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BAILEY, Martha (d. 1931)

Brief illness of pneumonia while visiting son, B.B. Bailey, 930 Crossland Avenue, death at 12:45 AM Sunday of Mrs. Martha WAYNICH, BAILEY, 71 year old resident of Yellow Creek Community  Funeral Waynick Cemetery in Dickson County, Monday April 6, 3 PM. Rev. John L. Boaz. Pallbearers: Joseph Westerfield, B.O. Westerfield, Edgar Bailey, Hugh Bailey, Walter R. Greer, George Marlowe. Married December 25, 1876. Native of Dickson County, entire life in Yellow Creek Community. Member Yellow Creek Trinity Methodist Church. Parents of (Martha) were David P. Waynick a native of Virginia and Malinda (Dickson) Waynick. Two sisters, Mrs. Dora [Eundora] Rye and Mrs. Julia Willis of Nashville. Brother, Dr. Andrew J. Waynick of Sango.

Source: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, Monday April 6, 1931. This information was provided by a good friend of Dickson County, Jim Bailey

ALLEN, Sarah Alice (d. 1927)

ALLEN, Mrs. Sarah Alice. Born in Dickson County, Tennessee. Daughter of late Hugh ALLEN and Frances Turner Dickson. Cumberland Presbyterian. Leaves following children: Burrel, H.D., C.T., Mrs. Wilson Nolen and Mrs. Buyde Felts. Survived by three sisters- Mrs. Mattie Shelton, Mrs. Fronie Mitchell and Mrs. Minerva Nesbitt.

Source: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle (TN) October 1, 1927. This information was provided by a good friend of Dickson County, Jim Bailey.

WWII Mother’s Poem

My Grandmother, Evalena LUTHER, daughter Jack LUTHER and Amanda TATE-LUTHER, of Burns, Dickson County, Tennessee, penned the following poem to her son, Orville Matthew BROWN. At the time he was stationed at Adak, Aleutian Islands, on his 25th birthday:

My Dear Son Orville,

“Just a word or two this morning,
we’re sending on the way;
To let you know we’re thinking of you
on your twenty-fifth birthday.

May it be a year of pleasure,
and bring victory to us all;
We’ll work and fight together..
Can’t let our country fall.

You often dream of home you say,
sun shining in your face;
When mother wakes you from your sleep..
may reality the dream replace.

Those few short years have passed away,
when once you sat in our laps,
But you’re a brave, strong man today..
against those dirty Japs.

Submitted by her Grandson,
Michael David Brown

WWII Deaths

World War II Supreme Sacrifices

  • ADAMS, Carl
  • ADCOCK, Curtis
  • ASHWORTH, Fred W.
  • BAKER William N.
  • BELLAR, Robert
  • BLACK, James L.
  • BONE, Thomas
  • BRADFORD, Elmer
  • BROWN, Joe H.
  • BROWNING, Archie
  • BOAZ, Robert E.
  • BRUNET, Frank
  • BUCHANAN, Allen
  • BURGESS, Larry L.
  • CANNON, Newton
  • CAPPS, Charles T.
  • DANIEL, Robert E.
  • DICKSON, Nolie
  • EDGIN, James W.
  • EDWARDS, Phillip M.
  • FIELD, Minor
  • FOSTER, Wesley B.
  • FRANKLIN, Howard
  • FINCH, Austin
  • GENTRY, Allie G.
  • GRAY, John L.
  • HALL, James E. (Col.)
  • HOOD, John F.
  • HOOD, William R.
  • HOPSON Nelson (Col.)
  • KELLEY, Woodrow W.
  • LAMASTUS, Dudley B.
  • LAMB, Mike
  • LANKFORD, James D.
  • LARKINS, John M.
  • LOWE, James Y.
  • LUTHER, Delbert G.
  • LUTHER, John W.
  • McELHINEY, Cecil R.
  • MARTIN, Oscar L.
  • MILLER, William T.
  • MITCHELL, Van J.
  • MURRELL, Harry
  • OSBORNE, James
  • OSTRANDER, Andy L.
  • PATEY, Randall
  • SENSING, Arnold
  • SENSING, Benjamin C.
  • SIZEMORE, William E.
  • SKEGGS, George
  • SPAHR, Raymond
  • STINSON, Roy L.
  • TAYLOR, Clyde M.
  • TIDWELL, Lamdon C.
  • TUGGLE, Joe W.
  • UNDERWOOD, Leamond
  • VETTER, Adrian F.
  • WALTON, Mack

