I descend from the Dyes of Moore Co. (Sanford) which is now Lee Co. if I understand correctly. My ancestry is: Martin Dye (1786-1856) & Barbara Hughes (1786-1857) William Westley Dye (1817-1873) Eliza Jane Sloan (1823-1899) Rev David Turner Dye (1844-1916) (Turners Chapel in Colon) & Mary Rebecca Cochran (from Alabama) Willard Dye Watson my grandmother (Alabama)
What I'm currently brick walled on, David Turner Dye, my great grandfather was a CSA soldier. He lost a brother in the war turning him against the war, so he became a chaplain instead and finished his time then returned to Sanford and built Turners Chapel. Later moved south, spent the rest of his life as a Methodist circuit preacher, in Alabama where he died. The UDC have no record of a Dye CSA soldier dying in the war! I know it's a true story because my grandmother grew up hearing the story from her father directly many times and it's posted on the Turners Chapel site too but the brothers name isn't listed. http://www.turnerschapel.org/site/as/editorial.asp?page=2http://www.turnerschapel.org/site/as/editorial.asp?page=2
In researching Wm Westley Dye, he had 2 other sons that could have been the right age to have served: John M Dye that appears on findagrave in the Buffalo Cemetery dying in 1911 so not him. And a brother 2 yrs. younger than David, Martin Evander Dye. So I presumed it had to be Martin Evander Dye that died in the war but the UDC records show him as present and accounted for through the end of the war and his age at enlistment was 28. That baffled me as David's brother, Martin Evander Dye would only have been 16 in 1862. Then I realized Martin Dye, father of WW Dye had a brother also named Martin Evander Dye that would have been 28-29 in 1862 so I believe the UDC record isn't my Martin Evander and they only have one.
So I looked back at the 1860 census and saw that the son of WW Dye that had been listed as Martin Evander Dye in 1850 was now listed as Evander J Dye, correct age and family. I can find a CSA listing for an E.J. Dye, Junior Reserves so maybe this is the one.
His mother supposedly lived by Lee Memory Gardens in Sanford according to the link above. I haven't been able to find any cemetery transcriptions for that cemetery and very few in the county at all. William Westley Dye appears in Buffalo Cem, Lee Co. on findagrave with 5 other Dyes but if David's mother lived right by Lee Memory Gardens as the Turners Chapel website above says, I would think she would have buried her son close to her home if at all possible. If any of these are your lines, would love to hear from you. Thanks, Dianne