Born 20 May 1817 Parrottsville, Cocke Co. Tennessee Died 17 February 1905 Burnet Co. Texas

Married 18 Dec 1838 Cocke Co. Tennessee


Born 6 February 1823 Parrottsville, Cocke Co. Tennessee Died 4 December 1877 Burnet Co. Texas

Both buried Rockvale Cemetery, Spicewood, Burnet Co. Texas

Sarah is the sister of my 3rd great grandfather, Mathias Wall Faubion, children of William Faubion and Rosannah Perthena Ayers

Prepared and Researched by Carolyn Whitaker 22 May 2011 Make sure to click on the links in blue to learn more

Music: Abraham, Martin, and John written by Dick Holler recorded by Dion DiMucci Read why this song was written

Since 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the War between the States, I think it is important for us to understand what turmoil existed in our families and the states where they resided. This war that killed 600,000 men alone, didnít stop what was going on then, and has carried into our own generations of today, as we witnessed yet more assassinations and turmoil in my lifetime in the 1960ís. I remember well the days that John F Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy were assassinated, and the horrible turmoil in the South. I had just seen John F Kennedy in October, 1963 along the street in Des Moines, Iowa in his motorcade as he left our capitol building. My great grandmother, Charlotte Ann Glaze, remembered as a very small child, seeing Abraham Lincoln shortly before he was assassinated, as her father held her on his shoulders as he passed on the train.

Our history books doesnít give us a vivid picture of actual events that took place within our families. Digging into the original records and presenting what is contained in them will give us a better understanding of who we are as a person and how we obtained some of our thinking patterns. We, as a Nation, need to understand how we got to where we are today. This war was one of the most important in our history and is what has shaped our society and behavior.

This presentation is not meant to demean any of our families in any way for the roles they played during these very tumultuous times.... blame is not the game here. They as individuals made history, not just the generals and politicians who are always at the top of being recognized; and they suffered greatly for what they believed, whether on the Confederate or the Union side. These people were family, friends, and neighbors, who as a result became dire enemies for the rest of their lives. It caused migrations to other states where they could live in peace. Must we go on carrying these grudges against one another for years on end?

These are the recorded ďfactsĒ in stories and actual historical documents, whether they be right, wrong, or indifferent is immaterial. Perceive them as you may, but remember one thing, we all have a choice and a right to believe as we do. Once we learn to accept this very simple concept, without prejudice, and learn to love one another for who we are as human beings in our hearts, and not what we choose or believe, then our world will be at peace. No one has the right to force their beliefs upon another and is the reason this Nation was formed in the first place. No matter how many wars are fought, they will actually never be won, until we as individuals, can accept one another for who and what we are instead of who or what we think they should be, and it has nothing to do with the nationality or color of the skin. That becomes transparent and the excuses end.

We canít change what our ancestors did, but we can learn from what they did for whatever reason, change what we do and think, and how we treat our fellow women and men. War only gains death, destruction, and pain to the human spirit which is passed from generation to generation. We, as Baby Boomers, can attest to that when we refused to fight for something that was destroying our human spirit. As the Beatles wrote, ďAll you need is LOVEĒ, and the rest will follow. We must learn to let go and let love.

So here I will present the facts that I have found of my own family members, along with those they were involved with during these trying times. So if you find your family member mentioned in whatever form, donít take it personally, thatís just the way it was at the time. I canít help what they did anymore than you can. I can only open my heart to all of their sufferings, no matter whose side they were taking and who were oppressed.

I hope you will enjoy learning about our families as much as I have. I can never get enough of our country's history. It has opened my heart and given me an understanding of what our families have gone through in the settlement of this great country and the struggles it took for them to get there. It has given me an understanding of how my own parents developed their thinking and behavior. I am proud to be an American knowing my familyís blood, sweat, and tears helped to shape it. One example of the many, is of my 3rd great grandfather, Mathias Wall Faubion. I canít find any evidence whatsoever of his involvement on either side. He was known for his gentle, and kind spirit, knew no stranger, and never turned a hungry mouth away. He turned down public office for the love of his family. I am grateful for this legacy he left me, and his example touched my heart very deeply.

According to the account given in Faubion and Allied Families, Page 426, "after Sally's father died in 1839, she and Ham received 335 acres of Cocke County land as her portion of the estate. They built an impressive two story brick home in Parrotsville, Tennessee. The brick, which curve at the top, were made on the spot. The walls are eighteen inches thick, of solid stone (old time insulation). The house has since been burned and rebuilt on the inside; some parts in the back are original from 1849.

