ISAAC EASLEY RECTOR
8 thTENNESSEE (DIBRELL'S) CAVALRY
CSA

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Born: 25 February 1835 in Illinois
Died: 20 December 1910in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: A. W. Byers Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee ( Second Tombstone)
Parents: James William and Minerva (Bennett) Rector

1st Married: Nancy Reynolds about 1856 in Overton or Putnam County, Tennessee
Born: about 1835 in Overton County, Tennessee
Died: around 1880 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried:
Parents: John and Jane (Unknown) Reynolds

Children:

  1. William F. Rector
  2. Alfred Freeman Rector
  3. James A. Rector
  4. Mary E. Rector
  5. Thomas Rector
  6. Finley Bennett Rector
  7. Burnett "Doc" Rector
  8. Rutha Rector

2nd Married: Mary Elizabeth Flatt on 29 Oct 1891 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Born: 1 May 1864 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Died: 21 May 1929 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: A. W. Byers Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: John and Mary Elizabeth (Unknown) Flatt
Married: Marion Gentry

Children:

  1. Atwell Rector
  2. Liva May Rector
  3. Infant Rector

RELATIVES WHO SERVED

  • Brother: William Bennett Rector - 8th Tennessee (Dibrell's) Cavalry Regiment
  • Brother : James E. Rector - 8th Tennessee (Dibrell's) Cavalry Regiment
  • Brother: Thomas Rector - 8th Tennessee (Dibrell's) Cavalry Regiment
  • Brother: Jackson Rector - 8th Tennessee (Dibrell's) Cavalry Regiment
  • Brother-in-law: William F. Reynolds - 8th Tennessee (Dibrell's) Cavalry Regiment

MILITARY INFORMATION

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

ABSTRACT:

  • Entered the service as a Private and left service as a Private
  • Enlisted 1 September 1862 in Cookeville
  • 12 October 1862: Present

PENSION APPLICATION ABSTRACT

S10302

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ABSTRACT:

  • Filed July 11, 1908
  • Rejected
  • Resident of Cookeville, TN
  • Member: Captain Wolsey's Co. in Col. Dibrell's Regiment
  • Born: 25 February 1835
  • Enlisted September 1862 in Dibrell's Regiment and Captain Wolsey's Co.
  • Battles: Nelly's Bend 7 miles from Nashville and Parkers Cross Roads
  • Sick: Taken sick in Georgia and sent to Chattanooga Hospital. Captured in Battle of Neely's Bend; Sent to Prison at Nashville; Exchanged back to command two weeks later
  • Married: Wife is 45 years old, one son and one daughter living at home. Ages: 10 and 12
  • Attest: J. B. Rector and W. B. Rector

Supporting Documents:

  • W. B. Rector (10 Feb 1908) - IER was left in a hospital in Chatttanooga
  • J. I. Allen, Physician, (13 Feb 1908) - Physician's Certificate
  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (11 Jul 1908) - Requests Service Records
  • War Department (13 July 1908) - Sent Service Records
  • Isaac Easley Rector (17 Aug 1908) -
    • IER contracted diarrhea in camp and was transferred to a hospital in Chattanooga.
    • He then went to Athens and secured a pass home. He rode home most of the way in a wagon.
    • His father met him with a horse about 8 miles away from home.
    • He suffered with it until the close of the war.
    • About 3 years ago, it came back.
    • He took the oath because he was too sick for military service.
    • His brothers were in the army. He would have preferred to stay with them than dodge the Federals.
  • IER (21 Oct 1908) - Request Status of Pension
  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (22 Oct 1908) - They have a problem with how he got out of the army.
  • IER (7 Nov 1908) - Jackson County
    • IER enlisted in the Spring of 1862 in Company C of the 8th TN Cavalry commanded J. G. Woolsey.
    • In the late Fall 1863, he had chronic diarrhea and was sent to the hospital in Chattanooga. He was then transferred to a Convalescent Camp, Camp Direction in Mouse Creek Station, East TN.
    • Since he was unfit for duty, he was given a pass to go home.
    • Jesse Eldridge, a citizen of Overton County, was there and brought him home.
    • He stayed home until he thought he was able to return to his command, but the army was so far away in VA and the county was overrun with Federals.
    • The Federals said that any man found would go to prison or take the oath.
  • Thomas G. Smith (7 Nov 1908) - Was present when IER was in the hospital and took the wagon ride home.
  • W. E. Smith (7 Nov 1908) - Was in the wagon with IER.
  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (3 Dec 1908) - Not satisfied on how IER got out of the army
  • IER (30 Nov 1908) - Request Status of Pension
  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (1 Dec 1908)- Not satisfied on how IER got out of the army
  • William Kennedy Cooper (13 Feb 1909) - IER was left in a hospital at Chattanooga
  • IER (1 Mar 1909) - Request Status of Pension
  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (2 Mar 1909) - The board is not satisfied on how IER got out of the army.
  • Columbus Jackson Davis (28 Apr 1909) - IER was left at a hospital in Chattanooga.
  • Matthew Langford (29 Apr 1909) - IER was left at a hospital in Chattanooga.
  • IER (17 May 1909) - Request Status of Pension
  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (18 May 1909) - The board is not satisfied on how IER got out of the army.
  • IER (14 Sep 1909) - Request Status of Pension
  • IER (20 Oct 1909) - Request Status of Pension
  • IER (2 Dec 1909) - Request Status of Pension
  • IER (2 Jan 1910) - Restatement of how he got out of the army

