May 2003


Written and Published Online by Rex Redmon, Greenville, SC.

w/contributing articles by cousin John Silver


Over 600 Silver Cousins Now Have Access To A Silver Family Newsletter


The Age Of Electronics Certainly Has A Great Benefit
For Those Who Publish And Read An Online Newsletter

Recently cousin John Silver and I compiled a mailing list of our extended Silver family using data gathered from family reunions, Silver Notes subscriptions and from folks who have written to us both electronically and by snail mail. As of this writing we have accumulated a list of over six-hundred extended Silver family names whom we wrote to, to inform them and you about our Online Silver Family Website ( that includes the new newsletter, Silver Threads. To date, the mail we have received has been very encouraging and complimentary. Thanks to all of you, our Silver cousins, who have taken time to go online and read our new family newsletter, Silver Threads. Also thank you for writing to us.




April 12, 2003, some one-hundred-plus Scottish Clans gathered in Huntersville, NC at the old Davidson Family Plantation to celebrate their mutual Scottish heritage. Traditionally, when a member of the Scottish family passes, a stone is laid on a memorial “heap of stones” called a Cairn in memory of that person. Such was the cause and purpose of the Ruth family who are part of our extended Silver family. Alice N. Ruth of Spruce Pine, NC, and widow of Francis Josef Ruth along with her sons, Josef K. Ruth of Washington, DC, Wayne S. Ruth of Waynesville, NC and Kris K. Ruth of Asheville, NC with his friend, Meneta Bost of Asheville and Jean Caton, sister of Joe Ruth who lives in Raleigh, NC, and including myself, assembled in front of the Cairn at Loch Norman (similar to the one pictured) to remember the husband, the father, the brother and the cousin by the “laying on” of a stone in memory of Joe Ruth.


With the Loch Norman Pipe Band in the lead playing the familiar Scottish tune, Scotland The Brave, and escorted by the Clan Henderson Body Guard to the Cairn site where the Rev. Jeff Lowrance, Chaplain of the Loch Normal Highland Games, conducted a brief memorial service for Cousin Joe and other Flowers Of The Forest who have recently passed. After the playing of Amazing Grace and Flowers Of The Forest by the pipe band, tunes that will always send chills up the spine when played on the bagpipes, a round flat river stone, taken from the South Toe River just a few miles from Cousin Joe’s house was placed on the Cairn by Alice, Josef, Wayne and Kris, in Memory of Joe Ruth’s service to his Scottish heritage that included membership in Clan McGregor and The Scottish Heritage Society. Following is an excerpt from the eulogy I read at the service;

Joe was actively involved in many other family historical activities and every year I could count on seeing Joe and Alice the last weekend in July at our mutual Silver Family reunion in Mitchell County, NC. Finally with due cause to arrive at this place and time and by his membership in good standing with the Clan McGregor Society, we, his friends, his extended family, and his immediate family, honor Francis Josef Ruth with the laying on of this stone retrieved near his home from the South Toe River of Yancey County, NC.

Joe Ruth passed away on April 16, 2001, and all our Silver cousins who gather at KONA every July will miss his smiling face.




I was recently contacted by Chanda McGee of Enfield, NC whose Silver ancestors hail from Halifax County, NC. Chanda says she descends from Maggie Ellen Silver who married Jake Hedgepath. Maggie Ellen’s parents were Tom and Henrietta Spruills Silver and Tom’s parents were Gid and Emily Richardson Silver. She is seeking a connection to the KONA Silver family. Does anyone recognize any of those names? Pleas contact either John or myself or Chanda’s E-mail address is [email protected].




I’m not sure I can remember the exact immortal words of one of our most famous presidents of yesteryear where he speaks about everyone having a chicken in his/her pot. While everyone may have a chicken in the pot during this modern and prosperous age, not everyone yet has a PC in their den. It is those cousins without PCs to whom we want to mail Silver Threads. We have several volunteers who have agreed to download Silver Threads and then forward the newsletter by the US Mail to those without PCs and who do not yet have access to a Web Site. Please, if you have a cousin who does not have a PC, let either John or myself know, give us the name and address of your family member and we will tell one of our cousin volunteers to forward the newsletter to them. Our goal is to reach over one-thousand extended family members by the end of the year so we need your help.




