Born: 15 January 1841 in Overton County, Tennessee
Died: 10 July 1912 in Overton County, Tennessee
Buried: Bear Creek Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Joshua and Mary Polly (Reynolds) Waits

1st Married: Sarah Hyder on 19 November1860 in Overton County, Tennessee
Born: 13 August 1838 in Overton County, Tennessee
Died: 30 September 1861 in Overton County, Tennessee
Buried: Bear Creek Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee

2nd Married: Frances Elizabeth "Fannie" Wells on 10 September 1865 in Overton County, Tennessee
Born: 29 November 1846 in Overton County, Tennessee
Died: 6 November 1933 in Overton County, Tennessee
Buried: Bear Creek Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee


  1. Mary Catherine Waites
  2. John I. Waites
  3. Martha Waites
  4. Minnie Alice Waites


84 thTennessee Infantry Regiment
Company F


  • Entered military as Private and left as a Private
  • Enlisted 15 December 1862 at Overton County
  • 1 - 15 December 1862: Present
  • Jan & Feb 1863: Present

28th Consolidated Tennessee Infantry
Company K


  • Enlisted as a Private and left the service as a Private
  • Enlisted 15 Dec 1862 at McMinnville
  • Mar & Apr 1863: Present
  • Prisoner of War:
    • Captured 4 July 1863 at Pelham, TN
    • Forwarded to Nashville 9 July 1863
    • Deserted to be held at Louisville
    • 20 Jul 1863: Sent to Camp Chase
  • Name appears on a Roll of Prisoners of War forwarded from Louisville, KY to Camp Chase Ohio on 19 Jul 1863
  • 24 Aug 1863: Transferred to Camp Douglass
  • 1 Sep 1863: On the Roll of Prisoners of War received at Camp Douglas, IL during the month of Aug 1863
  • Not Dated: Residence Middle TN. Was conscripted and wishes to take the oath
  • Released from Camp Douglas, Chicago, IL on 20 Feb 1865
  • 4 July 1863: Captured Chickamauga, GA. Claims to have been loyal. Enlisted through false representation and was captured & desires to take the oath of allegiance to the US & become a loyal citizen
  • Oath of Allegiance
    • 20 Feb 1865
    • Residence: Overton County
    • Complexion: Dark
    • Hair: Black
    • Eyes: Grey
    • Height: 5' 61/2"
    • Enlisted 15 Dec 1862.
    • Captured 4 Jul 1863 in Elk River, TN



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  • Filed: 25 July 1903
  • Rejected
  • Residence: Miranda, Overton County, Tennessee
  • Member: Company F, 84th Tennessee Infantry and afterward 28th Consolidated Tennessee Infantry
  • Suffers from chronic diarrhea and neuralgia
  • Born: Overton County, TN on 15 January 1841
  • Enlisted: Fall of 1862 in 84th Reg., Col. Stanton, Captain Carroll Pippin
  • Was in prison until the end of the war. Released from Camp Douglas in 1865.
  • Wife is 57 years old
  • Served as a Constable of Overton County
  • Attest: J. T. Webb and B. F. Caruthers

Supporting Documents:

