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Thomas Willen (August 26, 1835 - February 2, 1910) served as a private in Company E, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

Thomas Willen was born August 26, 1835 in Ashe County, North Carolina to William and Sarah (Hodgson) Willen. He married Lydia Potter (1850-1924) with whom he had eight children.[1]

Civil War service

Willen enlisted in Company I on September 24, 1863 in Greeneville, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in April 13, 1864 at Nashville, Tennessee. He was transferred to Company E on February 28, 1864 by order of Major Doughty.

He is described as 26 years old, 6' 3" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and by occupation a farmer.

Willen is listed as present for duty throughout his term of service until June 25, 1864 when he was left sick at Gallatin, Tennessee; when he returned to duty has not been found.[2]

Willen mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had last been paid to August 30, 1864, was owed $9.09 from the government for clothing, had been paid a $25 bounty, and was owed a $75 bounty.

Post-war life

Willen died February 2, 1910 in Johnson County, Tennessee and is buried at Dunn Memorial Park in Mountain City, Tennessee. His wife applied for a widow's pension on February 26, 1910.


  1. 1900 U.S. Census, Civil District No. 3, Johnson County, Tennessee.
  2. Muster roll records are missing for the August through October 1864.

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