Two weeks ago on Saturday, April 5, your KONA Silver Family Reunion Planners met in KONA to begin preliminary planning for this year’s KONA reunion. I need to let those of you know, who are planning to attend both Saturday an Sunday’s reunion events and who are looking for a place to stay for the weekend that I have spoken with the manager of the Nu-Wray Inn in Burnsville and if we have enough people to fill ten rooms we will get a 10% reduction in rates. The toll free telephone number to the Inn is (800) 368-9729. Tell the Nu-Wray associate who answers the phone you are part of the Silver Family Reunion in late July and you want to inquire about room rates or make reservations. Be sure to ask about the 10% discount. I will be staying there--in room #9 where my cousin, Elvis Pressley once slept. Yeah, I know, I’m related to everyone.


The official name of the Silver family reunion in Mitchell County will be referred to as the KONA Silver Family Reunion in the future and in all future publications. There are other Silver Family reunions held in the country every year and we want to distinguish the big reunion at KONA as the granddaddy of Silver Family events.  


I am happy to announce Cousin John Silver, our family historian, will again be available all day Saturday at this year’s reunion with a PC to access our family archives. In addition we plan to have a printer and a copier available as well. We would also like to tentatively plan a meeting for “First Timers” who attend the reunion to tell them about the family, KONA and answer any questions about our famous family that a “First Timer” might have.


We are all excited about Sharyn McCrumb’s visit on Saturday. I have been in touch with Sharyn’s lead person and I now have her press kit so we can do a lot of preliminary advertising with the help of Blue Moon Book Store of Spruce Pine. I too have met with Beverly Carroll the owner of Blue Moon and Beverly will be on site Saturday at KONA to sell Sharyn’s many books she has written about the Appalachian Mountains and its people including her new book, Ghost Riders, a book about the Civil War in the Mountains of Western North Carolina.


We still plan to have story telling time on Saturday afternoon at the cabin site of Frankie & Charlie and we are presently seeking permission from the owners to have access to the property.


This year our Sunday morning worship service will be held in the big church at KONA in lieu of the little church because of other activities planned in the little church the same day. Kay Silver, publisher of Silver Notes is responsible for this year’s Sunday morning activities including the memorial service held in the family cemetery at 10:00 A.M. If you have questions about the Sunday morning activities, please contact Kay at [email protected] or (424) 547-9118.


Also, because of the large attendance we expect on Saturday this year, we have a new twist for a noonday meal. We plan to have Saturday lunch prepared by one of our own Silver cousins, Tom Redmon of Asheville. We plan to serve a BBQ plate complete with cold slaw, baked beans, ice tea and desert. The charge for the plate will be $5.00 and proceeds from the lunch will be used for repairs to the church roof in KONA. Perhaps this will be the year we will accumulate enough donations to finally get repairs for the roof completed. Reservations for lunch are requested so we can get a head count of how much food to prepare. If you plane to attend the reunion on Saturday and plan to eat lunch with us, please let one of the following people know. Laura Cooper-Cowan at [email protected], or myself, Rex Redmon, at [email protected]  or (864) 242-1307. As we get closer to reunion time other announcements about events will be forthcoming in Silver Threads and Silver Notes.




In last months issue of Silver Threads I published an article about William Jackson Silver sent to me by cousin Carolyn Silver-Sutton little [email protected] of Georgia, a descendant of John Silver Sr. Included with the article was a picture of William Jackson Silver, born 1852. Upon viewing the picture of William Jackson Silver I was immediately struck by his deep penetrating eyes and handsome round face. I knew I have seen those same eyes and same face previously, but in real life and not in a nineteenth century photograph. I now remember where I saw a person who could pass for a twin to William Jackson Silver.


Ten years ago I did a genealogy research project of a man whom I had known for about ten years who lived in Gastonia, NC. His name was Gary Silver. Gary and I had known each other through business connections and when I asked him about his ancestors he knew nothing of them except his grandfather’s name was William Greenberry Silver and his father was Charles Columbus Silver. Greenberry Silver huh! I knew I had made a connection to my family in KONA but how? Gary said his family originated in Georgia so I immediately connected him to John Silver Sr. who moved to Georgia from NC in the 1800s.


