On this beatuiful Fall day we are
gathered here among the red-orange maple trees in Sunset Hills Cemetery to
dedicate the new
grave stone for Pvt. Abel Nelson
Bisaner. Pvt. Bisaner was born
Nov 16, 1839 on his father's
plantation in southern Caldwell Co.
He enlisted as a Private in
Caldwell County on March 19 1862, at
the age of 23 in Co. A, 22nd Regiment North Carolina Infantry. He was wounded in the Battle of Malvern Hills VA and
died in a Richmond hospital February 7, 1862. His body was brought home
and buried in the old family cemetery.
Bisanar Family History
As reported by numerous Bisanar family members this
family descends from John Henry Bisanar who was born in Lubeck, Germany, on May
10, 1757, a son of John Henrick and Adah (Arndt) Bisanar. John Henry
stowed away on a ship bringing Hessian soldiers to the New World. When the
ship landed at Charleston, SC, he jumped overboard and made his way to
shore. Eventually in his travels he made his way to Lincoln County, NC,
where he received a state land grant in 1788 and on October 10th of that year
married Catherine Haas, daughter of pioneer Simon Haas and Susannah
John Henry and Catherine (Hass) Bisanar are both
buried at Ore Bank Lutheran Church in Lincoln County.
They were the
parents of ten children.
1. Susannah, born October 20, 1789, married
John Arndt, son of the noted Rev. John Godfrey Arndt and Hannah
2. Sarah, born January 1, 1792, married David
Icard. They moved to Indiana, where she died in 1872.
3. Mary, born September 4, 1794, married
Philip Frye in 1816. Mary d. 1818 and is buried at Ore Bank Lutheran
4. Elizabeth, b. Dec 29, 1796, m.
Daniel Propst. They are buried at St. James Lutheran Church near Newton
5. John, born November 20, 1797, married
Nancy Richardson on October 6, 1835. They moved to New Orleans, LA.
6. Jacob, born April 10, 1799, d. July 18,
1878; m. Sarah Jetton. & are buried in Old White Church Cem Lincoln Co NC.
7. Catherine, abt. 1800, married Jacob
8. Anna Marie, born July 7, 1801, died in
9. Moses, born in 1803, married Margaret
10. Simon Pinkney, born March 20, 1807, died
January 30, 1877; married Rachel Starnes, daughter of Revolutionary War soldier
Joseph Starnes and Rachel Rice. Simon Pinkney Bisanar owned land on Silver
Creek between Hwy 321 and the Grace Chapel section and not far from where
the Starnes family had settled.Here he built a grist mill in 1834
andran the mill for many years. He was one of the trustees of Bethany
Methodist Church which stood on the square in downtown Granite Falls and was
lost to a tragic fire in 1903 which left only three buildings standing. He gave the first organ to the church. He also furnished lumber to help
build Grace Chapel Church although he and his wife were life members of Bethany
Simon and Rachel are buried in Pinecrest Cemetery in Granite
They had eight children as follows:
1. Henry Baxter, born December 23, 1833,
married September 15, 1853 Rebecca Shell. He died March 25, 1864 from
measles while serving in the Confederate Army in Charleston, SC.
2. Martha Eveline, born December 23, 1835,
died June 17, 1917, married Rev. John Tipton Shell.
3. Joseph Milton, born February 22, 1837,
died August 28, 1857. He was buried in the old family
4. Pvt. Abel Nelson, the soldier for whom we
are dedicating the stone today, was born November 16, 1839. He enlisted as
a Private in Caldwell County on March 19 1862, at the age of 23 in Co. A, 22nd
Regiment North Carolina Infantry. He was wounded in the Battle of Malvern Hills,
Va, and died in a Richmond hospital February 7 1862. His body was brought
home and buried in the old family cemetery.
5. Malinda Caroline, born April 7, 1841, died
December 24, 1921, married February 24, 1859, Noah Wike who was killed at
Chancellorsville VA while serving as a private in Co. C. 18th NC Regiment
Noah and Malinda had two children:
(a) Emma Wike, who married John
Hoover; (b) Sidney Wike who married Elizabeth Starnes. Malinda married
second Davidson Hickman on December 23, 1866 and built a large house
in Hudson. Here they reared their ten children whose descendants are
numerous in the Hudson and Granite Falls areas. Malinda and Davidson
Hickman are buried in Sardis Cemetery in Hudson. A memorial stone for Pvt.
Noah Wike is to be installed in Pinecrest Cemetery in Granite
6. Mary Adeline, born December 19, 1843, died
February 7, 1912; married March 16, 1868, Marcus Deal. They are buried in
Cedar Valley Methodist Church cemetery.
7. Amanda Roxanna, born April 15, 1847, died
in 1925; married April 5, 1868, Robert W. Fields.
8. Simon Pinkney Jr. born April 25, 1849,
died June 26, 1927, married November 22, 1871 Catherine Malinda Healen.
They are buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Hickory.
Nina Bisanar Carney "Simon Bisanar Family," pp.
254-255, The Heritage of Caldwell County NC (1983: Hunter Publishing
Etched in Granite, The History of
Granite Falls, North Carolina, (1999, JostensGraphics, Charlotte,
James W. Miller, Jr.
510 Clover Church Road
Granite Falls, NC 28630
Photos from the Dedication Service
Harold Dagenhart, 2nd Lt. Commander NC Division
Sons of Confederate Veterans, and Cannon Crew
Cannon Crew, Capt. Vernon Terry, commander
Order of Confederate Rose
Tom Bessinger holding flag. Carl Bessinger holding his son.
Carl, son of Tom, is a descendant of Pvt. Henry Baxter Bisanar/
Bessinger, brother of Pvt Abel Nelson Bisanar.
Anne Harrell Boone,
descendant of Mary Adeline Bisanar Deal,
Pvt. Abel Nelson Bisanar.
Carl Bessinger places dirt from the grave of
Pvt. Henry Baxter
Bisaner/Bessinger in SC on
grave of Pvt. Abel Nelson Bisanar.
descendants took the name of "Bessinger."
Baxter Bisanar/Bessinger served in
7th Battalion (Enfield Rifles)
Infantry (Nelson's Battalion). He died 25 March
1864 of measles.
"Rifle Volley Salute"
Ann Harrell Boone, descendant of
Mary Adeline (Bisanar) Deal, sister of Pvt. Abel
Nelson Bisanar, holds quilt made by Mary Adeline
Deal before the close of the Civil War. Mary
was engaged to be married to Rufus Deal, son of William
and Anna Catherine (Smyre) Deal of Deal's Mill,
Caldwell County.Rufus was killed in the Civil War
at the battle of Cold Harbor. His body was brought home
and buried in Cedar Valley Methodist Church cemetery.
Mary later married his brother Marcus Deal, also a War veteran, who was at the Surrender at Appomattox
Court House. It was the custom of the day for a
young girl to have at least 13 quilts made by the time she was
married. The quilt pictured was buried in the ground in Caldwell County during the War to prevent the Yankees
from carrying it off. It has survived two fires, one in
NC and the other in Texas.
Photos provided by James Miller
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