ISAAC EASLEY RECTOR
8th TENNESSEE (DIBRELL'S) CAVALRY
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
Parents: John and Jane (Unknown) Reynolds
- William F. Rector
- Alfred Freeman Rector
- James A. Rector
- Mary E. Rector
- Thomas Rector
- Finley Bennett Rector
- Burnett "Doc" Rector
- 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
- Atwell Rector
- Liva May Rector
- 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
13th (Gore's) Tennessee Cavalry
(also known as 8th Tennessee Cavalry)
- 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
- Filed July 11, 1908
- 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
- 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
- Filed 5 Aug 1914
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Putnam County, TN
Will Book 6
Name: Rector, I. E.
Date the Will was Written: Nov 17, 1910
Date the Will was Recorded : Dec 22, 1910
Spouse: Mary E. Rector
Online at FamilySearch
- 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