I traced Gary’s ancestry and discovered his ascension to be as follows. Gary Silver, b. 1940; Charles Columbus Silver, b. 1918; William Greenberry Silver, b 1876; Alfred B. Silver b. bet 1852-1854; John Silver Jr, b. 1814; John Silver Sr. b. 1786 and George Silver Jr. b. 1751 the patriarch of our family who settled in what is today KONA,


Here is where this story gets interesting. Thomas Jackson Silver also a son of John Silver Sr. and brother to John Jr., is the father to William Jackson Silver who is the look alike to Gary Silver of Gastonia. It is amazing to me how much the two men favor one another. Gary has the same little mustache, same beady penetrating eyes and the same handsome round face as did his uncle five generations earlier. As I have only met a few of my Georgia cousins I am wondering how many others favor William Jackson Silver? Cousin Carolyn, can you answer my question?


I have lost contact with Gary in recent years. He had sisters Kathy and Charlotte who lived in Charlotte, NC and the last I heard, Gary was living in the carpet country in Northern Georgia and is still associated with the carpet industry, If anyone knows Gary I would like to make contact with he and his sisters again.




Last month when I concluded writing April’s portion of Monroe Thomas’ letter he was writing about his genealogy on his mother’s side of the family. This month I will continue with the genealogy of Monroe Thomas except we will look at his father’s side of the family. Please remember, as you read Monroe’s letter, look for the footnote/endnote cues that will correct any mistakes Monroe may have unintentionally written or any comments from myself which are of interest to Monroe’s letter. Also remember Monroe’s letter is italicized.


On my father’s side I come from Alopheus Thomas, son of Aaron Thomas, son of John Thomas, son of Aaron the elder who brought the Thomas name to Toe River Valley about 1810. Aaron the elder was the son of Joe Thomas, founder and first head the family, who came to this country from Spain via Florida. And settled in the valley of the French Broad about the time of the American Revolution;[1] and from there came Aaron the Elder to Toe River Valley and settled opposite the mouth of Roses Branch, in what is now Yancey County. In addition the elder and my grandfather, the Toe River valley branch of the family contained another Aaron Thomas -- Aaron the elder’s son, who was called “Roarin” Aaron to distinguish him from his father and from his nephew, my grandfather, who was called “Water” Aaron. Early members of the family lived to great ages. Joe, founder and first head of the family live to 114; Aaron, my grandfather, passed away in 1924 at 104. In the early days the family also possessed striking racial characteristics. They were small of statue, had small black eyes and dark complexions, and were noted for their proneness to pout. Often they’d sulk for weeks at a time nursing some secret grudge and never speak to anyone. Between time, however, there were talkative and humorous,. Their physical characteristics have by now largely disappeared, but their social and temperamental traits still follow the name.


Aaron the elder has several sons, among them John, Jimmy, Henry, Job, Hose, “Roarin” Aaron, Jose, and Tommy; and like the patriarchs of Israel, the land was before them. I underscore their names for the sake for clarity. John, the oldest, moved over the hills into what is now the Pleasant Grove community of Yancey County, where his descendents, both direct and collateral, still live. “Water” Aaron, his eldest son (my grandfather), settled at Lundy, in Mitchell; Henry, his next son moved to Little Rock Creek; John went to Swain; Hijah to Roses branch; and Joe and Fleming remained in Pleasant Grove. One of his daughters, Kezia, married Sam Randolph and became the grandmother of Lawyer Posey Randolph, of Burnsville. Jimmy and Henry, Aaron the elder’s next sons, both migrated to the West, and Jose went to Kentucky where he was joined by his brother Job. Job’s son, David however, returned to live in couple Island and became the father of present-day Tan and Job Thomas. Job was a member of the Board of Education of Yancey County until recently, and perhaps is yet, (publisher: 1951) and Ron served on the Board of County Commissioners in the 1920s. Both are prosperous livers and respected men, though Ran is now very aged. John Thomas, who used to have a store at Michaville, was their brother. “Roarin” Aaron settled on the headwaters of Toe River and became the father of the Avery County Thomases, and Jose planted the name in the Micaville region. Will Thomas was one of Jose’s sons. Will was the father of Zeb Thomas (my grandfather also had a Zeb) and Zeb was the father of Lynn, Worley, and Claude Thomas. Tommy, Aaron the eldest youngest son, married Henry Silver’s Rachel and remained with his father, inheriting the ancestral home place. His sons were Mack and Wash (to Madison County), Jimmy, and others. Jimmy who died a year ago (publisher: 1950) at the age of 95 was a preacher and father of Manassah and DeWitt Thomas. One of Tommy’s daughters, Mrs. Nancy Grindstaff, of near Spruce Pine, died recently at 102.  Nancy by a former marriage was the mother of Edd, Sewell, and Charlie Woody, all of whom are preachers. David Thomas, of or near Window, is Tommy’s Wash’s son; and Perry Gouge, of the same place, was my fathers’ sister’s son.


