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Pvt John W. Saylor

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Pvt John W. Saylor

  • Birth 1829 Virginia, USA
  • Death 1905 USA
  • Burial Winchester, Winchester City, Virginia, USA
  • Plot 4229
  • Memorial ID 71201750

Born ca. 1829; died ca. 1905.

Married Isabelle C. Orndorff (born 11/10/1835, in Wardensville, Hardy County, Virginia), on 1/10/1854. In 1860, the family, with children, was listed on the census records for Page County, Virginia (at Cedar Point), and John Saylor was listed as a wagoneer.

Saylor initially enlisted in Co. K, 10th Virginia Infantry, CSA (June 2, 1861, Luray, Virginia), but deserted May 23, 1862; said to be "serving in the cavalry", though he had actually switched sides.

May or may not have been the John W. "Sailor" tried for murder in Winchester, VA., 2/6/1863, by Special Order #17, dated 2/5/1863, Milroy's Division (Union). That John W. Sailor was released from arrest by order of the President in General Order #257, dated 8/1/1863.

Enlisted in Company C, 3rd West Virginia Infantry (6th West Virginia Cavalry), 7/6/1863, Philippi, W.Va. Detailed as scout under Gen. W.W. Averell, and noted by former Confederate comrades as having been a "Jessie Scout". Mustered out, Washington, D.C., 9/13/1866 (to date 5/22/1866, Ft. Leavenworth, KS). A note about Saylor in a roster of Co. K, 10th Virginia Infantry, compiled ca. 1913, states, "Deserted, joined the Jesse Scouts and had the impudence to return after the war on a visit".

Saylor reenlisted in Winchester in 1867, in the 5th U.S. Cavalry, and was sent to Fort Cottonwood (McPherson), Nebraska, and later to Fort David A. Russell, near Laramie, WY.

In later years in Winchester, one "John Saylor" was later described as "an old Indian fighter", and was reported to have married and returned to Winchester after 1880; likely the same person.

Applied for and received a pension for his U.S. military service.

Possibly estranged from his wife, as she was living, and died, in Xenia, Greene County, Ohio, in 1905. As seen above, after his return to Winchester in the 1880s, noted as having married.

Children included Thomas Coke Saylor, Anna Virginia Saylor Owens, and Ida Saylor Kump, all born between 1858 and 1863 and all of Greene Co, OH after 1870.

*Note: Saylor's burial next to Pvt. John Richard Gill may be no coincidence (or, perhaps it was considering they died within a year of each other), as both men had connections to Page County, Virginia, and may have been friends before the war, or as a result of membership with the local Mulligan G.A.R. Post, in Winchester, Va.

For more about this Confederate turned Union special ops scout turned Wild West cavalry scout, see this blog post.


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  • Created by: Cenantua
  • Added: 12 Jun 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 71201750
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt John W. Saylor (1829–1905), Find A Grave Memorial no. 71201750, citing Winchester National Cemetery, Winchester, Winchester City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Cenantua (contributor 46953050) .