JOHN HARRISON WHITTAKER
25 thTENNESSEE INFANTRY
CSA

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Born: 29 November 1840 in White County, Tennessee
Died: 15 May 1922 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Sand Springs Cemetery, Putnam County, TN
Parents: James Madison and Nancy (Henry) Whittaker

1st Married: Jane Catherine "Cathy" Miller about 1866 in Tennessee
Born: about 1843 in Tennessee
Died: Before 22 March 1876 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried:
Parents:

Children:

  1. Arthur S. Whittaker
  2. James C. Whittaker
  3. Mary Ann Whittaker

2nd Married: Mary Elizabeth Robinson on 22 March 1876 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Born: 21 May 1856 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Died: 17 March 1928in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Sand Springs Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Charley and Sarah (Jackson) Robinson

Children:

  1. John Morgan Whittaker
  2. Lewis Sidney Whittaker
  3. Nancy Elizabeth "Lizzie" Whittaker
  4. Tyra Roland Whittaker
  5. Ollie Von Whittaker
  6. Sina Belle Whittaker
  7. Charles Whittaker
  8. Calvin Hasten Whittaker
  9. Amy Whittaker
  10. Kelly M. Whittaker
  11. Walter "Bud" Monroe Whittaker
  12. Thomas Arnie Whittaker

RELATIVES WHO SERVED

  • Brother: Ligard Jefferson Whitaker CSA
  • Father-in-law: Charles Robinson - 1st Tennessee Mounted Infantry - USA

MILITARY INFORMATION

25 thTennessee Infantry
Company K

ABSTRACT:

  • Entered the service as a Corporal and left the service as Private
  • Enlisted 25 July 1861 at Tullahoma
  • Age: 20
  • 25 Jul 1861: Present
  • 25 Jul - 31 Oct 1862: Present
  • Sep & Oct 1862: Present
  • Jan - Aug 1863: Present
  • Sep & Oct 1863: Preesent. He is indebted to CSA for $48.
  • Nov & Dec 1863: Present
  • Jan & Feb 1864: Absent. On Recruiting service in East TN since 20 Jan 20 1864 by Special Order No 10 from Division Hdqrs dated Hdqrs Buckner's Division 12 Jan 1864
  • 1 Mar - 31 Aug 1864: Absent. Captured in front Petersburg 17 Jun 1864
  • Nov & Dec 1864: Absent. Captured in front Petersburg 17 June 1864
  • Prisoner of War at Point Lookout, MD. Arrived at City Point on 24 Jun 1864. Captured at Petersburg, VA on 17 Jun 1864. Transferred to Elmira, NY 23 Jul 1864
  • Prisoner of War received at Elmira, NY from Point Lookout MD on 26 Jul 1864. Captured near Petersburg on 17 Jun 1864. Transferred for exchange 25 Feb 1865.
  • Prisone of War at Elmira, NY desirous of taking the Oath of Allegiance to the United States in Aug 1864. Captured near Petersburg on 17 Jun 1864. Does not want to be exchanged or go back South. Wishes to take the oath.
  • Parole of Prisoners of War paroled at ElmiraNY 15 Feb 1865 and sent to the James River for exchange.
  • Name appears on a Roll of Prisoners of War paroled at Elmira, NY, 25 Feb 1865 for exchange.
  • Oath of Allegiance
    • Residence: Putnam County, TN
    • Complexion: Fair
    • Hair: Light
    • Eyes: Blues
    • Height: 5' 9"
    • Deserted 1 April 1865
    • Subscribed to oath 10 April 1865
    • No family
  • Name appears on a List of rebel deserts received at Nashville, TN 8 Apr 1865 from Tullahoma, TN

PENSION APPLICATION ABSTRACT

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ABSTRACT:

  • Filed 15 February 1913
  • Rejected
  • Resident: 5th District of Putnam County
  • Member of the 25th Tennessee Infantry
  • Born: 29 Nov 1840 in White County
  • Enlisted in the Spring of 1861 as a Private in Company K of the 25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment commanded by Col S. S. Stanton; Captain Abraham Ford's Company K
  • Battles: Fishing Creek, KY; Perryville, KY; Drewery's Bluff, VA; Peteersburg, VA & several other battles
  • Wounds: Slightly wounded by a bullet which struck him on the right hand and hip joint. In a battle in East TN near White Mills
  • Captured 17 Jun 1864 and transferred to Fort Monroe Prison, MD. Then transferred to Elmira, NY. Then transferred to Richmond, VA for exchange
  • Released: 2 Mar 1865
  • Married: Wife is 56 years old
  • Children's ages: 16, 20, 26, 28, 32
  • Attest: A. Welch and Sherod Horn