You probably knew my grandfather, Aaron Thomas. During his latter years he occasionally visited his grandson, Perry Gouge, after Perry moved to Windom. He was a small, bearded man, weighed only 120 pounds in his prime, and wore number five women’s shoes; yet he was exceedingly well proportioned and had great physical endurance. He lived on rented land and was kicked about until he was seventy; then he bought a farm and settled down, and at a hundred he still hoed his corn and chopped his wood and never missed a meal. He was a man of few words and made his words count, yet beneath his seemingly taciturnity he was gentle and kind and could take up a century and span it with his memory. To the neighbors he was “Uncle Aaron, “but to his relatives, including his wife, children, grandchildren. Great-grandchildren, an all, he was “Pappy.”  Whether he like his name or not I never knew, for he despised useless questions. His favorite expression of disgust was “Ps-s-sht! Ps-s-sht!”, which he made by hissing through his beard, and it was usually enough to put a quietus on anyone who got too inquisitive. He was seldom sick and could not understand why next-door neighbors always inquired about one another’s health every time they met; repeated inquiries about his own health in particular galled him. Once a newcomer to the community had to pass his house twice daily to milk; and not knowing his antipathy to this he started call out every time he passed, “Good Morning” or “good afternoon, Uncle Aaron. How are you this morning or this afternoon?” Grandfather answered civilly enough the first few times, but his annoyance at such useless repetitions soon reached the saturation point, and the next morning when the man passed and called he hissed back, “Ps-s-sht! Ps-s-sht! I’m jist like I was yestid’y” Therefore the man left off his queries about his health.


Grandfather liked meats and eggs, milk and butter, honey, hominy, and coffee. But didn’t care for fruits and vegetables. One of his favorite foods was homemade lightbread, The yeast for which Grandmother made by setting milk and letting it ferment and rise; and he was also very fond of fried cornbread crumbs and of bread soup but wouldn‘t eat potato soup at all. Grandmother, however, liked potato soup, and one cold winter evening she made a pot full for her and the children’s supper, Grandfather thought it was bread soup, and was eating away at it quietly when one of the children [paused between mouthfuls long enough to ask, “Ma, what kind of soup is this?” Tater soup,” she said. Grandpa knitted hi9s brow and wiped his beard. “Ps-s-sht! ps-s-sht!” he hissed, and pushing his bowl back, wouldn’t eat another bite.


He was a man of vast expectations. When he was in his nineties he and a neighbor were mica mining and one day the mine caved in on them and wounded Grandfather and the neighbor had to take him to the doctor. He was hurt seriously but scared more seriously, and the doctor, seeing he was an old man, sought to allay his fears, “Your injury isn’t bad,” he said. “Don’t worry, You’ll be all right.” But Grandfather wouldn’t hear of it. “Ps-s-sht! Ps-s-sht!” he hissed. “Hit’ll take me twenty years to git over it.” he didn’t quite fulfill his expectations; yet when he died in 1924 at 104 there was not a person in the community, not even his wife, could remember when he had been a young man.


That will conclude this month’s portion of the Monroe Thomas letter. I must conclude with six hard copy pages so mailing expenses will not be an overburden for Silver Notes. I will continue additional pages for the benefit of Silver Threads online as I recreate more of the poetry that Monroe Thomas wrote.




The Signs and Seasons

Now the mountain, they say in rhyme,
That for everything there is a time;
And if as a farmer you’d succeed,
Then the signs and seasons you must heed;
Supply yourself with an almanac,
Or all your effort’s go to rack;
And plant your seeds when the signs come right --
If the moon is full and the nights are light.

