Born: 28 April 1842 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Died: 8 April 1939 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Algood Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Joseph A. and Emily (Kirkpatrick) Williamson

1st Married: Julia E. Goodall about 1867 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Born: 1 July 1843 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Died: 25 March 1901 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Algood Cemetery, Putnam County, TN
Parents: William W. and Virenda Lucinda Ellen (Unknown) Goodall


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2nd Married: Sarah Jane Bilbrey on 16 April 1902 in Overton County, Tennessee
Born: 12 January 1852 in Tennessee
Died: 13 July 1930 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Algood Cemetery, Putnam County, TN
Parents: Isham Hansford and Nancy Caroline (Gentry) Bilbrey
Widow of:
Joseph Joshua Peek (d. 1894)


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  • Brother: Joseph Mitchell Williamson - 17th Tennessee Infantry Regiment


17 thTennessee Infantry Regiment
Company K


  • Entered military as Private and left as a Private
  • Enlisted 9 Jun 1861 at Camp Trousdale
  • 15 Oct - 31 Dec 1861: Present
  • May & Jun 1862: Absent without leave
  • Jul & Aug 1862: Not Stated
  • Sep & Oct 1862: Absent without leave from 20 May 1862 to 15 Sep 1862
  • Nov & Dec 1862: Present
  • Jan & Feb 1863: Present
  • May & Jun 1863: Present
  • Prisoner of War at Louisville, KY during 25 Feb 1864: Captured in Putnam County on 5 Feb 1864
  • Prisoner of War at Louisiville, KY Military Prison: Received 21 Feb 1864; Captured in Putnam County on 5 Feb 1864; sent to Fort Delaware Prison on 29 Feb 1864
  • Prisoner of War at Fort Delaware, DE: Received 7 March 1864
  • Prisoner of War at Fort Delaware, DE: Discharged 15 March 1865
  • Oath of Allegiance:
    • Residence: Jackson County, TN
    • Complexion: Light
    • Hair: Sandy
    • Eyes: Blue
    • Height: 6 ft
  • Roll of Prisoners of War at Fort Delaware, DE paroled and forwarded to City Point, VA for exchange 27 Feb 1865



( Download Full Pension Application)


  • Filed: 13 August 1907
  • Accepted
  • Residence: Algood, Putnam County
  • Member: Company K, 17th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Born: Jackson County in 1842
  • Enlisted: in June 1861 in Col. Jas. W. Newman, A. B. McDearman
  • Battles: Rock Casel Mountain, Fishing Creek, Perryville; Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Knoxville
  • Captured and sent to prison
  • Wife is 55 years
  • no children
  • Attest: J. M. Williamson & Jas. Hargis

Supporting Documents:

  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (14 Jan 1908) - Request Service Records
  • War Department (17 Jan 1908) - Sent Service Records
  • AKW (16 Jan 1908) -
    • Mustered in on 9 June 1861
    • He was in every battle that the regiment was involved except one, where he was sick
    • During the Battle of Chickamauga - the Captain and all Lieutenants except one were captured and about half of the men
    • AWK was in skirmish line all the next day.
    • After the last firing, there were only 71 men in the regiment.
    • They were consolidated with another regiment and put under Frank Terry.
    • They remained with that regiment until December 1863.
    • The men swore that they would not serve under the said captain.
    • One night after he came in from pickett duty, all 6 men in his company were ready to leave.
    • AKW left with them to go join Hughes or Hamilton.
    • They believed that the Confederacy was doomed.
    • AKW was home only few days when he was captured in January 1864 and sent to Fort Delaware. He was there until about the 14 Mar 1865 when he took the oath and came home.
  • AKW (6 Apr 1908) - Including additional affidavits
  • AKW (6 Apr 1908) -
    • Enlisted in Co. K in the 17th TN Infantry Regiment in May 1861.
    • Sworn into service at Camp Trousdale on 9 Jun 1861
    • Captured near Granville, TN in January 1864
    • Transferred to Ft. Delaware until 16 Mar 1865
    • Took the oath and reached home a few days before the surrender
    • At Chickamauga - all members of his regiment except a few were captured. Lt. I. D. Stewart was not.
    • The rest of the men where consolidated with Company A of the 17th Regiment Infantry.
    • AKW was with this regiment for about six weeks. Captain Terry was tyrannical with his men. Those men who belonged to other companies decided to join Col. Hamilton and Hughes.
    • Upon reaching home, AKW learned of the guerrilla warfare that was being waged and decided to return to the army when he was captured.
    • Refused to take the oath for about 14 months.
    • But begin starved and believing the war was almost over, he took the oath.
    • He reached home a few days before the surrender.
  • James N. King (6 Apr 1908) - Supports his claim
  • J. H. Verble, H. D. Whitson, V. E. Bockman, K. Y. Jared, D. C. Gossage (6 Apr 1908) - Supports his claim
  • Cordell Hull (8 Apr 1908) - Supports his claim


