I've been following this forum forquite some time and have finally gotten around to signing up; I suppose I have been reluctant to add to the number of unsolicited emails I receive daily.I've also been toying with going through with the DNA process; I suppose I should, particularly as a result of what I know regarding my small branch of the Sides family, of which I have a considerable amount of pre-internet information (family documents, stories, etc.)The stories are especially useful because some people in my direct line lived a very long time (90-100 years) and remained remarkably alert to pass along family tales.I will provide the short version below.
Earliest known ancestor--Andrew Sides (b. 1740), lived in the Bear Creek, NC area near present-day Misenheimer.Back in the 1960s, a distant relative claimed he had found the original farmstead.
Next generation--Christopher (b. 1765), remained in the Bear Creek area farming the family land; belonged to the Lutheran Church there. Maybe; the records are pretty good, especially through the church, which did not hire an English speaking pastor until 1894.Apparently, according to church records, for 150 years or so, the elders traveled back to Germany to hire pastors when the need arose.
Next generation--Daniel (b. 1806; d. 1880s) and married Esther Dry(e); different spellings exist.My grandfather's aunt knew Daniel and Esther, reported that they spoke German, both at church and in the home, and that she had seen on a number of occasions a family Bible, also in German, that had many of the family records.As a result of those records, I know of four of Daniel's siblings (Sophia m. Daniel Carriker and moved to Nebraska; Moses, moved to Illinois--in the last two years, I have located this branch of the family and received copies of their records since leaving NC; Abraham; and Isaac--both of whom moved from Bear Creek in the late 1820s; Daniel moved to Loray, NC in Iredell County, Abraham to Catawba County, and Isaac to Lincoln County).The move was necessitated when Daniel lost the farm to debt.Daniel and Esther had 11 children, 6 boys and 5 girls.Only three of the boys married; one (Christopher ["Stuffle"]) had a son who died at 20 with no children.Only two male generations survived--Jacob Sides and Charles D. Sides.
Next generation--Charles D. Sides (b. 9-7-1831; d. 2-8-1865).Charles D. died of smallpox (we think) in the Elmira, NY prison camp.He had fought, unwillingly, in Jackson's Corp and Longstreet's Brigade as a member of the NC 13th regiment.I have copies of several letters from the war.He survived Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg (where over 80% of the NC 13th died) by being AWOL.He apparently did this twice, being hid by his wife Sarah Matilda (Tillie) in a cave and in the attic of her father's home for weeks at a time; somehow he managed not to get executed when he was caught and returned to the front, although one of his letters describes such an execution.Apparently, one evening as the war wound down in VA and the NC troops were near starvation, Charles decided to walk across the lines and surrender. His last letter tells Tillie goodbye, without directly stating his intention to desert.According to my grandfather, his words to his captors were "I promise not to fight no more, if you let me go to my Uncle Moses' in Illinois."They took him to Elmira instead.Aunt Tillie died in Loray, NC on 7-2-1917; she lived at "The Old Place," which I saw as a young boy; my grandfather knew her well.
Next generation--Lawrence (Rance) Calloway Sides (b. 1863; d. 7-25-1931).He married Minnie Holder; they had 8 children--5 boys & 3 girls. All of the children lived well into their 70s, 80s, and 90s.I knew all of them, when I was a child. Only two of the males married and had children--Charles H. Sides and Henry C. Sides.
Next generation--Charles H. Sides, Sr (my grandfather) married Laura Bartlett and had two children (Charles H. Sides, Jr. and Mary Helen Sides Galbreath).Henry C. Sides had two children (Lawrence Sides and Sylvia Sides).
Next generation--Charles H. Sides, Jr. (my father) married Virginia Smith and have two children (Charles H. Sides, III [me] and Daniel Sides [my brother]).Lawrence Sides had two children (Richard Sides and Shirlene Sides Philippus).Richard is unmarried and has no children.
Next generation--Charles H. Sides, III (me) married Nancy Spotts and have two children (Adam and Hannah).My brother Daniel is married and has two adopted children.
To the best of my knowledge, in my direct line from Daniel (7 generations), there is one male survivor--my son, and two other males in the 6th generation--my brother and my second cousin, neither of whom have biological children.
Growing up, we knew of other Sides in the Loray and Statesville, NC area who were distant cousins going back to one of Daniel's other sons.There are no surviving males from that line.We also knew of Daniel's brother Moses who moved to Illinois, but the family lost touch with them over the last 150 years.I have since regained contact with that branch of the family, and there are some male 6th or 7th cousins there.
So, that's the short version.I'm happy to share information if any one is interested.Who knows, this might turn up some long lost 6th, 7th, and 8th cousins descending from Christopher or maybe even Andrew.
Charles H. Sides, III