Cocke County, Tennessee
Rachael L (William) M Bible
Civil War Widow's Pension
Names mentioned: William M Bible, Rachel L Ottinger,
Florence S Ottinger, Mary J Ottinger, Joel Ren, Joseph Woods, William H
Wood, Abraham Dawson, Elizabeth Ren, Jane Dawson, James M Hale, Alfred
Knisley, James C Beeks, James D Carlisle, John M Baer. Original records
be found online through
various genealogy databases, or by requesting copies of military
records in government archives.
Abstracted and submitted by Bruce Price
William M Bible served as a private in Co D, 8th
Tenn Volunteers. He was a
resident of Cocke County with a Greeneville post office box. He
and died at Andersonville prison 10/06/1864, having been captured by
the enemy on 6/12/1864.
William M Bible and Rachel Ottinger married 7/25/1860. They had
two children: Florence S, born 9/26/1861, and Mary J,
On 8/19.1865, Rachael L. Bible, aged 25 years, a resident of District
#4 of Cocke
County, filed for a pension in Greene County. She was married to
William M Bible on 7/25/1860 by Joel Ren, a JP. Joel Ren and Joseph
Woods, also residents of District #4, testified that they knew
Rachael and William were married and lived together.
On 10/01/1866, William H Wood, Cocke County Court Clerk,
certified that Rachael L Bible was a resident of the 3rd Civil District
and that she was the widow of William M Bible. William died of fever
while in the rebel prison at Andersonville, GA. He stated that Joel Ren
was a minister rather than a JP. But he alsop stated that both
daughters were born in 1861 in Cocke County.
Joel Ren and Abraham Dawson, both residents of Cocke County,
witnessed Rachael's signature and stated that they had known her five
years and that she was the widow of William M Bible.
A certified copy of their marriage license is included in the file.
Elizabeth Ren and Jane Dawson testified that they were
present at the births of Florence L and Mary J Bible, children of
William and Rachel Bible. James M Hale and Alfred Knisley
witnessed their signatures.
On 10/11/1869, Rachel L Bible, a resident of Parrottsville District in
Cocke County, aged 29 years, renewed or reapplied for her pension. She
revoked the power of attorney she had previously set up and asked that
all communication come to a Greenville PO box. James C Beeks
and James D Carlisle witnessed her signature. Elizabeth Ren and
Jane Dawson also testified that they saw Rachael sign her name. John
M Baer and James D Carlisle witnessed their signatures.