Born: 20 October 1842 in Fentress County, TN
Died: 31 December 1917 in Putnam County, TN
Buried: Cookeville City Cemetery, Putnam County, TN
Parents: Charles and Ann (Denton) Reagan

Married: Farnetta Sarah "Nettie" Horn on 11 October 1870 in Putnam County, TN
Born: 13 November 1846 in Jackson County, TN
Died: 4 October 1936 in Putnam County, TN
Buried: Cookeville City Cemetery, Putnam County, TN
Parents: Albert and Jane (Johnson) Horn


  1. Robert Lee Reagan
  2. Lillian Reagan
  3. Charles Albert Reagan
  4. Mamie Reagan
  5. Joseph Alexander Reagan
  6. Daisy Melissa Reagan


  • Brother: J. H. Reagan - 25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Brother: William Reagan - 25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment and 8th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment
  • Brother: Charles A. Reagan - 8th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment
  • Brother-in-law: Sherod Horn - 28th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Brother-in-law: Samuel Horn - 8th Tennessee (Dibrell's) Cavalry Regiment
  • Brother-in-law: John R. Horn - 84th Tennessee Infantry Regiment and 28th Consolidated Infantry Regiment


25th Tennessee Infantry
Company F


  • Entered the service as a Private and left the service as a Private
  • Enlisted 31 Jul 1861 at Livingston
  • Transferred to 13th TN Cavalry in September 1862

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


  • Entered the service as a Private and left the service as a Brev. 2nd Lieutenant
  • Enlisted 19 September 1862 at Cookeville
  • 12 Oct 1862: Present; Transferred from Company F of the 25th TN Infantry Regiment on 19 Sept 1862 by consent of all parties
  • 30 Jun - 31 Dec 1864: Present; Appointed Brev. 2nd Lieutenant 1 Sep 1864
  • Prisoner of War: Captured at Aversboro, NC on 16 Mar 1865. Transferred to Johnson's Island, OH from Washington DC on 11 Apr 1865. Released upon taking the Oath of Allegiance on 17 June 1865.
  • Prisoner of War: Captured at Aversboro, NC on 16 Mar 1865. Committed to Old Capitol Prison in Washington DC on 4 Apr 1865. Transferred to Johnson's Island, OH on 9 Apr 1865.
  • Prisoner of War: Arrived at Newberne, NC on 3 Apr 1865. Captured at Aversboro, NC on 16 Mar 1865. Transferred to Washington DC 3 Apr 1865 (Record was from Point Lookout, MD).
  • Oath of Allegiance: Resident of Olympus, TN. Age: 22; Complexion: Florid; Hair: Dark; Eyes: Hazel; Height: 6'.



Pension at


  • Filed Mar 31, 1908
  • Accepted
  • Resident of Cookeville, TN
  • Member of Company F, 25th TN Infantry Regiment for 13 months; Then transferred to Company C
  • Born: in Fentress County, 20 October 1842
  • Enlisted Aug 1861 in Captain Joseph Shaw's Company F. Col. S. S. Stanton's 25th TN Infantry Regiment
  • Battles: Shelton House, Farmington (in front of Corinth); From Dalton, GA to Atlanta in the 100 Days Battle; Saltville, VA
  • Diseases: Chronic Diarrhea
  • Wounds: Ball entered check and came out behind ear at the base of his brain which permanantly paralyzed his right face; fractured right jaw bone; While he was out for his injury, he contracted ??? in the wound.
  • Captured 16 Mar 1865 at Averyboro, NC; Transferred to Johnson's Island, OH where he remained until 16 Jun 1865
  • Married: Wife is 61 years old. Two daughters at home
  • Occupation: Keeps a hotel
  • Attest: George M. Moore, G. W. Judd & Columbus Jackson Davis

Supporting Documents:

