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Timothy Silver (1769 - abt 1820 near Kingston)
Abner Silver (1771 - 1821 at Bath)
Daniel Silver 1773 - 1849 Whitby, Durham)

Silver DNA Hearing Loss Study

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Pioneers of the Bay of Quinte

WHY I AM INTERESTED IN THIS FAMILY:
Marsha Russell contacted me about the Silver family who were pioneers in the Quinte area and who's descendants display an uncommon amount of hearing loss.
Marsha is looking for descendants to participate in a genetic study about this hearing loss. Contact her at:
Marshas email address
All the information below was sent to me by Marsha Russell.
Page begun 6 Apr 2007


The molecular genetic study at the University of Michigan. 

All three brothers of the Silver pioneers have hearing loss in their lines.  Everyone thinks they are the only one, making it more difficult to convince people.  There are about 45 Silvers with significant hearing loss living today or in recent memory.  I am one of that group.  For the study, the University needs a large group of Silvers with or without loss in order to separate the Silver DNA from other DNA.  Then they need a group of 10 - 15 of us with hearing loss.  It is done with privacy in mind.  The name is not attached to the sample.  People can quit at any time.  No travel involved.  The University pays for everything and they are good at this.  Things have been very well organized. 

I am the person responsible for gathering people to participate and not having a lot of luck.  The only benefit will be to future generations.  Considering the carrier of the trait was born about 1616, this is a powerful gene or genes.  Most of us by far are born normal and think we lose our hearing because of exposure to noise or a number of other reasons.  Some are born deaf, but not many.  Four of that group had cousin marriages giving 3 X Silver DNA to those children.  I track all Silver cousin marriages of which there is one in the next generation and it appears that the extra Silver cousin only increases the chance of hearing loss a little.  We have non syndromic hearing loss which had long thought to be genetic in cause, but they have not had the people or opportunity to study this until now.  They publish a newsletter for interested people.

The three Silver Pioneers to Upper Canada

1
.  Timothy Silver5 ( Samuel4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Thomas1 ) was baptized 18 June 1769 at Amesbury, Essex County, MA, son of Samuel Silver, III and Judith Colby[1][2].  Timothy along with his brothers Daniel and Abner emigrated about 1815 [sic] to Canada.  They settled near Kingston, Ontario where they spent the remainder of their days[3].  His wife is unknown.  It appears from Cramahe census records that his wife died in 1819 or 1820.  He married again soon and had one more child.  She died before 1839 when his son, Samuel and family are living with his.  He died 27 August 1846 and is buried in Hubell Cemetery at Whitby, Durham County, Ontario, monument erected by James Silver.
01 September 1797, Lot 24, 3rd Concession in the Twp. of Haldimand [taken from the original reports of Asa Danforth and Aaron Greeley - Original Settlers of Haldimand][4]
1818 census at Cramahe Twp., Newcastle District 9now Northumberland], Ontario[6]
1819 census at Cramahe[6]
1820 census at Cramahe[6]
1821 census at Cramahe[6]
1822 census at Cramahe[6]
1839 census at Cramahe, lists Samuel as head of household[6]
1840 census at Cramahe, lists Samuel as head of household[6]

Children:  There were ten, three gilrl and three more boys.

+  4.   i.   James Silver, b 02 August 1801 at Ernestown, Lennox & Addington, Ontario.
+  5.   ii.   Samuel Silver, b abt. 1803 in Ontario.
+  6.   iii.   Edward Silver, b abt. 1809 at Bellville, Ontario.     
+  7.   iv.   Timothy Silver, b abt. 1813 in Ontario.
2.  Abner Silver5 ( Samuel4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Thomas1 ) was born 05 April 1771 at Hopkinton, Merrimack County, NH, son of Samuel Silver, III and Judith Colby[2].  His wife's name is not known, but she was born in NY, probably where Abner, Jr. was born.  He died 10 December 1821 at Bath [originally Ernestown], Lennox & Addington County, Ontario[5].
01 September 1797, Lot 14 of the 4rd Concession, one of the original settlers of the town of Percy.
01 Jul 1799, Lot 14, Con 3, Percy and claimed by Benjamin Richard in 1803. Source: Upper Canada Heirs and Devisee Commission Records, Vols 1 - 104, 1779-1860, Vol 1, AO, H-1143, record 114
27 April 1801 census at Adolphustown  http://my.tbaytel.net/bmartin/adolph05.htm
04 March 1805 census at Adolphustown  http://my.tbaytel.net/bmartin/adolph09.htm
03 March 1806 census at Adolphustown  http://my.tbaytel.net/bmartin/adolph10.htm
03 March 1807 census at Adolphustown  http://my.tbaytel.net/bmartin/adolph11.htm

