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Thomas Jefferson Norwood (1842-1933)
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Born: 8 May 1842 Carroll County Tennessee.
Married: Emily Elizabeth Pinkston (1842-1921) the daughter of James J. Pinkston (1805-1879) and Mary(Polly) (1805-1900) on 2 Jan 1866 in Carroll County Tennessee. 5
Died: 7 Mar 1933 Carroll County Tennessee. 1 2
Buried: 7 Mar 1933 Butler Church Cemetery Carroll County Tennessee. 1 3 4
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William Norwood
Abt 1788-Bet 1850 and 1860
John Norwood
9 Jan 1807-9 Feb 1889
Married: 10 May 1806
Kissiah Langham
Abt 1789-Bet 1850 and 1860
Thomas Jefferson Norwood
8 May 1842-7 Mar 1933
Married: 16 Sep 1830
Civil War - Union Robert O'Neal
Matilda O'Neal
Abt 1809-Aft 1890
Married: 19 Dec 1792
Sarah Elizabeth Davis
1772-Nov 1849

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      Emily Elizabeth Pinkston

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NORWOOD, THOMAS J(EFFERSON), Companies E & C, pvt, enlisted by Captain Parsons of Co E for 3 years at Huntingdon, TN on 8/20/62 and mustered in at Humboldt on 8/24/62 at age 20. He was 5'9" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born in Carroll Co, TN about 1842. He was AWOL from 2/17/63-5/26/63 and was one of the 100 or more men who went AWOL from the forts on the Mississippi/Tennessee line in June 1863. Norwood was arrested while AWOL and returned to the regiment in time to be captured with the regiment at Union City, TN on 3/24/64 and taken to Andersonville Prison in Georgia. He had scrobutus there but survived, being exchanged at Savannah, GA on 11/20/64. Taken first to Annapolis, he returned to duty and was discharged with the regiment when it disbanded at Nashville, TN on 8/9/65. He married Emily Elizabeth Pinkston in 1866 and applied for an invalid pension, #290,968/274,841, in 1879. In 1890 he lived near the Buena Vista PO in Carroll Co, TN. In September 1931, he was one of only four Civil War soldiers remaining alive in Carroll Co. Norwood died on 3/7/1933 and is buried in Butler's Chapel Cemetery in Buena Vista. He has a military marker. There is a "Find A Grave" entry showing Norwood's marker, his obituary and a picture of him in uniform. He was the son of John and Matilda O'Neill Norwood.

While in Illinois he gave an affidavit concerning the death of James Kilbreath at Andersonville Prison.

