Thank you for this bit of documentation. This appears to be Oren Crabtree Siler (b. 17 Feb 1806 - d. 14 Dec 1861). The son whose body he went to collect was Samuel F. Siler (b. 18 Aug 1837 - d. 19 Nov 1861) by his first wife, Sarah “Sally” Staley (b. 1815 - d. 22 Jun 1852). The two daughters were Sylvina Siler (b. 1836) by his first wife and Margaret Siler (b. 1860) by his third wife Mary Jane Fox. Not mentioned is a stepson, John T. Womble (b. Mar 1855 – d. 28 Jan 1923, son of Mary Jane Fox’s prior husband Joseph Womble. Any corrections are welcome.
Oren Crabtree Siler is in the Siler book but I believe most of the info is incorrect. P. D. Siler’s son Philip married Mary Crabtree and the name is common among their decedents. The Siler Book may be confusing other Crabtree’s.
Company G of the NC 26th regiment was posted at Camp Vance, NC, a training camp for state troops between November-December, 1861. Samuel F. Siler is listed as a private having enlisted 6/10/61 and died of “disease”. Mostly farm boys, many troops caught diseases in camps just like young children today spread sickness when they start school.
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