Children:

+   8.   i.   Abner Silver, Jr., b 1795 in the US, probably NY.
     9.   ii.   Son Silver, b abt. 1802 at Adolphustown.
   10.   iii.   Son Silver, b abt. 1803 at Adolphustown.
   11.   iv.   Daughter Silver, b abt. 1804 at Adolphustown.
   12.   v.   Son Silver, b 1806 at Adolphustown.
+ 13.   vi.   Benjamin Silver, b abt. 1811. [not certain about this, but others seem to be]
+ 14.   vii.   William Silver, b abt. 1818.
3.  Daniel Silver5 ( Samuel4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Thomas1 ) was born 07 March 1773 at Hopkinton, Merrimack County, NH, son of Samuel Silver, III and Judith Colby[2].  He married Polly Frederick, daughter of Conrad Frederick and Elizabeth Rush.  He died 08August 1849.  She died 27 March 1851.  Both are buried in Hubbell Cemetery at Whitby, Durham County, Ontario.  His headstone reads D. Daniel.  He and Polly are in the list of The Loyalists of Ontario, Sons and Daughters of the American Loyalists[Daniel's father served in the Rev. War as did his brother Samuel.  He was not the son of a Loyalist.]
September 1797, Lot 9 of the 4th Concession, one of the original settlers of the town of Percy.
Children:
  + 15.   i.   Daniel Silver, b abt. 1801 in Ontario.
 
