Silas Fordyce, an old and respected resident of Greene county died at his home at
Rogersville, Sunday morning, January 27, at one o'clock. For two years he had suffered
ill health which proved to be caused by a cancerous growth in the stomach, as revealed by
a post mortem examination conducted by Drs. Spragg and Milliken, of Rogersville. Deceased
was born June 20, 1842, on the old Fordyce homestead in Center township and was a life-long
resident of Greene county. He was married to Mary Jane Orndoff, January 23, 1862 and to
them ten children were born, seven of whom are now surviving. Mrs Fordyce died Nov. 4, 1897,
and about two years later he was united in marriage to Rebecca Phillips. Mr. Fordyce
enlisted in the Eighteenth Pa. Cavalry and served eighteen months during the civil war.
He was a man of upright character and a strong defender of every cause of right. The funeral
was held on Monday from the Willow Grove Christian Church, of which deceased was an elder,
services being conducted by the Rev. G. F. Assiter, the pastor, assisted by Rev. F. A. Bright.
It was attended by the largest congregation which ever entered the church, a tribute of the
high regard in which deceased was held. The interment was made in the family burial ground,
two miles from the church, near the old home in which Mr. Fordyce was born. A detail from
Co. K, N. G. P. attended the funeral and he was buried in honors of war, by firing three
volleys over the grave. Thus a good man has been lain to rest, who will be missed by his
church and community. Beside his wife, the following children are left to mourn his demise:
Wm. L., Jesse, Archibald, Garfield, Mrs. William Moore, Mrs. Joseph Orndoff and Mrs. Susan
Waynesburg Republican, January 31, 1907 (Greene County, PA)
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