  • Tennessee Bureau of Pension Examiners (31 March 1908) - Request Service Record from War Department
  • War Department (4 April 1908) - Sent Service Records
  • Columbus Jackson Davis (3 August 1908) - Supports his claim
  • Alvin A. Reagan (25 February 1909) - Lists what he owns and details his injuries
  • J. H. Verble (25 February 1909) - Returns a Tax Assessment



Widow's Pension at


  • Filed 31 January 1918
  • Accepted
  • Died 4 October 1936
  • Resides at 705 Dixie Avenue, Cookeville, Putnam County, TN
  • Resident of TN all her life
  • Husband was born in Pickett, then Fentress County, TN on 20 October 1842.
  • They were married 11 October 1870 in Putnam County, TN. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Henry Johnson, a Baptist minister.
  • Husband died 31 December 1917 at their home in Cookeville.
  • Have 3 sons and 3 daughters. Two died several years ago.
  • Witness: Dr. J. B. S. Martin
    • Have been acquainted with her for 58 years.
    • She resides in Cookeville and has resided in TN all her life.
    • She was born in Putnam County in 1846.
    • He knew her intimately as he was their family physician for 45 years.
    • He has known her husband for 52 years.
    • Her husband died at his home in Cookeville on 31 Dec 1917.

Supporting Documents:

  • W. O. Watson (29 Jan 1918) - Marriage records for the 1870 were destroyed in a court house fire in 1899. It is a matter of public knowledge that they were married in 1870 and lived as husband and wife ever since.
  • E. H. Boyd (8 Oct 1936) - Mrs. Daisy Reagan Bennett wishes to inform you that her mother Mrs. Nettie Reagan died on 4 Oct 1936.
  • Mrs. Mary B. Gamble, Special Examiner (10 Oct 1936) - Enclosed is a blank. Please fill out with details of her death. A warrant of $100 will be issued to the estate.
  • Mrs. Mary B. Gamble, Special Examiner (13 Oct 1936) - Attached is a certificate of proof of the death of Mrs. Reagan. Her son, C. A. Reagan, has qualified to receive the balance due the estate.


  • 1850 Census: Fentress County, TN, Page 381
  • 1860 Census: Fentress County, TN, Page 60
  • 1870 Census: White County, TN, Page 379
  • 1880 Census: White County, TN, Page 478A
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 25B
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 25A

Cookeville, Putnam County
Pat Cleburne Bivouac No. 27
Membership Applications

(Download Application)

  • Born on 20 October 1842 in Fentress County
  • Enlisted August 1861 in Company F 25th TN Infantry Regiment
  • Wounded at Saltsville, VA on 2 October 1864
  • Captured at Averysboro, NC on 16 Mar 1865
  • Releases on 17 June 1865
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Address: Cookeville
  • Occupation: Merchant
  • Comments: "I was transferred to the 8th TN Cavalry in 1862 and remained with same until the close of the war."


Putnam County Herald
3 January 1918
Vol. XVI, No. 1, Page 1
(See Chronicling America)

  • Capt. A. A. Reagan - Capt. A. A. Reagan died at his home in this city on Monday morning, December 31, 1917 after a long and painful illness. He was about 75 years old, a member of the Methodist church for many years. He is survived by his wife and four children: Charles A. Reagan, Miss Minnie Reagan, and Mrs. W. Y. Bennett of this city. Funeral services were conducted at the residence at 10 o'clock Tuesday by Rev. A. J. Collie followed by Odd Fellow Rites at the cemetery. Capt. Reagan served with distinction in the Confederate army and was severely wounded several times. After the war, he was engaged in mercantile business for several years and was proprietor of the Richelieu Hotel for 25 years or more retiring from active live nearly a year ago.

