Born: 18 July 1845 in Overton County, TN
Died: 4 August 1910 in Putnam County, TN
Buried: Cookeville City Cemetery, Putnam County, TN
Parents: Benjamin and Diana (Coffee) Gabbert

Married: Nancy Jane Saylors Barnes abt 1875 in Putnam County, TN
Born: 25 May 1830 in Jackson County, TN
Died: 7 February 1900 in Putnam County, TN
Buried: Cookeville City Cemetery, Putnam County, TN
Widow of: William H. Barnes who died in 1869


  • Brother-in-Law: William Jordan Perkins - 1st Tennessee Mounted Infantry - USA


16 thTennessee Infantry
Company F


  • Entered the service as a Corporal and left the service as a Private
  • Enlisted 9 June 1861 at Camp Trousdale
  • July - August 1861: Present
  • March - April 1862: Present
  • 15 July 1863: Age listed as 25
  • 30 June - 31 December 1862: Transferred to the Cavalry

8 thTennessee Mounted Infantry
Company C


  • Entered the service as a Corporal and left the service as a Musician
  • Enlisted 1 January 1865 at Carthage
  • Age: 22
  • Born: Overton County
  • Eyes: Black
  • Hair: Black
  • Complexion: Dark
  • Height: 5' 8"
  • 2 Feb - 30 Apr 1865: Present
  • 7 Apr 1865: Appointed Musician
  • 30 Jun 1865: Present



  • 1850 Census: Overton County, TN, Page 92
  • 1860 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 16
  • 1870 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 115B
  • 1880 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 92C
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 21A
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 25A


The Cookeville Press
7 February 1901
Vol. XV, No. 6, Page 5

  • Mrs. J. C. Gabbert Dead. -- Mrs J. C. Gabbert died at her home in West Side, last night at 10 o'clock. She has been in feeble health for some time, and on last Tuesday she was for the third time stricken with paralysis from which she never regained consciousness. Mrs. Gabbert was a devote member of the Christian Church, and a most excellent lady. Her death will be mourned by numerous relatives and friends. She was the mother of J. B. Barnes of this place and A. P. Barnes of Jeremiah. She will be buried this afternoo (sic) in the cemetery.

Putnam County Herald
4 August 1910
Vol. VIII, No. 31, Page 5

  • Joel C. Gabbert died at his home in this city today, Aug. 4, 1910 of Bright's disease. He was a veteran of the Civil war, and had practiced law in Cookeville for many years.


  • Death Certificate: Putnam County, TN (1910) - #70103 - Joel Gabbert
  • Cookeville in Retrospect - by Gertrude Whitney - Page 10 - 11
    I would not do my finest feelings justice were I to fail to give my impressions of the Gabbert family, which consisted of Granny Gabbert, a son, Joel, and two daughters, Mary and Leah, whose name they pronounced "Lear", Dr. Gabbert having passed away some time before. The members of this family were all considerably past young when I was in my teens. Their home was between the old Christian Church and the old wooden jail. It was Lear's ever ready wit and humor. On Sunday mornings there was always a group of children coming from Sunday School for a cold drink out of the cedar bucket and a gourd dipper, which Miss Mary had placed there for them. Sunday afternoons they held open house for cheering the sad andnd entertaining those who sought pleasure. Lear complained so much of being "so sick she was about to die," that when she really was stricken with her last illness, no one dreamed it was her last. All were