Generation No. 2
4James Silver6 ( Timothy5, Samuel4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Thomas1 ) was born 02 August 1801 at Ernestown, Lennox & Addington, Ontario, son of James Silver.  His mother's name is unknown.  He married 20 February in Ontario, Sarah F. Dunham.  She was born 15 January 1816 in Ontario, possibly the daughter of Job Dunham and Elizabeth Jacobs.  They moved to Berrien County, MI in 1846/47, perhaps after the death of his father in August.  She died at Benton Harbor, berrien County, 24 February 1875, congestion of the brain.  He died about 1887.  They are buried in Morton Hill Cemetery at Benton Harbor.  Farmer.[7]
1860 census at Benton, Berrien County, MI
1870 census at Benton, berrien County, MI
1880 census at Benton, Berrien County, MI
Children:[7]
+   16.   i.   Daniel Silver7, b 15 July 1833 in Ontario.
+   17.   ii.   Martha Elizabeth Silver7, b 26 January 1838 in Ontario.
     18.   iii.   Huldah Silver7, [twin] b January 1838 in Ontario.
+   19.   iv.   James Silver, Jr.7, [twin] b January 1838 in Ontario.
     20.   v.   Hiram Silver, b abt. 1841 in Ontario.  He m 09 August 1863 in Berrien County, MI, Mary J.Phillips.  She b abt. 1848.  He m second 12 December 1866 at Buchanan, Berrien County, Ann bronson.  She b abt. 1843 in IN, daughter of Hiram Bronson and Maity Calkins.  She d 11 July 1916 at Kefferson, Cass County, MI, siphylis taint.  Civil War.  He enlisted as a Private 01 November 1864, age 23, Company K, 15th Regiment, MI.  Dyer.
      21.   vi.   John Silver7, b abt. 1843 in Ontario.  Civil War.  He enlisted 29 August 1862, age 19, in Company M, 4th Valvary Regiment Michigan.  he was captured as a POW 15 December 1862.  He died as a prisoner 18 December 1862 at Chattanooga, TN.
+   22.   vii.   Elizabeth M. Silver7, b July 1845 in Ontario.
+   23.   viii.   Gilbert Silver7, b abt. 1848 at Benton Harbor.
+   24.   ix.   Theodore Perry Silver7, b 19 May 1849 at Green Bay, MI.
+   25.   x.   Squire Marion Silver7, b 10 November 1851 at Hartfoed, MI.
+   26.   xi.   Josephine Silver7, b 15 June 1852 at Benton HArbor.
+   27.   xii.   Eugene Silver7, b 15 June 1853 at Hartford, MI.
    28.   xiii.   Judson Silver7, b 04 November 1854 at Benton Harbor.  He d 24 February 1860 and is buried in Morton Hill Cemetery with his parents.
5Samuel Silver6 ( Timothy5, Samuel4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Thomas1 ) was born about 1803 in Ontario, son of Timothy Silver.  His mother's name is unknown.  He married Katherine unknown  in Ontario.  They moved to Elgin, Kane County, IL between 1841 and 1850, probably 1846/47 after his father died.  She died before 1880.  He died after 1880.  In the census he claimed his father to be born in NH and his mother in NY.  Farmer.
1850 census at Elgin, Kane County, IL
1860 census at Elgin, Kane County, IL
1870 census at Elgin, Kane County, IL
1880 census at Elgin, Kane County, IL
Children:[8]  Some or all children may have been born at Cramahe.
+   29.   i.   Monroe Silver7, b March 1833 in Ontario.
     30.   ii.   Dorothy Silver7, b abt. 1835 in Ontario.
     31.   iii.   Timothy Silver7, b November 1837 in Ontario.  He m 26 October 1870 in Kane County, Mary C. Tyler.  She b September 1849.  He d bet. 1910 and 1920.  She d aft. 1920.  Watchmaker.  No issue.
+   32.   iv.   Edward SIlver7, [twin] b abt. 1841 in Ontario.
     33.   v.   Emma Silver7, [twin] b abt. 1841 in Ontario.  Unm.
6Edward Silver6 ( Timothy5, Samuel4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Thomas1 ) was born about 1809 at Bellville, Ontario.[9] He married about 1835, Almira Harnden. She was born about 1818 and died in 1878 at Bowmanville.  He died 09 February 1882, paralysis.  Both are buried in Bowmanville Cemetery at Darlington, Durham County.  Pump maker / chair maker.
Children:   Probably more children.  Approximate dates come from census records.  Exact dates come from marriages records online, Ontario vital records project.
+   34.   i.   Melissa Silver7, b abt. 1837 at Bowmanville.
+   35.   ii.   Jane Silver7, b 25 June 1838 at Bowmanville.
+   36.   iii.   Charles H. Silver7, b abt. 1843 at Bowmanville,
     37.   iv.   Geoerge Silver7, b abt. 1843 at Bowmanville.
     38.   v.   Eliza Jane Silver7, b abt 1849 at Bowmanville.
     39.   vi.   Ada L. Silver7, b abt. 1855 at Bowmanville.  She m 23 November 1874 at Bowmanville, Lewis Hobbs.  He b abt. 1852 in England, son of James Hobbs and Martha.  She m second 23 November 1890 at Lindsay, Victoria County, James Lowes Crawford.  He b abt. 1852 in Canada, son of Samuel Crawford, and Emily.
7. Timothy Silver6 ( Timothy5, Samuel4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Thomas1 ) was born about 1813 in Ontario, son of Timothy.  His mother's name is unknown.  He married Lucinda.  She was born about 1817 in VT.  Brick moulder / farm laborer.
