Ernest Colly Siler1

M, b. 7 April 1916, d. 7 August 1989
     Ernest Colly Siler was also known as "Lindy" as inscribed on his headstone. He was born on 7 April 1916 at Kirbyville, Taney Co., MO.1 He was the son of Ithamer Sank Seiler and Phoebe R. Demma Snapp.1 Ernest Colly Siler married Millie Elizabeth Terry, daughter of William Harrison Terry and Ida A. Moore, on 23 April 1940. Ernest Colly Siler was buried in April 1989 at Edwards Cemetery, Kirbyville, Taney Co., MO, Find A Grave Memorial# 23859979. He died on 7 August 1989 at Marshfield, Webster Co., MO, at age 73 Obituary (findagrave.com):

Ernest C. Seiler, 73, of Marshfield, Missouri, died at 4:30 p.m. Monday, August 7, 1989, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, Missouri, following a short illness.
A retired airplane mechanic and a member of the First Baptist Church of Marshfield, Missouri, Mr. Seiler is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; a brother, Phillip of Springfield, Missouri; five sisters, Hazel West of Republic, Missouri, Fern Painter of Branson, Missouri, Betty Little of Reeds Spring, Missouri, Peggy Adams of Bartonville, Illinois, and Ethel Hilton of Morgan, Missouri.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 10, in Arthur's Colonial Chapel with the Revs. Anson Gray and David Holt officiating. Burial will be in Edwards Cemetery, near Forsyth.
The family will be in the funeral home from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. today, August 9, 1989.

The Story of Ernest Colly Seiler:

He was born in Kirbyville, Missouri, on April 7, 1916, the first child of Ithamer and Phoebe (Snapp) Seiler. After his birth, his family moved to Springfield, Missouri, where his siblings were born. He was called "Colly" by his family.
He graduated from Senior High School (later named Central High School) in Springfield, Missouri.
He married Millie Elizabeth Terry on April 23, 1940. They shared many years together before his death.
When he was in first grade at Teft School in Springfield, he and a friend saw a Curtiss Jenny (airplane) skywriting the name of a cigarette (Chesterfield) over Springfield. He decided then and there that he would grow up to be an airplane pilot.
He was sixteen years old when he traded a model of an American Eaglet to pilot Tom Kibbin for a ride in a new Eaglet, a highwing monoplane. It was on December 17, 1932, twenty-nine years after the Wright Brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
He made his first solo flight in 1938, in an Aeronca K, powered by a thrity-six horsepower two-cylinder engine, after just five hours of instruction. There wasn't much control over aviation at that time.
He decided that he liked flying, but he enjoyed rebuilding airplanes more. He built his first airplane in the 1930's. It was a Pietenpol Sky Scout. He got it about one hundred feet before it settled down. When the travelling air shows came to Springfield in the early years of aviation, he would always go to see them. He got to see some of the aviation pioneers, such as Wiley Post, Frank Hawks, Roscoe Turner, Ruth Chatterton, and others. He became known to his friends as "Lindy", after Charles Lindberg, although he never had the opportunity to meet him.
Colly and his wife, Elizabeth, built about ten homebuilt airplanes during his career, but they rebuilt many more from junk or wrecked airplanes. He especially loved the older airplanes. He loved model airplanes and anything to do with aviation. He got to meet so many people throughout his career. It was something he loved and cherished.

Citations

  1. [S3972] 1920 Federal Census, Greene County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T625, Roll 915.

Frances Fern Siler1

F, b. 15 November 1921, d. 14 April 2001
     Frances Fern Siler was born on 15 November 1921 at Springfield, Greene Co., MO.1 She was the daughter of Ithamer Sank Seiler and Phoebe R. Demma Snapp.1 Frances Fern Siler married Claud Raymond Painter, son of Jake Painter and Stella Frances McDaniel, on 18 February 1939. Frances Fern Siler died on 14 April 2001 at Hollister, Taney Co., MO, at age 79. She was buried in April 2001 at Ozarks Memorial Park, Branson, Taney Co., MO, Find A Grave Memorial# 23744189.

Citations

  1. [S3975] 1930 Federal Census, Greene County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 1189; FHL #2340924.

Glenna Siler

F, b. 3 January 1924, d. 25 November 2002
     Glenna Siler was born on 3 January 1924 at Packard, Whitley Co., KY. She married Jesse James Wright circa 1939. Glenna Siler died on 25 November 2002 at Milford, Clermont Co., OH, at age 78. She was buried in November 2002 at Wright Cemetery, McCreary Co., KY, Findagrave #149162759.

