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Re: Silas Dean Mawyer Sr.
Posted by: Bruce Kriviskey (ID *****8609) Date: April 22, 2004 at 14:35:26
In Reply to: Silas Dean Mawyer Sr. by CAROLYN POWELL of 155

Hi Cousin,

Silas Dean Mawyer was my great-grandfather also. Sorry, I can't tell you where he or his wife Mary Ellen (Morris) is buried other than to assume that the location is Nelson or Amherst County, Virginia. My mother's father was Milton Washington Mawyer (1884-1950), son of Silas Dean, and was known by his eleven siblings as "Brother Milton." He left Nelson County in, as he put it, the year "19-even" and worked his way west on the railroads. He came to the Westville, Illinois, area and worked in the coal mines as a young man. Known in Westville as William "Bill" Moyer, he served as Chief of Police in that city from 1915 until his death. Needless to say, he was a "local institution!"

He was active in Vermilion County, Illinois, Republican politics and was elected to several terms on the County's Board of Supervisors. He was chairman in his last term. He was also active in United Mineworkers of America Union activities and attended many meetings and conventions in Illinois.

He married Elizabeth Edna (Farrell)(1884-1964). His children included: Jesse Albert, 10 June 1910, Ruby Delphine (my mother), 1 May 1912, Gertrude Lenora, 27 Sep 1914 (d. 1928), Virginia May 22 Dec 1922--now all deceased.

I have a photograph taken in the 1920s when my grandfather returned to visit his mother in Nelson County. It shows my mother, my grandfather, his wife, and his mother (Mary Ellen) in front of the log cabin where he was born and where his mother continued to live after Silas Dean's death. I will scan this and send a copy if you want. Send an email address.

As a child in 1948 and again in 1950, my family visited all living siblings of my grandfather. They all lived in Virginia or North Carolina at the time. The last living sibling was Ernestine (Fogus) who died several years ago and is buried at the family cemetery (husband Leslie Fogus, also dead) near New Glasgow, Amherst County, Virginia.

I am a retired architect and live in Falls Church, Virginia.

Bruce Kriviskey

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