I am the GGG Granddaughter of John "Jackson Silver through his son Greenberry. My research and application to the DAR was the first application approved through John as a son of George Silver Jr. I have been to Kona, Mitchell Co NC and have taken many photos of the Graves of George Silver Jr and relatives and his homeplace. Based on my Autosomal DNA results, the European Jewish heritage came from my Silver line. Many of John Silver's descendants have participated in the Autosomal DNA Project at Ancestry and closely matched including, myself.
My grandmother was Victoria Silver Smith born at Talking Rock, Pickens Co Ga. daughter of Levi B Silver (Greenberry)and Jane Amanda Wilson(James R and Lucinda Arrowood Wilson). Many members of the Wilson, Allen, Arrowood,Elkins, etc. families of Yancey NC married into our family and have also matched through Autosomal DNA.
My ggg grandfather John Silver,Sr.(abt. 1784-1882) (DAR Approved) son of George Silver Jr.,who was the son of Hanss George Wendel Silber Silver and Elizabeth Margaretha Schmieden. (will) This family came to Pennsylvania from the Jewish Community of Denkendorf, Necker,Wuerttemberg,Germany on the ship "Speedwell' in 1757.They migrated down into Maryland.
George Silver Jr. received 680 Acres for his part in the American Revolution in Burke Co NC which is now Mitchell Co NC.He fought under several famous battles and was wounded. His Commanding Officer, according to his record was General Washington. I have researched the battles and this is true. You can see Mt. Mitchell, the tallest mt. in NC looking out from his grave in the Toe River Valley, which is so beautiful!
My John's mother was Nancy Anne Griffith of the Griffith, Duvall and Maccubin lines of Pre-Colonial 1600s Maryland.
She has a very strong and documented pre-Colonial American Heritage.(I have a copy of her original marriage record)
I have a copy of the original Revolutionary War Record of George Silver Jr, father of John from the National Archives in Washington DC, whose documented families go back to the 1660s Ann Arundel and Frederick Co MD. A huge website has been created for my Silver family called "Silver Threads".
John migrated from Maryland to Buncombe/Burke/Yancey Co NC to Tn to Gilmer/Pickens Co Ga. John first appeared in a census in 1810 Buncombe NC living near his father George Silver Jr. In 1820, John was not listed in a NC census, but sons: Greenberry(1819-20), Thomas Jackson (1814) and William Riley (1818) were all listed as born in TN in most census records and John did live in Tennessee based information on the "Untold Story of Frankie Silver". John moved to Claiborne County Tennessee for a few years before moving back to the Burke/Yancey County NC area after 1820.
In 1830, he was living in Buncombe Co NC Third Division, which at that time could have been part of Burke.
In 1832, he was on the jury roster as a witness for the State of North Carolina vs Frankie Silver, his niece by marriage. He was also listed on the Grand Jury witness list for the same trial. Frankie Silver was tried and hanged for the gruesome murder of her husband Charlie Silver, son of Jacob Silver, younger brother of my ggg grandfather John. This murder trial made headlines as one of North Carolina's most important murder cases. Stories, books, documentaries, videos, ballads, songs and other media have been written about this event in history. This case is even taught as an example of child abuse in many North Carolina schools.
In 1840 he was listed in Yancey Co NC near his son, my gg grandfather Greenberry, who was called Green Jr.(named for Greenberry Silver Sr, brother of his father John) and Greenberry's older brother John Jr.
In 1842, in Yancey Co NC ,he sold his farm of 210 A.,a house and other dwellings. At this time he was getting ready to migrate to Gilmer Co Ga.
By 1850 census,he had migrated to Gilmer Co Ga and was living next to his son John Silver Jr. He was a farmer with a property value of $150.00. He was age 65, born in Maryland. His wife Mary was born in NC. We have no confirmed and documented data for the last name of his wife: some list Gregory, others McGruder.