WWI Deaths

World War I Supreme Sacrifices

  • ADAMS, McKinley (Col.)
  • ASHWORTH, Richard
  • BERRY, Lucian
  • BREEDEN, Lawrence
  • BROWNING, Wm. Luther
  • BUCKNER, Clyde I.
  • BUTTERY, Dorsey
  • CARTER, James L.
  • CARTER, William C.
  • CARTER, Jeff T.
  • CLIFTON Samuel J.
  • DUNNAGAN, Sam R.
  • DONALDSON, Rawleigh
  • ENGLAND, Zuma
  • FIELD, Thomas C.
  • GOODWIN, Sam Virgil
  • HERBISON, Ellie T.
  • HOOPER, Pearlis
  • HUDGINS, Walter T.
  • HUTTON, John Brady (Col.)
  • JAMES, Hugh S.
  • LYLE, Justin
  • McCOLLUM, George K.
  • MANLEY, Walter C.
  • MARTIN, William E.
  • MARTIN, Roy
  • MOORE, Elijah
  • NESBITT, Athie
  • OAKLEY, Frank
  • OAKLEY, James
  • OUTLAW, Grover
  • PACK, Phillip
  • PEELER, William E.
  • SHAWL, Dudley
  • SHELEY, James C.
  • SPICER, Ulysses (Col.)
  • STUART, Olin D.
  • TAYLOR, Aretus
  • TIDWELL, George L.
  • WELCH, Mark
  • WOODARD, Selkirk

Dickson County Revolutionary & Military Pensioners in 1840

Pensioner Age In the Home of:
Benjn Clear Waters 92 Benjn C. Waters
Abraham Hogins 85 Arcchibald H. Hogins
Willam Willie 90 Reddick Myatt
James Daniel 54 Head of House
George Clark 94 Benjn Clark
Christopher Strong 80 Head of House
John Nesbitt 84 Allen Nesbitt
Robert Nesbitt 80 Robert Nesbitt, Jr.
Simon Deloach 57 Head of House
William James 45 Head of House
Gideon Car 70 John B. Car
John Maybourn 97 Howell Underwood
Isaac Walker 85 Head of House
Gustavus Rape 77 Head of House
Willliam Tatom 80 Head of House
Mary Thompson 71 Head of House
Benjn Darrow 78 Head of House

Danville Confederate Prison

Federal Soldiers and MARTYRS 

‘TENNESSEE MARTYRS’……………………………. This article was published in the Nashville Daily Union, 18 March 1865, and was headlined: “TENNESSEE MARTYRS—those who died at the Danville Confederate Prison.” (Editor`s note; this newspaper was a Union newspaper and very bitter toward the Southern cause.)(note: These are Federal Soldiers)

J. Killgore, Co. K, 19th East

Tennessee…………. F.M. Madden, Co. I, 13th

Tennessee…………….. A.C. Whaley, Co. E, 13th

Tennessee…………….. W. Fletcher, Co. A, 3rd

Tennessee………………… L.B. French, Co. I, 1st

Tennessee…………………. J. Bolton, Co. I, 9th

Tennessee…………………….. J. Dyson, Co. E, 13th

Tennessee………………….. D. Cole, Co. E, 13th

Tennessee……………………. J. Quinn, Co. G, 1st

Artillery…………………………. Jacob Can, Co. H, 9th

Tennessee…………………. S. Keyhill, Co. K, 13th

Tennessee…………………. G. Messer, o. K, 8th

Tennessee……………………. Thomas Shipley, Co. E, 1st

Tennessee………….. J. Griffin, Co. E, 1st

Tennessee…………………….. W. Carter, Co. D, 9th

Tennessee…………………… William Marks, Co. F, 1st

Tennessee…………….. W.A. Foster, Co. A, 1st

Tennessee……………….. S. Brown, Co. C, 3rd

Many thanks to our friend, Faye Wilson for this contribution!

Federal and Guerrilla Conflicts

Excerpt from: History of Dickson County, Tennessee Civil War and Readjustments, 1861-1870 

Some weeks after the battle of Fort Donelson and the resulting Forrest march through the county, a group of about sixty Federals visited the county on a raiding party, and engaged in a bitter hand-to-hand encounter. By the summer of 1862 guerrilla warfare was at its peak in Dickson and the surrounding counties and a prison was established by the Federals on the public square of Clarksville, which lay some thirty miles north of Charlotte. By the fall of 1862 there were seven guerrillas from Dickson County in the prison facing charges such as “Rebel Agent or Spy”. In nearby Humphreys County considerably more guerrilla activity was transpiring and several men were shot and others were hanged by the vengeful Federals.

