Name: Plikard Dederic Siler
Birth: 29 MAY 1719 in Germany
Death: 15 DEC 1784 in Siler City, Chatham Co, NC
Burial: Rocky River Baptist Church, N. C. 1
Event: DAR PATRIOT 2
_MILI: Rev War, DAR Patriot 1763
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Plikard Dedric Siler came to America from Germany to Pennsylvania.
He moved to Va, and then to NC. A village already there was renamed
Siler City, and is still there. It was named for Plikard D. Siler, who was buried
just outside. Was confirmed into Lutheran Church in Ittlingen, Germany in 1734.
Listed as a Rev War, DAR Patriot
The following material was extracted from "The
Siler Family, Roots and Shoots", by Theodore E. Siler, Springfield, Mo.
Published 1982 by Fay Printing Center, Springfield, Mo.
"With this historic background in mind, we find
Plikard D. and Elizabeth Hartsoe Siler, both of
German birth, in Pennsylvania in 1741. In
Pennsylvania, land titles were precarious, and
patents could not be obtained. The future was dark
and no improvements were made. There was nothing
to encourage industry. Quaker domination did not
suit Plikard and Elizabeth so they moved on down
the Shenandoah Valley. The Borden land grant in
Augusta County Virginia was opened for sale
between 1737 and 1743, and thousands of German and
Scotch-Irish emigrants from Pennsylvania came into
this grant, Plikard and Elizabeth included. They
settled on Buffalo Creek in Augusta County, where
Plikard's brothers Philip and Jacob were already
living. The year of the move from Pennsylvania to
Virginia is not known, but on page 77 of Kegley's
Virginia Frontier we find that on December 18,
1754, Plikard bought 162 acres on John's Creek. On
the same date, Fredrick Hartsough bought 130
acres, also on John's Creek. This Fredrick
Hartsough was either the father or brother of our
Elizabeth Hartsoe Siler.
Later, Plikard and Elizabeth moved on with other
of the German and Scotch-Irish immigrants to North
Carolina and settled on Lacy's Creek near the
present town of Siler City, where Plikard built a
grist mill which he operated until his death. It
was from this mill that Plikard furnished supplies
to the Colonial troops during the Revolutionary
War. For this service, he was declared a Patriot,
and is so listed in the Daughters of the American
Revolution Patriot Book" Both Plikard and
Elizabeth died in North Carolina, but their
progeny continued the onward trek, and today are
to be found in everyone of the fifty United
States, and in many foreign areas. Migration and
exploration seem to be Siler characteristics. We
do not know how long it required for the two
ancestors to go from their European homes to their
final home in North Carolina, but we can assume
that they were married in Pennsylvania in 1741 and
departed that state for Virginia about 10 years
later, remaining in Virginia until about 1762 or
3. We know they were in North Carolina at the time
they sold the Virginia land in November of 1764,
for that sale was handled for them by Nicholas
Welsh, as recorded on page 365 of Kegley's
Little is known about the property owned by
Plikard in North Carolina, but it is supposed that
in addition to the grist mill he owned extensive
acreage, for we find Siler land transfers recorded
in Chatham Co. Deed Book K on pages 397 and 482.
There may be other recorded transactions of which
we have no record, but for you who are interested
in investigating this matter, Deed Book K is a
starting point. There is no record of any slaves
being owned by Plikard, either in known documents
or family tradition; rather, Plikard and Elizabeth
managed to operate the mill and run the farms with
the help of their rather large family of 10
The following are sources researched by Dr. William Buss
that were used to determine the parents of P.D. Siler:
1. C.E. Boyd, The Pastfinder (Vol. VII, No. 1.
2. C.E. Boyd, The Pastfinder (Vol. VIII, No. 4.
3. A. K. Burgert, "Eighteenth Century Emigrants: Volume 1 -The Northern Kraichgau,"
Pennsylvania German Society, Breiningsville, PA, 1983, pg. 309.
(From the Lutheran Records in Karlsruhe, Germany).
4. N.D. Heindel, "The Hexenkopf-Mystery, Myth, and Legend,
" 1976, pp. 10-16 (copies in the Easton Area Public Library
and Northampton County Historical Society).
5. W. T. Blair, "The Shoemaker Book," International Textbook
Press, Scranton, PA, 1924. pp., 4, 16-18.
6. C.E. Boyd, Genealogical Record.
7. General Sources; Civil records of Augusta County, VA
and Orange County, North Carolina; North Carolina
Census Records for 1790 and 1800.
Father: Andreas Sailer b: in Switerland
Mother: Maria Catharina _____
Elizabeth Hartsoe b: 29 SEP 1727 in Germany
- Philip Siler b: 5 MAY 1745 in PA
- Weimar Siler b: 28 FEB 1755 in Pa.
- Margaret Siler b: 5 OCT 1760 in Orange Co, NC
- John Siler
- Elizabeth Siler
- Polly Siler
- Esther Siler
- Fredrick Siler
- Plikard (Jr) Siler
- Jacob Siler b: 1770
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