This is what I have on the migration of James Preston Siler from NC to TN. If anyone can fill in any of the gaps or has better info, I would be glad to see it.
The Siler Migration to Western Tennessee
Several Siler's, their families and perhaps others related by marriage made the journey from around Chatham County, NC to what is now Hardeman County, TN. Over a period of about 15 years, there were probable three migrations, approximately 1859, 1866, and 1873.
Other families related by marriage that are suspected of migrating along with the Silerís are Jones, Brower, McPherson
A few came before the Civil War and most came afterward. We know this most easily because of Confederate enlistment records, some having enlisted in NC and others in TN.
The following Siler's below migrated and settled in the Hardeman County area.
1. Nancy (Jones) Siler born 26 Feb 1809 w/o James Lewis Siler, II
She migrated after the War with her adult sons. My working theory at the moment is that James, her husband, died shortly after the 1850 census on 31 Aug 1850 in Chatham County, NC and that he is buried with his father and mother in a private cemetery on land just north of Siler City, NC former owned by the Siler family. I have been to that cemetery but he is not in my notes but my notes are very sketchy. I believe that his wife Nancy went to TN with her four sons so they could take care of her. James and Nancy had three daughters but I believe they were all married by the time the boys decided to migrate and did not make the trip. Nancy probably felt more comfortable living with her sons than in the house of one of her sons-in-law.
2. Edwin H Siler born 8 Mar 1840 s/o James Lewis Siler, II and Nancy Jones
Migrated after the War. Married in TN
3. James Lewis Siler, III born 15 Apr 1842 s/o James Lewis Siler, II and Nancy Jones
James Lewis Siler, III migrated after the War. It is assumed he served from 1861 t0 1866. He married in Hardeman County, TN 14 Feb 1868. He must have migrated between 1866 and 1868. It is a guess that his mother Nancy lived with them. This James, his wife and Nancy his mother are all buried in the same cemetery.
4. John Quincy Adams Siler born 29 Sep 1844 s/o James Lewis Siler, II and Nancy Jones.
5. Jane Rosson born 14 Sep 1847 w/o John Quincy Adams Siler
J.Q.A. Siler enlisting in Chatham County, NC, presumably in 1861. He returned to Chatham County, NC after losing part of his arm at Gettysburg. He married Nancy Jones in 1866 in Chatham County, NC. The first two children were born in NC, while the rest were born in Hardeman County, TN. They must have migrated between 15 Apr 1871 and 26 May 1875.
6. William Hale Siler born 12 May 1868 s/o John Quincy Adams Siler and Jane Rosson.
7. Edwin Merritt Siler born 15 Apr 1871 s/o John Quincy Adams Siler and Jane Rosson.
8. John Baxter Siler born 26 May 1875 s/o John Quincy Adams Siler and Jane Rosson.
9. James Preston Siler born 28 Mar 1879 s/o John Quincy Adams Siler and Jane Rosson.
10. Oren Clay Siler birth 1881 s/o John Quincy Adams Siler and Jane Rosson.
11. Charley Crabtree Siler born 30 Dec 1885 s/o John Quincy Adams Siler and Jane Rosson.
12. Quincy Prentis Siler birth info unknown s/o John Quincy Adams Siler and Jane Rosson.
13. Josiah Siler born 10 Jun 1845 s/o James Lewis Siler, II and Nancy Jones. Enlisting in Chatham County, NC, it is assumed he served from 1861 t0 1866. He married in NC in 1864. All of his children were born in NC, the last 12 Jun 1877. The children were all married in TN. The first child is buried in Hardeman County, TN. The grave marker is recoded as saying he died 3 Feb 1867. This must be 1887 since the second child was born in NC in 1869 and the other children were born in NC. According to T.O. Siler he died 3 Feb 1887. Migration must have been between 12 Jun 1877 and 3 Feb 1887.
14. Sarah Ann Jones born 29 Dec 1844 w/o Josiah Siler
15. Wiley Prentice Siler born 2 Jan 1867 s/o Josiah Siler and Sarah Ann Jones
16. John Alvis Siler born 5 Mar 1869 s/o Josiah Siler and Sarah Ann Jones
17. William Wesley Siler born 28 May 1876 s/o Josiah Siler and Sarah Ann Jones
18. Edmon Hedmon Siler born 12 Jun 1877 s/o Josiah Siler and Sarah Ann Jones
19. Spencer D Siler born 20 Aug 1827 s/o Solomon Siler, brother of James Lewis Siler, II. Solomon did not migrate. Spencer D Siler married in 1850 in Chatham County, NC. All of Spencer Dís children were born in Chatham County, NC, the last one in 1861. Enlisting in Hardeman County, TN, it is assumed he served from 1861 t0 1866. He migrated with his wife and all 6 unmarried children. The first known marriage of his children was in 1878 in Hardeman County, TN. They must have migrated between 1866 and 1878.