Although the home was in Eastern Tennessee, Federal territory, the family was Confederate, and many stories come from the Civil War period - a terrible time for all inhabitants of America. The encounters, of which these stories tell, 'pulled out the courage but camouflaged the lovely side of Sally.' She was a petite woman with auburn hair (a shank of which was saved and is at the home of Louise Collins). "

The 1860 Slave Census Cocke Co. Tennessee, 8th district, Pg 151 & 152 shows Hamilton and Sarah "Sally" with the following slaves: 1 40 year old female black, 1 26 year old female black, 1 7 year old male black, 1 3 year old female black, 1 3 month old female black.

Ham and Sally's oldest son, William Yett, born 4 July 1840, enlisted in the 16th (Neal's) Tennessee Cavalry, Company E, 2nd Sargeant, and served with my 2nd great grandfather, Joseph Whitaker, and they were at the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia together. From Faubion and Allied Families, pg 427 "Yankee soldiers were often at Sallie's looking for William. Once they came and took over the upstairs for their housing. His infant son Joseph was ill, and the soldiers upstairs were being rowdy & noisy and were asked to be quiet so the infant could sleep. They didn't cooperate and the child died in the night After the war, William was one of the many who did not return to make their home in East Tennessee. He died in Georgia and when his parents moved to Texas, they took his family with them." William was married to Elizabeth Clementine Wells of Buncombe Co. North Carolina and was a 1st cousin to my 3rd great grandmother, Matilda C. Wells, wife of Mathias Wall Faubion.

In October 1866, Hamilton and his wife, Sarah Ann, started the long trek from Parrottsville to Burnet County, Texas and arrived in Brenham on Christmas Day, then proceeded on to their destination in early 1867. They traveled in a great wagon train, settled on the Double Horn, and helped build the first Methodist Church in the area.

Their move was due to the activities that he was involved in with other Confederates, Dr James Henry Yett (his brother), Henry Kilgore (involved with conscripting), Tilghman Faubion (his brother in law), Cass Turner and others from Cocke Co. Tennessee. He applied for a pardon, which I donít think he ever received, stating he hadnít participated in the activities during the war. However, he and his brother, Dr. James Henry Yett, were known Southern sympathizers according to other reports, and documented files of the Confederacy show he sold corn and hay to them. They were all arrested for treason and taken to Knoxville, Tennessee by the Union Army. He and Sarahís home was occupied from time to time by Union soldiers, who constantly harassed his family. Hamilton was struck in the head with a brick by Peter Reece a Union man, after he made a rude comment about the Union boys. Mr. Reece was taken out by the Confederates and hung in a tree in Parrottsville and left for 3 days before his poor wife, Emeline Gammons Reece, was allowed to take him down and bury him. No men were allowed to participate, so she and other unknown women retrieved his body. Another man, whose first name I donít know, a Mr Bible was arrested by the Confederates and taken to a prison in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he died. These are only two of the incidents from the facts, and Iím sure there were probably more. And not to say that the Union boys were spotless either, because they certainly were involved in the same kinds of activities. I can attest to that from another great grandfather in another county who was a Union man, which I will cover in another section.

After the war the reconstruction period wasnít much better. There still was bushwacking, killing, and thievery going on for many years. The court records are just loaded with repercussions after the war. Many lives were still in danger and it was just too much for some to endure, so they sold their property, packed their wagons, and left for greener pastures. However, they took with them their same thinking patterns and beliefs, passing them on to their children and generations to come. This is not to say they werenít good people, but once you start examining what went on in your families a bigger picture will emerge, and you can begin to understand how itís shaped your own thinking and beliefs. Change has to begin with oneself - no one can do it for you. So stop, look, and listen to your heart and your world will change. It has nothing to do with your status in the material world either, but your heart. Give someone a hug today, they may need it to get through the day.

I found records in the National Archives listed under Confederate Amnesty Papers and Confederate Citizens file that show Hamilton contributed to the Southern cause.

I have given an account that was listed in ďOver the Misty Blue HillsĒ by Lady Ruth OíDell that gives a very vivid picture of the turmoil in Parrottsville during the early beginnings of the war. Read the story at Home of Hamilton Yett

Below I have transcribed the file exactly as it was written from the original records.

