Thanks for the reply - great info. Since my post I have managed to track the paternal names of the family, but not much of the story. Also, I did not know about the Bastardy Bond on Hiram. After Silas was killed, the children were divided up and sent to different homes. Henry was my G-Grandfather and ended up in Sugar Grove VA. I know that some of the others ended up in Wilkes County. Do you know what happened to Silas' wife, Susan Hayes? Also, any idea where Hiram and Silas are buried? I found Silas younger sister (Almeada Ann) in the Mulberry primitive church cemetery, but have no idea where he is buried. Likewise, Hiram dies in the Dobson Prison farm less than a year after the murder but I cannot locate his grave.