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Rev. Silver dies at home.


Reverend Joseph Silver, Sr., well known and highly respected Negro minister, died Tuesday at his home in the Delmar community, on Enfield Route 3.  He celebrated his 100th birthday anniversary last July 22 at a large gathering of friends and relatives. Rev. Silver had been in poor health about four years and had been confined to his bed for the past four months.

Funeral services will be held from the Plumbline Holiness Church, Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The body will lay in state at the church an hour before the funeral.  The Rev. L.G. Young, of Henderson, will preach the funeral and burial will be in the family plot.  Among those expected at the final rites are Bishop M.C. Clemmen of Richmond, Va., and Bishop H.B. Jackson of Ayden.

Rev. Silver began preaching in 1893 when he he organized and built Plumbline Church.  Among other churches built by his ministry are ones at Ayden and Summitt, near Littleton. He was an organizer of the United Holiness Church of America and served on the board of Elders until his death.

Rev. Silver was married three times; first to Felicia Hawkins, who died in 1931, then to Sarah Jacobs of Wilson, who died in 1938; and last to Martha Aldridge of Goldsboro, who survives.  In addition to his wife, Rev. Silver is survived by five sons N.D. and Samuel Silver, of Washington, DC; Gideon, of Pittsburg, Pa.; Joseph, Jr., of Halifax and A.M. Silver of Route 3, Enfield; three daughters, Epsi Copeland and Roberta Hewling, of Enfield, Route 3, and Emma Goines, of Pittsburg, Pa. Eighty grandchildren, 109 great-grandchildren, and 17 great great grandchildren also survive.

Unnamed newspaper clipping, January 10, 1958.

The 1860 census of Western District, Halifax County, lists Willis Silver, 27, wife Eliza, 25, and children William, 7, Wesley, 5, Elizabeth, 3, and Joseph Silver, 8 months.

See also “Jesse & Sarah Henderson Jacobs,” posted 25 October 2012. [Rev. Silver’s second wife, Sarah Henderson Jacobs, reared my grandmother, Hattie Henderson Ricks, who was her sister’s granddaughter. — LYH.]

Jesse & Sarah Henderson Jacobs.

ImageJESSE ADAMS JACOBS JR. and wife, SARAH HENDERSON JACOBS SILVER.  Jesse was born in 1858 in Sampson County to Jesse A. Jacobs and Abigail Gilliam.  His first wife was Sarah “Sally” Bridgers.  His second wife, depicted above, was born in 1874 in southern Wayne County to Lewis and Margaret Balkcum Henderson.  After Jesse’s death in 1926 in Wilson NC, Sarah married Rev. Joseph Silver (1857-1958) of Enfield, Halifax County.  Sarah died in 1938 in Selma NC.

Sarah’s father, Lewis Henderson, was born in 1836 in Onslow County to James Henderson and an unknown free woman of color whose surname was probably Skipp.  He, his father and siblings migrated to Sampson County in the 1850s and Wayne in the 1860s.  He died near Dudley in 1912.

Original in possession of Lisa Y. Henderson.