Campbell County Military
John Smiddy
 Civil War Pension

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Submitted by Debra Elam

John. Smiddy
Co. F. 6th Reg. Tenn. Vol. Inf.
(son of  Calvin and Elizabeth)

He signed his name.
Pension Certificate #121004

Entered as John Smiday private. Boston, KY on March 10, 1862 (March 24, 1862) Honorably discharged at Nashville March 24, 1865 Commander Arehavle Myers, and Joseph A. Cooper.

Disability: Gunshot wound of right thigh, battle near Kennesaw Mountains, GA. Several months hospital at Chattanooga, Nashville, and Knoxville, TN. After wound Guard duty at Hospital. Entered as John Smiday in Hospital. Absent wounded: return July 1864. Wounded since May 14, 1864. In 1924 disability listed as: Scatis Rheumatism, Catarrh of head, and severe heart trouble, requires constant attendance at this time. Other service Brownlow's Milita.

Other information in file:
Parents: Calvin Smiddy and Betty Smiddy (John's parents are illiterate so there are no records.)
Brothers & sisters: John, James, Liza, Milton (died), Benjamin, Ruben, and Malindia Smiddy. All born before 1850 except Malindia. (I question before 1850?)(These names match what my great grandmother told me.) Their Mother died about 1859-1860.
Lived 1850-1860 at or near Jacksboro, TN. Other places: Carryville, Elk Valley, and Pleasant View, KY.
John was born: Dec 20, 1843 in Elkfork now Elk Valley, Campbell County, TN
John's Wife: Annie Kesterson Married: April 22, 1875 by W.C. Warnack J.P. in Jacksboro, TN
Previous Marriage by John: Yes Both former wife's dead. No children.
Children with present Wife, Anna:
Mattie b. Apr. 16, 1887 (married a Fox)
Fred b. Dec 4, 1881
Rossie b. Apr. 2, 1888

John was married 4 times
(1) Louise Jane Rosier Married Jan 18, 1866 Died Nov 4, 1869 at Carryville, Tn
(2) Alcy Wood or Woods Married Dec 27, 1870 Died Feb 13, 1873 at Carryville, Tn
(3) Anna Kesterson Married April 22, 1875 Died June 14, 1919 at Newcomb, Tn
(4) Maggie Rhenihart (Swaney) Married April 16, 1920 by L.L.Richenour J.P. Papers say
Rev. John Smiddy.

John is 5 ft. 11 in Tall. Complexion is Fair. Blue Eyes. Black hair. Listed as Farmer and Preacher (1924).
He died Nov 25, 1926.

Affidavits or witnesses:
A. Jartis knew 50 yrs
J. C. Cates knew 28 yrs
D. H. Rosier
S.C. Baird
F.T. McNew
G.W. Heathere
Adonijah Thomas
Martin Layne
On Widow's Pension: Maggie Smiddy 68 yrs old, her brother Grant Rhinehart is her Guardian. Feb 4, 1927. B Feb 26, 1857 Green County. She is in Eastern Hospital for insane at Beardese, TN under care of Dr. R.E. Lee Smith. MD.

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