the roll and then dropped.
  • ???? (???) - The old lady made an assertion before Harvie Rich of Cookeville that she expected to spend it for whiskey.
  • ???? (???) - They rent out the farm. Therefore, they have no need of a pension.


  • 1850 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 257
  • 1860 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 58
  • 1870 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 101
  • 1880 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 84C
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 14B
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 14B


Putnam County Herald
5 December 1912
Vol. X, No. 49, Page 5

R. F. Parkison died at his home two miles west of this city on Tuesday night, Dec. 3, 1912, after a brief illness, and will be buried in the city cemetery today. He was a Confederate soldier with a good record, and was highly esteemed by all who new him. He leaves a family of grown up children.

Putnam County Herald
22 January 1920
Vol. XVIII, No. 4, Page 5

Mrs. R. F. Parkison died at her home in this city on Tuesday, at the advanced age of 90. She is survived by several children. Her husband, who was a gallant Confederate soldier, died several years ago.