  • 1850 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 293
  • 1860 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 316
  • 1870 Census:
  • 1880 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 295C
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 15A
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 79A
  • 1920 Census: Putnam County, TN Page 220A
  • 1930 Census: Putnam County, TN Page 109B


Putnam County Herald
17 July 1930
Vol. XXVIII, No. 28, Page 10

Mrs. Williamson Dies - Mrs. A. K. Williamson, 78, died at a Nashville hospital, Sunday morning, July 13th, of heart trouble. Mrs. Williamson, better known by her many devoted friends as Aunt Sarah, had been in the hospital for the past two weeks. She had lived in Algood for many years and was endeared to the hearts of many. She was a devout Christian and had been for many years a member of the church. She is survived by her husband, Amos K. Wiilliamson, a sister, Mrs. Addie Bohannon, a half-brother, Doc Bilbrey, of Rickman, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist church here by pastor, Rev. S. M. Keathley, and burial took place in the Algood cemetery. The quantities of lovely flowers showed that she had many friends. Aunt Sarah was a friend to all and will be greatly missed. Among those who came from out-of-tow to attend the funeral of Mrs. Williamson were: Mr. and Mrs. Hansford Maynard and Mr. and Mrs. Gallent Anderson, of Cookeville, Route 1; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Julian and daughter, Janette of Crossvilel; Mr. and Mrs. George Gentry, Mrs. Jonathan Rash, Mrs. Albert Matheny, Mrs. John Cornwell, of Cookevillle; Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Ferguson and family, of Overton county; Mr. and Mrs. Sid Willett, of Brotherton, Route 1; Mr. and Mrs. Doc Bilbrey and family, Sam Willett, Mrs. Laura Stafford and Mrs. John Matthews, of Rickman; Mr. and Mrs. Felix Bilbrey, Mr. and Mrs. Cooper Deck and Mrs. Mac White, of Livingston.

Putnam County Herald
13 April 1939
Vol. XXXVII, No. 15, Page 10

Amos K. Williamson of Algood Dies -- Putnam county's last surviving Confederate soldier, Esq. Amos K. Williamson, 97, died on last Friday at his home in Algood. He was born and reared in Granvile community and belonged to one of the well known pioneer families of Jackson county until forty-five years ago, when he moved to the then new town of Algood, where he continued to reside until his death. During the active years of his life Esq. Williamson was a farmer and carpenter. He was a man of splendid intelligence and was a Christian gentleman who enjoyed the confidence and esteem of all who knew him. He served throughout the Civil War in the Confederate Army, being a soldier in Col. Sidney S. Stanton's regiment. He was a Confederate pensioner. He was twice married, but survived both his wives. He had no children. He formerly served, for several years, as a Justice of the Peace of the 19th district and was a useful and influential member of the County court. In his boyhood, he united with the Cumberland Presbyterian church at Granville, and was one of the charter members of the Cumberland Presbyterian church of Algood. For the past thirty years he had been a member of the Presbyterian church, U. S. A. He had served for more than fifty years as an Elder and at the time of his death, was probably the oldest Presbyterian Elder in Tennessee. Esq. William was no doubt, the oldest person in this county, a man of unquestioned honey and integrity, his influence was always exerted for the right, as he saw it, and he did well his part in life, and died "full of years and of honor."


  • Death Certificate: Putnam County, TN (1939) - #8680 Amos Kirkpatrick Williamson
  • Death Certificate: Davidson County, TN (1930) - #15585 Sarah Williamson
  • Descendants of Robert Peek 1802-1974by Zola (Nethkin) Pointer, Pages 21, 168 (Sarah Jane Bilbrey Williamson)
  • Putnam County Herald, 23 April 1931, Vol. XXIX, Vol. 17, Page 1 - Life of Oldest Algood Citizen Reflects History - A. K. Williamson Will Reach His 89th Birthday Tuesday - Remembers Old Poetry- By Anna Dell McReynolds -- A. K. Williamson, better known as and called "Uncle Amos" by his many friends, is the oldest citizen of Algood. The story of his life is an interesting one and throws light on the history of the little town. He is now living in Algood, and in spite of the fact that he reaches his 89th birthday on April 28, 1931, he posses much vitality and an excellent memory.

