Tennessee Genealogy Research by Debbie W. Spero

Genealogy–tips, research ideas, problems and answers

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 […]

Civil War Widow’s Pension Application and Papers Emma Langford/Lankford wife of Silas James Langford/Lankford Civil War Soldier

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

In my last post Emma Langford admitted in a deposition on 19 Jan 1906 that, “yes I had heard that Silas James Langford had had a wife before the one, Zilpha Dunn, who died here”.    Emma continued:   “When Zilpha died there was a young man, Marion Langford, here.  I have heard that he was Silas […]

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 […]