Tennessee Genealogy Research by Debbie W. Spero

Genealogy–tips, research ideas, problems and answers

David Herron of White County, TN Revolutionary Soldier aged 103

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

I found the answer to my 5th great grandfather’s Revolutionary War Service faster than I thought.   I already had a copy of his Revolutionary War pension application buried in my files of family research. My grandfather was Morgan Jackson Saddler 1917-1986.  His mother was Mai Bell Tomberlain of Rutherford and Davidson Counties, TN, 1892-1972.  Her […]

Civil War and Revolutionary War Ancestors

Monday, September 17th, 2012

I have spent the last couple of years researching my Civil War ancestors and applying for membership in the Civil War Families of Tennessee through the East Tennessee Historical Society.    I am almost finished with the applications and supporting papers for Lewis Bradshaw Pilkerton and his father Aaron Pilkerton of Rutherford Co, who both served […]

Lewis B. Pilkerton, Confederate War Soldier, Private, Co. H, 18 Tennessee Infantry

Monday, March 12th, 2012

L.B. Pilkerton, enlisted 15 Nov 1861, in Bowling Green, KY, in Co H, 18th Regiment of Tennessee Infantry, for a period of 6 1/3 months.    This was listed on the first card of his service record, along with “absent” and “detached to Capt. Porter’s Artillery”.     L.B. Pilkerton had only one card for his service in Capt […]

Civil War Pension Application for Emma Lankford Widow of Silas James Lankford, Smith and Dickson Counties, TN

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

The depositions continue concerning the widow application of Emma Langford, wife of Union and Confederate Soldier, Silas James Lankford… 8 Feb 1906   Tabitha Lankford:  I am 63 years of age.   My post office is Defeated, Tenn.  I have no occupation.   James Lankford was my brother.  His name was Silas James Lankford.   He lived at home […]

Emma Langford/Lankford Civil War Widow’s Pension for Soldier Silas James Langford/Lankford of Dickson Co. TN

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

In the continuation of the Widow’s Pension by Emma Langford for Civil War soldier Silas James Langford, the affadavits tell the story of first and second marriages and more…. 11 Aug 1905, J.M. Mitchel age 52 of Daniel, Dickson Co., TN and 56 year old P.A. Michel of same appear before a notary public of Dickson and […]

Emma Lankford, wife of Silas James Lankford of Smith and Dickson Co, TN files for a Civil War Widow’s Pension

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

Silas James Langford of Smith and Dickson Co., TN died in May 1905.    His widow, Emma Langford, then applied for a widow’s pension for Silas James’ service to the U.S. during the Civil War.     Following are the affidavits that were filed concerning her application. W.R. Jones, of Daniel, Dickson Co. TN, age 45, declared 23 June 1905 […]

Silas James Lankford/Langford Medical Affidavits Civil War Pension Application

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

The next information on the Civil War Pension of Silas James Langford/Lankford of Smith and Dickson Co Tennessee was his medical records.     There were general and medical affidavits detailing his physical disabilities by neighbors and doctors. First was a general affidavit by T.W. Harper, M.D., age 33 of Bellburg, Dickson Co, TN and W.L. Weakley, age […]

The Civil War Pension File of Soldier Silas James Langford

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Continuing with the pension file of Silas James Langford/Lankford, the next form was a questionnaire dated 26 April 1902. No.1  Are you a married man and if so please state your wife’s full name and her maiden name. Answer:   Yes, Emily Langford, maiden Hunter. No.2  When, where and by whom were you married? Answer:  15 […]

The Full Pension File of Silas James Lankford, CSA and USA Soldier of Smith Co Tennessee

Monday, June 20th, 2011

It could have taken up to six months for me to get it, but it didn’t!    Last week while I was away,  I received the full pension file–Civil War–of Silas James Lankford!    And, it is CHOCK FULL of information. Over the next few days, I will detail the info given in this pension file.    It […]