Saturday, May 23, 2015

Grandson of the Tory Dr. John Pyle Sr. Redeems himself


Several families of Tories also came to the county, but did not meet with much sympathy or countenance from the citizens at large. Among the number
was Nicholas Pyle, who was the son of Col. Pyle of the British Army. He was much depressed by the unfriendliness of his neighbors and lived a life of
comparative retirement. On the breaking out of the war of 1812 he was of
the first to volunteer in the defense of that country against which he had
before fought.
He was with Jackson at the battle of New Orleans, and deported himself so
gallantly as to compel the admiration of all who knew him. Afterward his
old neighbors took him into their favor, and were wont to say: "Nick Pyle is
a gallant fellow, and has redeemed himself". 

Nicholas was probably not the son of my Uncle John, both Dr. & Col. like his father Dr. John Pyle Sr, of Pyle's Hacking Party.  He would be my cousin if he were John's son. More likely, he is the son of Nicholas, one of Dr. Pyle Sr's other sons.

A Pair of Anti-Slavery cousins, Abner and John Pyle

 Abner and John are sons of the Tory Dr. John Pyle, Jr, grievously wounded at Pyle's Hacking Party. They are cousins of mine through their mother, Sarah Brazier. They are also kin to the Pyles of Chester County, PA.

Abner Pyle

Abner Pyle December 14, 1778 – June 22, 1866. Abner was born in Chatham County, North Carolina and died in Perry County, Illinois. In 1807 he married Sarah Wells (1788-1855) in Christian County, Kentucky. She was born August 30, 1855 in Christian County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Lewis Wells and Elizabeth Bates. She was also the sister of Mary Wells who married John Pyle. Abner and his wife together with their family moved from Kentucky to Illinois in 1818 and settled in what is now Perry County, Illinois not far from the present town of DuQuoin. Abner and his brother John were much opposed to slavery. The story is told that while living in Kentucky, Abner concealed a runaway Negro man slave in his barn loft and after doing the feeding each day Abner carried his feed basket to the house and when he returned to the barn to feed he took food in the basket to the Negro in the hayloft. Sara died January 22, 1855 and Abner survived her more than eleven years. They are both buried in McElvain Cemetery just west of DuQuoin in Perry County, Illinois.