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  • ID: I1029
  • Name: Plikard Dederic Siler
  • Sex: M
  • 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
  • Reference Number:

    • 3
    • Note:
      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
      "Virginia Frontier.

      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 _____

      Marriage 1 Elizabeth Hartsoe b: 29 SEP 1727 in Germany
      • Married: BEF 1745 in PA
      1. Has Children Philip Siler b: 5 MAY 1745 in PA
      2. Has No Children Weimar Siler b: 28 FEB 1755 in Pa.
      3. Has Children Margaret Siler b: 5 OCT 1760 in Orange Co, NC
      4. Has No Children John Siler
      5. Has No Children Elizabeth Siler
      6. Has No Children Polly Siler
      7. Has No Children Esther Siler
      8. Has No Children Fredrick Siler
      9. Has No Children Plikard (Jr) Siler
      10. Has No Children Jacob Siler b: 1770

      1. Abbrev:
      2. Abbrev: The Siler Family, Roots and Shoots, by Theodore E. Siler, Springfield, Mo.
        The Siler Family, Roots and Shoots, by Theodore E. Siler, Springfield, Mo.
      3. Abbrev:
        Note: Bobbi J. Henley, Austin, Tx. 78759-4118,