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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tazewell Silver Mine #history #georgiapioneers

Jeannette Holland AustinA Silver Mine Treasure in Tazewell, Georgia
By Jeannette Holland Austin

There are many reasons why genealogists should research old newspapers, for births, deaths, accidents, marriages, historical events of the era, and just good ole stories to tell children. The story of the existence of an old silver mine near Tazewell is accounted in an 1889 newspaper: " Many years ago when the red men roamed over the forest of Georgia, there was, in the piney woods above Tazewell, a silver mine. The location of this mine was known only to the Indians. They worked it for some time and brought the silver to this place to sell to a gentleman who was in the mercantile business here, but whose name has been forgotten. After a time they ceased to bring it, and the merchant, upon inquiry, learned that the water had inundated the mine in such a way to prevent further work. He furnished them with pumps of some kind when they again brought him silver. After the Indians left this country for the west, the merchant offered $1,000.00 to anyone who would discover the mine. After many fruitless attempts the search was given up by all except one gentleman, who discovered the location of the mine several years afterwards by the dirt work and the old pieces of pump. The gentleman, for some cause or other, was unable to purchase the property at the time, and it is owned by an estate, the heirs of which have moved away and left the property uncared for, nor do they know anything of there having been silver found on the place. The location is known to a few persons, and the work which has been done there years ago is easily discernible by anyone who may visit the place. It also corroborates everything that has been said about it. A son of the gentleman who discovered the mine is now a citizen of Marion County, but we suppose does not want his name mentioned, as we understand that he intends to buy the property if it is ever on the market. Old Nick." Source: The Marion County Patriot, The Marion County Patriot, No. 7, February 15, 1889

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