Supporting Documents:

  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (19 Feb 1913) - Request Service Records
  • War Department (24 Feb 1913) - Sent Service Records
  • Special Examiner (23 Jun 1913) - Why did you take the oath at Nashville?
  • JHW (3 Jul 1913) -
    • After he was exchanged, he was furloughed for 30 days where he went to his grandfather's house in Madison County, AL
    • It took him four months to get across Confederate lines
    • He had a house of kinsmen in Madison County, AL who seemed to think that the war was at an end.
    • They persuaded him to join them in going to Putnam County
    • They arrived in Dechard, Franklin County, TN at the depot. There they were refused passes
    • They went to Nashville where they were refused a pass until they took the oath. They had a choice to either take the oath or go to prison. They were forced to take the oath.

WIDOW'S PENSION APPLICATION ABSTRACT

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ABSTRACT:

  • Filed 19 Aug 1926
  • Accepted
  • Mary Elizabeth Whiteaker who resides at Monterey, Putnam County
  • Resided in Tennessee all her life
  • Born in Putnam County, TN. Maiden name was Mary Elizabeth Robinson
  • She married John Harrison Whiteaker on 23 March 1876 in Putnam County by Mr. Madewell
  • Her husband enlisted in July 1861 in 25th TN Infantry Regiment, Co K
  • Her husband was in Prison in Elmira, NY and was paroled
  • Husband died in Monterey on 15 May 1922
  • They had four boys aged 49, 43, 36, and 28; and four girls aged 48, 41, 33, and 34. One boy died in 1910.
  • Witnesses John C. Parrott and W. H. Johnson
    • The PO of both men is Monterey
    • They had known her 15 or 20 years.
    • She resides at Rt #1 Monterey and has lived here all her life.
    • She was born in Putnam County.
    • They knew that John and Mary had lived together as man and wife for about 40 years.
    • JHW died about four years ago.
  • Witness W. H. Johnson - His father Sam J. Johnson was in the command of the 25th TN Infantry. He heard his father say that JHW was always ready for duty.
  • Affidavit of L. J. Whiteaker (27 May 1926) -
    • JHW was his brother and served in Co K of the 25th TN Infantry Regiment from time of his enlistment until he was captured at Drewry's Bluff, VA on 16 May 1864 or there abouts. His brother was in prison at Elmira, NY for almost a year.
    • Captain Abe Ford was the company commander and S. S. Stanton was the Colonel. Some members of the company were A. Welch, T. L. Johnson, S. W. Johnson, Jim Walker, and J. R. Watson.
  • Affidavit of J. C. Borwn (21 May 1926)
    • He swerved in Co. K of the 25th TN Infantry with JHW.
    • They enlisted in July 1861 under Captain Ford and Colonel Stanton.
    • They were captured 16 May 1864 at Drewry's Bluff on the James River in Virginia.
    • He was sent to Point Lookout. He left JHW at Point Lookout when he left for Elmira Prison.
    • He does not know how or when he got out.
  • G. C. Whittaker - The letter from J. C. Brown was made by him from information furnished in a letter along with general information as to the record.
  • William Henry (2 Sep 1926) -
    • Residence: Monterey
    • Age: 75 years
    • He has known Mary E. Whitaker ever since she was a little girl.
    • She and John Harrison Whitaker were married by John Madewell, JP about 50 years ago.
    • They lived together as man and wife until his death three years ago.
    • She is still his widow.
    • She is in destitute circumstance.
    • She had a small farm on a steep hillside in limestone region. It was virtually worthless for farming purposes. She is now living with one of her children.
  • G. C. Whittaker to Algood Moore - Please send a copy of the Whittaker's marriage record.
  • Algood Moore to G. C. Whittaker - There are no records for years 1870-1880.
  • John B. Roberson (3 Sep 1926) -
    • Residence: Monterey
    • Age: 61
    • He has known Mary E. Whiteaker all his life and has lived near them.
    • JHW and MEW lived together as man and wife until his death. They raised a large family.
    • She is now destitute and living with some of her children.
  • G. C. Whittaker
    • Enclosed are the affidavits of J. B. Roberson and W. M. Henry.
    • Letter is attached that states that there is no way to procure a copy of the marriage license.

CENSUS DATA

  • 1850 Census: White County, TN, Page 124
  • 1860 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 89
  • 1870 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 134
  • 1880 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 115A
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 42A
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 70A
  • 1920 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 74A
  • 1930 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 6B

ADDITIONAL DATA