WIDOW'S PENSION APPLICATION ABSTRACT

W8955

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ABSTRACT:

  • Filed 5 Aug 1914
  • Rejected
  • Married in 1891 and again in 1911
  • Name: Mary Elizabeth Rector Gentry
  • Resident of Putnam County, TN, RDF #6=1
  • Resident of Tennessee all her life
  • Maiden Name: Mary Elizabeth Flatt
  • Born in Jackson County
  • Husband came from Illinois at 4 years of age to Putnam County, TN.
  • They were married in Jackson County by Rev. J. M. Fuqua, Baptist - Gospel Minister.
  • Husband died 20 December 1910 at Bloomington Springs.
  • Children: Atwell Rector - 32; Lydia Ellen Rector - 35, died single; Boy - died in infancy; Livia May Rector Brown - 27
  • Witness: Harvey D. Welch, age 46
    • Has known her about 8 years.
    • She remarried to Marion Gentry, who is now deceased.

Supporting Documents:

  • Marriage License: Jackson County - 27 October 1891
  • J. E. Matheny (1 Nov 1927) -
    • Age 83
    • Resident of Mundy, TX
    • Enlisted in Company C in 8th TN Cavaly.
    • IER, J. E. Matheny and 15 others were on Picket duty near Sparta, TN.
    • The Union Army made a charge upon them and captured 10 men, including IER. The rest of the men escaped.
    • Through personal history and tradition, he understood that IER was transferred to prison and remained there the duration of the war.
  • T. F. Judd, 71, and J. M. Pippin, 74, (25 Nov 1927) -
    • Have known Mrs. Gentry for 35 years
    • She was the widow of Isaac Rector, who died 15-16 years ago.
    • She married Marion Gentry who died August 1926.
  • Ira C. Flatt (26 Nov 1927) -
    • Age 54
    • Resident of Cookeville
    • Is a full blooded brother to Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Rector Gentry.
    • She married Isaac Rector in October 1891. They lived together as man and wife until his death in December 1910.
    • She then married Marion Gentry who died in August 1926.
    • She is now destitute and lives with her daughter Mrs. Liva Brown.
  • Peggy White (26 Nov 1927) -
    • Age 51
    • Resident of Cookeville RFD#9
    • Wife of J. J. White
    • Have known Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Rector Gentry all her life.
    • Witnessed their marriage in their home on 27 October 1891.
    • Their home was located about 2 miles North East of Bloomington Springs.
    • About one year after the death of Isaac Rector, Mrs. Rector married Marion Gentry.
    • They resided there for several years until they moved to Monterey. Marion Gentry died about August 1926.
    • Mrs. Gentry is in poverty and lives with her daughter, Mrs. Liva Brown near Monterey.
  • Grover Whittaker (19 Jan 1928) - Her application has not been completed. He is enclosing the application, marriage certificate and 4 affidavits.
  • Special Examiners (22 Sep 1929) - IER was in the Confederate army and was captured and sent to prison. This should enable you to get a headstone.
  • Mrs. Mitchell Brown (19 Sep 1936) - She wants to get a headstone for her father. He never drew a pension nor did her mother. She is looking for records of his service.

CENSUS DATA

  • 1850 Census: Overton County, TN, Page 37
  • 1860 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 38
  • 1870 Census: Overton County, TN, Page 302
  • 1880 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 150C
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 169A
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 103B

WILL

Putnam County, TN
Will Book 6
Name:
Rector, I. E.
Page(s): 221
Date the Will was Written: Nov 17, 1910
Date the Will was Recorded : Dec 22, 1910
Spouse: Mary E. Rector

ADDITIONAL DATA

  • Death Certificate: Putnam County, TN (1910) - #70285 - Isic Easley Rector
  • Death Certificate: Putnam County, TN (1929) - #13638 - Mary Elizabeth Gentry
  • Putnam County, Tennessee Bible, Family and Tombstone Records :Rector Family Bible
  • US Headstone Applications for Military Veterans
    • Applicant: Mrs. Mitchell Brown, Cookeville, TNB
    • Date: 24 September 1936