JAMES MADISON WHITEHEAD
8 thTENNESSEE (DIBRELL'S) CAVALRY
CSA

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Born: 25 Dec 1836 Jackson County, Tennessee
Died: 14 Feb 1909in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: James M. Whitehead Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Moses and Mary (Brown) Whitehead

Married: Louisa Jane Brown on 23 May 1866 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Born: 28 September 1840 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Died: 1 March - 17 April 1919 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: McBroom Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Jesse and Mary "Pollie" (Julian) Brown

Children:

  1. Thomas Watson Whitehead
  2. Robert L. Whitehead
  3. George W. Whitehead

RELATIVES WHO SERVED

  • Brother: Daniel J. Whitehead - 16th Tennessee Infantry - CSA
  • Brother-in-law: George Washington Brown - 1st Tennessee Mounted Infantry - USA
  • Brother-in-law: Andrew Foster Byers - 1st Tennessee Mounted Infantry - USA

MILITARY INFORMATION

25 thTennessee Infantry Regiment
Company F

ABSTRACT:

  • Enlisted as a Private and left service as a Private
  • Age 25 (on 1 Oct 1861)
  • Enlisted 12 Sep 1861 @ Camp Meyers
  • 31 Jul - 31 Oct 1861: Present
  • Age: 21 (on 6 Apr 1861)
  • Deserted at Livingston Feb 1862
  • Employed at General Hospital in Okolona, MS as a nurse in Jul 1862

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

ABSTRACT:

  • Enlisted as a Private and left service as a Private
  • Enlisted 19 Sep 1862 at Cookeville
  • Transferred to this Company by exchange from Company F 25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Captured near Danville, TN on 30 Aug 1864
  • Residence: Putnam County
  • Complexion: Fair
  • Hair: Brown
  • Eyes: Hazel
  • Height: 5' 4"
  • No Family

PENSION APPLICATION ABSTRACT

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ABSTRACT:

  • Filed: 5 Aug 1891
  • Rejected
  • Residence: Boma, Putnam County
  • Member: Company C, 8th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment
  • Wounded: Chickamauga; Shot through left hand; thumb amputated; Fingers drawn to palm; Left eye put out.
  • Born: 1836, Jackson County
  • Enlisted: July 1861; Capt. Jo Shaw's Company 25th TN Infantry commanded by Col. S. S. Stanton. Transferred to Co. C 8th TN Cavalry in 1862
  • Wife is 52 years old
  • Attest: C. J. Davis and R. F. Parkison

Supporting Documents:

  • Columbus Jackson Davis (20 Nov 1899) - Supports Claim

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ABSTRACT:

  • Filed: 24 Aug 1903
  • Accepted
  • Residence: Boma, Putnam County
  • Member: Company C, 8th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment
  • Wounds: Lost thumb on left hand and lost the use of three fingers
  • Born: 25 Dec 1836, Jackson County (now Putnam County)
  • Enlisted: 25th Tennessee Infantry. Col. S. S. Stanton abt June 1861; Served for 12 months and then transferred to 8th Cavalry Company C
  • Wife is 64 years old; Two sons ages 30 & 31
  • Attest: C. J. Davis and R. F. Parkison

Supporting Documents:

  • W. E. Sypert, MD (4 Feb 1905) - Requests Pension Status
  • TN Board of Pension Examiners (25 Feb 1905) - Requests Service Records from War Department
  • War Department (1 Mar 1905) - Returns his service records
  • J. T. Pointer (6 Mar 1905) - Tax Assessment
  • W. E. Sypert, MD (20 Aug 1905) - Requests Pension Status
  • TN Board of Pension Examiners (28 Aug 1905) - Reply to Sypert: War Department does not support JMW's claim
  • D. J. Whitehead (31 Aug 1905) - Supports his claim
  • Columbus Jackson Davis (7 Nov 1905) - C. J. Davis and JMW were at Chickamauga when JMW was shot through the left hand tearing off his thumb. C. J. Davis carried JMW off the field.
  • A. A. Reagan (7 Nov 1905) - JMW was wounded at Chickamauga and was retired from service. He transferred to Alabama where he stayed about two months. He got with General Wheeler and came to Smithville, TN. He came home in 1864. JMW was no deserter.
  • James M. Whitehead (12 Feb 1907) - Requests Pension Status

WIDOW'S PENSION APPLICATION ABSTRACT

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ABSTRACT

  • Filed: 6 April 1909
  • Accepted
  • Name: Louisa Jane Whitehead
  • Residence: Boma, Putnam County, TN
  • Resident of the state all her life except one year when she was small
  • Louisa Jane Brown was born on 28 Sep 1840 in Putnam County, Tennessee
  • James Madison Whitehead was born 25 Dec 1836
  • They were married 23 May 1866 by Rev. Alexander Byers
  • She has three granddaughters living with her.
  • Witness: A. A. Reagan
    • Resides at Cookevile
    • Known her for about ten years.
    • Known her husband for 48 years
    • JMW died near Boma, TN in Feb 1909

Supporting Documents

  • Voucher for James M. Whitehead dated 5 May 1909
  • D. J. Whitehead (5 April 1909) - Was a brother to James M. Whitehead. JMW and Louisa Jane Whitehead were married 23 May 1866.

CENSUS DATA

  • 1850 Census: Jackson County, Page 248
  • 1860 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 66
  • 1870 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 193
  • 1880 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 163A
  • 1900 Census:

OBITUARY

Putnam County Herald17 Feb 1909, Vol. VII, No. 7, Page 7

  • James Whitehead died at his home near Boma last Sunday of pneumonia. He was about 70 years of age, and a brother-in-law of F. A. Brown of this city.

ADDITIONAL DATA

  • Death Certificate: Putnam County, TN (1909) #70166 - J. M. Whitehead
  • Putnam County, Tennessee Inventory of Estates,Vol. 5, Page 257: On 17 April 1919, D. C. Lee was appointed the Administrator of the Estate of Mrs. Louisa J. Whitehead, deceased. His inventory list consisted solely of one Pension Check received in April 1919.