For the signs, they say, with their symbols twelve,
Were made for the folk who did and delve.
In the guise of a man in the almanac
(If not in the front then back in the back),
They start in the head and go out the feet,
Then rise and the downward trip repeat,
And each one rules, in  manifold ways,
The Mysteries of life in its quota of days.

You must plant, they say, when the signs are high,
If your patch is fixed and the weather’s dry;
For the truth of the fact is widely felt
That the favored signs come above the belt
Yet the mountain folk can show you by test
That for certain things the others are best;
For the truth of the fact is also known
That everything is ruled by a sign of its own.

For cabbage as hard and heavy as lead
You must plant when the sign is in the head;
Then skipping the neck, come down to the twins
For your beans and corn, if you want full bins;
Then come for your beets to the red, red heart;
And down to the waist for your rhubarb tart;
Though for reasons of smell, the good wife howls,
“Beware when the signs have come to the bowels!”

For ‘taters that rules to the piece three eyes
When the signs have come to the reins or thighs;
For turnips the sings’ the same as fer ‘taters,
While any old sing will do fer the ‘maters
Tis little, however, does well in the knees
“Cept peppers and kale and blackeyed peas,
And everybody knows that nothing ever grows
When the signs have come to the feet and toes.

Yet some folks hold that melons and vines
Belong to the lower bracket of signs;
And the housewives warn not to ser your eggs
Till the signs have passed from the knees to the legs;
And the fishers add, as a special treat,
That the fish bite when the sign is n the feet.
But it is a rule by all conceded
That the moon and signs must both be heeded.

If wheat you’re planning, then plan with care,
And sow your seed when the moon shines fair;
Not when its crooked and bent like a bow,
Or you and the miller a-begging will go
And the same rule holds for your grass and clover,
If a set you’d have when the winter’s over;
For the father’s say it is known from old
That crooked-moon plants won’t stand the cold.

For your grafts to knit and the sap push through,
You must graft, they say, when the moon is new;
And then is the time to pick you ducks,
For the old moon feathers are dry like shucks.
But the old folks say, if you want good wool,
You must shear when the moon is full,
And gather your herbs and wild cherry bark
When the moon is old and the nights are dark.

You must move, they say, when the moon is new,
If you’d like to climb as the moon climbs too;
For he who moves when the moon’s awane
Will gather no moss till he moves again.
But the mountain man warns, as he covers his shack,
Not to rive your boards when the nights are black;
For the fact is as plain as the morning mist
The crooked moon boards will warp and twist.

Moreover, they warn, if the moon is thin,
Not to kill your hogs till the full moon’s in;|
Nor plant your corn when the moon’s a bow,
Or the stalks as tall as the moon will grow.
For everybody knows that thin moon meat
Ain’t fit for the cats and dogs to eat.
And everybody says though the signs are right
Not to plant your corn till the moon shines fair.

For it sometimes happens, given good weather,
That the moon and signs don’t come together;
And such is the case, by faith or by test,
You must decide which time is the best.
For some of the men in the matter versed
Contend that the signs should really come first,
But others with equal warmth are agreed
That the moon, by rights, should have the lead.

Now these are the rhymes of the mountain folk,
Who follow the signs their fathers spoke;
And if as a farmer you’d succeed,
Then their wisdom you had better heed;
Supply yourself with an almanac,
And keep informed of the zodiac;
And plant your seeds when the signs come right --
If the moon is full and the nights are light.

Monroe Thomas. Composed in 1942 but never published.

Next month’s edition of Silver Threads will conclude the historic letter of Monroe Thomas. In addition to the four remaining pages of his letter I will reprint, I will also reprint on these pages the rest of his memorable poetry which is enough poetry in itself to fill a volume.



by John Silver


Last month we followed Georg Wendl Silber’s (George Silver Sr.) arrival in the colonies and his subsequent move to Pennsylvania, making Elizabeth Margaritha and him one of the so-called “Pennsylvania Dutch” families.


Not much is known of George Sr.’s life during the time he remained in Pennsylvania. He did pay taxes on a cow and a horse one year but no other records have been found giving any clues to his and “Sissy Market’s” every day existence. We do know of course that they had three children. We can be sure that they regularly attended Church Services at the Augustus Lutheran Church in Trappe, Pennsylvania.


In 1765 George Sr. purchased land in Western Maryland in Frederick County. We have been unable to find records to tell us exactly how much land he purchased but we do know that it was located at the foot of Sugar Loaf Mountain near Frederick in Frederick County. It consisted of three sections and was located in the Beggar’s Choice area.