1870 census at Ellenburg, Clinton County, NY
1881 census at Ste. Thomas, Missisquoi County, Quebec
Children:
   40.   i.   Esther A. SIlver7, b abt. 1847 in NY.
   41.   ii.   Ellen M. Silver7, b abt. 1852 in NY.
8Abner Silver, Jr.6 ( Abner5, Samuel4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Thomas1 ) was born in 1795 in New York, son of Abner Silver.  His mother's name is unknown.  He married in Ontario, Mary Benjamin.  She was born about 1812 at Odessa, Lennox & Addington, Ontario, daughter of Ebenezer Benjamin.  Shingle maker.
1851 census at Uxbridge, Ontario County, Ontario
1871 census at Ernestown, Lennox & Addington County, Ontario
Children:
+   42.   i.   Lewis Silver7, b abt. 1830.
+   43.   ii.   Stephen B. Silver7, b August 1832.
+   44.   iii.   Samuel Silver7, b abt. 1834 at Kingston, Frontenac County, Ontario.
     45.   iv.   Townsend Silver7, b abt. 1836.
+   46.   v.   Hannah J. Silver7, b abt. 1838.
+   47.   vi.   Ismond Silver7, b abt. 1839.
     48.   vii.   James Silver7, b abt 1839 at Kingston.  He m 01 May 1867 at Odessa, Mary Ann Babcock.  She b abt. 1850 at Kingston, daughter of William Babcock and Ann Mariah.
    49.   viii.   William H. Silver7, b abt. 1840.
    50.   ix.   Martha Maria Silver7, b abt. 1841.  She m aft. 1881, Stewart Babcock.  he b 22 February 1853 in Ontario, sonof JohnBabcock and Ellen Kelley.  He had m bef. and was a widower in the 1881 census at Ernestown.  She d 30 May 1895.
    51.   x.   Billings Silver7, b abt. 1842.  He d bef. 1851.
+   52.   xi.   M. Matilda Silver7, b abt. 1843.
+   53.   xii.   Ebenezer Wellington Silver7, b 02 May 1845 at Odessa.
13. Benjamin Silver6 ( Abner5, Samuel4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Thomas1 ) was born about 1811 in Ontario.  His first wife's name was Polly.  His second wife's name was Jemima.
Children by first wife:
+   54.   i.   Charles Silver7, b abt. 1835 in Ontario.
+   55.   ii.   Benjamin SIlver, Jr.7, b abt. 1836 at Kingston, Frontenac County.
+   56.   iii.   Edward Silver7, b 15 August 1841 at Ernestown, LEnnox & Addington County.
Children by second wife:
+   57.   iv.   Charlotte Silver7, b abt. 1850 in Ontario.
+   58.   v.   Ellen SIlver7, b abt. 1853 in Ontario.
     59.   vi.   William Silver7, b 15 August 1841 in Ontario.
14. William Silver6 ( Abner5, Samuel4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Thomas1 ) was born about 1818 in Ontario, son of Abner Silver.  His mother's name is unknown.  He married Christianna.  She was born 28 February 1828.  He died before 1901.
1871 census at Sheffield, Addington, Ontario
1881 census at Sheffield, Addington, Ontario
1901 census at Sheffield, Addington, Ontario
Children:
+   60.   i.   Robert Sanford Silver7, b 31 MArch 1847 at Sheffield.
+   61.   ii.   George Wellington Silver7, b 22 September 1850 at Enniskillen, Lambton County.
     61.   iii.   Harriet Silver7, b 17 February 1870.
15. Daniel Silver6 ( Daniel5, Samuel4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Thomas1 ) was born about 1800 in Ontario, son of Daniel Silver and Polly Frederick.  He married 18 December 1820 at Ernestown, Lennox & Addington County, Catherine Brown.  She was born in 1801 at Ernestown.  She died 02 January 1857.  He died 08 September 1869, dropsy.  Both are buried in Hubbell Cemetery at Whitby, Durham County.  Farmer.
Children:
+   62.   i.   John Silver7, b 1821 in Ontario.
+   63.   ii.   Jiles Silver7, b 1824 in Ontario.
+   64.   iii.   Daniel Silver, III7, b 1828 in Ontario.
+   65.   iv.   Henry Silver7, b 1830 in Ontario.
+   66.   v.   Emery Silver7, b 1832 in Ontario.
Generation No. 3

More to come

[1] Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849 - published by The Essex Institute in 1911 at Salem.
[2]  New Hampshire Vital Record Cards at Concord, merrimack County, NH.
[3]  History of the Silver, Copps, Duston Homestead of Hopkinton, NH and Its People by Arthur E. Silver and Arthur S. and Charlotte F. Duston - 1971 manuscript.
[4]  Northumberland County - Haldimand Twp.
[5]  The Silver Family in N.H. and Maine by Charles N. Sinnett - manuscript.
[6]  Forgotten Past Genealogy-Carol (Roach) Murray's Family Tree
[7]  This is the work of Loa Anderson, a 10th generation Silver.
[8]  Various census records.
[9]  History of Bowmanville, part 31
 
EXTRA BITS
John Silver, farmer, Sidney, batchelor, married Phebe Hinds, Sidney spinster, by banns, 24 Sept 1823. Present Mary Ladd, Reuben Bonisteel, Geo? or Jno? Macaulay
Source: Parish Register, St Thomas Ch, Belleville, Marriages 1821-1827, Anglican Archvies, Ontario Diocese, Kingston, WRS 5446