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Old Soldiers: Santa Cruz County Civil War Veterans
by Robert L. Nelson

KIRBY, SILAS W (1844-1886)

Santa Cruz Sentinel (January 30, 1886)

Headstone of Silas Kirby
Silas Kirby
Soquel Cemetery

DIED: KIRBY in Soquel January 29, Silas W. Kirby a native of Illinois aged 42 years.

Notes Contributed by Richard Nutter, Great-Great Grandson

Silas W. Kirby was born on May 5, 1845 in Como, Illinois. His father, Gresham Kirby, traveled to California and settled in Soquel around 1851 and became involved in the lumber business. Silas traveled to Soquel by wagon train with his mother and six sisters and brothers some time before 1857, judging by a book owned by Richard Nutter and signed “Silas Kirby, Soquel, May A.D. 1857”.

Silas and his brother Seth enlisted into the service of the United States on November 12, 1864 in Watsonville. He was formally mustered into Company A 8th Regiment of Infantry California Volunteers on the 17th day of November 1864.

Both he and his brother served for a period of approximately 6 months on the Columbia River at Dalles, Oregon and at the mouth of the Columbia in Washington State. They were mustered out after about six months as the war had ended. Silas was a private, and Seth was a sergeant.

Seth is buried in Porterville and Silas in Soquel alongside an infant son of the same name.

Silas Wright Kirby was married to Mary E. Pangles on Dec. 29, 1877.

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