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James Franklin Smothers (1837-1916)
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Born: 22 Sep 1837 Carroll County Tennessee. 1 2
Married: (1) Sarah Elizabeth Barnes (1837-1883) on 29 Apr 1857 in Benton County Tennessee. 1
Married: (2) Cora Alice Baggett (1856-1948) on 20 Nov 1884 in Benton County Tennessee. 3
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 Alice Baggett

SMOTHERS, JAMES F(RANKLIN), Companies E, B & C, dutysergeant/sergeant, enlisted by Captain Parsons atHuntingdon, TN on 6/28/62 and mustered at Humboldt, TN on8/11/62 at age 24. He was 5'8" tall, light complexion,blue eyes, light hair, a farmer born in Carroll Co, TN inSeptember 1837 and a resident thereof in 1860. Capturedand paroled with the regiment at the battle of Trenton, TNon 12/20/1862, he most likely spent time in parole camp atCamp Chase in Columbus, OH along with Colonel Hawkins andothers of the regiment awaiting exchange. These men wereexchanged from June through September, 1863. Smothers wasnot captured with the regiment at Union City, TN on3/24/64. The men who escaped generally spent the Springand summer of 1864 in Columbus, KY. Smothers transferredto Co C in August of 1864 and spent time in the hospitalwith a hernia at Jeffersonville, IN in 1865. He receivedan early discharge on 6/2/65 due to disability. Smothersand wife, Sarah Elizabeth Barnes, (m. 1857) eventuallymoved to Benton Co, TN. He became a Methodist Episcopalminister and a Mason according to his obituary in CamdenChronicle. He applied for an invalid pension in 1879.Smothers died in Camden, TN on 2/10/1916 and is buried inthe Palestine Cemetery in Benton Co, TN with a militarymarker. His 2nd wife, Cora Baggett Smothers, applied forand received a widow's pension. Smothers was the son ofJohn Pinkston and Nancy Smothers. MR #16584

Sources:

  1. BENTON COUNTY, TENNESSEE In The Civil War
  2. Civil War Service Record - Fold3.com
  3. Ancestry.com Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002
  4. THE 7TH TENNESSEE CAVALRY USA (Originally 2nd WestTennessee Volunteer Cavalry) Peggy Scott Holley


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