Private William Watson “Watt” Cantrell

Born 1 June 1835, Jessie, DeKalb Co. TN. The son of Jefferson Lemuel and Lucy Cantrell.

He enlisted on the 12 November 1862 and is listed as being from Warren County.

Thompson mentions him as being the company cook in May 1864 during the Georgia campaign.

Had chronic piles, nephritis and cystitis and bloody urine and was in hospital in Columbia shortly before his capture.

R.W. McGinnis and he were assigned to escort sick soldiers to Pulaski, TN, and they were listed as being captured there on the 25 December 1864.

Sent to Rock Island, IL, he was in barracks #58.

He was released on the 28 May 1865, but no Oath listed.

He married Paulina McWhirter on the 11 November 1859 in Warren Co, TN, she was born 27 May 1839 in Warren Co. and died 1906 in Dekalb Co. TN. She was the daughter of  Alexander Hamilton McCandless and Elizabeth (Robinson) McWhirter. They had six children: Lillian, Gwinnetta, Melissa M., Lucy E., Pope and Nellie Cantrell.

He was a farmer.

He lived at Mount Joy, TN, in 1907.

Pension #6168 applied for on 21 April 1904 in DeKalb Co. application accepted.

Picture of him and other aged veterans is on page 244 of the Bicentennial History of DeKalb County, T. G. Webb.

He died on the 8 December 1920 at Rock Island, Warren Co, and is buried in the Potter/Cantrell Cemetery, Keltenburg, DeKalb Co, TN.