Cocke County, Tennessee
Lydia (Chrisley) Webb
Civil War Widow's Pension
Names mentioned: Chrisley Webb, Lydia Matthews, Polly
Webb, Jane (Jenny) Webb, Nancy Webb, Henderson Webb, James Madison
Webb, WN Smith, James C LaRue, Wm N Smith, Anderson McMillion, GW
Gunter, Agnes Roberts, William H Wood, Rhoda Baxter, Zilpha Lane, John
be found online through
various genealogy databases, or by requesting copies of military
records in government archives.
Abstracted and submitted by Bruce Price
Chrisley Webb served as a private on Co K, 2nd Reg Tenn
Cavalry Volunteers. He was a resident of Cocke County. He enrolled on
12/01/1862, was mustered on 1/26/1862, and died 3/30/1863 in
Murfreesboro of typhoid fever. Chrisley Webb was married to Lydia
Matthews on 1/05/1857. They had three children: Polly born
2/17/1857, Jane born 11/30/1858, and Nancy born 7/13/1861.
The declaration states that the first named child was illegitimate and
the last dead. This document was dated 11/21/1870.
The County Court Clerk filed an affidavit that Chrisley Webb and Lydia
Matthews were married 1/05/1857 by WN Smith, a minister.
On 12/03/1865, James C Larue, County Court Clerk, filed
out the application for Lydia Webb. She was thirty years old and a
resident of Cocke County. They were married 1/05/1857 by Wm N Smith, a
minister. It listed the children:
James Madison Webb born 10/26/1851
They still lived in Cocke County. Anderson McMillion and GW
Gunter, both residents of
Cocke County, witnessed Lydia's signature. They stated they knew
Chrisley and named the five children and swore that Lydia had not
Polly Webb born 2/176/1857
Jenny Webb born 11/13/1858
Nancy Webb born 6/13/1861
Henderson Webb born 1/13/1863
On 9/28/1868, Agnes Roberts, a resident of Cocke County, swore
that she was acquainted with Chrisley and Lydia Webb, and swore to the
dates of birth of Polly and Nancy and stated that both were born in the
12th Civil District.
Lydia Webb was called to explain, under oath, the discrepancies between
the dates of birth of her two oldest children and her date of marriage
to Chrisley Webb. She stated that her oldest was illegitimate and not
the son of Chrisley Webb. The second child was conceived before her
marriage to Chrisley, but he was the father of the child. She stated
that she could not procure the affidavit of William H Wood because he
was dead. The document is dated 8/06/1868.
The next document in the file is an affidavit signed by William H
Wood giving the dates of birth of Lydia's children. It was dated
11/14/1866. This narrows down the date of death for Wood.
Rhoda Baxter stated that she was the chief physician at the
birth of Jane Webb and gave date of birth as 11/30/1858. Zilpha Lane
and John Baxter witnessed her signature.
Another affidavit for Lydia Webb signed by William H Wood on 5/02/1867
further narrows down his date of death.
Lydia was dropped from the rolls in 1893 because of an unclaimed
payment in 1890.
Nancy Webb apparently filed a claim as a child of Chrisley Webb but was
denied on 10/18/1909 because she could not prove that she was the same
Lydia was deposed and stated that Henderson was illegitimate. This
document is undated.