Tuesday, October 5, 2010

More Information Coming From Readers: Who Is Really In The Silver Crypt?

 I did a story earlier in September about the Silver Crypt of Wellsville near the Spring Hill Cemetery.  It has a legend attached to it about David Silver being so evil that he and his family were forbidden by the citizens of Wellsville to be buried on Hallowed ground.  You can find the Silver Crypt on the bank below the cemetery.  That could not have been further from the truth. While I am still researching this story, here is what someone sent in about the poor souls entombed here. 

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.

September 26, 2010 12:38 AM

No one takes care of this crypt. It has been broken into and stolen from.  While I have no confirmation of this, it is even alleged that the body of a baby has been stolen from here and sold.  These people loved their community.  They were good and kind and went above and beyond what the normal person to be involved in their hometown.  I think they deserve so much better than this. 


G12 is working to see what can be done to get some care for this old crypt that is the resting place for such honorable people. If you know anything more, please email me!

Is This The Bridge Where The 5 Nuns Met Their Fate?

At first glance this bridge might seem like nothing major.  Just a simple little stone bridge.  But below the surface it turned out to be a beautifully engineered piece of history.  I got an email that told me about this little bridge on Smithferry Road, in PA.  It was exactly where the email said it would be.  It also said that 5 nuns were killed on this bridge, somehow all being decapitated.  I would say there is a 25 foot fall from the top, but....

I am not sure how they would have been decapitated.  I tell the nun story for the bridge down by Lock 57 park.  I had heard it about that area, only their death was not so specific.  When we climbed down to the bottom of the ravine, I was pleasantly surprised to see this beautiful arch awaiting us!  I have seen others like this but you can't see it at all from above!  It has been repaired many times.  Sadly, much of it has been replaced with cement rather the cut stone it started with.

So, if you know what bridge I am talking about and know any history about it, please email me!  It is in PA. and I have not done any research for it there, yet.