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James Franklin Smothers (1837-1916)
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Born: 22 Sep 1837 .
Married: (1) Sarah Elizabeth Barnes (1837-1883) on 29 Apr 1857 in Benton County Tennessee. 1
Married: (2) Cora Baggett (-) on 20 Nov 1884 in Benton County Tennessee. 2
Died: 10 Jan 1916 .
Buried: Palestine Cemetery Benton County Tennessee.
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James Franklin Smothers
22 Sep 1837-10 Jan 1916
Civil War - Union


Spouse and Children

      Sarah Elizabeth Barnes

       Cora Baggett

SMOTHERS, JAMES F(RANKLIN), Companies E, B & C, duty sergeant/sergeant, enlisted by Captain Parsons at Huntingdon, TN on 6/28/62 and mustered at Humboldt, TN on 8/11/62 at age 24. He was 5'8" tall, light complexion, blue eyes, light hair, a farmer born in Carroll Co, TN in September 1837 and a resident thereof in 1860. Captured and paroled with the regiment at the battle of Trenton, TN on 12/20/1862, he most likely spent time in parole camp at Camp Chase in Columbus, OH along with Colonel Hawkins and others of the regiment awaiting exchange. These men were exchanged from June through September, 1863. Smothers was not captured with the regiment at Union City, TN on 3/24/64. The men who escaped generally spent the Spring and summer of 1864 in Columbus, KY. Smothers transferred to Co C in August of 1864 and spent time in the hospital with a hernia at Jeffersonville, IN in 1865. He received an early discharge on 6/2/65 due to disability. Smothers and wife, Sarah Elizabeth Barnes, (m. 1857) eventually moved to Benton Co, TN. He became a Methodist Episcopal minister and a Mason according to his obituary in Camden Chronicle. He applied for an invalid pension in 1879. Smothers died in Camden, TN on 2/10/1916 and is buried in the Palestine Cemetery in Benton Co, TN with a military marker. His 2nd wife, Cora Baggett Smothers, applied for and received a widow's pension. Smothers was the son of John Pinkston and Nancy Smothers. MR #16583

Sources:

  1. BENTON COUNTY, TENNESSEE In The Civil War
  2. Ancestry.com Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002
  3. THE 7TH TENNESSEE CAVALRY USA (Originally 2nd West Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry) Peggy Scott Holley