Filed under: Genealogy.
I am continuing the search for my Civil War ancestors. My latest solider is on my dad’s side of the family–2nd Lt James H. Williams of Smith and Dekalb Counties, Tennessee. The most interesting fact about his service is that he was a Union soldier! The story goes that his wife and widow, Amanda, filed a Civil War Pension Application and cut a page from the Family Bible as proof of two of James H. and Amanda’s children.
He first served in Co K 5th Tennessee Cavalry as a Private and a Trumpeter(also written as “bugler” in his records). His service records with the 5th Cavalry showed that when he enlisted in July 1863 he was 25 years old. His height was 6 feet 1 inch, fair complexion with gray eyes. His birthplace was Smith County and he was a farmer. I love finding the physical descriptions of my ancestors–it really brings them to life!
Later James was commissioned with the 4th Mounted Infantry as 2nd Lieutenant. He was mustered out of service August 14, 1865 in Pulaski, TN. In the 1870 census of Tennessee he had returned home and lived next door to his parents, Andrew and Mercilla Williams, in Dekalb County.
With notes in hand, I searched records and made copies I will need to file an application to Civil War Families of Tennessee. I found all I needed, except the 1860 census record of James H. Williams. I have a copy of the Bible record showing his marriage to Amanda P. Cathcart in 1856 (probably Smith Co where both James and Amanda were living in the 1850 census) but could not find the couple in the 1860 TN census. I will have to save that search for another day.