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Pensioner:  James E. Douglass, son of Soldier Andrew J. Douglass Period:  Civil War Submitted by Phyllis McReynolds
Andrew J. Douglass was a member of Company "B", 9th Tennessee Cavalry.  He enrolled on the 12th day of July 1863 to serve three years and was discharged from the service on or about the 11th day of July 1865.  He was mustered in at Camp Nelson, KY.  Andrew was captured at Morristown, TN on November 13, 1864, was confined at Morristown, TN and also confined at Danville, VA, February 12, 1865, moved from Danville, VA to Richmond, VA and paroled at James River, VA, Feb 22, 1865.  Military records show the muster in age as 33 years and the muster out age as 24 years.

Andrew died in December of 1881; his son, James E., was 13 years old.  James E. applied for his father's pension November 15, 1898.  His attorney was Jacob H. DeWees of Washington DC.  The pension papers state that Andrew died from "disabilities caused from exposure while in the service of the United States on the 18th day of December 1881 and at the time of his death, bore the rank of a private in Company "B" 9th Regiment, Tenn Cavalry Volunteers and that he left no widow surviving him.  That his wife Sarah Douglass died on the 7th day of July 1878.  That the above named are the only legitimate child of Andrew J. Douglass who were under sixteen years of age at the time of his death".  The papers also state that his mother was married under the name of Sarah Chambers to Andrew J. Douglass.

There are letters from Jacob H. DeWees to the Hon. H. Clay Evans beginning in 1900 and going through 1903, but there is no evidence of approval or rejection of this pension application.

Pensioner:  Children of Soldier Francis M. Hancock Period:  Civil War Submitted by Phyllis McReynolds
Pension applied for by children's guardian: Perry Cate, Sevier County TN
Certificate No. 126,619

Francis M. Hancock was a member of Company "C", 9th Regiment Tennessee Cavalry.  He was mustered into the service of the United States at Camp Nelson, KY on the 28th day of July 1863.  Francis died at Gallatin, TN on June 23, 1864.  He died of "typho malarial fever". Francis was born in the State of South Carolina and was aged 27 years at the time of his death.

Francis M. and Sarah Teague were married in Sevier County, TN on May 29, 1853 by Enoch Underwood, Justice of the Peace.  Application for Pension was originally filed by the widow of Francis, but later rejected because of her remarriage to Robert Brock on June 13, 1866.  Sarah applied for a Widows Pension in February 1865.  At that time she was a resident of the 8th District in Sevier County.

After the remarriage of Sarah, Perry Hancock was appointed guardian for the four children of Francis and Sarah.  Perry lived at Henry's Cross Roads in Sevier County.  The children of Francis and Sarah were: Lewis Irwin, Isaac Lafayette, George Washington, and James F. M. Hancock.  Jane Hancock was present at the birth of each of these children.  Also present at some of these births were: Sarah Cate and Lucinda Smith.

The pension was approved at "rate per month $8, commencing 24 June 1864 ending 12 Nov 1879. Additional sum of $2 per month for each of the four children, until arriving at the age of 16 years, commencing 25 day of July 1866."

There are also affidavits as to the "Evidence as to Date and Place of Minor Child's Birth."  Attorneys for this application were Butler & Smith, Knoxville, TN.

Pensioner:  Jane Worthy Hancock, widow of Soldier Lewis Hancock Period:  Civil War Submitted by Phyllis McReynolds
Date of Application: February 10, 1865

Lewis Hancock was a member of Company "E", 9th Regiment of TENN CAV Volunteers.  He died at Nashville General Hospital in Nashville, TN February 29, 1864.  Cause of death was "Inflammation of Bronchi & Pluri".  Lewis was enrolled on the 22nd day of September 1863 and mustered in on the 6th day of October 1863.  Lewis and Jane lived in the 2nd district of Sevier County.  Lewis was born in Chester District, South Carolina and he and Jane were married in Chester District, South Carolina on the 15th day of January 1834.  There were two children, neither were under the age of 16 at the time of Lewis' death.  The Hancock's came to Tennessee sometime after 1840.  According to the "Record of Death and Interment" the age of the deceased was 54 years.  