By March 1863 Colonel Sanders D. Bruce who was in command of the ‘Twentieth Kentucky Infantry’, United States Infantry was in complete control of Clarksville, and his men visited Charlotte not infrequently. On March 13, He wrote his commanding officer of a foray in that vicinity. “My Calvary found another party of rebel cavalry yesterday near Charlotte,” he wrote, “captured 13 prisoners with horses. Five are new conscripts who claim to be Union men, and desire to take the oath. Instruct me.” In the late fall or early winter of 1863 a portion of two Federal regiments numbering around four hundred took Charlotte and remained there until March, 1864.

They established headquarters in the courthouse, pitched tents in the courtyard, and built makeshift barracks. The Cumberland Presbyterian Church was taken over and used as a hospital. Much damage was done to the public buildings, and some of the public records were destroyed. Smokehouses were raided, stores were taken over and much property was destroyed in a wanton manner.

To combat this activity the people of Dickson County went underground and engaged the invader in guerrilla warfare. According to one source, “a continuous fight was kept up between the Federals and the guerrillas, and not a few lives were sacrificed as a result.” Several weeks before they broke camp, the Federals captured a Charlotte citizen named William D. Willey and shot him as a guerrilla. He allegedly killed John Lindsey, a Dickson Countian who cooperated with the Federals. Another citizen named Demps Dobson was shot about the same time by the Federals, who paced a scrap of paper in the dead man’s hand on which had been written, “Shot in retaliation for the killing of John Lindsey”. This Federal contingent was under the command of a Major Kirwine and a Lieutenant Donnehue. After Kirwine’s men evacuated Charlotte another group of Federals passed through the town in going from Johnsonville to Nashville. They had been led to believe that General Forrest was on his way to Johnsonville intent upon wiping out the Federals, and they were said to have reached Charlotte “in a state of demoralization, having left behind them a trail marked by guns, ammunition, blankets, flour, meal, meat, and in fact everything they found unhandy to carry in their flight.” Upon reaching Charlotte they learned that the crafty Forrest had shifted his command in such a manner as to block their flight from Charlotte to Nashville. At Charlotte the Federals decided to join other Federals at Clarksville rather than to risk and encounter with Forrest.

This is additional information on the same people:

William Willey 1750 in Salisbury Dist of NC, either in Halifax or Guilford, on the Haw River..died ca 1842 in Dickson was receiving a Rev War pension at that time. Have been unable to obtain RW pension record but it must be there. A plaque on the courthouse lawn in Charlotte, Dickson Co shows names of RW veterans buried in Dickson Co. and he is listed there.

This story is written by Jewell Willey Beakley , who was born in 1895 and died in 1994.


Civil War Story about William Daniel Willey

In the fall of 1863, Nov. to be exact, a Federal troop under Major Kirwine (not sure of spelling) took possession of Charlotte, Tenn, which is the county seat of Dickson County. and he did a lot of damage to the town. He took over the courthouse and not only destroyed the furniture and county records but stripped the country side of all food and supplies.

Our grandfather, Felix Empson Willey, had a relative William Daniel Willey (not sure if an uncle,nephew or cousin) who was at Fort Donelson with Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Cavalry when Ft Donelson fell to General Grant.. Nathan Bedford Forrest and his Cavalry made their escape although Grandpa Felix was captured. William Daniel was discharged in early 1864 due to his age, which was approximately 64 years and that being very old for that time. He managed to make his way home on his cavalry mount, coming through the Federal lines, He was so incensed when he got home and saw what was being done that he began harassing the enemy at every opportunity..Since he was familiar with every hill and valley he would mange to elude the local troops. A number of times he would escape and taunt them with waving his cavalry hat and giving the “Rebel Yell” But later in 1864 he and another man, whose name I can’t remember, were captured by a troop of Federals under Lt Donohue and shot in retaliation for allegedly killing John Lindsey, a northern sympathizer and collaborator. I suppose you would now have classified Dan as a guerrilla for he was a discharged soldier. I was told this story as a young child by Ida Willey Pack, daughter of grandfather Felix E. Willey, but did not remember “Uncle Dan” was captured and executed., She was born before the Civil War and remembered everything vividly. Later I found the account of this happening in an early history book in the Dickson Public Library. It is told that a song was composed and sung locally about Dan Willey and the legendary black stallion. Later I read that another man, Demps Dobson, was also implicated in the Lindsey man’s death. Dobson was shot to death and left lying where he was shot. While he was being prepared for burial a note was found on his body saying ” shot in retaliation for Lindsey’s death.”

A researcher on the Lindsey family said that it was found Dan was innocent of any part of Lindsey’s death. It was also found that the Federals executed him due to harassment he had inflicted on them.

