June 2003


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

w/contributing articles by cousin John Silver


Permission Granted By Owners of Frankie and Charlie Silver Property to Hold Story Telling Time


Cousin Niel Stewart has received permission from his first cousin, Randy Stewart, current owner of the property where the original cabin site of Frankie and Charlie stood, to allow those of us who attend this year’s Silver Family Reunion at KONA to use the area. We intend to have story telling time Saturday afternoon at 2:00 at the cabin site. We will relive and hear again the tragedy of Frankie and Charlie as it unfolded in the cold snowy winter of 1831. Storytellers will be myself and possibly cousin Niel Stewart as well, who hopefully will enlighten us about the Stewart Family. So please make your reunion plans for the last weekend in July. And we will see you at KONA, Mitchell County, North Carolina.


You may make reservations now at the Nu Wray Inn in Burnsville and if we book as many as ten rooms we will receive a 10% discount. Folks, if it has been a while since you have had a buffet country breakfast, I’m telling you the Nu Wray Inn has a buffet breakfast second to none. Call today (800) 368-9729 or online at [email protected] and make your reservation.


Other reunion updates include this reminder. Because of the large crowd that we expect to attend this year’s Silver Family Reunion at KONA, we are planning to serve a BBQ lunch on Saturday for only $5.00 a plate. A drink and desert will be included with the BBQ plate and reservations are appreciated so we will know for how many to prepare. Make your lunch reservations to either myself, Rex Redmon at Redhre[email protected] or Laura Cooper at dacoo[email protected].


Cousins, the May issues of Silver Threads and Silver Notes newsletters had an incorrect statement written by me. I stated the proceeds from the sale of the lunches on Saturday during the reunion will be used for repairs to the roof of KONA Missionary Baptist Church. I am sorry, but upon further investigation, I have learned as I am not an officer or a trustee of KONA Missionary Baptist Church, I have no authority to make decisions where money given to the church is to be used. No one came to me and reprimanded me for my statement because it was I who inquired to make sure I was in the right. I was told by Wanda Freeman, treasurer of KONA Missionary Baptist Church, that all money given to the church is deposited into the general operating fund for the church. However Wanda told me there was one exception. If a check is ear-marked for a specific purpose, such as repairs to the church roof, then the check will be designated as such. Wanda assures me she keeps very meticulous records and will give an accounting of incoming funds as well as payables during this year’s reunion.     


John and I are receiving e-mails from many cousins who say they will attend The Silver Family Reunion at KONA for the first time this year; in particular, Jeanie and Ryojin Tamakoshi. Jeanie is descended from Jacob Silver through his son Edmund Silver, Nannie Silver-Hall, Arthur Hall and Evelyn Hall-Schuck. For all those new first timers, we will have a forty-five minute first timers information meeting about 10:00 A.M. on Saturday in sanctuary of the big church. John Silver-Harris has prepared a family information sheet that will be given to everyone attending the meeting. Please, if you plan to attend the meeting, be prompt. Sharyn McCrumb is scheduled to speak in the sanctuary at 11:00 A.M.






Cousin Nancy Puckett writes to tell us that Mr. Howard Williams of Morganton, NC has just revised and republished The Frankie Foundation website. Mr. Williams would appreciate that we all check it out and offer corrections, comments, suggestions and/or additions to the website. In addition, he solicits donations from the Frankie Foundation’s Board of Directors.  Mr. Williams is trying to raise at least $50,000.00 to produce a play about the tragedy of Frankie and Charlie Silver and he announces to date, the foundation has raised $20,000.00. The Frankie Foundation website is at






Recently while reading the March issue of Bits Of Buncombe, a newsletter published by the Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society, I read an article pertaining to DNA testing available to Stewart/Stuart family members. I will quote the article as it was printed.


For years those researching Stewart/Stuart lines have tried to resolve the mystery of connections between various families. Through DNA analysis we may have found a tool to help resolve this issue. Through a simple swab of the inside cheek we may be able to determine these connections. Cost is nominal and financial help is available. Preliminary results have already connected two families. We need volunteer male descendants. Contact Dee at de[email protected] or Rick at [email protected]. You may also visit


The Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society, located in Asheville, North Carolina is also going to run ads advertising our Silver Family Reunion at KONA in their monthly newsletter as well. We greatly appreciate their effort.





(The following article was contributed by Cousin Joe Ruth of Washington, D.C.)


