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    Deed Book APutnam County Deed Book A covers the years 21 July 1854 - 06 November 1856. Abstracts of the deeds from this book are provided.

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    Civil War Veterans

    Brief BiographiesPutnam County contributed over 2000 men to the Civil War.

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  • Will Abstracts

    Will Book 6Putnam County Will Book 6 covers the years August 1876 - December 1933. Abstracts of the deeds from this book are provided.

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Born: 12 December 1818 in ?? County, Tennesseee (Tombstone says 12 Sep 1818)
Died: 10 June 1904 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Buried: Dodson Branch Cemetery, Jackson County, Tennessee
Parents: Joyner and Nancy (Unknown) Gentry

Married: Mary "Pollie" Peek about 1846 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Born: 29 September 1829 in Tennessee
Died: 12 July 1901 Jackson County, Tennessee
Buried: Dodson Branch Cemetery, Jackson County, Tennessee
Parents: James and Susan (Greenwood) Peek


  1. Nancy Jane Gentry married Moody, Robert F. - 25th Tennessee Infantry
  2. George W. Gentry
  3. Elizabeth Gentry
  4. Charlotte C. Gentry
  5. James W. Gentry
  6. Elias A. Gentry
  7. Mary C. Gentry
  8. Sarah Gentry
  9. Matilda Gentry
  10. Victoria Gentry



25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
Company I


  • Entered military as a Private and left as a Private
  • Enlisted 30 Jul 1861 at Livingston
  • Age: 42
  • Discharged under the Conscript Act 1862
  • Born: Jackson County
  • Height: 5' 5"
  • Complexion: Fair
  • Eyes: Blue
  • Hair: Dark



(Download Full Pension Application)


  • Filed: 23 Oct 1891
  • Rejected
  • Residence: Avoton, Putnam County
  • Member: Company I, 25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment; Commanded by W. J. Read; Commanded by S. S. Stanton
  • Wounded: Afflected with sore eyes at Fishing Creek, KY or Mill Springs, KY
  • Born: 12 Dec 1818 in ?? County, TN
  • Enlisted: Aug 1861 in Company I; Commanded by W. J. Read of the 25th Infantry Regiment
  • Wife is 61 years old
  • Attest: Thomas Clark and Moody, Robert F. - 25th Tennessee Infantry

No Supporting Documents:


  • 1850 Census: Overton County, Page 36
  • 1860 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 91
  • 1870 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 217
  • 1880 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 134D
  • 1900 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 193A


Gainesboro Sentinel
7 July 1904

Bullets, Fire, Moonshine and The Bible, Life in Jackson County, TN From 1903 - 1907, Vol. 2
Cookeville, RR 1 and 3 -- Uncle Martin Gentry, an aged soldier, died at his home on Roaring River and was buried at Dodson Branch cemetery. His wife who had been dead two years and 11 months was re-interred with him.


  • The Cookeville Press [Vol. X, No. 44, Page 5, Date: 19 Aug 1897]: An Interesting Citizen. - There is quite an interesting character in the person of Esq. M. B. Gentry, of Avoton, this county. He was born Dec. 12, 1818, which makes him near 79 years of age. He is active and vigorous and in possession of all his faculties, with the exception that his sight is somewhat impaired by reason of an affectation of teh lids. He is an expert printer and was the publisher of an important paper in Alabama during the race for the presidency between Gen. Jackson and White. He is a veteran of the Indian war of '36 and '40 and for valiant service in the campaign he is drawing a modest pension. In his young days he was a great admirer of race horses and was reputed to be one of the best trainers and jockies in the South. Mr. Gentry is a loyal, uncompromising Democrat at the ratio of 16 to 1, and he does not arrive at his conclusions from what others say, as he has a splendid education and is a close observer. He is spending his declining years with his family on a comfortable farm, and is enjoying the fruits of a well spent life.
  • Putnam County Herald [Vol. 2, No. 20, Page 7, Date: 22 June 1904]: Putnam County -- Putnam county was organized in 1851, one mile north of Cookeville. After it was organized they met one mile south of Cookeville at the Huddleston schoolhouse to let a contract to build a courthouse. I bid it off for $1.00 and built the house. The first sheriff was Ples Bohanon and Kirk Mills and John Carr were the first clerks. I commenced on the courthouse in 1851 and completed it in 1852. I lived on Bear Creek at that time. I was 85 years of age Dec. 12, 1903. -- M. B. Gentry
  • US Military Headstone Applications for Military Applications
    • Applicant: W. C. Johnson, Gainesboro, TN
    • Shipped to: J. M. Gentry, Barber, Cookeville, TN
    • Date: 19 February 1937


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"I am bound to them, though I cannot look them into their eyes or hear their voices. I honor their history. I cherish their lives. I will tell their story. I will remember them."

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