Wm Yett

2 Sgt Co E, 16 Battín Tennessee Cavalry

appears on Company Muster Roll of the organization named above for Nov and Dec 1862

enlisted Aug 7, 1862 Greeneville, by T. S Rumbough for 3 years or the war

last paid Oct 31, 1862 by Capt H W McClure

for use of horse 24.40, present, bounty due

Jan & Feb 1863

Last paid Dec 31, 1862 by Capt H W McClure For use of horse: 23.60 present

Mar 1 to June 1863

Last paid Feb 28, 1863 by Capt H W McClure For use of horse: 48.80 present

Appears on a register of Prisoners of War at Knoxville, Tenn

Captured Oct 16 Doesnít state where captured Disposition: Released on taking oath of allegiance Nov 11, 1863

Appears on a register of Prisoners of War at Knoxville, Tenn

When confined Oct 16th, 1863 When released Nov 11, 1863 How disposed of took the oath


The Confederate States to Sargt Wm Yett, Co E, 16 Batt dr, 31 July 1863 For commutation of rations, self & six men while attached as picket having no opportunity to success? July 31, 1863.

One day served victories 75 $5.25

I certify that the above account is correct; that the commutation was made by my order, and was necessary for the public service, it being impracticable to take rations in kind.

Received at Ebenezer, the 20th day of August, 1863 of Major R H Ranson, Assistant Commissary Subsistence, C. S. Army, the sum of Five Dollars and twenty five cents, in full of the above account. (signed in duplicate) Sgt Wm Yett

(written over the top) approved by order Gen Pegram R T Daniels, A. A.G.

Tennesseeans in the Civil War

On October 31, 1862, the battalion was reported in Colonel J. S. Scott's Cavalry Brigade; on November 20, Rucker's Battalion, unattached, was estimated at a strength of 175 men; on December 27, the 16th Battalion was reported on conscript duty.

On February 20, 1863, the battalion was reported in Brigadier General John Pegram's Brigade, along with 1st Georgia, 1st Louisiana, 1st (Carter's), 2nd (Ashby's) Tennessee Cavalry Regiments. As part of this brigade, the 16th Battalion, except for two companies stationed at Clinton, went with General Pegram on his raid into Kentucky the latter part of March into the territory around Danville, Somerset and Stanford.

On April 25, it was reported in Colonel 1.1. Morrison's Brigade, at Albany, Kentucky, consisting of the 1st Georgia, 1st Tennessee, 2nd Tennessee, 12th and 16th Battalions and Huwald's Battery. The 12th and 16th Battalions served in the same brigade from this time until the end of the war, first in Rucker's Legion, which was formed about the first of June, and later in Brigadier General John C. Vaughn's Brigade.

June, 1863 to March, 1864, in temporary field organization known as Rucker's Legion; in Brigadier General J. C. Vaughn's Brigade balance of war.

About the first of June 1863, the 12th and 16th Battalions were consolidated into a field organization known as Rucker's Legion (also called 1st East Tennessee Legion), which on July 31 was reported in Brigadier General John Pegram's Brigade, with Headquarters at Ebenezer, Tennessee, consisting of 1st Georgia, 6th Georgia Regiments, 7th North Carolina Battalion, 1st (Carter's) Tennessee Regiment, and Rucker's Legion. Company reports for the 12th Battalion showed most of the companies at Sweetwater, on June 30, and Captain Hardy's Company "E" at Ebenezer reported it had just rejoined the battalion after being on detached service in Middle Tennessee for the past nine months. On August 23, a Federal report placed Rucker's Legion (part of Pegram's Command), with four pieces of artillery at Kingston.

As part of Pegram's Brigade, Rucker's Legion took part in the cavalry engagements prior to the Battle of Chickamauga, and on September 12, the 6th Georgia and Rucker's Legion fought Wilder's Lightning Brigade of Mounted Infantry at Leet's Tan Yard. In the Battle of Chickamauga, September 19-20, Rucker's Legion was in Brigadier General H. B. Davidson's Brigade, of Pegram's Division.


Confederate States to J H YETT Dr 1863 Dec 31st to Two Beans (?) 350 700 30 $210.00

Recd at PARROTTSVILLE the 31th Dec 1863 of JOHN C GRIFFIS Maj & CS The sum of two hundred and ten dollars in full of the above ats


(No. 12)

Vou. No. 66 Abst. A 1 Qr, 1864

Hamilton Yett

Dollars 24.00

Paid 24 February 1864

(No. 12) The Confederate States to HAMILTON YETT Dr

date of purchase February 24th 1864 (1200) Twelve hundred Hay @ $2.00 $24.00

I certify that the above account is correct and just, and that the articles have been accounted for on my property return for the quarter ending on the 31 day of March 1864

P M Doherty Major & Quartermaster

Received at PARROTTSVILLE ET the 24 day of February 1864 of P. M. DOHERTY Major & Quartermaster C. S. Army the sum of Twenty four Dollars and ----- cents, in full of the above account.