Child of Glenna Siler and Jesse James Wright

Kevin Siler

M, b. circa 1972, d. 31 March 2008
     Kevin Siler was born circa 1972. He died on 31 March 2008.

Mildred Jene Siler

F, b. 2 December 1917, d. 7 October 1918
     Mildred Jene Siler was born on 2 December 1917 at Springfield, Greene Co., MO. She was the daughter of Ithamer Sank Seiler and Phoebe R. Demma Snapp. Mildred Jene Siler died on 7 October 1918 at Springfield, Greene Co., MO. Cause of death: Influenza. She was buried in October 1918 at Edwards Cemetery, Kirbyville, Taney Co., MO, Find A Grave Memorial# 23859981.

Peggy Sue Siler1

F, b. 10 April 1930, d. 15 December 2008
     Peggy Sue Siler was born on 10 April 1930 at Springfield, Greene Co., MO.1 She was the daughter of Ithamer Sank Seiler and Phoebe R. Demma Snapp.1 Peggy Sue Siler married John Adams on 10 June 1950. Peggy Sue Siler died on 15 December 2008 at Peoria, Peoria Co., IL, at age 78 Obituary (findagrave.com):

Daughter of Ithamer "Sank" Seiler and Phoebe R. Demma (Snapp) Seiler. She married John Adams on June 10, 1950, in Harrison, Ark.

Surviving are her husband; a son, Gerald W. Adams; a daughter, Tana Hess; six grandchildren, Brandi (Eric) Diffy, Brittany Wright, Kylee Wright, Sabrina Adams, John Michael Adams and Faith Adams; two great-grandchildren, Jayden Diffy and Trista Diffy; a sister, Ethel Tience Hilton; and a brother, Phillip Seiler.

Peggy was preceded in death by four sisters and one brother.

Peggy worked most recently at the Community Workshop in Peoria as a trainer, in the kitchen and production department.

She was buried in December 2008 at Parkview Cemetery, Peoria, Peoria Co., IL, Find A Grave Memorial# 32388618.

Citations

  1. [S3939] 1940 Federal Census, Greene County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 2108.

Philip L. Siler1

M, b. circa September 1927
     Philip L. Siler was born circa September 1927 at Springfield, Greene Co., MO.1 He was the son of Ithamer Sank Seiler and Phoebe R. Demma Snapp.1

Citations

  1. [S3975] 1930 Federal Census, Greene County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 1189; FHL #2340924.

Sadie Silk

F, b. April 1876, d. 1943
     Note: Possibly daughter of John and Magdalene Silk of Kankakee, found in the 1880 census, Kankakee City, p.222D. DLB 2010. Sadie Silk was born in April 1876 at Illinois.1 She married Samuel Reuben Berry, son of Emanuel Berry and Mary Farrow, in 1891 at Peoria, Peoria Co., IL. Sadie Silk died in 1943 at Peoria, Peoria Co., IL.

Children of Sadie Silk and Samuel Reuben Berry

Citations

  1. [S1042] 1900 Federal Census, Peoria County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Rolls 333 - 334; FHL #1240333 - 34.
  2. [S1044] 1920 Federal Census, Peoria County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T625, Rolls 398-400; FHL #1820398-400.

Virginia Silkman1

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     Virginia Silkman married John G. Patterson.1

Child of Virginia Silkman and John G. Patterson

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 580.

James E. Silkwood

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     James E. Silkwood married Ella Bell Duncan, daughter of Thomas Duncan and Elizabeth Kitzmiller, on 7 September 1893 at Greene Co., IL.

Blanche Etta Sill

F, b. 28 October 1858, d. 7 December 1952
     Note: Blanche Sill was born in Pennsylvania in 1858, the daughter of John and Mary (Stiver) Sill. Mary died in childbirth, and Blanche was raised by her father and her mother's sister, Mariah. When Blanch was twelve*, Mariah and husband Jacob Fetter moved their family to Leesburg, Tennessee. They took Blanche with them. Twice Blanche's father came to Tennessee to coax her home, but she was happy and thriving in Leesburg. She was educated in private Lutheran Boarding Schools and also at Washington College, in Washington College, Tennessee. (Much of this information was provided by Mary Russell (DeVault) Butcher.)

Jacob and Mariah (Sill) Fetter, their two children, Mariah's brother, Frederick Sill, and Frederick's one-year-old daughter, Blanche Sill, are shown living together in the 1860 Census for Bedford County, Pennsylvania. Jacob and Mariah, daughter Sarah Fetter, son Thomas Reuben Fetter and Thomas' wife, Nancy (Dickins) Fetter moved from Pennsylvania to Leesburg, Washington County, Tennessee shortly after the Civil War. They are shown there in the 1870 Census and Blanche is listed as being eleven years old. The Fetter's daughter, Sarah Fetter, married a Gideon W. Carmack. Gideon was a brother of Mary Caroline (Carmack) DeVault, second wife of John Davault.

