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Mont was a former Confederate soldier (deserter) from confederate regiment 16, Company C (the black Mountain Boys) and was the leader of a band that led a raid on Burnsville to steal supplies. He was described as "the leader of the band of Torries".
I believe this was Willard W Styles father from what I was always told,he was my gr grandfather.
I have these recent Notes from a cousin. From what I understand Willard was using the name Ray until he and his Dad had a falling out.Then he changed his name to Styles, his mothers name. I also gather that Willard was hired out as farm help at a young age. I have yet found any type of records on Willard. they had no records on birth or death certificates for Willard. I often wonder who his parents really were.


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