Campbell County Military
File of: Joseph Abraham Brown
 

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Transcribed by Bailey Francis

Originally sent to the Campbell County Mailing, Bailey gave permission for reprint here.

 
I obtained copies of the nearly 400 pages of my second great grandfather,
Joseph Abraham BROWN's (JAB) Civil War Pension file.  There is extensive hand-written testimony in multiple affidavits.  In many instances, the deponents revealed aspects of their own life and Civil War experiences. 


Freeling H. COX appeared on 17 October 1884 at Coal Creek, Anderson
County, TN, before D. G. COLSON, a Special Examiner of the Pension Office. He was listed as age 42, farmer, residence near Coal Creek.  He was a member of Company B, 3rd Tennessee Infantry (Union).  He was a boyhood friend of JAB and raised in the same neighborhood.  He attended ("waited on") JAB for about 3 months after an injury in a railroad accident near Murfreesboro, TN, February 1863.  Mr. COX left Murfreesboro for Carthage, TN, with his Company about May 1863.  He mentioned that his company "fell back" from Strawberry Plains, TN, and went to Sweetwater, TN, the next day.  He says that he "left the company next morning and went home and did not go back for some time".  Mr. COX signed his name to the affidavit with an "X" mark.


Joseph W. DAVIS first appeared before J. F. CHAPMAN, JP for AndersonCounty, on 10 December 1881.  He testified that he was 53 years of age and a resident of Hinds or Hines Creek, Anderson County, TN.   He testified for the 2nd time 8 November 1882 before William CARDEN, JP for Anderson County.  He appeared for the final time on 17 October 1884 at Coal Creek, Anderson County, TN, before D. G. COLSON, Special Examiner of the Pension Office.  On this last occasion, he stated that he was 56 years of age, his occupation was farmer, and that his residence and PO addresses were Andersonville, Anderson County, TN.  He was also a member of Company B, 3rd Tennessee Infantry.  He was also a boyhood acquaintance of JAB.  He stated, "He and I were boys together and resided on a creek and sometimes in a swimming together two or three times a day..."  He was at Murfreesboro with his company in February 1863.  He stated, "We went to Carthage from Murfreesboro".  He was also in Marietta, GA, in the fall of 1863 "on Sherman Campaign through Georgia", and had just returned from a "Sherman raid".  He stated that he and JAB were discharged together in Nashville, TN.


John C. SLOVER was the son of Aaron and Nancy (Burton) SLOVER.

John C. SLOVER first appeared before D. L. HALL, Clerk of the Circuit
Court, on 7 June 1881.  Secondly, he appeared before J. F. CHAPMAN, JP on 3 February 1882, and lastly, he testified in an Q&A fashion before D. G. COLSON, Special Examiner of the Pension Office, on 5 January 1884.

The testimony 5 January 1884 contains the following:  age 52, farmer,
residence and PO address are Coal Creek, Anderson County, TN.  He was also a boyhood acquaintance of JAB.  John C. SLOVER was originally in Co. C, 2nd TN Infantry from 1 August 1861 to 7 February 1862, where he attained the rank of Sgt.  From 12 February 1862 to March or April 1865, he was Captain of Company E, 3rd TN Infantry.  He stated that he was commissioned as Capt. of Co. E at Flat Lick, KY 12 February 1862.  Subsequently, he was asked about when he saw JAB suffering with his ankle injury, and he stated, "It was while LONGSTREET was about Knoxville - no it while he was advancing on Knoxville the 2nd time.  I was captured Feb. 24, 1864, at Love's Creek, Knox Co, Tenn., and I think it was just before my capture."


William S. REYNOLDS appeared 19 September 1884 before D. G. COLSON, Special Examiner for the Pension Office.  He stated, "I am sixty-eight years of age, am a farmer, and my place of residence and p. o. address is Andersonville, Anderson County, Tenn.  I was a member of Company A, 1st Tennesse Infantry - was a Sergeant and acting Captain in said company.  I was at Nashville in 1863 or 1864 when I saw (JAB)......"
Q.  "Who was present when you saw him.....?"
A.  "Joe DAVIS, Hind's Creek, Tenn. and Howe (? hard to be sure of correct spelling) OVERTON, whereabouts unknown".


John J. LOWE testifed the first time on 23 November 1882, in Clinton,
Anderson County, TN, before Henry Clay SLOVER, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Anderson County, TN.

John J. LOWE appeared a second time 15 November 1884 at Hind's Creek, Anderson County, Tennessee before D. G. COLSON, Special Examiner of the Pension Office.

He stated, "I am about forty-eight years of age, am a farmer, and my place
of residence is near, and p. o. address is Hind's Creek, Anderson County,
Tennessee.  I enlisted in Company C, 2nd Tennessee Mounted Infantry in
August 1861, prior to which date I was acquainted with Joseph BROWN for
about two years and resided within one and one half miles of him.  I
worked for his father and mother (William and Malinda K. OVERTON BROWN) and labored with Joseph BROWN.  I was captured in 1862 and was kept a prisoner by the rebels until May 1865 at which time I was turned loose."

