SUBMITTED BY: Jean Finch Inscoe (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter)
Dicey Shearin lived in Warren County and had four children: James O. Shearin, William H. Shearin, John Lindsey Shearin, and Catherine Shearin. All three of her sons fought for the Confederacy after the Civil War started.
James O. Shearin
James O. Shearin was born in 1840. On May 4, 1861, he was residing in Warren County and was working as mechanic when he enlisted in the Confederate Army, serving in Company C of the 12th Infantry Regiment (North Carolina). James did not survive the Civil War. He was killed on May 27, 1862 at Hanover Court House, Virginia.
Sources: North Carolina Troops 1861-65, A Roster; http://www.fold3.com/image/35965693/; https://www.fold3.com/image/35965722
William H. Shearin
William H. Shearin was a farmer in Warren County, North Carolina, when he enlisted in the Confederate Army, presumably with his brother James, on May 4, 1861. William also served in Company C of the 12th Infantry Regiment (North Carolina). According to his military records, he was twenty years old when he enlisted. William “died of disease” on March 3, 1863 at Fredericksburg, Virginia (North Carolina Troops 1861-65, A Roster, 1993)
Source: North Carolina Troops 1861-65, A Roster, 1993
John L. Shearin
John Lindsey Shearin was born in 1842 in Warren County, North Carolina. He worked as farmer in Warren County and enlisted in the Confederate Army on Aug. 16, 1861. John served in Company B, 30th Infantry Regiment (North Carolina). He was “discharged due to disability” on May 22, 1862 and reenlisted in the same company and regiment on Jul 16, 1863. John was taken prisoner on Nov. 7, 1863 at Kelly’s Ford, Virginia, and confined at Point Lookout in Maryland a few days later. He was exchanged on May 8, 1864 and returned to serve in Company B of the 30th in September of that same year. He was wounded on “April 5, 1865 at Appomattox Court House, VA (Estimated Day)”, and paroled on April 21st at Farmville, Virginia (North Carolina Troops 1861-65, A Roster, 1993).
John married Sarah E. Pike in 1869 in Warren County. Sarah was the youngest daughter of Samuel Pike and Mary Shearin Pike. They had at least six children.
Source: North Carolina Troops 1861-65, A Roster, 1993; Warren County, N.C. Census Records