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 Silas East

Silas East

Birth
Oglethorpe County, Georgia, USA
Death 28 Feb 1868 (aged 71)
Clarke County, Georgia, USA
Burial Eastville, Oconee County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 17302677 · View Source
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The town of Eastville was named for Silas East. He was the son of Joseph and Milly East. In 1820, the whole East family left Georgia for Alabama, Arkansas and other states. However, Silas stayed and became the patriach of sorts of the Georgia East line. He married Harriet Canty Houze in Clarke County, GA in 1825.

He was a wagonmaker and farmer and created significant financial standing by 1840. His wife, Harriet died in 1846. He raised three daughters and three sons only to lose 2 sons to the Civil War.The two sons, Silas Jr.(see Hollywood Cemetery, VA) and William ( see Oakwood Cemetery, VA), each died in the Civil War and Silas collected pensions for both. Darius East was his only son to return from the War.

His headstone was missing from the gravesite for some 50 + years and was found in the backyard of an elderly woman living in Eastville. His gravestone is incorrectly spelled as Salias East. In his honor and posterity, we completely restored The East Cemetery in 2006.


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  • Created by: DFEast
  • Added: 5 Jan 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17302677
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Silas East (Aug 1796–28 Feb 1868), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17302677, citing East Cemetery, Eastville, Oconee County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by DFEast (contributor 46858208) .