Jun 27

Military Monday: David Caylor

David Caylor and family were enumerated in the Grassy Knob District of Pickens County, Georgia. He at age 35, born in North Carolina, was head of house. Other household members included Permelia, age 31, born in North Carolina and six children all born in Georgia: Martha, age 13; George, age 12; Lucinda, age 8; Minerva, age 7; William W., age 5; and Amanda, age 4.[1]

On the 25th of July 1870, David and his family were residing in Pickens County.[2] The family consisted of David, age 45, b. North Carolina; Mary, age 41, b. North Carolina; Martha, age 23; George, age 22; Elija L., age 19; Nancy M, age 18; William W, age 16; Amanda, age 14; and John, age 4. The later seven were all born in Georgia, and all but John were assisting on the farm.

At the age of 78, Mrs. Mary P Caylor applied for a Confederate pension as the widow of David Caylor who served in Company D of the 23rd Regiment, Georgia, Volunteer Infantry. Mary provided vital data: She was a resident of Pickens County, Georgia, and received mail through the Talking Rock Post Office.  Mary stated that she was born 4 March 1825 in North Carolina, and that David Caylor was born 1 March 1820 in North Carolina. The couple was married in 1844 in Pickens County (Pickens County, Georgia, was created in 1854 from Cherokee and Gilmer counties).

Mary reported that David Caylor’s died in 1896. [3]

David was buried at the Hinton Cemetery. The dates on his tombstone differ from those given by his widow in her pension application—the military grave marker state that he was born 9 March 1807 and died 9 December 1877.  Mary is buried beside him and again the vital information differs from that she supplies in her pension application. Her tombstone indicates she was born 11 April 1811 and died 9 Aug 1901. [4]

© Linda Woodward Geiger. All Rights Reserved.


[1] 1860 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Grassy Knob District, Pickens County, Georgia, page 967, dwelling 745, family 632; National Archives micropublication M653, reel 133, viewed at the National Archives-Southeast Region, East Point, Georgia.

[2] 1870 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Pickens County Georgia, Page 54A, dwelling 851, family 851, lines 17–25; National Archives micropublication M593, reel 169; viewed on ancestry.com, 10 October 2010.

[3] Mary P. Caylor’s Application, Pension Applications of Confederate Soldiers and Widow’s Who Applied from Georgia, Pickens County; Georgia Archives micropublication GCP 372.

[4] Grave markers of David and Mary Caylor, Hinton Community Cemetery, located on Georgia 136 Connector near the intersection of Georgia  53 in Hinton; viewed and photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger,


1 comment

  1. Georgia Rider King

    Georgia Rider King I’m the Great Great Grand Daughter of David Caylor ,I live in Jasper,Ga. Pickens Co. Ga.

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