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Pension Records

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Revolutionary War:


Click here for information on ordering Confederate pension records from the office of the Tennessee Secretary of State.

Muster roll cards (Confederate and Union) and other military historical records are available at (subscription required)


See also:

Tennesseans in the Revolutionary War

The 1778 Sullivan County Militia List of Captain Thomas Vincent


2 Responses to “Pension Records”

  1. Frank D Helton says:

    I have a pension record for Jacob Shelton, he lived in Bluff City and file for the record in 1908. He was also on the 1910 census record.

  2. John Edward Cagle says:


    I, Isaac Cagle, a native of the state of North Carolina and now a citizen of Tennessee, resident at Piney Flats in the County of Sullivan in the said state of Tennessee, and who was a soldier from the state of Tennessee, in the war between the United States and the Confederate States, do hereby apply for aid under the act of the General Assembly of Tennessee entitled “An Act for the benefit of the indigent and disabled soldiers of the late war between the States, and to fix the fees of attorneys or agents for procuring said pensions and fixing a penalty for the violation of same “And I do solemnly swear that while in the discharge of my duty in the service of the Confederate or United States as a member of Captain Gammons Company 1st Tennessee Regiment.
    I was wounded in the battles of Piedmont Virginia and at Bulls Gap Tennessee and that from the effects of such wound or wounds I was disabled as follows: was shot in right leg and it was _{illegible word}_badly and was disabled for service for a long time-also slightly wounded in back of neck at Bulls Gap -my leg hurts me all the time.
    And that by reason of such wound and disability I am now entitled to receive the benefits of this Act. I further swear that I do not hold any National, State, or County office nor do I receive aid or a pension from any other State or from the United States, and that I am not an inmate of any soldiers’ home, and that I am unable to earn a reasonable support for myself and family.
    I do solemnly swear that the answers to the following questions are true.

    In what County, State and year were you born?
    Answer: In North Carolina I was a little over 1 yr old when I came to Tennessee-born about 1835.

    When did you enlist and in what command? Give the names of the regimental and company officers under whom you were serving at date of wound or wounds?
    Answer: Volunteered in 1862 in Captain Gammon’s Company and was in different commands at different times, under Captain Gammons Co.” I” 63{63rd Tennessee Inf}at close of war.

    In what battle or battles were you wounded and if not in battle state under what conditions you received injury or injuries?
    Answer: As above stated at Piedmont and Bulls Gap -in fights.
    What was the precise nature of your wound or wounds?

    Answer: Shot in right leg just above the ankle and the wound was serious-also in back of neck as stated.

    What limb, if any, did you lose by reason of said wound or wounds, and if no limb, state fully the disability caused by said wound or wounds, and is the disability permanent?

    Answer: Lost no limb, disability is permanent.

    Were you incapacitated for service by reason of said wound, wounds or service?

    Answer: After shot in leg it was several months before I could do duty.

    Were you discharged from the army by reason of said wound or wounds?
    Answer: No.

    If discharged from the army, where were you and what done you do till the end of the war?
    Answer: Was not.

    What was the name of the surgeon who attended you?
    Answer: Dr. Fox=3or 4 Doctors came to take of my leg, but decided not to do so.

    How did you get out of the army?
    Answer: Stayed till the army disbanded after Lee surrendered

    Did you take the oath of allegiance to the United States Government?
    Answer: No.

    If so when, and under what circumstances?
    Answer: None.

    Are you married, or have you been married?
    Answer: Yes.

    If so, what is the size of your family?
    Answer: Self, wife and 8 children.

    What are the respective ages of your wife and children?
    Answer: Wife over 60 yrs old, {illegible} my memory is not clear.

    To what sex do your children belong?
    Answer: 3 girls -5 boys

    Are not some of your children able to support you?
    Answer: No

    In what business are you now engaged, if any, what do you earn?
    Answer: Manual labor -can’t work -have epileptic fits.

    What estate have you in your own right, real or personal, and what is its value?
    Answer: No real estate-very little personally -a small house and pine knob land -nearly worthless.

    What has your wife in her own right, real or personal, and what is its value?
    Answer: None.

    How have you derived support for yourself and family for the last 5 years?
    Answer: Just by doing a little -mostly by donation.

    Do you use intoxicants to any extent?
    Answer: No

    How long have you been a resident of the State of Tennessee?
    Answer: Nearly all my life or 60 odd years.

    Have you an attorney to look after this application?
    Answer: No.

    If so give his name.
    Answer: None.

    Witness my hand this 23 rd day of Sept. 1905

    Isaac {X}Cagle

    Questions for Applicant

    State of Tennessee

    Sullivan County

    Mrs. Sarah Cagle of said State and County, desiring to avail herself of the pension allowed to Indigent Widows of Soldiers, under Act of General Assembly, approved April 1905, being Chapter 202 of the Acts of 1905 ,Chapter 103 ,Acts 0f 1907 ,Chapter 18 ,Acts of 1909 and Chapter 7 ,Acts of 1911,hereby submits her proofs ,and after being duly sworn true answers to make to the following questions ,disposes and answers as follows.

    1)What is your full name and where do you reside? (give State ,County and Post office ).
    Sarah Cagle ,Piney Flats (Sullivan County ) Tennessee

    2)How long have you been a resident of this state?
    All my life.