Leah Cromwell Sill was Blanche's grandmother. Leah was reportedly also grandmother to Charles Cromwell (husband of Doris Duke) and to his sister, Margaret Cromwell (first wife of General Douglas McArthur), but these relationships are not confirmed.

There is an old photo of the DeVault Tavern showing a number of guests in the yard. The caption says that it was on the occasion of Frederick Russell "Russell" Davault going to visit Blanch Sill before they were married. In order to make sense of all of this, one needs to know that the Fetters were living in the DeVault Tavern. Prior to the Civil War, John Davault, who had inherited the Tavern, had moved with his family to the nearby farm known as Sunnyside. (Sunnyside or Sunny Side was a farm and large brick house originally owned by the family of John's wife, Amanda Jane (Russell) Davault. At the time that the above mentioned photo was taken, probably the late 1870s, Russell was living with his family at Sunnyside. Russell and Blanche were married in 1880. Russell and Blanche lived their entire lives in the DeVault Tavern, Leesburg, Tennessee.

Blanche Etta Sill was born on 28 October 1858 at Bedford, Bedford Co., PA.1 She was the daughter of Frederick Sill and Mary Stiver.1 Blanche Etta Sill married Frederick Russell DeVault, son of John DaVault and Amanda Jane Russell, on 4 February 1880 at Leesburg, Washington Co., TN. Blanche Etta Sill died on 7 December 1952 at Leesburg, Washington Co., TN, at age 94. She was buried in December 1952 at Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Leesburg, Washington Co., TN.

Children of Blanche Etta Sill and Frederick Russell DeVault

Citations

  1. [S1710] 1860 Federal Census, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 1072; FHL #805072.

Frederick Sill1

M, b. circa 1829
     Frederick Sill was born circa 1829 at Pennsylvania.1 He was the son of Leah Cromwell. Frederick Sill married Mary Stiver.

Child of Frederick Sill and Mary Stiver

Citations

  1. [S1710] 1860 Federal Census, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 1072; FHL #805072.

Sarah A. Sill

F, b. 25 February 1852
     Sarah A. Sill was born on 25 February 1852. She was the daughter of Thomas Sill and Elizabeth (?) Sarah A. Sill married Samuel W. Pusey, son of Stephen Pusey and Elizabeth Woodward, on 4 March 1869 at West Chester, Chester Co., PA.

Children of Sarah A. Sill and Samuel W. Pusey

Thomas Sill

M
     Thomas Sill married Elizabeth (?).

Child of Thomas Sill and Elizabeth (?)

Wilhma Wilson Sill

F, b. 21 August 1893, d. 23 March 1971
     Wilhma Wilson Sill was born on 21 August 1893 at Illinois. She married Paul Fussell on 28 September 1921 at Berkeley, Alameda Co., CA, Ceremony by Rev. Harold E. B. Speight. Wilhma Wilson Sill died on 23 March 1971 at Los Angeles Co., CA, at age 77.

Child of Wilhma Wilson Sill and Paul Fussell

Lavina Sillin

F
     Lavina Sillin married James Albert Butcher.

Child of Lavina Sillin and James Albert Butcher

Nancy Sillings

F
     Nancy Sillings married Philip Engleman.

Child of Nancy Sillings and Philip Engleman

David Silver

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     David Silver married Sarah Jane Tallman, daughter of Benjamin B. Tallman and Sarah Granville, on 3 January 1858 at Western, Linn Co., IA.

Frank Silver

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     Frank Silver was born. He was the son of David Silver and Sarah Jane Tallman.

John Silver

M
     John Silver was born. He was the son of David Silver and Sarah Jane Tallman.

Liza Silver

F
     Liza Silver was born. She was the daughter of David Silver and Sarah Jane Tallman.

Royal Silver

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     Royal Silver was born. He was the son of David Silver and Sarah Jane Tallman.

Sarah Ann Silver

F, b. 15 April 1833, d. 9 August 1920
     Sarah Ann Silver was born on 15 April 1833 at Greene Co., OH. She married David D. Morris on 4 January 1858 at Adams Co., OH. Sarah Ann Silver died on 9 August 1920 at Peoria Co., IL, at age 87.

Child of Sarah Ann Silver and David D. Morris

Siffie Silver

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     Siffie Silver was born. She was the daughter of David Silver and Sarah Jane Tallman.