Each of us who descend from the immigrant George Silver and his son George Jr., are also descended from George Jr’s wife, Nancy Griffith, who accompanied him and their children to KONA. Nancy was the g-g-granddaughter of Maureen Duvall, a French Huguenot who settled in Maryland in 1650. Among Duvall’s other descendants are your cousins Harry Truman and the Duchess of Windsor. A Duvall family society was formed in 1926 and they host a family reunion every year that draws folks from as far away as California. Duvall cousins who attend the reunion have found the Duvalls to be warm and welcoming.


Plans for this year’s reunion will take place in Prince George County, Maryland near one of Maureen Duvall’s plantations. An informal dinner and happy hour will be held Friday evening October 17. The following morning a family business meeting will be conducted followed by a lunch at the Holy Trinity Church in Collington. (The first church on the site was built circa 1700 on land given by our ancestor John Duvall.) Following lunch Joe tells us a visit to Marietta is planned. Marietta is a plantation house built by our cousin, Supreme Court Justice Gabriel Duvall. Later in the afternoon the family will be hosted by another cousin at Middle Plantation, an old house built near the site of Maureen Duvall’s old plantation. Possibly some artifacts excavated from the plantation will be available for viewing. Joe informs me more details will follow in July.


To join the Duvall Society or to express an interest in attending the reunion, please contact; Mr. Barrett L. McKown, 3580 South River Terrace, Edgewater, MD. 21037. (410) 798-4531. The Duvall Family Website is


Joe also tells us Nancy Griffith was the g-granddaughter of the Scotsman, John MacCubbin who immigrated from Ayrshire, Scotland around 1660. Through him we are descended from the MacGregor’s and are reportedly descended from King Kennith MacAlpine. (Publisher: As a scholar of Scottish history I can assure you we descend from Gregor, third son of King MacAlpine. The prefix “Mac” means son of, thus the name of Mac Gregor, son of Gregor. The MacGregors were one of the fieriest Scottish Clans to ever don the Kilt and to go into battle with the broadsword rest assured.)






John Silver, our family historian and I occasionally send a mass E-mailing to all of our Silver Cousins who have given us permission to do so. However, many of you change your E-mail addresses and do not notify us of your changes. Know what happens when we try to reach you? Right! Our mail is either kicked back or goes through without you receiving a copy. As a result we have no choice but to eliminate your name from our mass mailing list. Please contact either John or myself with your new e-mail address so you do not miss an important announcement. For instance one of us might win the lottery and want to get in touch with everyone so we can share it with you. Welllllllll … not likely we will share it -- but you never know.






Cousin Barbara Gregory writes to tell us about two church homecomings that will be held on the first Sunday and the second Sunday in June. Mountain Grove Baptist Church, located high on the mountain above Ellijay (near Franklin) NC, will hold their homecoming on June 8th. In the little cemetery, located on the church grounds, rests the body of Nancy Silver-Parker, daughter of Frankie and Charlie Silver. Also, in the church cemetery rest remains of some of Nancy’s children. Those attending are invited to share a covered dish dinner. Also on June 1 is the homecoming of the Ellijay Baptist Church located in the valley of Ellijay in Macon County, NC. Many of the Parker clan are buried there as well. If anyone seeks additional information please contact Barbara Gregory at Kgreg[email protected].


For all you history buffs, whether you visit the homecoming at Mountain Grove Church to eat some wonderful mountain cooking or you visit for the fellowship, a trip to the church is certainly worthwhile to photograph the grave stone of Nancy Silver-Parker. Also in place on Nancy’s grave is a Civil War plaque commemorating her first husband, Charlie Parker, who was killed in Manassas, VA, during the War for Southern Independence.


I have visited and am familiar with each of these churches as the cemeteries at each church hold the remains of many of my Henderson and Peeke cousins as well.






In January, I began reproducing one of Monroe Thomas’ famous letters. Monroe Thomas was a descendant of Rev. Jacob Silver and lived on the property where the family homestead is located until his death. This particular letter was written in 1951 and this month you will receive the final page of that particular letter. I concluded last month’s newsletter with Monroe describing his grandfather, Aaron Thomas. This final entry of Monroe’s letter to James Hutchins follows;


I’ m not sure where your great-grandfather’s land lay in Kona.[1] The only tracts whose early histories I’m familiar with are the original Silver and Robinson boundaries, and I’m not familiar with all the later transfers of the subdivisions of these, particularly of the Robinson boundary. Your great-grandfather’s land could have been one of these subdivisions, but more likely it was in the Fork of the River or in some part of Double Island not covered by the original Robinson Grant.


