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David Saylor

David Saylor (May 17, 1840 - December 12, 1919) served as a corporal in Company G, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

David Saylor was born May 17, 1840 in Washington County, Tennessee to Godfrey and Elizabeth (Shackleford) Saylor. He married Hannah Porch (1850-1920) with whom he had two children.[1]

Civil War service

Saylor enlisted as a private in Company G on September 24, 1863 in Carter County, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in October 28, 1863 at Strawberry Plains, Tennessee. He was appointed corporal on October 20, 1863 by order of Colonel Miller.

He is described as 23 years old, 5' 9" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and by occupation a farmer.

Saylor is listed as present for duty throughout his term of service for which muster roll records have survived.

Saylor mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had last been paid to August 31, 1864, owed $26.03 1/2 to the government for clothing in kind or money advanced, had been paid a $25 bounty, and was owed a $75 bounty.

Post-war life

Saylor applied for an invalid's pension on March 20, 1883.

At the funeral for his mother-in-law on June 25, 1895, an unusual event occurred. Immediately after Saylor's mother-in-law's remains were interred, his father-in-law "attempted to take" Saylor's two daughters. Saylor hit him on the head with a "scantling" [a small piece of lumber] so hard that the news reported that he may die. Saylor gave himself up and was held on a $500 bond.[2] The settlement of this altercation has not been found.

Saylor died December 12, 1919 in Hampton, Tennessee and is buried at Snow Chapel Cemetery in Johnson City, Tennessee. His wife applied for a widow's pension on January 24, 1920.

Notes

  1. 1900 U.S. Census, 9th Civil District, Washington County, Tennessee.
  2. Morristonwn Republican, June 29, 1895, p. 3.
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