  • W. J. Matthews, Jr (22 Sep 1903) - We are anxious about this application.
  • W. S. Swallows (27 Mar 1905) - Please send the war record of John R. Waits.
  • Military Secretary (1 Apr 1905) - Returns Service Records
  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (19 Jul 1905) - Requests Service Records
  • War Department (22 Jul 1905) - Sent Service Records
  • W. J. Matthews, Jr (7 Aug 1905) - wants to call Frank Moses attention to John R. Waits of Miranda. Would like to see him on the roll. He went to prison rather than take the oath.
  • JRW (14 Aug 1908) -
    • Enlisted in the Fall perhaps December 1862 in the Confederate Army, in Captain J. G. Maxwell, Col. Stanton Reg 84th Infantry. Afterwards, Consolidated 28th Regiment. This consolidation took place some time after the Battle of Murfreesboro
    • Captured by the Federals in July 1863 near Cowan Station on retreat from Tullahoma. Being sick at the time, he was unable to keep up with the command.
    • He was first carried to Tullahoma where he was offered liberty if he would take the oath.
    • Then he was transferred to Nashville; then to Louisville, KY; then to Camp Chase Prison where he stayed for a month; then transferred to Camp Douglas, IL where he remained until the Spring of 1865.
    • He was sick all the time he was in prison. He could have taken the oath, but refused.
    • His father employed Dr. Anderson of Gibrago(?), KY, a lawyer, to get him released, which was finally done by Federal authorities.
    • He learned that this lawyer had gathered an order for his release. Prison authorities held him for some time trying to get him to take the oath.
    • His father sent $10. He was finally released, and the authorities kept $5.
      He did not take the oath. If Federal records show that he did, they show a falsehood.
    • After he was released, he endeavored to get home. Came on the train most of the way.
    • Laid over at Cave City, KY for a while to gain some strength.
    • Mr. Anderson (father's attorney) gave him some money, and he reached home about 1st June 1865.
  • A. P. Warren (16 Aug 1908) - JRW was in same regiment as A. P. Warren. JRW had a bad cough and chronic diarrhea. He was captured at the time and sent to prison. Did not see him until the end of the war. He has been in poor health.
  • D. M. Norris & A. J. Norris (14 Aug 1908) - He came home about the 1st of June 1865 and was at that time quite feeble. He tried to make a crop in 1866, but he was not a stout man since the war. He owns little property and is a helpless invalid.
  • T. S. Curtis (14 Aug 1908) - Have known JRW for about 60 years. Was not with him in the war, but knew that he was a Confederate solider. He is a "bad cripple" and not able to wait on himself.



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  • Filed 21 July 1931
  • Married 10 September 1865
  • Widow died 6 November 1933
  • Cookeville, TN, R#1
  • Name: Fannie Elizabeth Waites
  • Lives in Cookeville, Route #1
  • Resident of TN since 1875
  • Born: 29 November 1846
  • Maiden Name: Fannie Elizabeth Wells
  • John Rhodes Waites was born 15 Jan 1841 in Overton County.
  • Married 10 September 1865 by William Kuykendall
  • Husband died 10 July 1913 in Overton County
  • Witnesses: F. L. Creeling(?) and M. J. Peek
    • Post Office: Algood
    • Acquainted with widow for 50 and 40 years respectively
    • Resident of Cookeville and has been a resident of the state all her life
    • She was born in Overton County

Supporting Documents:

  • Major General, War Department (9 Jul 1931) - Sent his service record
  • Joseph Green (16 Jul 1931) of Algood, Overton County - He is 66 years of age. Has lived 1/2 miles of the deceased. He is convinced that they were legally married.
  • Richard Green (16 Jul 1931) of Sparta Route No. 2 - Age 80 years old. He born near the home of deceased. Applicant is the widow of John R. Waites.
  • R. L. Mitchell, Jr. (16 Jul 1931) - He is sending the application of Mrs. Fannie Elizabeth Waites. He believes that she has met all the requirements.


  • 1850 Census: Overton County, TN, Page 40
  • 1860 Census: Overton County, TN, Page 149
  • 1870 Census: Dent County, MO, Page 589
  • 1880 Census: Overton County, TN, Page 256C
  • 1900 Census: Overton County, TN, Page 183B
  • 1910 Census: Overton County, TN, Page 2B


Livingston Enterprise
10 November 1933
Vol. LCI, No. 45, Page 4
Mrs. Fannie Waites Dies Sunday Night - Ms. Fannie Wells Waites, 89, died at the home of her grandson, William F. Waites, with whom she had lived for the past two years, in the 15th district of Putnam county, death coming Sunday at midnight. She had been an invalid for two years. She was the widow of the late John R. Waites, who passed away about twenty-five years ago at his home in the First District of Overton county. Mrs. Waites was for about fifty-five years a devout member of the Methodist Church at Paran, and lived her religion daily by practical expressions of sympathy to her neighbors who were sick or in distrell, and merited the good will and respect of every one who came in contact with her. Her husband was loyal to the cause of the South, serving throughout the war with General George G. Dibrell's cavalry regiment. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Mary R. Judd, of White county, and Mrs. Minnie R. Lewis, of Albany, Ky., and many grandchildren, among whm are W. F. Waites, of Putnam county and Oscar Waites, of Timothy, Overton county. She had spent mosst of her long life in Overton county and was well known on the sourthern part of the county. Funeral services were conducted at Bear Creek cemetery near the Overton and Putnam county line Tuesday with burial at that place.