Born: 23 January 1842 in White County, TN
Died: 18 July 1923 in Putnam County, TN
Buried: Rocky Point Cemetery, Putnam County, TN
Parents: David and Ellender (Ladermon) Wiser

1st Married: Mary Elizabeth Rocknold/Rockhold/Rockwell about 1865 in Putnam County, TN
Born: 13 September 1843 in Carter County, TN
Died: 19 June 1923 in Fremont County, ID
Buried: Riverview Cemetery, Fremont County, ID
Parents: Robert and Sarah (Unknown) Rocknold/Rockhold/Rockwell


  1. Henry D. Wiser
  2. Dona Fredonia Wiser
  3. Mary Wiser
  4. Sarah Wiser
  5. Thomas Wiser

2nd Married: Rebecca Unknown after 1 April 1910 in Putnam County, TN (See Notes Below).
Born: about 1850 in Tennessee
Died: after 1920 in Putnam County, TN
Buried: Probably in an unmarked grave in the Rocky Point Cemetery, Putnam County, TN


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


  • Entered the service as a Private and left the service as a Private
  • Enlisted 1 Sep 1962 at Cookeville
  • 2 Oct 1862: Present
  • Captured at Parker's Crossroads on 31 Dec 1862
  • Transferred to Camp Chase, OH
  • Transferred to City Point, VA on 4 Apr 1863 for exchange
  • Captured at Murfreesboro 31 Dec 1862



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  • Filed April 9, 1906
  • Accepted
  • Resident of Brotherton, TN
  • Member of 13th TN Cavalry, Company C
  • Wounds at Humbolt, TN; During an engagement, a horse fell on him rupturing him.
  • Born in White County, TN 23 January 1842
  • Enlisted Aug 1862 in Captain J. G. Woolsey's Company C in the 13th TN Cavalry in Col. G. G. Dibrell's Regiment
  • Captured at Parker's Cross Roads and sent to Camp Douglas Prison
  • Discharged from Prison in April 1863
  • Wife: 62 years old; one son who is 20
  • Lived all his life in TN except for 13 years in Missouri and Idaho
  • Returned to TN last January
  • Attest: Columbus Jackson Davis and J. H. Reagan

Supporting Documents:

  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (3 Apr 1907) - Sent status
  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (6 Apr 1907) - Service Records Request
  • War Department (10 Apr 1907) - Sent service records
  • James M. Wiser (15 Apr 1907) after the exchange, the command was gone. He knew of no one to get permission to go home from. He had to take the oath or be killed.
  • L. R. McClain, MD (15 Apr 1907) - medical exam
  • Columbus Jackson Davis - (21 Aug 1907) - JMW was a Confederate Soldier
  • Columbus Jackson Davis- (14 Mar 1908)
    • Enlisted and served in the same company. JHW was captured at Parker's Crossroads and sent to Camp Douglas, IL. He was released 1 Apr 1863. Just before his capture, a horse fell on him at Humbolt, TN.
    • When he was exchanged, JMW was weak and feeble. CJD did not expect him to live.
    • From City Point, VA, he was transferred to Chattanooga. But his command was in Alabama and Mississippi. He came home in a wagon.
    • His only mistake was not hunting up the proper papers. Failure to do so can be explained by 3 reasons: 1) he was almost dead; 2) only 21 and no mature judgement; 3) he had no education
  • James M. Wiser (14 Mar 1908) - requests status


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  • Name: James Matheton Wiser
  • Lived Brotherton, TN R. F. D. No. 1
  • Age: 78 years on 23 June 1922
  • Born: White County, TN
  • Side: Confederate
  • Company: C, 8th TN Cavalry
  • Occupation: Farmer
  • Father: Daniel Wiser
  • Mother: Ella Ladermon who was the daughter of James Ladermon
  • Remarks on Ancestry: "My grandfather came across the ocean from Germany and settled some land and was driven from it by the Indians. My grandfather moved a great deal over North Carolina. My father came to Bedford County then Coffee County then to White from which is now Putnam."
  • Parents did not own slaves. They had about 300 acres worth about $500.
  • He attended Public County schools for about three months out of a year.
  • He enlisted in the Confederate army about July 1862 at Livingston.
  • After enlistment, he went to Old Salem Church house and drilled from there to Murfreesboro.
  • His first battle was at Stones River.
  • Describe War Experience: "Lexington, battle 2 hours confederate won and some other skirmishes. laid down on my saddle blanket and took all kinds of weather had no tents reasonable woolen clothes. meat and bread to eat, didn't have enough to eat. no place to sleep, was captured at Parker's X roads"
  • Exchanged at City Point, VA from Federal Prison
  • On trip home: Came to Chattanooga by train. Walked from there home with some comrades.
  • After the War: During the summer, he farmed and during the winter he was a cooper making barrel buckets. He lived in Clay County, MO for 11 years and at Fremont County, ID for 2 years and 5 months. Lived in Putnam County the balance of the time.
  • Members of his Company
    • J. H. Davis
    • William Kennedy Cooper
    • M. Cooper
    • Overton Cooper
    • Isaac Easley Rector
    • Buck Rector
    • William Rector
    • Jack Rector
    • Haze Reynolds
    • H. H. Beasley
    • J. C. King
    • John T. Hall
    • J. J. Stamps>
    • James Malone
    • Henry Baker
  • Names of known living veterans
    • W. H. Phifer
    • J. N. Nelson
    • Thomas Bohannon
    • J. Levi Jackson


  • 1850 Census: White County, TN, Page 121
  • 1860 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 25
  • 1870 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 127
  • 1880 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 100B
  • 1900 Census: Clay County, MO, Page 199A
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 51B
  • 1920 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 83A


Putnam County, TN Will Book 6, Page 339
Online at FamilySearch

  • Name: Wiser, J. M.
    Page(s): 339
    Date the Will was Written: Jul 7, 1923
    Date the Will was Recorded: Jul 20, 1923
    He leaves everything to be equally divided among his children.


  • Idaho Death Certificate (1923) - #042386 - Mary Elizabeth Wiser


  • It is unknown whether James Matheson Wiser and his first wife Mary E. Wiser were ever legally divorced. There is no record of a divorce in Putnam County, TN.
  • In 1900 Clay County, MO Census, James and Mary were living as husband and wife.
  • In the 1910 Census, James is living with his brother in Putnam County, TN and listed his marital status as Widowed. Mary E. Wiser was living in the home her daughter, Sallie Matthews in Fremont County, ID and listed her marital status as married for 48 years.
  • In the 1920 Census, James was listed as Mat Wiser and was living with his wife, Rebecca in the Putnam County, TN Census. Mary E. Wiser was living in an Insane Asylum in Bingham County, ID. She listed her marital status as married.