When others speak of their alma mater they usually refer to some far-off college or university; but when I speak of mine I mean only a high school in our own mountains. But what a school it was! Never having been to an institution of higher learning, I cannot speak with authority; but judging by what I’ve seen, I believe it was equal to most colleges of today and superior to some, and I know it was equal to sixteen years in our present State high schools. It had nothing outwardly to set it apart, but inwardly it was a pearl of great price.


I refer to Y.C.I. (Yancey County Institute) your alma mater and mine. I was a student there from 1920 to 1924 and had Professors Carr, Huff, Loftis, and Mrs. Hamrick for my teachers. Surely a faculty of more conscientious or devoted teachers was never brought together, and to each of them I owe a deep debt of gratitude. I was president of my class and graduated with valedictory honors. Great things were expected of me, but they have not materialized, chiefly, perhaps, because I lacked the prime requisite -- push -- but also because I lacked health. Of the first I will say nothing, but of the later let me speak briefly.


Now cousins you must go back and reread the January issue of Silver Threads and read again Monroe Thomas’ letter where he described his health problems.  I reproduced the last two pages of Monroe’s letter back in January first so you would have a flavor of the great difficulty he encountered while trying to write to his friend, James Hutchins.


Following is the last of the poems written by Monroe Thomas that were part of his letter to Mr. Hutchins.




Somewhere there is always a rising sun,

And a morning adorning the world anew;

Somewhere there is always a flame-inkling east

And hills set agleam in the sparkling dew.

Somewhere there is always a setting sun,

And an evening unrobing the world of light;

Somewhere there is always a twilight deepening west,

And hills soothed to sleep in the folds of night.

Monroe Thomas



Anyone wanting copies of the original thirty page transcript of the Monroe Thomas letter that is written in his own hand and that also includes twelve of his poems, please send $5:00 for postage and handling to me, Rex Redmon, at 40 Wood Pointe Drive #68, Greenville, SC. 29615.






For those of you who now read Silver Threads and do not read the hard copy of our family newsletter, Silver Notes, perhaps you are unaware, but during the past six months I have continued to contribute to the publishing of Silver Notes. As go the hands of time, so go I. Sadly I have written my last contribution to Silver Notes with the June Issue. At the beginning of this year I promised Kay I would contribute to Silver Notes through July of 2003 in order to bring the readers of Silver Notes information about the upcoming reunion. However, as you would not have received any more information from me in Silver Notes until after the reunion, I decided to concentrate exclusively on the online family newsletter, Silver Threads.


I began writing for Silver Notes as a contributing writer back in November of 1999 and it was a good run with cousin John Silver as the publisher. We had lengthy and informative newsletters that were reasonably priced, promptly published and well appreciated by you, our Silver cousins. During the reunion of July 2001, John announced he was folding Silver Notes. Cousin Kay Silver stepped to the forefront and decided she would continue publishing Silver Notes on a monthly basis. Kay also asked me if I would continue to contribute articles for the newsletter, which I gladly agreed to do. I would like to say my contribution to Silver Notes while Kay has been publisher has been a good run for me as well. As I have finished the Monroe Thomas letter and have nothing more about which to write for Silver Notes, I have decided June 2003 is my last contribution for Silver Notes.


For over a year several of our Silver cousins encouraged me to go online with an electronic version of a Silver Family newsletter and now I have done so. In December of 2002 John Silver and I finally made the decision, and as a result, Silver Notes II Online (since renamed Silver Threads) was born in January 2003 on a trial basis. With myself as publisher, John Silver our family historian as a co-contributor, and Barney Kaufman of our Silver North Family as keeper of the web, we will officially open for business in July 2003 and you may always find us at the following site:


I wish Silver Notes continued success as I feel there is a place for a hard copy newsletter as long as it is reasonably priced, grammatically well written, timely published, informative and interesting to read.


John and I expect to hear from all our readers during the next six months with your family stories and family history as well. As an example, this month’s newsletter contains four articles e-mailed to me from our Silver cousins across America. You may contact me or cousin John Silver with your articles at any of the addresses below. Your comments about our web site are greatly appreciated as well. Barney Kaufman of our Silver North Family is the keeper of our website is working diligently to iron out all the bugs that keep jumping into the site.