In 1860 Gilmer Co.,he was living next door to my gg grandfather Greenberry. His name was omitted by the census record but all the other info is given including age and state of birth. He has a property value of $200 and personal value of $500. His wife Mary was age 60 and listed under the blank where his name should have appeared.. He lived in Gilmer until after 1860.
In 1870, he was living next door to my gg grandfather Greenberry. He was age 86 with a personal value of $250.00 and land value of $200. Living with him was Mary Silver age 30 and Samuel Silver age 14. His wife Mary had died.
In 1880, he was in Pickens Co/ Talking Rock, Ga. He lived with his son John Jr and his family. He was listed as age 97, born in Maryland, father and mother born in Maryland. (his headstone states age 98, so he would have been born in 1784 and died in 1882 based on the headstone and census) They are listed next door to my GG Grandfather Greenberry Silver and wife Minervia. Based on his headstone,age 98, he died the following year.
He was mentioned many times in the minutes as an active member of this church. He is listed as "Jackson" Silver in the Cherokee Record of a grandson who applied through his mother Elizabeth Parker, wife of John's son Levi B. Silver. However, this is more than likely a "nickname" as many persons named John were called "Jackson", like "Polly" for Mary. I was able to send this proof to the DAR and was accepted through John Jackson Silver, son of George Silver Jr.
His headstone is engraved as "Jackson Silver" age 98 which was a nickname for John.. He is next to wife" Polly"Mary and near son Greenberry (my GG Grandfather) and his wife Manervia. Near them, Greenberry's son, my Great Grandfather Levi "Bud" Silver named for his Uncle Levi. John is buried at Ball Creek Church Federal Rd near Talking Rock Pickens Co Ga. (In many instances in Georgia, the surname reverts to Silvers and back to Silver, depending on the recorder of the record.I prefer to use the Surname "Silver" in my records as it was originally used from the 1700s Maryland into 1880 Ga.)
He is mentioned several times in the book:"The Untold Story of Frankie Silver" by Perry Deane Young.
His children are as follows: Nancy (1812-1838 Hickman E. Hensley) John Jr. (1814-1898 Elizabeth Cherson) Sophia Susannah "Snuffa" (1816-1909 Wm Wilson) William Riley (1818-1902 Matilda Higgins) Green Berry (1812-1888 Manervia Elkins) Elizabeth (1822-1888 Samuel D. Wilson) Thomas Jackson (1825-1907 Mary Myra Silver) Samuel (1826-1882 Lucinda Rice) Marvel Alexander (1832-1928 Delilah Higgins) Mary (1835-1917 James Underwood) Levi B. (1832-1922 Elizabeth Parker)
Many members of the John Silver family married into the Eastern Cherokee Nation in North Ga. and many went to Indian Territory. These lines are included in Cherokee Applications for funds.
My research includes: multiple sources for my collected data including, but not limited to the following: family bibles, library materials, on line data bases, especially census records, family trees,courthouse records, State and local government files and books including the "Untold Story of Frankie Silver" by Perry Deane Young. A Silver family reunion is held annually at Kona, Mitchell Co NC at the home of John's father George Silver Jr., my initial Revolutionary War Patriot for the DAR. I have tried to be as accurate as possible, but mistakes can be made. I found this many times in census records.
Johann Jurg Silver (1753 - 1839)
Nancy Ann Griffith Silver (1766 - 1849)
Mary Gregory Silver (1796 - 1860)*
William Silver (1818 - 1908)*
Greenberry Silver (1818 - 1888)*
Greenberry Silver (1818 - 1888)*
Thomas Jackson Silvers (1823 - 1907)*
Marvel Alexander Silvers (1832 - 1928)*
John Jackson Silver (1784 - 1882)
George Silver (1788 - 1870)*
Jacob Silver (1791 - 1887)*
Greenberry Silver (1795 - 1883)*
Henry Gilbert Silver (1801 - 1880)*
Thomas Silver (1803 - 1896)*
Ball Creek Baptist Church Cemetery
Maintained by: sparks
Originally Created by: dgresh
Record added: Sep 15, 2010
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