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Re: Silas Beals born Vermilion County, Illinois
Posted by: Hannah Easterson (ID *****2196) Date: June 20, 2011 at 23:31:19
In Reply to: Re: Silas Beals born Vermilion County, Illinois by Susan Williams of 976

Yes! My father has done a lot of research into this branch of the family.
Silas himself served in the Civil War, and was at some point captured by the Confederate Army and was brought to the infamous Andersonville prison in Georgia. This was near the end of the war and it was customary for the Confederate army to limit it's prisoners by eliminating them. How so? Well, Silas realized that they were daily calling the names of fellow prisoners, and those prisoners would never be seen again. His friend in the prison told him that, were his name called, he would not go, as the men were surely being killed. Silas agreed to go in the man's place. Sure enough, his name was called and Silas went in his place. They were all administered a common poison of the era and released into the woods. Silas survived, returned to the north and re-enlisted to fight out the rest of the war.
The poison was called Love-Apple Juice, or, as it's known today, Tomato Juice.

It's one of my favorite ancestoral stories!

Silas lived from Aug 11, 1936- Jan 7, 1927 (that's 90 years old!) and died in Seneca , Thomas County, Nebraska. and is buried in the Ortello Valley Cemetery there. He married Margaret on 21 June 1866 and had many, many children through two marriages. I have LOTS of info on Silas if you would like to learn more, or anything specific. I'm from the line that descended from Miner Beals, who was my great grandfather, through my Grandmother's side.

My Dad did a fairly extensive geneology a few years back. It's fascinating stuff.

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