On this 28th day of July 1866 before me a Notary Public of Carbondale in the county and state above named and duly authorized by law to administer oaths for general purposes. Evidence of my being duly commissioned and qualified being now on file in the office of the Commissioner of Pensions in Washington City; personally appeared Thomas J Norwood who being first duly sworn, declares that he is aged 21 That he resides in Williamson County State of Illinois. That he was a private in Company 'E' of the 7th Tennessee Cavalry Volunteers and was captured by the rebels at Union City, Tennessee on the 24 of March 1864, and was a prisoner in the stockade at Andersonville, Georgia from about the first of June 1864 to the 16 day of September 1864 at which time, on account of diarrhea, he was taken out of the stockade and placed in the hospital just outside the stockade. That he was acquainted with James A. Kilbreath who was a private in Company 'A' of the 11th regiment Illinois Infantry Volunteers. That said Kilbreath was also a prisoner in the hands of the rebels and was placed in said Andersonville Stockade about the first of July 1864. That said Kilbreath when he was first put in said prison pen had the scurvy very badly and could hardly get about. That he kept growing worse and so much reduced that he could not walk a step. That sometime before this affiant was sent to the hospital, several attempts were made to have the said soldier taken out of the stockade to the hospital, but the rebels would not let him out. That after this affiant was sent to the hospital outside of said stockade on or about the 11 of October 1864, this affiant saw the said James A. Kilbreath in the hospital grounds sitting crouched up on the ground by a little tree, with no blanket or anything except the earth to lay on and no covering except the sky over his head, at near sundown. That said soldier being entirely unable to help himself and his limbs contracted and drawn up and close to his body and had the diarrhea very bad. The said Kilbreath then said to this affiant that he was going to die, and asked this affiant to try to get him a place where he could be under cover. That this affiant tried to encourage said soldier and went to find a place where he could get him under shelter, but not succeeding he did not return to the place where said soldier was until the next morning about half past 8 O'clock when he went to the same place, but said Kilbreath was not there. That this affiant then went immediately to the dead house expecting to find his body there. That when he reached the dead house, the wagon that hauled off the dead had just been loaded and started away to the burial ground and he had no opportunity to examine further for the body of said soldier. This affiant further states that it was the rule at said hospital to call the roll of all the persons there each morning at 8 O'clock. That when a person died his name was dropped from the roll and not called. That he paid particular attention to the roll call for several days after he last saw said Kilbreath and did not hear his name called. That he was at said hospital up to the 16th of November 1864 and had good opportunity to know if said Kilbreath had been about said hospital. That he never saw or heard of him after the aforesaid. That at the time the affiant last saw said soldier, he believes from his condition that he could not live but a short time longer. This affiant further states that he resides as above stated and has no interest in the claim of Mary E. Kilbreath, widow of James A. Kilbreath for a pension.

Thomas J Norwood by his mark

Witnesses James Broadford Isaac N Walker

Subscribed and sworn to before me this28th day July 1866 and I hearby certify that I have no interest in the said claim and am not concerned in it's prosecution. That the said witness is a credible person and knew the contents of said affidavit before subscribing and swearing to the same, it having been read to him by me.
In 1889 he joined the local post of the Grand Army of the Republic.
AT REST - Thomas J. Norwood departed this life March 7, 1933; age 92 yrs., 8 mos., and 27 days. He was married to Elizabeth Pinkston about 70 years ago. She preceded him to her grave about 14 years. To this union were born four children, but all except one child, a daughter, Mrs. Martha Ann Clark, have passed to the great beyond. He is also survived by a number of grandchildren, also great grandchildren, and a number of great, great grandchildren, and a number of relatives and friends to mourn his death. He was kind and gentle; always patient. Through his sickness he often time spoke of his eternal home, and of meeting loved ones in their heavenly mansion. It was sad to give him up, but our loss is his gain. His eye sight almost completely left him about ten years ago. But he has gone to live where the blind shall receive their sight, for "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." He enlisted in the Federal army when a young man, and was a noble, brave soldier throughout the war. He was captured and put in prison at Andersonville, Ga. There he suffered untold agonies for several long months. He professed faith in Christ more than threescore years ago, and had been a member of the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist church over 50 years, and was a faithful member until death. He was laid to rest on March 8 in the Butler cemetery, with funeral services conducted by the Rev. Walter Joyner. He's at rest from toil and trouble, Where the blind receive their sight, In a p1ace of endless Glory In that Heavenly Home -- so bright.6 2 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14


  1. Death Certificate for Thomas J. Norwood, , File No. 4697, Tennessee State Board of Health
  2. Thomas J. Norwood's Last Will & Testament
  3. Tennessee Republican, Huntingdon, Tennessee, Friday, April 14, 1933
  4. United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1949, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org)
  5. County Marriage Record, Thos Norwood-Elizabeth Pinkston
  6. Thomas Norwood's Affidavit for Mary Kilbreath
  7. Thomas J. Norwood's Civil War Service Record
  8. Roster - Isaac R. Hawkins Post - Grand Army of the Republic
  9. Thomas J. Norwood's Pension File
  10. United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org)
  11. The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, National Park Service
  12. Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
  13. Presidential Memorial Certificate
  14. THE 7TH TENNESSEE CAVALRY USA (Originally 2nd West Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry) Peggy Scott Holley