20. Hannah A Brower born 7 Oct 1825 w/o Spencer D Siler
21. Margaret O. C. Siler born 1851 d/o Spencer D Siler and Hannah A Brower
22. Susan J Siler born 1853 d/o Spencer D Siler and Hannah A Brower
23. John Brower Siler born 1855 s/o Spencer D Siler and Hannah A Brower
24. Columbus S W Siler born 1856 s/o Spencer D Siler and Hannah A Brower
25. Eliza C A Siler born 1859 d/o Spencer D Siler and Hannah A Brower
26. Arminty Siler born 1861 d/o Spencer D Siler and Hannah A Brower
27. Jesse R Siler born 25 Dec 1830 s/o Solomon Siler, brother of James Lewis Siler, II. It appears all of Jesse Rís children were born in Chatham County, NC, the last one 4 Dec 1864. Enlisting in Hardeman County, TN, it is assumed he served from 1861 t0 1866. He migrated with his wife and all of his unmarried children. The first known marriage of his children was in 1877 in Hardeman County, TN. They must have migrated between 1866 and 1877.
28. Mary Daniel Hackney born 27 Jun 1830 w/o Jesse R Siler
Migrated with all 6 children, all single
29. Manley Jackson Siler born 17 Sep 1851 s/o Jesse R Siler and Mary Daniel Hackney
30. Mary Siler born about 1853 d/o Jesse R Siler and Mary Daniel Hackney
31. James Joseph Siler born about 1855 s/o Jesse R Siler and Mary Daniel Hackney
32. Octavious Theodore Siler born 9 May 1857 s/o Jesse R Siler and Mary Daniel Hackney
33. William Siler born about 1860 s/o Jesse R Siler and Mary Daniel Hackney
34. James Willis Siler born in 25 Mar 1835 s/o Solomon Siler, brother of James Lewis Siler, II. He was single when he migrated to TN before the War. Enlisting in Hardeman County, TN, it is assumed he served from 1861 t0 1866. James W. married Martha A Armstead Jul 1863 in Hardeman County, TN. He would have migrated before 1861.
35. Horace Wilburn Siler born in 2 Jan 1844 s/o Solomon Siler, brother of James Lewis Siler, II. Horace Wilburn enlisted in Chatham County, NC in 1861 and served till 1866. In 1866 he was in Chatham County, NC acting as a bondsman for Callie E. Brooks and E. P Stinson on 25 May 1866. Since Horace married his first wife 14 Nov 1866 in Hardeman County, TN, he must have migrated to TN between May and November of 1866. Probably in the spring or summer while it was warmer.
The original Siler's and most of the unrelated migrants who came to the area were farmers. However a small town eventually developed. In 1917-19, the Gulf, Mobile, and Northern Railroad extended their tracks to Jackson, TN from the Middleton, TN area quickly making it a railroad town.
The Siler name was prominent in the area. was first settled by Jesse, Spencer, James and Horace Siler, sons of Solomon Siler, and James, John, Josiah and Edward Siler, sons of James Siler, all from Siler City, N.C., purchased land in the Silerton area in 1869.
When the railroad was first built through the area, the depot was built on the property of Josiah Siler, probably the one above. The only store in the area was operated by J.D. Siler. The only doctor in the community was Dr. W. H. Siler.
The Siler name was so well known that when the railroad came to the area the company called the Depot "Siler" for quite some time. The word "Silerton" came into use when the railroad company's mail delivery was confusing "Siler" with the Serles community. After this confusion persisted, the railroad company renamed the depot Silerton.
The Town of Silerton was incorporated by an Act of the Legislature in 1923. The officers listed in the charter were: Jim Rowland - Mayor, W.C. Hankins - Marshal, and J.R. Fitts, T.O. Siler, O.A. Willoughby, H.G. Masters, L.A. Holloway, W.H. Murley, J.D. Siler, and H.D. Walker, were alderman.
The local economy was primarily driven by a thriving timber industry. Logs, cross-ties, and millions of board feet of lumber were shipped by rail all over the country from this community. There were two prominent lumber mills in the area, which grew off the local timber industry. One mill was owned by Rush and Womble, later acquired by the City Lumber Company of Jackson, and the other was the Patterson-McRay Planer Mill.
At the peak of the timber manufacturing era, Silerton had six stores, a depot, a grist-mill, a post office operated out of one of the stores, two churches, and a school. Today, the community of Silerton is primarily a quite bedroom community, and is the only incorporated community in Hardeman County, which has no municipal taxes
My ggrandfather came to West TN from NC with the Siler's in a covered wagon in the late 1860's or 70's. He was 14 at the time.
My ggrandfather Adolphus McPherson made the trip with the Siler's in a covered wagon when he was 14yrs old in the late 1860's - 70's.
By Debbie Brower
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