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Re: Weekly Standard Newspaer, Raleigh, NC--Dec 25, 1861--Crabtree Siler
Posted by: Charles Siler (ID *****5189) Date: February 09, 2008 at 12:20:08
In Reply to: Re: Weekly Standard Newspaer, Raleigh, NC--Dec 25, 1861--Crabtree Siler by Bonnie Shelton of 901

The immigrant ancestor of my Silerís is Pleikard Dietrich Siler. The story that has been pieced together about him is that he came from Germany, landing in Philadelphia about 1730ís or 1740ís. Supposedly he remained in PA about 10 years, then moved to the Augusta County, VA area where he stayed about 20 years before finally settling in Chatham County, NC about 1765 were he died. PD Siler had several children all of which settled in NC with their parents. None of them remained in VA. To my knowledge the PD Siler line is the most researched family line of all the Siler's. However, most Siler's in the US have no known relation to Pleikard Dietrich Siler. The majority of Siler's who immigrated to the US did so during the latter half of the 1800's and the early 1900's, 100 to 150 years after PD. Census records state they came from Germany, Bavaria, Switzerland, Saxony, Wurttemberg, Prussia, France, Italy, Hesse, Baden, Rhineland, Ireland, Canada, Holland, and Austria. That is just those with the specific Siler spelling.

So who are your Silerís? Well there were two other groups of Silerís contemporaneous with PD Siler. Both were in VA. One group was in the northern part in the Berkeley County area. The other was farther south in the Augusta and Rockbridge County area. Keep in mind that ďThe Great Wagon RoadĒ running through the Shenandoah Valley was a major north/south migration route, Berkeley County was near the top and Augusta and Rockbridge Counties were about midway down the route. Most migrating settlers traveling north to south would have traveled down this route. Just because these three groups of Silerís were at times geographically proximate does not mean they were related. This would be a common mistake for beginning researchers. The three groups may or may not have been related.

Having said that, some suggest that PD Siler had two or three brothers and they formed the group in the Augusta and Rockbridge County area. They site documentation that I find only partially convincing.

To specifically answer your question, I do not research the Virginia Silerís. There is a site that seems to address the Virginia Silerís.

http://www.tamu.edu/ccbn/dewitt/mckstorysylar1.htm

I can not attest to its accuracy but it may point you in the right direction.



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