George and Margaretha apparently did well here in Maryland. Their children grew up and the land was bountiful.


When the Revolutionary War began, George Silver Jr. enlisted for a period of six  months in a Maryland Line Battalion. Soon after he enlisted his battalion sent to the Wyoming Valley in Pennsylvania to “settle the Indian problem.” When this enlistment was finished he again enlisted for six months in the German Flying Camp under the command of Colonel Ludwig Weltner. During this enlistment he participated in the Battle of Germantown. Here he was slightly wounded when a bullet “grazed his neck.” When this enlistment was finished he enlisted for another three years which eventually amounted to four years. During his military life he found himself as a guard when Major Andre’, the famous spy, was hanged in New York. From here he marched to Yorktown where Cornwallis was under siege. Upon Cornwallis’ surrender, he was marched to South Carolina. Here he participated in killing and capturing a British Mounted group made up of black soldiers. When the Revolutionary War ended, he returned to Frederick having served a total of five years.


   George Silver Junior was married in 1782. His bride was Ann “Nancy” Griffith, the daughter of Orlando Griffith. They were to have a long and fruitful marriage.


   George Silver Senior died in 1785. In his will he named his wife Margaretha, son George Jr. and daughter Elizabeth Margaret as his beneficiaries.


   At this point, I am going to present the background of George’s bride, Ann “Nancy” Griffith.










The Griffith family of Anne Arundel County owes its inception to one William Griffith who as a British lad was transported into the Province by Michael Stuppel and Stephen Bernerd. These two enterprisers on June 18, 1675, applied to His Lordship Land Office at St. Mary’s City for 1,750 acres of land for transporting into the Province to inhabit thirty-five persons among whom was William Griffith.


The youth planted his seed in the New World and became the forebear of the future family of Griffith which was to play such an important role in the settlement of Maryland frontier and later and later to promote the independence of the nation. Eighty years hence another generation became conspicuous in their courage and strength of their conviction in advancing Maryland’s secession from the Union, and when their endeavor was thwarted, they would support loyally the Southern Confederacy.


The Griffith youths of Maryland fought bravely for the South, while those who had migrated to more Southern States likewise volunteered for their States. A scion of the Griffith family was a Brigadier General of the Texas troops and at one time was their Commander-in-Chief.

William Griffith

(16-- - 1699)


Although records show that William Griffith was in Maryland by 1675, he was probably a minor for he remained unmarried until about 1687 and did not receive his first warrant  for land until 1694. He settled in Middle Neck Hundred and there he met Sarah, the daughter of the Scotch Quaker, John Maccubin, by his second wife, Eleanor.


Children of William and Sarah (Maccubin) Griffith


            1.    Orlando Griffith, born October 17, 1688, married Katherine Howard.

            2.    Sophia Griffith, born April 27, 1691, married Benjamin, son of Mareen

                    and Susannah Duvall.

3.        Charles Griffith, born January 20, 1693, married Mary (Wolden) Mercer                     and Catherine Baldwin. q.v.        

 4.    William Griffith, born April 15, 1697, married Comfort Duval.  q.v.







William Griffith, son of William and Sarah (Maccubin) Griffith was born April 15, 1697, in St. Ann’s Parrish, Anne Arundel County. He married Comfort, born March 17, 1700, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Jones) Duval.


Children of William and Comfort (Duval) Griffith


1.      Ezekiel Griffith, born 1720, died young.

2.      Orlando Griffith married Elizabeth ----------. q.v.

3.      William Griffith married Sarah Reynolds, widow.



Orlando Griffith

(17--- - 1801)


Orlando Griffith, son of William and Comfort (Duval) Griffith was born in Frederick County, Maryland. He married Elizabeth -------.


Children of Orlando and Elizabeth Griffith


1.         Orlando Griffith.

2.         Elisha Griffith.

3.         Zadock Griffith married Susannah Hunter.

4.         Chisholm Griffith married Mary Ann Scott, Polly Briggs and Widow Bowman.

5.         Joshua Griffith.

6.         Elizabeth Griffith, born 1762, married February 22, 1782, Joseph Jacob, Frederick County, Maryland, removed to North Carolina.