Putnam County Herald
8 October 1936
Vol. XXXIV, No. 1, Page 1

  • Mrs. A. A. Reagan's Long Life Closed Sunday Afternoon - Mrs. Nettie Reagan, widow of the Late Capt. Alexander A. Reagan, died Sunday afternoon at her residence on Dixie Avenue. Her health has been impaired for several weeks and her death was due to the infirmities of age. Had she lived until the 13th of November she would have attained the unusual age of 90 years. Mrs. Reagan was a daughter of Albert Horn, a prominent and highly established pioneer citizen of the 4th Civil District of this county. Her mother's maiden name was Johnson, a member of the well known pioneer Johnson family of this county and a sister of Rev. Henry Johnson and John Johnson, two of the leading pioneer citizens of this city. In her ladyhood, she was married to Alexander A. Reagan, a gallant former Confederate officer, and at the time, a merchant on Calf Killer river. Fifty years ago they moved to Cookeville and thereafter resided in Cookeville until their death. Capt. Reagan was engaged in the mercantile business in Cookeville for about 15 years, and for many years, he was a proprietor of the Richelieu Hotel. Captain Reagan's death occurred on December 31, 1917. During the fifty years of his residence in Cookeville, Mrs. Reagan saw Cookeville grow from a small inland town of perhaps 400 inhabitants to a progressive small city of 5000 people. Mrs. Reagan was a devote Christian from her girlhood. Reared in the Baptist Church, she was a member of that denomination in her early life, but joined the Methodist Church several years after moving to Cookeville. Her life was indeed a living example of Christian virtues. She was an ideal wife, mother and neighbor. She is survived by one son, Charles A. Reagan, of Cookeville, three daughters, Miss Minnie Reagan and Mrs. Daisy Bennett of Cookeville and Mrs. F. M. Miller of Cincinnati, Ohio and 1 sister, Mrs. A. J. Elmore of Crossville and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Two grown sons, Robert L. Reagan and Joe A. Reagan died several years ago. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at the Methodist Church. Many beautiful floral designs bespoke of the love of relatives and friends. Splendid tributes were paid to the deceased by her pastor the Rev. Dean Stroud, and Rev. Dow A. Ensor. Following the funeral services at the Church the remains were interred beside those of her husband in the family lot in the Cookeville cemetery.


Putnam County, TN
Will Book 6
Pages 289-290
Online at FamilySearch

  • Name: Reagan, A. A.
    Date the Will was Written: Oct 25, 1917
    Date the Will was Recorded: Jan 8, 1918
    Spouse: Farnetta Reagan