There was no proof of marriage between Lewis and Jane, as a Bible which could have served as proof had been burned.  There were, in Sevier County, two witnesses to the marriage in South Carolina. Lewis' sister, Lucinda Smith (wife of James Smith), and Jane's sister, Nancy Nelson (wife of Robert Nelson).  There were several letters from residents in Sevier County who said they were acquainted with Jane and Lewis and that "they lived and cohabited together as man and wife until the time when he entered the service, and that they were generally recognized as such by their acquaintances and neighbors, and their marriage was never questioned."

At the time Jane applied for the pension she was a resident of Dandridge, Jefferson County, TN.  The pension was approved: Rate per month was $8 commencing 29 February 1864.  The certificate was dated July 18, 1870.  The certificate number was 143,701.  Attorneys for Jane Hancock were Butler & Smith, Knoxville, TN.

Pensioner:  Oliver Henry Period:  Civil War Submitted by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Oliver Henry a resident of Sevier County, Tennessee enlisted at Louisville, Kentucky on December 1, 1862.  He enlisted as a private in Co. D. commanded by William Pickens in the 3rd regiment of East Tennessee Cavalry. He was honorably discharged August 3, 1865.  He filed for a pension #163636 on February 6, 1871. In a sworn statement he states he experienced coughing and hemorrhage of the lungs.  He never was in the hospital or treated by the regiment surgeon.  He was given medicine by Lt. Reavly (sp) who was a Doctor.  At that time he was a 2nd Lt. and since he and Lt. Reavly were the only officers he did not want to leave the Lt. alone.  Their Captain S. T. Harris was in a rebel prison.  Oliver Henry died June 28, 1878, while his pension application was still pending.  His widow Nancy Henry did receive a pension of $15.00.   Records do not indicate when it commenced.  There are sworn statements from Dr. A. A. Caldwell of Jefferson County.  Dr. J. Nat Lyle, MD, Dandridge, TN, attesting to Oliver Henry's feeble health and tubercular consumption.

Other names mentioned in the file:
The birth of his daughter Olive(r) Jane Henry attended by midwife Hannah Catlett.
Benjamin Henry no relationship given.
Witnesses: William E. Mansfield, James Cox, Hugh L. Henry, Amy Rusel (Russell) Milly Moree, Marg M. Kite, Lizzie Moree, Martha J. Williams Captain Lafayette Caile/Carle

Pensioner:  Danial W. Joslin Period:  Civil War - CSA Submitted by Owen Wolfe

Originally filed on May 16,1901 and rejected on August 11,1905.  The application number is 3396.  Soldiers Application for Pension Danial W. Joslin was a native of Mississippi and a citizen of Tennessee, resident at Cox, in Sevier County.  He was a member of the 17th Mississippi, Company “E”, Confederate States Army.  He was wounded at Fredericksburg, Virginia, on or about the first of the winter or the last of fall of 1862.  Danial was lying behind a brick wall when a solid cannon ball pierced it.  He was hit with a brick on top of his head and rendered inservicable for about 24 hours.  Danial was born in Tishominga County, Mississippi, on May 16,1842.  Danial enlisted about May 16,1861.  His reason for applying for a pension was he suffers from aching head all the time and is almost deaf in both ears at times.  Danial claims he was incapacitated for several days and was not discharged for this injury.  Danial did take the oath of allegiance to the United States Government.  He is married and has eleven children.  Four of the children are boys, of which two are dead and seven are girls, of which three are dead.  Danial says that none of his children are able to support him because they are married and one daughter lives with him.  Danial works in a sawmill about ½ of his time because that is all he is able to work.  He makes $.42 a day.  Danial owns no Real Estate nor private property except a milk cow.  This application was dated April 11, 1901, and witnessed by three people because Danial is unable to write.  I received this application from the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville, Tennessee.  Along with the above information there are several letters to a General Frank Moses for help with his pension application.  There are also several letters from Committee of Invalid Pensions.  There is also a statement from a doctor in regards to Danial’s disability.  The reason for rejection was that the material submitted was not enough to prove a disability.

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