John’s History Corner


George Silver Senior is dead. George Silver Junior is married to Ann “Nancy” Griffith. Apparently Elizabeth Margaretha is still living. Elizabeth, George’s twin sister, is still living at home, possibly attending her mother. At this point, from all indications, she is still unmarried.


George Silver Junior and Ann “Nancy” Griffith Silver are starting their family. Between 1782 and 1803, George and Nancy are blessed with eleven children. There is John, George III, Elizabeth, Jacob, Sarah, Greenberry, Rachel, William Griffith, Henry Gilbert A., Nancy and Thomas. In the coming months, we will attempt to present what information we have for each of these eleven children. Anyone having additional information on any of our ancestors are welcome and encouraged to submit that information to be included in the biographies for George and Ann’s children.


The next milestone in George and Nancy’s lives was the decision to claim the land in North Carolina that George was entitled to. His entitlement was for the five years he had served with the Maryland Line during the Revolutionary War. This parcel of land was 640 acres. Contrary to the widely publicized story that George stood on the side of Mount Mitchell and claimed all the land that was within sight, this section had been surveyed and marked by surveyors sent by the government to do so. As a private during his wartime service he was entitled to this amount. If he had advanced in rank, he would have been entitled to a larger amount of acreage. At that particular time, with property prices at ten or fifteen cents per acre, it might have seemed a small reward.


I have often pondered as to why George wanted to move his family to a place that was mainly unsettled. His nearest neighbor probably lived five miles from him. Was it just that he had the urge to wander and explore or thinking of his children and realizing that to leave each a fair share of the farm in Maryland would be impossible. There was not that much acreage. Was Maryland becoming too crowded? There are so many reasons that come to mind it would be impossible to list them. So, we will never know in our lifetime the exact reason for the move.


At this point I’m going to insert the information leading to the awards of acreage to veterans of the Revolutionary War. This will dispel the stories that were handed down from generation to generation until it became a fact to a lot of our family members. I do not attempt to stick pins in anyone’s balloons. At risk of being stoned to death when I return to Kona for the reunions, I do believe in presenting the facts and let the stones fall where they may.




This is an extract from “Western North Carolina, A History From 1730 to 1913” by John Preston Arthur, published in 1914 by the Edward Buncombe Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, of Asheville, NC.  The book was given to me as a gift by Mr. Archer Blevins of The Overmountain Press, Johnson City, TN.  In chapter VII, “Grants and Litigations”. pages 133-134, the following entries should settle the question of how large George Jr. Silver’s land grant was from his Revolutionary War service.


OFFICERS AND SOLDIERS OF THE CONTINENTAL LINE.  In 1782 (ch. 173), each soldier and officer of the Continental line, then in service and who continued to the end of the war; or who had been disabled in the service and subsequently all who had served two years honorably and had not re-enlisted or had been dropped on reducing the forces, were given lands as follows:


Privates 640 acres each; Non-commissioned officers 1000 acres each; Subalterns 2560 acres each; Captains 3840 acres each; Majors 4800 acres each; Lieut.-Colonels 7200 acres each; Lieut.-Colonel Commanders 7200 each; Colonels 7200 each; Brigadiers 12000 each; Chaplains 7200 each; Surgeons 4800 each; and Surgeons Mates 2560 each.  Three commissioners and a guard of 100 men were authorized to lay off these lands without expense to the soldiers.


LAND FOR SOLDIERS OF THE CONTINENTAL LINE.  In 1783 (ch. 186), the following land was reserved for the soldiers and officers of the Continental Line for three years: Beginning on the Virginia line where Cumberland river intersects the same; thence south fifty five miles; thence west to the Tennessee river; thence down the Tennessee river to the Virginia line; thence with the Virginia east to the beginning.  This was a lordly domain, embracing Nashville and the Duck river country which was largely settled up by people from Buncombe County, including some of the Davidsons and General Thomas Love, who moved there about 1830.  For it will be remembered in the act of cession of the Tennessee territory it was expressly provided that in the case the lands laid off for “the officers and soldiers of the Continental Line” shall not “contain a sufficient quantity of lands for cultivation to make good the quota intended by law for each, such officer or soldier who shall fall short of his proportion shall make up the deficiency out of the lands of the ceded territory.”  But, while preference was given to soldiers in these lands, they were not restricted to them, but could enter and get grants for any other land that was open for such purposes.


