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 Posted: Fri Feb 8th, 2008 05:16 pm
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Just logged on as a new member.  Had great-great grandfathers who served in the Confederate units of western NC and northeast GA.  2 ancestors, Joseph Gibson and Alfred Panther served in the 39th NC infantry under Col. David Coleman.  Other members of our Stiles family served in local union organizations out of east Tennessee and western North Carolina.. My great great grandfather Thomas Stiles who served in Walkers Legion was captured by a union band that included his own son, Benjamin. He was sent to a union prison in Knoxville in 1863, where he died.  Do not know exactly where he is buried.  My mother's side of the family, the Ledfords and Berrongs served out of Towns County GA. and Clay County, NC.. these areas are right on the border of NC and GA.   David and Center Ledford enlisted in 1862 in Clay county NC.. both deserted in 1863, if I'm not mistaken.  Center rejoined the Confederate army but great-great grandfather David was captured by provost guards and killed.  This area of western North Carolina and northeast Georgia was very divided in it's choices of which side to join... Many just wanted to stay out of it altogether..  The Berrong ancestors served in the 52nd Georgia and 65th Georgia... Hope to enjoy talking with you all soon.

Chuck Stiles

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 Posted: Fri Feb 8th, 2008 07:24 pm
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Many welcomes, Chuck! You'll find many Tar Heels on the board. What you know of your ancestors will be welcome information to many. Your input will be valuable.

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Welcome to the board, Chuck - looking forward to sharing with you.

That's a very impressive family history!

My great great grandfather Thomas Stiles who served in Walkers Legion was captured by a union band that included his own son, Benjamin. He was sent to a union prison in Knoxville in 1863, where he died.

Wow - what a story - I'm speechless....



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Thank you for getting back in touch with me...

There are many stories like this in this area... some of us remember them from those who are already gone... I have been an avid, reader, painter and historian since those days when my father showed me the old razor that Joseph Gibson carried thru his time in the Army of Tennesee...(I think I was in the 4th grade at that rime) Joseph came home to the mountains of Cherokee County NC to where he grew up in what they then called Beech Creek, outside of Murphy NC.  His family was intermarried with the Panthers in that little small area...  Alfred  Panther came back home without much more than the clothes he had to cover him.. but Joseph had a rifle which we had brought home or someone in the family saved hidden to keep away from whatever raiders that decided to vist the homestead...  Any way, Joseph traded the rifle to Alfred Panther for a little ole mountain top outside of Murphy that to this day is still called Panther Top.   A mountain for a rifle...  at that time which do you figure was more impotant....  There comes the Stiles, Gibson, and Panther linage into my father's side of the family..



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An awesome story!

Are you keeping a written record of these things?

I am so glad that you have joined us and am very much looking forward to hearing more about your history.



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Thank you,
Wait til I tell you about the Ledford side of the family during this period of history...
Peace,
Chuck



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Welcome to the group, Chuck!



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From one new member to another, welcome!!!



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Chuck:

Welcome to the group. I too live in western NC - Avery County. I do a lot of writing about the area - currently working on a book about the 58th NCT.

Regards,
Michael
http://www.michaelchardy.com



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Welcome Chuck look foward to hearing more and learning



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From one North Carolinian to another Welcome Chuck



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hey! thank you for getting in touch with me,, love the photo of Bill Anderson... He has always been a great interest of mine ..   I have a copy of the photo you have shown as your icon and also have a copy of the photo of him after he was killed and horribly set out for view.. But.. you know, he still had diginity, even in death...Knowing about the conflicts and trials of allegiance at that time in that area,  It's so similiar to what went on in the mountains here in western North Carolina and north Georgia...

Anderson, James and Younger  Yeah!

Chuck Stiles



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Anderson, James and Younger! Wow! Cool! Now there must be a story in that somewhere.

Oh, welcome to the board, by the way.



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