Cocke County,Tennessee
Rebecca (Eli) Tinker
Civil War Widow's Pension

Names mentioned: Eli Tinker, Rebecca Miller Tinker, James Baxter, David Anderson Tinker, Martha Tinker, Mary Tinker, William Tinker, Abraham Tinker, Delila Jane Tinker, Carson Tinker, Jacob Lincoln Tinker, Asbury Fowler, Anderson McMillan, Anna Grooms, Robert McGaha, Samuel McGaha, Cena Carson, William A Carson, David Brooks, Nancy Murrell, John Butler, David C Miller, Lucy Large, William Jamess, William McMahan.

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Abstracted and submitted by Bruce Price

Eli Tinker
served as a private in Co K, 8th Tennessee Cavalry on 9/10/1863. He died of typhoid fever on 12/09/1863 in Knoxville. He married Rebecca Miller on 3/13/1847 in Cocke County by James Baxter. Their children were:

David Anderson Tinker born 6/17/1848
Martha Tinker born 12/15/1850
Mary Tinker born 10/06/1851
William Tinker born 12/15/1854
Abraham Tinker born 2/12/1856
Delila Jane Tinker born 12/15/1858
Carson Tinker born 2/12/1860
Jacob Lincoln Tinker born 8/17/1862

Rebecca applied for her pension on 5/31/1866. She was thirty-nine and lived in the 10th Civil District of Cocke County.

Asbury Fowler and Anderson McMillan witnessed her signature. Asbury Fowler further testified that he was Captain of Tinker's company.

Anna Grooms testified that she was present at the births of William and Abraham. Robert McGaha and Samuel McGaha witnessed her signature.

Cena Carson testified that she was present in Greene County at the house of Eli and Rebecca Tinker when Carson Tinker was born. William A Carson and David Brooks witnessed her signature.

Nancy Murrell testified that she was chief physician at the birth of Jacob Lincoln Tinker. John Butler and David C Miller witnessed her signature.

Rebecca Tinker's claim dropped at her death. The document is dated 10/31/1899, so she died before that.

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