Born: 15 May 1830 in North Carolina
Died: 6 September 1901 in Jackson County, Tennessee (Pension Application states year of death 1896, but 1900 JC Census reports him living in his daughter's home)
Buried: Double Springs Cemetery, White County, Tennessee
Parents: John and Delilah (Laycock) Scarlett

Married: Mahala Bullington married about 1852 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Born: 2 February 1835 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Died: 19 January 1922 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Double Springs Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: George and Malinda (Grider) Bullington


  1. Watson Lafayette Scarlett
  2. Mary Elizabeth Scarlett
  3. Sarah J. Scarlett
  4. Thomas Jubal Scarlett
  5. Matilda Adline Scarlett
  6. Elizabeth F. Scarlett
  7. Minerva P. Scarlett


  • Brother: Silas Nelson Scarlett - 28th Tennessee Infantry - CSA
  • Brother: John Scarlett - John Scarlett - 13th Tennessee Cavalry - CSA
  • Brother: Moses Scarlett - 28th Tennessee Infantry - CSA
  • Brother-in-law: Matthias Judd - 1st Tennessee Mounted Infantry - USA


28 thTennessee Infantry Regiment
Company B


  • Enlisted as a Private and left as a Private
  • Enlisted 27 Nov 1862 in McMinnville
  • Jan & Feb 1863: Present

28 thTennessee Consolidated Infantry Regiment
Company K


  • Enlisted as a Private and left as a Private
  • Enlisted 27 Nov 1862 in McMinnville
  • Mar & Apr 1863: Present



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  • Filed: 8 Oct 1891
  • Residence: Mayfield, Jackson County, TN near Putnam County line
  • Born: 2 February 1835 in Putnam County
  • Married: Thomas Nelson Scarlett 54 years ago (date 1908). Marriage was performed by Esquire Hickman Dowell
  • Enlisted in Captain Pippin's Company, 25th TN Infantry
  • Husband died: 6 September 1896
  • Children: 7 children, 2 boys and 5 girls
  • Living with a widowed daughter who has no children
  • Witnesses: William Grider and G. T. Richardson
  • William Grider lives near Cookeville G. T. Richardson lives near Mayfield
  • They have known Mahala all her life.
  • Thomas Nelson Scarlett was born in North Carolina and moved here as a small boy.
  • William Grider was in the same unit as Thomas Scarlett.
  • Thomas Scarlett died 6 Sep 1896.
  • He resided at Mayfield at the time of his death. He had been a resident of TN all but one year. He was about 1 year old when his parents came to the state.

Supporting Documents:

  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (31 Aug 1908) - Requests Service Records from the War Department.
  • Thos. Head (19 Oct 1908) - Wishes to call attention to the widow Scarlett. The widow is very poor and lives with her widowed daughter. Thomas Scarlett was blind several years before his death.
  • Mahala Scarlett (21 Nov 1908) - Requests Status of her application.
    Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (24 Nov 1908) - Not proven how Thomas Scarlett got out of the army.
  • Andy Pippin (14 Dec 1908) - Age 83. Thomas Scarlett served in Co. B. 28th Regiment.
  • B. Byers (15 Dec 1908) - Captain Carroll Pippin gave Thomas Scarlett a permit to go home to tend to his wife. Scarlett was to return with Captain Pippin, but Pippin was killed.
    Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (23 Dec 1908) - It is now claimed that Thomas Scarlett was a member of 28th TN Infantry.
  • War Department (28 Dec 1908) - Returns Scarletts Service Records.
  • Mahala Scarlett (5 Mar 1909) - Requests status of her application.
    Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (6 Mar 1909) - Witness swears TN Scarlett went hometo tend to his sick wife. Witness failed to give date.
  • Mahala Scarlett (27 Mar 1909) - Thomas Scarlett entered the army about 1 Nov 1862 as a conscript under Capt. Carrol Pippin and remained until 1 Jul 1863. He requested a furlough to come home to his sick wife. The furlough was denied, but he received a leave of absence. Captain Pippin and Thomas were going to return to the army together, but Captain Pippin was killed.
  • Mahala Scarlett (25 May 1909) - Requests a status of her claim.
  • TN Board of Pension Examiners (28 May 1909)- Board is not satisfied on how Thomas Scarlett got out of the army.
  • Mahala Scarlett (24 Jul 1909) - TN Scarlett served in Captain Pippins company in Col. S. S. Stanton's Regiment until July 1863. He came home to attend to her during her sickness. Then the Federals came in and cut off his chances of returning to his command.
  • J. R. Fox, Sallie Fox, John W. Fox, B. Byers, F. D. Byers, A. J. Harley, Maggie Whitson, Lee Whitson, Ardelia Harley (25 Jul 1909) - Attest to the character of Mahala Scarlett.
  • Mahala Scarlett (6 Sep 1909) - Requests status of her application.
  • Joel H. Rogers (9 Jan 1911)- Age 81 years. He lived in Baxter for about 60 years. In the summer of 1863, TN Scarlett came home because his wife just gave birth to a child. Mr. Bryant gave Mahala meat and lard. When Mr. Scarlett came home, he was afflicted with rheumatism. He came home with his Captain, who was eventually captured and killed by bushwhackers. Mr. Scarlett was an uncompromising Confederate.
  • Andy Pippin (9 Jan 1909) - Age 85 years. In the winter 1863, Andy was taken to Nashville by the Federals to take the oath of allegiance. When he came home, Thomas Scarlett was home and very sick.
  • O. N. Bryant (10 Jan 1910) - The affidavits of Joel P. Rogers and Andy Pippin are enclosed.
  • Mahala Scarlett (31 Oct 1910) - Age 76 years. A resident of Jackson County. In May 1863, she gave birth to a child. Prior to birth, she had written to her husband to come home. She wrote to his Captain to allow him to come home. After he came home, he was suffering from rheumatism and dropsy. After the close of the war, his eyesight began failing. Her husband had been home about two months when Captain Pippin set a date for all to return. The day before they were to return, Captain Pippin was captured and killed by bushwhackers.


  • 1850 Census: Jackson County, TN Page 273
  • 1860 Census: Putnam County, TN Page 42
  • 1870 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 252
  • 1880 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 152D
  • 1900 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 172B