Born: 5 January 1838 in Rhea County, TN
Died: 29 March 1914in Putnam County, TN
Buried: Carson Graveyard, Putnam County, TN
Parents: Equire Looney and Arrena (Davis) Thompson

Married: Elizabeth Frances Pearson about 1857 in Jackson County, TN
Born: abt 1837 in Jackson County, TN
Died: Between 1910-1920
Buried: Probably Carson Graveyard, Putnam County, TN
Parents: Joseph and Tempy (Clark) Pearson


  1. Amanda Thompson
  2. Joseph Looney Thompson
  3. Tempy Thompson
  4. Sarah Thompson
  5. Laura Thompson
  6. Carrie Thompson
  7. Nancy Thompson
  8. Mary Thompson


  • Brother: Esquire Looney Thompson - 8th Tennessee (Dibrell's) Cavalry
  • Brother: James Franklin - 25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Brother: Newton J. Thompson - 1st Tennessee (Colm's) Infantry Regiment
  • Brother: Thomas C. Thompson - 16th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Brother-in-law: James Avery Welch - 25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment


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


  • Entered the service as a Private and left the service as a Private
  • Enlisted 1 September 1862 at Cookeville, TN
  • 12 Oct 1862: Present



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  • Filed February 1, 1906
  • Rejected
  • Resident of Cookeville, TN
  • Member of the 13th Tennessee Cavalry Company K under General Dibrell
  • Born: Rhea County on 5 January 1838
  • Enlisted in Gen G. G.Dibrell's Cavalry Co K about 2 November 1862 under Captain Swearingin. Lt. Terry.
  • Detached to carry cattle to East Tennessee and cut off. Was captured and carried to Sparta; Took the Oath of Allegiance. He was given a choice to either take the oath or go North of the Ohio River or to join them.
  • Married: Wife is 69 years old. Three daughters living with him: one blind and two widowed
  • Attest: Columbus Jackson Davis & A. H. Ditty

Supporting Documents:

  • 1 Nov 1906 - TN Bureau of Pension Examiners: Sent request for Service Record
  • 8 Oct 1906 - William H. Thompson to Rutledge Smith - Please see the Pension Board on his behalf
  • 8 Oct 1906 - William H. Thompson appoints Rutledge Smith as his attorney for his pension
  • 20 Jul 1907- D. C. Gossage supports his claim
  • 20 Jul 1907 - William H. Thompson
    • Enlisted 9 Oct 1862 in Gen George G. Dibrell command.
    • The command was at Sparta where they were expected to remain for several days.
    • He was detailed to help Thomas Pointer & James Bartlett take a drive of cattle to Kingston
    • While doing so, Gen Dibrell moved the army across the mountain.
    • The enemy captured the cattle near Kingston.
    • The area was full of federals and he had to return home.
    • His command had gone to VA and he was unable to get back to the army.
    • 6 weeks later, he got as far as Crossville
    • It was full of Federals and he had to return home.
    • When he enlisted, he had a wife and three kids.
    • He was in the battles of Parkers Cross Roads, Triune, Franklin and numerous other skirmishes
  • 25 Mar 1911 - William H. Thompson requests a status
  • 16 Jan 1914 - J. F. Dyer, Physician, performs an exam
  • 17 Jan 1914 - Columbus Jackson Davis was present at his marriage 55 years ago
  • 20 Jan 1914 - Columbus Jackson Davis sent a postcard to Jno. P. Hickman
  • ??? - D. C. Gossage - Supports his claim


  • 1850 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 241
  • 1860 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 7B
  • 1870 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 214
  • 1880 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 93B
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 12A
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 15B