    He was born near Granville, Jackson county, Tennessee, April 28, 1842. he attended a few terms of school, three months being a full term. The only subjects taught in school then were reading, writing, arithmetic, and English grammar.He was 19 years old when the Civil War broke out. He joined the Confederate army and served in the 17th Tennessee Regiment during the entire war. He took part in several major battles, as the Battle of Murfreesboro, and the Battle of Chickamauga, besides several other battles and many skirmishes. For a little more than the last year of the war he was held as a prisoner by the Federal forces in Fort Delaware, on an island in the Delaware Bay, sixteen miles from Philadelphia.

    "Uncle Amos" moved to Algood in 1891; at which time there was no town there. The only residence was the old home place of Joel Algood, for whom the town was named. Mr. Algood was the father of Henry Algood, the well known druggist of Cookeville. There was no railroad or postoffice there at that time, and the nearest post office was at Jeremiah.

    "Uncle Amos" was a carpenter. He helped build the shed for the spoke and handle factory soon after he came here.

    The first church in Algood was organized at the home of "Uncle Amos," in 1893. This was the Cumberland Presbyterian church.

    He served eight years as a member of the County Court of Putnam county, and twelve years as a Notary Public. He has served as a elder in the Presbyterian church for many years.

    "Uncle Amos" has a remarkable memory. It is interesting to note that today he can recite a poem that he learned when eh was only nine years old. This poem, about the presidents, was written in '50 or '51, when Millard Filmore was president of the United States. The poem follows

    First Washington, the chieftain, who conquered our foe.
    Then Adams, Jefferson, after Madison, Monroe,
    Next, Adams, the younger, late counseling the nation,
    Then Jackson — Van Buren, fill the President's station,
    Next Harris, Tyler, and Polk, and Z. Taylor, all passed
    And made room for M. Fillmore, who presides as the last

    When "Uncle Amos" was about 12 years old, he learned a poem entitled, "The Earth," which today he can recite perfectly. The poem follows:

    The earth, the "firmament on high,
    With all the blue, ethereal1 sky,"
    Were made by God's creative power
    Six thousand years ago or more.
    Man, too, was formed to till the ground,
    Birds, beasts, and fish, to move around;
    The fish to swim, the birds to fly,
    And all to praise the Lord Most High.
    This world is round, wise men declare,
    And " hung on nothing" in the air.
    The Moon around the Earth doth run;
    The Earth and Moon around the Sun.
    The Earth moves on its centre, too,
    As wheels, and tops, and pulleys do;
    Water and land make up the whole,
    • From east to west, from Pole to Pole.
    Vast mountains rear their lofty heads;
    Rivers roll down their sandy beds;
    Wide lakes expand" among the trees;
    Great islands rise above the seas;
    Peninsulas and Capes project;5
    Straits, Channels, Isthmuses connect;
    While all, in harmony combine,
    To praise Almighty Power Divine

    "Uncle Amos's" memory is remarkable, at the age of 89. And his health is good. Every day he goes to town and never misses going to church on Sunday. He should live many years yet, and enjoy life in the little city of Algood, which he has lived to see grow from one house to a population of eight hundred.

  • Putnam County Herald, 3 June 1937, Vol. XXXV, No. 22, Page 1

    Putnam County's Only Surviving Confederate
    The Civil War lasted four years, from the spring of 1861, until the spring of 1865--it has now been seventy-two years since the Confederate soldiers laid down their arms and returned to their devastated home and commenced the courageous undertaking of resurrection from the wreck, ruin, and ashes of the Southland, a New South. For many years after the close of the Civil War many hundreds of Confederate soldiers lived in Putnam county and many who read this will recall Putnam county reunions of Confederate soldiers held in Cookeville when hundreds of Confederate veterans would ride in the reunion procession, but alas, thime has played havoc with their ranks--one by one the gallant defenders of the Southland have obeyed the final summons and have passed to their final rewards--and today only one Confederate veteran is left in Putnam county. This lone spared survivor is Esquire Amos K. Williamson, of Algood, now 94 years of age, a fine old Christian gentleman. He was a good soldier and he has ever been a good citizen. For more than sixty years he has been an elder in the Presbyterian Church. For a number of years he served as a member of the county court from the Nineteenth district. Esq. Williamson was reared and in his young manhood resided in the Granville community. He moved to Algood about forty-five years ago. It is hoped that he will be able to attend the Confederate Memorial Day services to be held next Sunday afternoon in the Cookeville Cemetery.

Photo Source: Stray leaves from Putnam County history : pioneer families, sights and sounds from the past, old school groups, Civil War soldiers, Page 233