Biography of Solomon Silver, Jr.
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Silver, Solomon, jr., the subject of this sketch, was born at Chenango Point (now the city of Binghamton), November 5, 1806. His father, Solomon Silver, sr., conducted a tannery at the Point and took trips yearly, spring and fall, through the lake regions, visiting Elmira, Jefferson (now Watkins), thence to Ovid, from there to Cayuga Bridge, crossing the ferry there, then to Ithaca and Owego, and so returning home. About the year 1808, on one of these trips, his father was murdered between Ovid and Cayuga Bridge, and it was supposed his body was thrown into Cayuga Lake, as it was never found, after a protracted search, nor was his murderer ever apprehended, as communication was slow in those days. In 1810 his mother married the second time a Mr. Allen, and the family moved to Tompkins county and settled near North Lansing. His step father and mother died while he was young, and at the age of eighteen he went and lived with a Mr. Christie for three years at Ludlowville, and learned the tanning and shoe business. While there the temperance movement began, and he and twelve others formed what was known as the "Washington Temperance Society." Mr. Silver at his death was the last one of the original twelve that formed the society. At the age of twenty one he entered the Homer Academy, and after finishing his studies taught school in Lansing and elsewhere for several terms. He was the first to use a black board in a district school house, adopting this method in Tompkins and Cortland counties. He settled at Peruville, and carried on the boot and shoe business. In July, 1836, he married Hannah George, of West Dryden, a daughter of David George. It was in Mr. Silver's shop that Charles Sanders (author of Sanders' series of school books) and Mr. William Woodbury wrote and compiled Sanders' first spelling book. While living at Peruville Mr. Silver, with Mr. Mount and others, helped to establish a church there. He was also one of the foremost in the abolition movement Mr. Silver died near Jamestown, N. Y., in May, 1886.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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