7.         Rachel Griffith.

8.         Ann Griffith, born 1766, married 1785 George Silver; settled in Yancey County,

        North Carolina.

9.         William Griffith, born 1768, died 1825 in North Carolina.

10.     John Griffith, born July 20, 1770, married Nancy Agnes (Dobson) Young.


Orlando Griffith died in Frederick County during 1801. An inventory of his personal estate was made on September 20, 1801, with his son, John Griffith, as administrator of the estate and Betsy Griffith and Rachel Griffith signing as kinswomen.


More of the Silver and Griffith families next month. Next are the obituaries.



Verlye Waldrop


Verlye Thomas Waldrop, 69, died Wednesday, April 9, 2003.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Capps Funeral Home, 280 N. Main St., Mars Hill, NC.   Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel of Capps Funeral Home.

(George Silver Sr. > George Silver Jr. > Rev. Jacob Silver > Alfred Leonard Silver > Tilman Blalock Silver > Tilman Anderson Silver > Laura Fae Silver m. Ratha Guy Thomas > Verlye Thomas Waldrop)



Dora Silver Pate


   Dora Silver Pate, 92, formerly of Rutherfordton, died Wednesday, March 26, 2003.

   The funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Crowe Funeral Home in Rutherfordton.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

(George Silver Sr. > George Silver Jr. > John Silver > Marvel Alexander Silver > Daniel G. Silver > Dora Silver m. Floyd Pate)



Mae Tipton


Mae Silver Tipton, 91, formerly of Meadow Road, died Sunday, April 6, 2003, in a Polk County nursing center.

A native of Tennessee, she was a lifelong resident of Yancey County, North Carolina and a daughter of the late Daniel and Minnie Lee Stockton Silver. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband, Tom Ed Tipton; three daughters, Iva Guffey of Forest City, Ann Burgess of Mills Springs and Ilene Lane of Ruth; six sons, Paul and Clyde Tipton of Burnsville, Wade, Truman and Horace Tipton of Mill Springs and Merley Tipton of Erwin, Tennessee; a sister, Mafre Edwards of Ellenboro; brother, Cecil Silver of Ruth; 28 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Church of God of Prophecy, of which she was a member. The Reverends John Murphy and Ricky Poteet will officiate. Burial will be in Academy Cemetery.

Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

(George Silver Sr. > George Silver Jr. > John Silver > Marvel Alexander Silver > Daniel G. Silver > Mae Silver m. Tom Ed Tipton)


NOTE:  Dora and Mae were sisters.



Ada McPeters


   Ada Silver McPeters, 89, of Marion, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003 at Mountain View Rest Home.

   Born in Yancey County to the late Charles W. Silver and Winnie Hensley Silver. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vilous. She is survived by two sons; Vernon McPeters of Marion, NC, and Wilburn McPeters of Jacksonville, FL; one daughter, Emma McPeters Causby of Marion; five grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

   Ada was a housewife. She was a member of West Marion Baptist Church and attended Vein Mountain Baptist Church.

   Services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2003 at McCall Memorial Chapel in Marion. Reverend Barry Gouge will be officiating with the burial following in McDowell Memorial Park.

   The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

   Online condolences may be made at

(George Silver Sr. > George Silver Jr. > Rev. Thomas Silver > Charles W. Silver > Ada Silver)




Please forward any obituaries,  birth announcements, weddings, engagements and any news item that concerns the Silver family or extended families.


Thanks, Cousin John



John Silver, our family historian; Barney Kaufman, our keeper of the web; and myself, want to thank you, all our Silver cousins, for your patronage in reading Silver Threads online. It is our intent to bring you a timely monthly newsletter that is full of interesting family history, entertaining historical information and facts about your extended Silver family that you would not otherwise know about unless you read it here.


So if you know a little historical
Dirt on your family of the past…
 Please send it to us
So we can print it and make it long last. 



            Keep Your head And Your Heart In The Right Direction And You Will Never Have To Worry About The Direction Of Your Feet. Author unknown.


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[1] Publisher: The Valley of The French Broad was not settled by anyone until 1783 because it was Indian land and no whites were allowed to settle in the southern mountains of North Carolina until after the war was over in 1782. There were a few settlers illegally settled in the area of Celo and up in the Watauga River area but not in the southern mountains of the state.