(Signed in Duplicate) HAMILTON YETT

No 25 To H YETT Dr

19 Mar 1864

for 22 Bushels Corn @ 2.00 44ó

I certify, on honor, that the above account is correct and just; that I purchased the articles above enumerated of the said (blank) to (blank) dollars and (blank) cents, and that I have not paid the account.

N? O JONES Maj & Quartermaster


Received from Department of Justice, 18 December 1894

R & P 402985

State of Tennessee, Executive Department, Nashville, Jany 9, 1866 Respectfully forwarded to the Honorable Attorney General

HAM YETT was known before the war in East Tennessee parlance? As ďa mean man.Ē During the war he was noted for his cowardice-his want of principle and of humanity-his oppression of helpless union people and his imprudence when there was no danger. He has however but little capacity and no influence and surrounded by a loyal people as he is---will not be apt to do much harm. He might be pardoned on the ground of insignificance.


Knoxville, Tennefsee, January 5/1866


Newport, Cock County Tenn

Petitions for full pardon and amnesty for all offences by him committed arising from participation in the late rebellion.

Represents that he never held any office civil, military or diplomatic under the so called Confederate States and did not take part in hostilities applied to take the amnesty oath March 13, 1865 but was refused for reasons not known to him was afterwards arrested on presentment for treason and is thus debarred from the benefits of the oath he has since taken does not and within any of the inceptions named inn the proclamation of May 29th, 1865.

This April 17, 1866


Newport, Cocke County, Tenn, January 14, 1866


I HAMILTON YETT a citizen of Cocke County East Tennefsee do hereby respectfully present this my petition for pardon to your Excellency first representing that I never took part in the hostilities existing between the United States and the so called Confederate States against the authority of the said United States nor did I hold any office either civil, military or diplomatic under the so called Confederate States on the 13th day of March last I went to Knoxville bearing with me the recommendation of my UNION NEIGHBORS and applied to take the amnesty oath under the Presidentís Proclamation of December 8th, 1863 which application was for reasons not stated and unknown to me refused subsequent to that time and before I had an opportunity to take the amnesty oath I was arrested on a presentment for treason. Wherefore by reason of said presentment I am debarred the benefit of the oath of amnesty presented by your Excellency Proclamation of the 29th of May last which oath I have since taken a copy of which is herein attached and which I have faithfully observed. I do not come within any of the exceptions named in your Excellencies said proclamation debarring me from the benefits of the same and therefore in consideration of the foregoing facts and that I may secure my allegiance fully to the Government of the United States and receive the benefits of your Excellencies Proclamation I do hereby most humbly petition you to grand and issued to me a full pardon and amnesty for all offences by me committed arising from participation direct or indirect or implied in the late rebellion. And I will ??? pray to


The following is in the file of JAMES HENRY YETT

Gov Brownlow

The within JAMES H YETT was one of the worst men in Cocke County-participated in the HANGING OF HENRY REECE (actually PETER REECE, who was hung and left there for 3 days before his family was allowed to take him down and bury him) at Parrottsville-caused the arrest of BIBLE and after who died in prison-Reported union men to LEDBETTER and hunted them like wild beasts. He has however been arrested and imprisoned and paroled-has suffered considerably and is sued in damages by the loyal citizens and will no doubt be bankrupted-if this is enough he ought to be hanged?-stern justice demands his life-if he merits pardon then we ought to have a general amnesty.

A J FLETCHER (Note: ANDREW J. FLETCHER, who was a lawyer and Secretary of State of Tennessee. His father was supposed to have been an uncle of President Andrew Johnson)

To His Execellency Andrew Johnson (this is not dated)

President of the United States

The petition of JAMES H YETT of the County of Cocke, State of Tennessee, states that in the late rebellion he was in favor of the men who were in faver of establishing a Southern Confederacy but being engaged as a farmer and being no politician he had very little to do in said Rebellion. He has never done --- injury to any man, who differed with on opinion. He was never in any way engaged in the Military service against the Government of the United States.

He took the oath of allegiance 8th December 1863 and has in good faith kept the same, He has been confined by sickness, and unable to work and is yet in bad health.

He respectfully asks a pardon for in Your Excellency in order that he may be restored to the condition of a loyal citizen of the United States


We the undersigned citizens of the State of Tennessee hereby recommend that the request in the foregoing petition be granted and the petitioner pardoned.

Jno W ?????? might be Stuart

Thos A. C. Nelson

R. A. Crawford

Name of Soldier: PETER REESE

(Note: REECE)

Served: CO. Misc Regt Tenn Vols Date of Filing: 1871 December 28 widow application no 200927 (citizens file)


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