Provided that George Jr. did not purchase additional land, which sold for about 5 to 10 cents per acre, we can assume that his total acreage was 640 acres, quite a sizable farm in that day.


James D. “John” Silver

Dover, DE  19901-5723

19 June 1997






Next month, we shall continue with George Jr. and his move and subsequent arrival in North Carolina.


Till then, my best wishes to all my cousins,

Cousin John






Mary Sue Blevins Howard


HICKORY – Mrs. Mary Sue Blevins Howard, 68, died Thursday, May 15, 2003, at her residence, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Howard was born December 27, 1934, in Yancey County, the daughter of the Flora Silver Blevins of Rutherford College and the late Print Blevins.


In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Nathan Howard of the home; daughters, Vicky Shuford of Yancey County and Nona Simmons of Washington, DC; brothers, J. Howard Blevins of Granite Falls, Steve Blevins of Rutherford College and Warren Blevins of Robbinsville; sisters, Ruth Powell of Burnsville, Christine Blevins of the home, Rita Adkins and Dixie Hall, both of Rutherford College, Hazel Curtis of Black Mountain and Elizabeth Livingston of Virginia Beach, VA; stepsons, Perry Howard, David Howard and Eric Howard, all of Crossville, TN and Michael Howard of Atlanta, GA; five grandchildren and seven step-grandchildren.


The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 19, 2003 at Calvary Baptist Church, Valdese, with the Reverend Leonard Lindsey officiating.


The family received friends Saturday at Heritage Funeral Home, Valdese, NC.


(George Silver Sr. > George Silver Jr. > Rev. Thomas Silver > John Milton Penland Silver > Flora Etta Silver m. Print Blevins > Mary Sue Blevins m. Nathan Howard)




Osa Jane Thomas


SPRUCE PINE – Osa Jane Thomas, 85, of Duke Franklin Road, passed away Thursday, May 15, 2003 at Spruce Pine Community Hospital.


A native of Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the late Will and Eliza Woody McClellan. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Freewill Baptist Church of Spruce Pine. She was preceded in death by her husband, Scott Thomas; a son, Scott Thomas Jr.; son-in-law Jimmy Canipe and daughter-in-law Glenda Fisher Thomas.


She is survived by two daughters; Evelyn Ollis and husband Pete of Spruce Pine and Belle Canipe and Jim Hawkes of Charlotte; son, Jack Thomas of Marion; daughter-in-law, Martha Thomas of Loveland, Colorado; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.


The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville, NC.


Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Freewill Baptist Church of Spruce Pine. Officiating will be Robert Buchanan, Ralph Hedrick and Manuel Biddix. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.


(George Silver Sr. > George Silver Jr. > Charles Silver > Nancy Silver m. David William Parker > Margaret Alice Parker m. John Henry Thomas > Garrett Nellis Thomas > Scott William Thomas m. Osa Jane McClellan)  




Wilda Jean Wilder Silver


ASHEVILLE – Wilda Jean Wilder Silver, 69, of 1643 Hamburg Road, passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at her home.


She was the wife of the late William Brown Silver and daughter of the late Carroll and Jenny Willis Duncan. She was born in Mitchell County, a member of Bear Creek Baptist Church and was retired from Baxter Healthcare.


She is survived by two sons, Kenneth William Silver of Bakersville and Larry Silver of Micaville; two daughters, Evelyn Silver Davis of Spruce Pine and Betty Silver of Durham; two brothers, Lewis Duncan of Spruce Pine and Joe Duncan of Las Vegas; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


The funeral services will be conducted at 5 p.m. at Bear Creek Baptist Church with Chris Rathbone officiating. The family will receive friends from 3:30 p.m. until the service hour. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.


Henline-Hughes Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 102454, Atlanta, GA 30368-2454.


(George Silver Sr. > George Silver Jr. > Rev. Jacob Silver > William Jacob Silver > Samuel Jacob Patton Silver > William Cleveland Silver > William Brown Silver m. Jean Wilder)




Gladys Buchanan Smith


MARION – Mrs. Gladys Buchanan Smith, 77, died Friday, May 16, 2003, at her residence.


Born November 28, 1925 in Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the late Romie F. And Bessie Silver Buchanan.


She was a member of West Court Baptist Church for 45 years and was a retired dietary supervisor from Broughton Hospital. She was also a homemaker and attended the McDowell Senior Center.


