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William James "Major" Price
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Birth: Dec. 15, 1813
Hawkins County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Apr. 3, 1913
Hancock County
Tennessee, USA

William James "Major" Price was born Dec. 15, 1813 in Rogersville (Hawkins County), TN and died April 3, 1913 in Hancock County, TN. He was a farmer and a Union Civil War Veteran, enlisting on June 22, 1864 and was mustered in on June 28, 1864 to Company C, 11 Regiment of the Tennessee Cavalry at Cumberland Gap initially. His age was noted as 48 at the time, making him one of the older soldiers and was described as being 5 ft. 7 in. tall with light hair, blue eyes and light complexion. He then served as a Private with the 9th Regiment of the Tennessee Cavalry Volunteers, Company I under Major George Steadman in Western Virginia where he participated in the capture and destruction of the Conferderate Salt Works in Saltville, VA. The brigade returned to Knoxville, TN on Dec. 29, 1864 after a march of 461 miles and he got frostbitten feet that left him partially disabled with arthritis for which he received a pension in his later years. He acquired the nickname, "Major" during his time in the Union Army. He returned to being a farmer after his military service ended. He lived most of his life in Hawkins County, TN first at Whitesburg
and later at Eidson.

William James Price stated in his Civil War Pension papers of 1887 that he also served in the Mexican War enlisting with the Tennessee Militia at Tazewell, TN in 1847 and was discharged in Memphis, TN in 1848. His application for bounty land was denied because no papers could be found to prove he was a veteran though he listed names of other soldiers in his company. He stated in a letter of 1894 that his Mexican War discharge papers were taken by the soldiers of the Confederate occupation of East TN during the Civil War.

After the end of the Civil War, on June 11, 1865 he married Sarah Jane Forrester Taylor at St. Clair (Hawkins County). She was the widow of John R. Taylor who was killed at the battle of Nashville on March 15, 1864.

William and Sarah had six children together:

Henry Thomas born 1 April 1867, died 26 January 1954
(m. Sarah ALBRIGHT, m2 Lula JONES, m3 Docia ANDERSON m4 Victoria FALIN)

Mary A. "Moll", born 9 July 1869, died 1954
(m. Lewis FORD)

William Harvey, born 21 May 1871, died 20 October 1953
(m. Martha Jane MANIS)

Sarah A., born 11 January 1873, died 1954
(m. Peter HELTON)

John Alexander, born 8 July 1875, died 1 June 1954
(m. Delphia HURD)

James Hamilton, born 8 May 1877, died 15 May 1925
(m. America HURD)

The census records of 1900 and 1910 show him living in Hancock County, TN. He died 3 April 1913 lacking just eight months being 100 years old. His widow, Sarah Jane,
made her home with a grandson, Will Price, until her death on 22 December 1919.

(The childrens' info and some of the preceding military info are per Haynes W. Alvis in the book, "Families of Hawkins County, TN 1766-1994".)

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  Sarah Jane Forrester Price (1837 - 1919)*
*Calculated relationship
William J. Price
Pvt Co I
9th Tenn Cav
Dec. 15, 1813
Apr. 3, 1913

Sizemore Cemetery
Hawkins County
Tennessee, USA
Maintained by: David Sizemore
Originally Created by: Brown/Belobraydic (inact...
Record added: May 02, 2003
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William James Major Price
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William James Major Price
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