<clip> (talking about JAB) "...we worked together, fished together, and
played together - went to school together."
Q.  "Did you work with (JAB) in 1865?
A.  "No, Sir, I did not work with him but I was with him a great deal,
fishing and did not live far from him -- yes, I did work some with him.  I
helped his mother cut a field of corn and (JAB) help me cut the corn."
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Q.  "Who were in swimming with you in 1865 - when you saw (JAB)'s injury?"
A.  "Hain HAYS and Foster BROWN and somebody else I have forgotten."
Q.  "Where are Hain HAYS and Foster BROWN?"
A.  "They went west.  I don't know where."  (JAB then stated that Hain
HAYS and Foster BROWN were dead)

John J. LOWE signed all of his testimony with an "X" mark.


Elvis WALLACE was born about 1837 in Anderson County, TN.  He married 8 Sept 1857 in Anderson County, TN, Rebecca CORUM.  Elvis WALLACE was the oldest child of Enoch Ball "Eke" WALLACE and Elizabeth "Betsey" UNDERWOOD.

Elvis WALLACE signed an affidavit on 10 December 1881 before J. F.
CHAPMAN, JP, of Anderson County, TN, certified by T. J. PROCISE, Deputy Court Clerk for Anderson County.  He appeared for the second time on 18 October 1884 in Coal Creek, Anderson County, TN, before D. G. COLSON, Special Examiner of the Pension Office.

He stated, "I am forty seven years of age, am a farmer, and my place of
residence near Faust's Ferry, Anderson County, Tenn., and my p. o. address is Hinds Creek, Anderson County, Tenn.  Knew (JAB) from boyhood to the date I enlisted in the army August 8, 1861.  Have known him since discharge June 1865.  He used to come to my father's mill before the war."


William Richard HICKS, born 6 Dec 1842 in Anderson County, TN, died 23 Aug 1910 in Anderson County, TN, was the oldest child of John Henson HICKS and Elizabeth "Betsy" DAIL.  He married 19 March 1868 in Anderson County, TN, Mary Luraney DUNCAN, born 6 June 1846, in Anderson County, TN, died 2 March 1929 in Anderson County, TN.  William Richard HICKS was a first cousin once removed of JAB, as his mother, Elizabeth "Betsy" DAIL, was the daughter of William Riley DAIL, Sr. and Nancy OVERTON.  Nancy OVERTON was JAB's Aunt and a sister to JAB's mother, Malinda K. OVERTON.  Mary Luraney DUNCAN was a younger sister to my second great grandmother, Talitha Caroline DUNCAN, who married JAB.  Hence, William Richard HICKS was also a brother-in-law to Joseph Abraham BROWN's wife.

William Richard HICKS appeared 12 November 1884 in Clinton, Anderson
County, TN, before D. G. COLSON, Special Examiner of the Pension Office.

He stated, "I am forty-two years of age, am a lawyer, and reside in and my p. o. address is Clinton, Anderson County, Tenn.  I have known (JAB) ever since our boyhood; we were schoolmates.  Resided near (JAB) prior to and at the date of my enlistment August 6, 1861.  Saw (JAB) often before my enlistment and also saw him a very few days before he enlisted.  he was
then going to Flat Lick, Kentucky, and I was at Flat Lick, Kentucky, when
he enlisted.  Saw him but few times during our service...  I was discharged in February 1865."  <clip> I have resided near (JAB).  Most of our intimacy (obviously a different connotation than it has today) was brought about by the fact that he has been a public officer a great deal; in fact from 1868 or 1869 to August 1884." (JAB was High Sheriff and Register of Deeds for Anderson County, TN, as well as in 1886, a State Representative for Anderson and Morgan Counties.


Callaway BEETS appeared on 14 November 1884 at Andersonville, Anderson County, TN, before D. G. COLSON, Special Examiner of the Pension Office.

He stated, "I am forty one years of age, am a farmer and I reside near and
my p.o. address is Andersonville, Anderson County, Tennessee.  I have
known (JAB) since boyhood.  Knew him when enlisted, and he and I mustered into the service together at Flat Lick, Kentucky, in early part of 1862. He and I served together in Company B, 3rd Tennessee Infantry.  I do not know whether we were discharged right together but we came home from Nashville to Knoxville, Tennessee together."


(This was probably James Fulton HICKS, born 2 August 1844 in Anderson
County, TN, died 12 February 1925 in Westpoint, Clay County, MS.  He was the son of John Henson HICKS and Elizabeth "Betsy" DAIL.)

James F. HICKS appeared 17 November 1884 at Clinton, Anderson County, TN, before D. G. COLSON, Special Examiner of the Pension Office.

He stated, "I am forty one years of age, am a farmer, and my place of
residence and p.o. address is Bull Run, Knox County, Tennessee.  I knew
(JAB) prior to my enlistment in August 1861.  Had known him from childhood having been raised with him." <clip> "I saw (JAB) once or twice while in the Army."
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Q.  "Have you been associated with (JAB) since 1870; if so, in what
capacity?"
A.  "Yes, I trade in stock a good deal and he has been riding a great deal
and have stayed all night with each other and have consulted together in
elections."


Isham N. GUY appeared 17 November 1884 at Dutch Valley, Anderson County, TN, before D. G. COLSON, Special Examiner of the Pension Office.

He stated, "I am about fifty-seven or -eight years of age, am a farmer,
and I live five miles from, and my p.o. address is, Clinton, Anderson
County, Tennessee.  I was a member of Company B, 3rd Tennessee Infantry. 
<clip>  I was put into the pioneer corps and was in it for nearly two
years...."

 

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