  • Death Certificate: Putnam County, TN (1917) - #600 - Alvin Alexander Reagan
  • Death Certificate: Putnam County, TN (1936) - #25477 - Mrs. Fonneta Reagan
  • Reagan Family Bible- Tennessee, Putnam County Historical Records Project
  • White County, TN County Court Clerk's Office, Inventories, Vol. 1, June 1883 - 1909 - A. A. Reagan was the Administrator of the Estate of Henry Reagan.
  • Putnam County Herald, 16 July 1914, Vol. XII, No. 28, Page 2
    A. A. Reagan appears on a list of former Confederate soldiers who served with the late Sidney S. Stanton and who endorsed Colonel Stanton's son, Sidney S. Stanton's bid for office in the 1914 election.
  • The Cookeville Press, 9 June 1898, Vol. XI, No. 34, Page 1
    Comfortably Situated -- Mr. A. A. Reagan returned last Friday from a visit to his son, Charly Reagan, who is a soldier in the First Tennessee Regiment. He informs us that he saw all the Putnam county boys and they were all comfortably situated, or as much so was possible under the circumstances. That they were all enjoying themselves and in the best of health and spirit, and requested him to emphatically deny the rumors that they were not well fed or well treated by those in authority, and also requested him to state that they were well pleased with their Regiment and company officers. The members of the Cookeville band were attached to and, become a part of th e regimental band. The boys were much hurt over the report that proper rations were not furnished them and that they were otherwise dissatisfied. Mr. Reagan says that when they received the order to go to Manila, there was great rejoicing among them and cheer after cheer rent the air. Hoorah for the Putnam county boys!
  • The Cookeville Press, 9 March 1899, Vol. XIII, No. 10, Page 13
    HOTEL RICHELIEU- This elegantly appointed hostelry is headquarters for commercial men and the traveling public generally coursing the veins of commerce and pleasure through this section of Tennessee. The Hotel Richelieu was established in November 1892; is situated near court square in close proximity to the business world. The building is a large two-storied, imposing structure; 29 well furnished rooms at command; while the lobby office, parlor, large free sample rooms, toilet, dining room and kitchen are all on first floor. The maximum hotel rate in Cookeville is but $1.00 per day, but it is a notorious fact the Hotel Richelieu serves a better table than most $2.00 houses in Tennessee. Bus and porters meet all trains.
    Mr. A. A. Reagan, manager, was born in Picket county, Tenn. in 1842, and in the Confederate cause, in the late civil war, distinguished himself as a brave soldier in the 8th Tenn. Cav. Col Geo. G. Dibrell commanding -- wearing bullet marks to this effect. He has been a business man of White and Putnam counties for the past 28 years, and during the crash of '98 succumbed to the flood of disaster; honorably, however, and with a blemish to his clean business record. Mr. Reagan is an Odd Fellow, Methodist, and has reared a family of three sons and three daughters, one of the former now doing service for Uncle Same in the army at Manila.
  • Putnam County Herald,2 April 1914, Vol. XII, No. 13, Page 6
    Where the Traveling Men Stop When They Come to Cookeville -- Has been the leading Hotel of this Place for Past Twenty-three Years
    The Richelieu Hotel was founded in 1891 -- twenty-three years ago -- and throughout all of the time it has been the home of the traveling men and wayfaring sea voyagers when land with both feet, "Right side up with care," in Cookeville. The building is a large and commanding two story structure just off court square, with twenty-three rooms, and lare sample room for drummers, are all modeled with a view to comfort. The house especially enjoys a wide reputation for its hospitality and splendid dining room service serving to its guests a plenitude of the best in the land, prepared in a home-like manner.
    Mr. A. A. Reagan was the found of the this hotel twenty-three years ago, and has since conducted the same. Some of his early day customers have continued to stop with him throughout all these years, and serve as his best advertisers.
    Mr. Reagan was born in Fentress, now Pickett county, Oct. 20, 1842. He enlisted in the Confederate army in 1861; served four years in both infantry and cavalry, and was in Washington City, when Gen. Lee surrendered. Was severely wounded in the battle of Saltville, Va., by a minnie ball penetrating from right cheek to back of head, which he continues to suffer. Was captured in the battle of Averysboro, N. C., and made prisoner at Johnson's Island. When the war ended, Mr. Reagan engaged in merchandising at Newark, White county, until 1884, and in Cookeville from 1884 to 1894. He is a staunch Democrat, an Odd Fellow, and is secretary treasurer of the local bivouac of Confederate Veterans. Mr. Reagan is a man of fine family and makes all people about his house feel at home.
  • Cookeville in Retrospect - by Gertrude Whitney - Page 8
    Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Reagan--a relative of Mrs. Staley, while not a hotel proprietor at the immediate time when we arrived in Cookeville, soon thereafter opened one of Cookeville's, best hotels the Richelieu, across the street from the Reagan Hotel. Mr. and Mrs. Reagan and their family for many reasons hold very special places in my memory. Mrs. Reagan befriended me many times when I was particularly upset. My mouth still waters when I think of the good sausage she used to fry and pack down in large stone jars for future use. She always gave me a nice hot cake of sausage with a good brown biscuit, and sent me away very happy. Charlie was one of the faithful route carriers when my father was Postmaster. Bob marked Alice Chapin. I never think of Alice but what I hear her singing, "A Spanish Cavalier," and I never hear that song but what I think of her. Their son, Chapin, delighted many with his piano playing in later years. Daisy Reagan Bennett, too, was a wonderful musician. Other members of this family, Lillian, Joe and Mamie all recall happy days to my mind.


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03 August 1894


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