Yes, that is the correct Silas. For being an amateur at this, I’ve been able to document his adult life very well. I have him working on the Poe farm as a laborer at 18, his marriage to Evaline in 1853 or 1854, all his children, his enlistment, death, and even his pension file. His wife did eventually marry Luke Smith and he later adopted Silas’ minor children. Side note: I was basically named after Luke Smith. His youngest son named his first son after Luke, who raised him. I’m the 4th with j that name.
I ran into that Silas G. Jones when I started this process and had their records confused for a while. He served in the same unit and died around the same time. I also saw where his youngest (my gg grandfather) son put Scotland as his father’s place of birth. He never met Silas and was raised by Luke (an English immigrant). I’ve just assumed he was confused or talking about his step-dad.
Silas put New Madrid, MO as his POB on his enlistment paperwork, but that has been dead ends. I’ve considered Silas may not know where he was born. Since I can’t find his parents and he was working on the Poe family m at 18, they may have died when he was young and may not have had a lot of info about his birth.
With the DNA hits to people that claim to be descendants of Jonas, I’m hoping to be able to start with him and work through 200 years to Silas. It’s just a lot of people to go through so I’m hoping to find some of the work done for me.
Thank you everyone for responding.