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John Franklin Hatley (January 9, 1838 - April 15, 1925) served as a blacksmith in Company E, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

John F. Hatley, ca. 1885.

Personal life

John F. Hatley was born March 15, 1844 in Watauga County, North Carolina to William Franklin and Anna (Ford) Hatley. He first married Syrena Caroline Harmon (1833-1863) with whom he had no children. His second wife was Mary M. White (1841-1880) with whom he had at least five children. His third wife was Martha L. "Matti"” McNeely (1861-1945) with whom he had at least eight children.

Civil War service

Hatley first enlisted in as a private in Company D, 58th North Carolina Infantry.[1]

Soon after being discharged from the Confederate service, Hatley had a change in his loyalties and enlisted as a private in Company E, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalryen on September 24, 1863 in Greeneville, Tennessee for a period of three years. He mustered in January 3, 1864 in Camp Nelson, Kentucky. His brother Wiley Hatley also served in Company E.

He is listed as present for duty throughout his term of service. On September 1, 1864 he was detailed as a blacksmith for the company.

When the regiment mustered out on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville, it was recorded that he was owed $22.98 from the government for his clothing, had received a bounty of $25, and was owed a $75 bounty.

Post-war life

Hatley applied for an invalid's pension on June 3, 1876. His wife applied for a widow's pension on June 5, 1925.

He died April 15, 1925 in Carter County, Tennessee and is buried at Hatley Cemetery in Carter County.


  1. No record of his discharge from this regiment has been found.

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