In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Earsel Smith; a son, Richard Earl Smith and great-grandson Bradley Scott Martin.


Survivors include daughters, JoAnn Moody and Sandra Goforth, both of Marion, and Shelby Sigmon of Cornelius; a brother, Frank Buchanan of Maggie Valley; sisters, Ruth Ledford of Spruce Pine, Dorothy Smith and Mae Smith, both of Marion; a special friend, Morris Wilkerson of Marion; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.


The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today at West Court Baptist Church with the Reverend Reid Cooper officiating. Burial will follow in the West Court Baptist Church Cemetery.


(George Silver Sr. > George Silver Jr. > Rev. Jacob Silver > Alfred Leonard Silver > Levi Deweese Silver > Lewis Perry Silver > Bessie Silver m. Romie F. Buchanan > Gladys Buchanan m. Earsel Smith)




Lizzie Silver Higgins


BURNSVILLE – Lizzie Silver Higgins, 97, formerly of Burnsville, went home to her beloved Lord on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2003, in Mountain Ridge Wellness Center.


A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Alexander A. “Alex” and Birdie Tipton Silver. She was the wife of Hiram H. Higgins, who died in 1958. She was also preceded in death by a son William Brooks Higgins and a daughter, Viola Higgins Edwards. She was a member of the Higgins Freewill Baptist Church.


She is survived by five daughters, Velda Weber of Chesapeake, VA, Ruby Reese of Red Springs, Sarah Edwards of Old Fort, Lola Rice of Black Mountain and Linda Waldrep of Swannanoa; a son, Estel Higgins of Burnsville; three brothers, Baxter and Carmon of Burnsville and Jack Silver of Milton, Florida; 17 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.


The funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. V.A. Chaplain Garland Vance will officiate. Burial will be in the Higgins Family Cemetery.


The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.


(George Silver Sr. > George Silver Jr. > John Silver > Marvel Alexander Silver > Alexander A. Silver > Lizzie Silver m. Hiram H. Higgins)


(George Silver Sr. > George Silver Jr. > John Silver > Marvel Alexander Silver > John Wesley Silver > Martha Silver m. Leroy Tipton > Birdie Ann Tipton m. Alexander A. Silver > Lizzie Silver m. Hiram H. Higgins)




Geneva Allison Teasdale


OLD FORT, NC – Geneva Allison Teasdale, 103, died Saturday, April 19, 2003 at her residence. She was born June 3, 1899 in McDowell County to the late Howell and Savannah Silver Allison. Her husband, William Frank Tisdale and a daughter, Margaret Jo Evans preceded her in death. Mrs. Tisdale taught school in McDowell County for over 40 years. An active member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church, she was a Sunday School teacher in the now named Geneva Tisdale Class and actively served in many other capacities in her church. She also worked many years with the Epworth League in the United Methodist Church Assembly.


Mrs. Tisdale is survived by a daughter, Sue Glovier of Old Fort; one sister, Nell McKeithan of Whiteville; three grandchildren, Bill Glovier of Old Fort, Joe Glovier of Athens, GA and Judy Home of Greensboro; and three great-grandchildren.


The funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Ebenezer United Methodist Church with the Reverends Jack Bridges and George Williams officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the services at the church. Burial will be in Ebenezer-Siloam Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 536 Ebenezer Church Road, Old Fort, NC 28762.


Westmoreland Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. An online register is available under OBITUARIES at


(George Silver Sr. > George Silver Jr. > Rev. Jacob Silver > Alfred Leonard Silver > Alexander Silver > Judah Savannah Silver m. Thomas Howell Allison > Harriett Geneva Allison m. William Frank Tisdale)




Ancestors are Important! For at this moment you are the whole reason they have existed at all.



Rex Redmon
Editor, Silver Threads
40 Wood Pointe Drive #68
Greenville, SC 29615
[email protected]
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John Silver
Family Historian Online
64S Fairfield Drive
Dover, DE 19901
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Barney Kaufman
Keeper of The Web
7408 Lake Drive
Manassas, VA 20111-1960
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[1] The name KONA should be spelled with all capital letters as the letters are symbols for the periodic table of the three elements found in Feldspar, a popular mineral found in that particular area of Mitchell County:  Potassium (K), Oxygen (()), Sodium (Na). Perhaps the name should really be spelled KONa. Feldspar was discovered in abundance in the area and on the Silver family homestead as well and mines were opened there late in the nineteenth century.