    3)When and where were you born and what was your maiden name ?
    Sarah McGuire -near Blountville Tennessee.

    4)When and where was your husband born -state his full name ,and where you
    And he were married and who performed the marriage ceremony.
    Isaac Cagle-born North Carolina-Rev. J S (B) Bowers.

    5)When and where and in what Company and Regiment did your husband
    Enlist or serve during the war between the states .
    I don’t remember.

    6)How long did your husband serve in said Company and Regiment?
    I don’t know .

    7)When and where did husbands Company and Regiment surrender?
    I don’t know .

    8)Was your husband present at the time and place when his Company and
    Regiment surrendered ?
    I don’t know .

    9)If not with his command at surrender ,state clearly and specifically where
    he was and when he left command and for what cause and by what
    No answer was given to this question.

    10)Was your husband a pensioner or an applicant for pensionunder the la
    of Tennessee.

    11) Have you here tofore applied for a pension in this state ?

    12) When and where did your husband die?
    Feb.15,1916 near Piney Flats.

    13) At the time of your husbands death were you living with him as his lawful
    14) Have you married since the death of your soldier husband?

    15)How many children did you have with your said husband?
    Eight children -3 girls and 5 boys.

    16)What property ,real or personal,or income do you have or possess and it’s gross value.
    Nothing except 13 acres of knob land and He made a will to his youngest
    Child deed conveyed since to said boy -no income.

    17)What property real or personal did you possess at death of husba
    or did he leave you ,and what disposition if any by sale or gift ,have
    you made of the same ?

    18)Have a family? If so ,who composes such family?Give their mea
    of support .
    Have they any lands or other property?
    1 boy ,but no land or nothing to go on .

    19)Name some friend ,giving his name and post office address ,who will
    Be willing for us to write him about your case if necessary.
    J B Wolfe ,Piney Flats Tennessee.
    Sarah-X -Cagle
    Sworn to and before me on this
    10th day of May 1916
    J E Morris, Notary Public of Sullivan County
    Questions of Witnesses

    State of Tennessee
    Sullivan County
    Henry (L) Morris of said State and County having been presented as a witness in support of the application of Mrs. Sarah Cagle for a pension under Chapter 202,Acts of 1905 ,Chapter 103,Acts of 1907,Chapter 18 Acts of 1909,and Chapter 7 ,Acts of 1911,and after being duly sworn true answers to make to the following questions, deposes and answers as follows.
    1)What is your name and what is your post office address?
    Henry (L) Morris) Elizabethton Tennessee.

    2)Are you aquanted with the applicant Mrs. Cagle?
    If so ,how long have you known her?
    About 43 years.

    3)Where does she reside ,and how long has she been a reside
    the state?
    All her life.

    4)When and where was she born ?
    I don’t know.

    5)Were you ever aquainted with her husband?

    6)When and by whom were they married ?
    John L Bowers -in Elizabethton Tennessee.

    7) Were either of you present at the marriage?
    Yes we both were .

    8)How long did you know him ?
    44 years.
    9)When and where did Isaac Cagle enlist in the war between t
    States, and in what Company and Regiment did he enlist ,a
    How do you know this ?
    I don’t know.
    10)Were you a member of the same Company and Regiment at t
    close of the war?
    11)How long did he perform regular duty?
    I don’t know.

    12) When and where was his Company and regiment surrendered?
    I don’t know .

    13) Were you with the command when they surrendered?

    14)Was Isaac Cagle ,the husband of applicant present?
    I don’t know .

    15)If not present ,where was he ?
    No answer given to this question.

    16) When and where did he leave his command?
    I don’t know.

    17)When and where did Isaac Cagle die?
    Near Piney Flats -Feb. 15,1916

    18)Where did he reside at his death,and how long had he been a
    Resident of Tennessee at his death?
    50 years or more -about 2 miles from Piney Flats true(town).

    19)Do you know of your own knowledge that the applicant is the
    lawful widow of Isaac Cagle?

    20)Has she remained unmarried since her soldier husbands death,and is
    She now a widow?

    21)What property,effects ,or income has the applicant ,if any ,and how do
    you know this of your own knowledge?
    Nothing .

    22)Has applicant conveyed any property in the last 2 yrs or given
    any away ,if so what was it ,and to whom ?

    Sworn and subscribed before me this10th day of May 1916
    H.E. Morris
    Notary Public

    The Following Certificate of the County Trustee must be filled out whether the applicant owns any taxable property or not.

    I, E.D. Akard Trustee of Sullivan County Tennessee hereby verify that the property assessed on the books of this county to Mrs. Sarah Cagle
    The widow of Isaac Cagle : 0 acres amounts to $ 0 real estate and $0 personal.

    E.D.Akard Trustee
    For Sullivan County Tennessee.
    Certificate of Clerk of Court or Notary Public

    State of Tennessee
    Sullivan County

    I,JB Morris ,Notary Public in and for said county,hereby certify that the applicant Mrs. Sarah Cagle resides in said county and has been a bonafide resident of this state all her life and that the witnesses Mr. Morris and George Perry are of trustworthy character ,and their statements are entitled to full faith and credit .
    I do further certify that before answering ,the applicant and said witness took the oath herein prescribed and the full text of the affidavits was read to the applicant and witnesses before the same was signed and subscribed.
    Witness my hand and official seal this10th day of May 1916
    JB Norris -Notary Public

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