End of Story

This is most interesting as it is possible that Susan Willey, wife of Demps Dobson, was the sister of William Daniel Willey. She had to be related to him someway A thorough research should be done of that possibility and was probably the cause of Demps death. He may have been trying to avenge William Daniel’s death. William Willey 1750 in Salisbury Dist of NC, either in Halifax or Guilford, on the Haw River..died ca 1842 in Dickson was receiving a Rev War pension at that time. Have been unable to obtain RW pension record but it must be there. A plaque on the courthouse lawn in Charlotte, Dickson Co shows names of RW veterans buried in Dickson Co. and he is listed there.

A researcher on the Lindsey family said that it was found Dan was innocent of any part of Lindsey’s death. It was also found that the Federals executed him due to harassment he had inflicted on them.

This information provided by a friend of Dickson County, Lee Hoover.

Civil War Regiments

Even though your ancestor was “said” to be in ie: Company “K”… it is wise to also check other Companies within that Regiment. If you have no luck finding him, broaden your search. Companies AND Regiments were ‘attached, renamed or disbanded with regularly.’ Frequently, a Volunteer would cross the county line from his county of residence to enlist. So, your soldier could be on an adjacent County’s Roster. Your ancestor may not be where logic would have you look!


  • E.D. Baxter’s Battery, 2nd Organization
  • 11th Tennessee Infantry Regiment, Companies “C”, “E”, and “K”
  • 49th Tennessee Infantry Regiment, Companies “B”, and “D”
  • 50th Tennessee Infantry Regiment, Company “A”


  • NONE

Explanations of Military Groupings (e.g. Company,Divisions)

Most Civil War Units in the field varied between 25% to 60% of their full strength. In theory, a full-strength company contained 100 men, but disease, desertion & battle casualties would rapidly decrease their numbers. So while to full strength sizes are given, please remember to decrease those numbers when reading about units engaged in battle.


A COMPANY at FULL STRENGTH consisted of 100 men that would be commanded by a CAPTAIN. A COMPANY would be broken down into the following sub-divisions.

100 men = 2 platoons = 4 sections = 8 squads


Organizing COMPANIES and together formed BATTALIONS and REGIMENTS. In the State volunteer organizations (Union and Confederate) 10 COMPANIES would be organized together into a REGIMENT . This regiment would have 1,000 men at full strength. In both the Union and Confederate armies, individual states were given the task of raising regiments for the armies. Thus the Regiments would be designated by the number in order or organization followed by their state name. Such as the “19th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry”, or the 125th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. A COLONEL normally commanded these regiments. There were also volunteer organizations containing less than 10 companies, if they contained from 4 to 8 companies they were called BATTALIONS, and usually were commanded by a MAJOR or LT. COLONEL.


The Union Regular regiments organized before the war (1st through 10th) were 10 company regiments in strength like the volunteer counter-parts. But, when theNEW regular army was authorized, a different organization was used. The New regular infantry was organized to 8 companies to a battalion and two battalions to a regiment. Thus, NEW regular regiments contained 16 Companies. These regiments frequently fought as Battalions rather than as a single regiment.


A BRIGADE is formed from 3 to 6 regiments and commanded by a Brigadier General. So if a brigade had 4 regiments in it at full strength, it would number 4,000 men (not including staff) The South tended to use more regiments than the North. Each brigade would also have a varying number of staff officers.


A DIVISION is commanded by a MAJOR GENERAL, and is composed of from 2 to 6 brigades. In the North usually 3 or 4 , but in the South normally 4 to 6. An average Infantry Division might number around 12,000 men at full strength. Occasionally some Artillery or less often Cavalry might be attached.


A CORPS is commanded by a MAJOR GENERAL (Union) or a LT. GENERAL (Confederate) and is composed of from 2-4 divisions. Again the North tended to have two or three, while the south would have 3 to 4. So an average Infantry Corps might average around 36,000 men at full strength. Each corps would also have a varying number of staff officers.


Corps within a geographic department was aggregated into armies. The number of corps in an army could vary considerably, sometimes an army would contain only one corps and often times as many as 8. Armies were commanded by MAJOR GENERALS in the North, and usually by FULL GENERALS in the south. Corps and Armies usually had Artillery and Cavalry attached. Each Army would also have a varying number of Staff Officers. Armies of the north were named after major river systems, such as:

The Army of the Ohio
The Army of the Cumberland
The Army of the Tennessee

Armies of the South were normally named after geographic areas, such as:

The Army of Tennessee
The Army of Northern Virginia

This information has been generously donated by the: TENNESSEE MUSEUM OF THE CIVIL WAR, CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE.