Private Joseph “Joe” Harding Bozarth

A Company


He enlisted on the 8 January 1863 at Shelbyville.


He just left the army and went home on the 10 August 1863, the same date as his brother.


Enlisted in C Company, 1st Tennessee Mounted Infantry, USA, several months later, again with his brother.


When in the 1st Mounted they both had duty at Carthage, Granville and on line of the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad in District of Middle Tennessee till April, 1865. Ordered to Murfreesboro, TN, April 18, and duty there till June 26. Ordered to Nashville and mustered out July 22, 1865.


Was 71 years old at time he filled in a questionaire while living in Silver Point, DeKalb Co. In this he said“Was in a continuel giriler fit all of the time in the comberland mountain contry”.


Was from DeKalb Co, TN.


He was a farmer and later served as the Postmaster for DeKalb County, TN, from 3 October 1883 to 3 October 1885.


He was the son of William and Nancy Allen (Burton) Bozarth, and the seventh of twelve children and the brother of James Henry Bozarth.


Information has him first married to Ruth Smith and later to Serena Walker but he most positive information has him married to Martha Puckett on 31 May/July 1866 in Smithville, DeKalb Co, TN. They had eight children of which only five survived childhood: Acenath/Ceinith Miranda, Amanda Frances, William H., Enoch John and Levi P. Bozarth. 


She was the daughter of Henry Lyde and Margaret (Love) Puckett born 6 September 1849 and died 4 January 1916.


He was born 9 January 1845 in De Kalb Co, TN, and died 18 February 1930 at Silver Point, DeKalb Co, TN.


Both were originally buried in the E. W. Dyer Heirs cemetery, DeKalb Co, but were disinterred in 1948 and relocated to the Mount Holly Cemetery, north of Smithville, DeKalb Co, TN, when the Center Hill Dam on the Caney Fork River was built.