Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Silver Legend of Wellsville, Ohio

Mike and I found the Silver Crypt today on the bank near Spring Hill Cemetery in Wellsville!  I love discovering  things like this.  The Silver Legend goes like this:
There was a man with the last name of Silver who was very rich, but also very evil.  He was so evil that he was forbidden to be buried on Hallowed Ground.  Instead he and his family were buried in this old Crypt, just near the cemetery.  It is unkept, with vines and trees growing all around it.  One of the crypts burial chambers was broken into, as you can see.  Rumor has it that the body of a baby was stolen from here and sold.  Ewww.  

I am now looking for more info on this burial crypt and any other stories told about it.  I think it is a shame that it is hidden over the hill on the bank, broken into, and falling apart.   There has to be another reason why this is here and not taken care of.  If you know, please let me know.
Oh, and we are so going back again!  Next time with my crew!

8 comments:

Mary Hagerty said...

I sooooooo wanna go there!!! That is just 2 col of a story! Have you contacted the caretaker of Springhill?!n to ask why they don't keep this as well as the cemetarry??

Anonymous said...

Hon.Thomas H. Silver, banker, lawyer and legislator, of Wellsville, is one of the most prominent men of Columbiana county. Mr. Silver is a native of Wellsville, having first seen the light there February 21, 1855. His father was David S. Silver, M. D. He was a native of Maryland and a graduate of the New York College of Medicine. He began the practice of his profession in Columbiana, Columbiana county, Ohio, in 1825, and remained there until 1845, when he removed to Wellsville. Here, Dr. Silver was actively engaged in the practice of medicine until 1883. He died in August, 1887, at the age of seventy-six, having lived a life of usefulness and honor. His wife, Nancy E. (Hammond) Silver, was a daughter of Thomas Hammond, an Englishman by birth, who emigrated to this country, and afterward became the founder of the town of Hammondsville, Jefferson county, Ohio. David and Nancy Silver were the parents of five children: Thomas H., Margaret H., Frank, and David, Jr. Thomas H. was reared in Wellsville, where he fitted for college. Entering Allegheny college, at Meadville, Penn., he was graduated therefrom in 1875. He then entered Harvard college, and graduated in 1876, and from the law department of the latter college in 1878. In 1884 he founded the Silver Banking company, and was made president of the same. He is also the proprietor of the Champion Brick works, which was established in 1886. Susanna, daughter of Capt. Daniel and Harriet (Brown) Moore, of Newport, Ky., became his wife October 2, 1885, and has borne him the following named children: Harriet M. and Thomas. In 1881 Mr. Silver was appointed solicitor of Wellsville; was elected mayor in 1883; has served on the school board for four years; has been president of the Wellsville Fair association from its inception in 1888, and in 1889 was elected to the upper branch of the Ohio legislature by the republican party. Although still a young man, Mr. Silver has accomplished more than ordinarily falls to the lot of man in a lifetime of the hardest work. Magnificently equipped, both by nature and education, his success has been most brilliant. Above all it is deserved. A true representative of the true American citizen. Both himself and wife are communicants of the Methodist Episcopal church.

Kimberly said...

Anonymous,
Thank you for your hard work in finding this information. I am making a story out of it and would like to credit you with your efforts. Please email me at ghosting12@yahoo.com or leave another comment with who you are. Thank you again!

Anonymous said...

So did anyone find out why this is not kept up and why they were placed at this location and not in the cemetary

Kimberly Frazier Mitchell said...

Yes. The entrance to the cemetery was changed and everything moved up, accept the Silver Crypt. Over the years, the trees grew and covered it so no one could see it and then it was forgotten.

Ryan said...

could it be the crypt was to big to move and at one point was actually part of the cemetery?

Kimberly Frazier Mitchell said...

that is the actual story. The entrance changed to the cemetery, and everything moved up, by only about 25 feet. I am saddened that it was left behind and forgotten for vandals to go inside. These people buried there were some of the founders and makers of this area. They deserved better.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if there's any living relatives of the Silver family. Very interesting history of this Silver and Hammond generation, I enjoyed reading about this, and the history of the town/area I grew up in.. Would like to find out more about wellsville and surrounding areas, as well as ghosting stories, thank you