Born: 9 December 1839 in Watauga County, North Carolina
Died: 10 January 1918 in Overton County, Tennessee
Buried: Flat Creek Cemetery, Overton County, Tennessee
Parents: Wilburn and Sarah (Yelton) Swift

1st Married: Mary Louisa Cragg


  1. John B. Swift
  2. Unknown Swift (female)
  3. Unknown Swift (male)

2nd Married: Martha P. Bess Armstrong on 9 April 1871 in Overton County, Tennessee
Born: about 1852 in Overton County, Tennessee
Died: after 1880 in Overton County, Tennessee
Parents: Pleasant M. and Mary Polly Cullom Armstrong


  1. Cross Swift
  2. William "Billy" Swift
  3. Alvin Swift
  4. Elizabeth Swift


25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
Company I


  • Enlisted as a Private and left service as a Private
  • Enlisted 30 July 1861 at Livingston
  • Mustered In 30 July 1861
  • 1 Oct 1861: Present
  • Age: 22
  • 1 Aug - 31 Oct 1861: Present; In Hospital sick; Returned to camp
  • Jul - Dec 1862: Present
  • Jan - Jun 1863: Present
  • Teamster in Brigadeer Ordinance Team 19 June by order of Brig General Johnson. No of order not known. Extra duty.
  • Sep & Oct 1863: Deserted from Ordinance Train 30 Aug 1863
  • 6 Apr 1864: Deserted 25 Aug 1863
  • Age: 23
  • On a list of soldiers working in the hospital in Okolona, MS in July 1862 as a nurse.

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


  • Entered the service as a Private and left the service as a Private
  • Enlisted29 July 1861 at Livingston
  • 30 Jun - 30 Dec 1864: Present



Pension available on FamilySearch.org


  • Filed April 15, 1907
  • Accepted
  • Resident of Algood, TN
  • Member of Company E in the 13th TN Cavalry
  • Born: Watauga County, NC on 9 December 1839
  • Enlisted 1st in Company I in 25th TN Infantry Regiment in Captain W. J. ??? Company; Colonel S. S. Stanton - served 2 years, then transferred to Co. E. in the 13th TN Cavalry; Captain J. S. Roberts Company; Colonel G. G. Dibrell
  • Battles: Fishing Creek, Shilo, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga,
  • Wounds: Knocked down by a shell at Murfreesboro; Rheumatism
  • Married: wife dead for 20 years
  • Children: 1 son in Arkansas; 1 son in Tennessee; 1 daughter in TX
  • Resident of TN for about 59 years
  • Attest: George M. Moore& Columbus Jackson Davis

Supporting Documents:

  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (19 April 1907) - Requests Service Records
  • War Department (23 April 1907) - Sent Service Records
  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (23 April 1911) - Where is HLS?


  • 1850 Census:
  • 1860 Census:
  • 1870 Census:
  • 1880 Census: Overton County, TN Page 309B
  • 1900 Census:
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 77B


Livingston Enterprise
16 January 1918
Vol. XVI, No. 3, Page 1

H. L. SWIFT -- H. L. Swift died last Thursday at his home on Flat creek about four miles northwest of town. The cause of his death is supposed to have been heart failure. He was living along, though on the same farm with a son, and was found dead about noon at his barn where he had gone to milk that morning. He was seventy-eight years of age and in good health until the time of his death. He was a Confederate Veteran of the Civil War, a member of the Thirteenth Tennessee Regiment, under the command of General Dibrell. He was one of Overton County's best citizens, and will be greatly missed.

Putnam County Herald
17 January 1918
Vol. XVL, No. 3, Page 1

ANOTHER VETERAN GONE - Harve Swift died at his home in Livingston one day last week. He went to the barn to look after his stock and was found dead a little later. Mr. Swift was a Confederate veteran, serving throughout the war in the cavalry. He was well known in Putnam county and surrounding counties.


  • The Cookeville Press
    1 February 1894
    Page 1
    Mr. Harve Swift left for Glasgow, Ky., Monday evening, where he had been summoned to his son Cross, who is very low with typhoid fever.
  • The Cookeville Press
    22 February 1894
    Page 1
    Cross Swift, whom we reported two weeks ago as dangerously ill at Glasgow Junction, Ky., died at that place the 6th inst. (Overton County)