Will Silver

M
     Will Silver was born. He was the son of David Silver and Sarah Jane Tallman.

Julie Silvernail

F
     Julie Silvernail married Isaac Kauffman, son of Benjamin Herr Kauffman and Susan S. Brubaker, on 29 June 1865.

Alpha Lee Silvers

F, b. 12 December 1912, d. 8 August 2014
     Alpha Lee Silvers was born on 12 December 1912 at St. Francesville, Lawrence Co., Illinois. She was the daughter of Fred LeRoy Silvers and Bessie Elizabeth Lovell. Alpha Lee Silvers married John Lewis Hansard before April 1940. Alpha Lee Silvers and John Lewis Hansard were divorced before 1954. Alpha Lee Silvers married Hargis Harlan Day in 1955. Alpha Lee Silvers died on 8 August 2014 at Bellflower, Los Angeles Co., CA, at age 101 Obituary (Findagrave.com):

Alpha Lee (Silvers) [Hansard] Day was born December 12, 1912 in Lawrenceville, Indiana and passed away August 8, 2014 in Bellflower, California. Her birth date of 12/12/12 was a great source of pride. She was the daughter of Fred and Bess Silvers. At the age of five, Alpha moved to Oklahoma. In 1931, she graduated from Healdton High School and in 1935 received her BA from Oklahoma State University. She moved to California in 1945 with her mother and daughter and worked at General Electric as part of the war effort. She taught high school home economics in Bellflower, California for over 25 years before retiring in 1977. Alpha was an active member in several clothing and wearable arts associations including the Embroidery Guild Association in Long Beach and Palos Verdes, California. An artist in her own right, she taught creative adult education in the arts for many years and won numerous awards for her work. She never stopped teaching and learning and was an inspiration and mentor to her closest friends. She was very proud that she traveled to over 43 countries to study textiles and embroidery. She was truly a lady and a good will ambassador wherever she went. Learning about different cultures was a joy in her life.

Children of Alpha Lee Silvers and John Lewis Hansard

Donald Lewis Silvers

M, b. 27 July 1914, d. 29 November 1973
     Donald Lewis Silvers was born on 27 July 1914 at Saint Francisville, Lawrence Co., IL. He was the son of Fred LeRoy Silvers and Bessie Elizabeth Lovell. Donald Lewis Silvers married Bethel Irene Gamble, daughter of Joseph Alonzo Gamble and Mina Grace Biddinger, in 1939. Donald Lewis Silvers died on 29 November 1973 at Saint Johns, Clinton Co., MI, at age 59. He was buried in December 1973 at Mount Rest Cemetery, Saint Johns, Clinton Co., MI, Findagrave #20571314.

Floyd LeRoy Silvers

M, b. 6 April 1910, d. 8 April 2003
     Floyd LeRoy Silvers was born on 6 April 1910 at Kiefer, Creek Co., OK. He was the son of Fred LeRoy Silvers and Bessie Elizabeth Lovell. Floyd LeRoy Silvers married Oleta Lillie Jones, daughter of Forbes Marcus Jones and Forrest Emma Lance, in 1936. Floyd LeRoy Silvers died on 8 April 2003 at Tulsa, Tulsa Co., OK, at age 93 Obituary (Findagrave.com):

Floyd was born to Fred and Bess Silvers during the oil boom. He graduated from Oklahoma A&M (OSU) with his wife, Oleta (Jones), and they were married for 67 years having two daughters. During World War II, Floyd worked at the Douglas Aircraft factory in Tulsa and then at the Oklahoma Ordnance Works in Pryor. After teaching school for a short time, Floyd joined C-E Natco (National Tank) and worked with them for 30 years.

He was buried in April 2003 at Memorial Park Cemetery, Tulsa, Tulsa Co., OK, Findagrave #107874312.

Fred LeRoy Silvers

M, b. 26 June 1890, d. 5 December 1932
     Fred LeRoy Silvers was born on 26 June 1890 at St. Francis Co., AR. He was the son of Lewis Parker Silvers and Adaline Cecelia Fisher. Fred LeRoy Silvers married Bessie Elizabeth Lovell, daughter of Lewis Alan Lovell and Elizabeth Catherine Nutter, in 1909. Occupation: Assistant superintendent, Carter Oil Company. in 1930. Fred LeRoy Silvers died on 5 December 1932 at Bolivia at age 42. He was buried in December 1932 at Rose Hill Cemetery, Ardmore, Carter Co., OK, Findagrave #28232995.

Children of Fred LeRoy Silvers and Bessie Elizabeth Lovell