Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Silvara Cemetery, Tuscarora
Township, Bradford County PA
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
Take PA Route 6 to Laceyville, actually Skinners Eddy, but you
wouldn't know it was another hamlet. Turn on 367 and go 5 miles to Silvara,
PA. Depending on which way you get to Skinners Eddy, the sign says 5 miles
to Sylvara when coming from Tunkhannock and 5 miles to Silvara when coming
from Wyalusing. The cemetery is just as you enter the town, across the
first bridge to the left. The Cogswell cemetery is on the right on that
long narrow path. The location is in Tuscarora Township, Bradford County,
Upper Photo July 2002 by Mary Ellen Brotzman
Lower Photo by October 1999 Joyce M. Tice
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Some members of this family spell the name Sylvara. If you look on
Route 6 in Laceyville the road sign records 5 miles to Silvara on one side
and 5 miles Sylvara on the opposite side of the sign. The state covered
all the bases with the named being spelled two ways.
This cemetery is located along Route 367 in the village of Silvara.
It is alongside the Tuscarora Creek, back in behind what everyone knows
as the Gerald Scouten house. On the old photograph of Silvara looking north,
with the Freewill Baptist church on the right side (see below), it would
be on the left side of the bridge. This is a very small cemetery with not
many headstones that are legible. There are about 25 markers and flagstones
indicating graves, but we don’t know who all they represent. There must
have been quite a few of the local townsfolks buried there besides the
The following data is available on inhabitants of the cemetery:
Charles W. Silvara, Feb 13, 1854 to August 29, 1885
Note: This Charles was the son of Theodore and Margaret Newman Silvara.
George H. Silvara, died in 1858 on the 25th day of ?
Note: We cannot currently find anything more on this George Silvara.
Louisa? (not legible) Silvara, died in 1860, age 3 months
Note: We find nothing more on this child. In the family of Emanuel
and Jeanette Silvara, there were 10 children; however, one daughter Louisa
died as an infant. She does not have a headstone recorded. Could this be
M. T. Silvara died August 14, 1892, age 35 years 1 month and 13 days
Note: We assume he is the Manuel Silvara married to Frances per information
found on the 1880 Tuscarora Township census. He was born about 1857 in
Pennsylvania. We again assume he is the child of Emanuel and Margaret Silvara,
as they had a child named Emanuel born about 1857 per information found
on the 1860 Tuscarora Township census.
Maxfield, a son of Surrel P. and Phebe A. (Pepper) Maxfield, died March
Manuel Silvara died March 22, 1853, age 66 years
Note: We assume this to be the Emanuel Silvara who was born about 1790
in Lisbon, Portugal and passed away in Tuscarora Township, Bradford County,
PA. His death date is etched on a headstone with his wife Jeanett Marsh
Jeanette Marsh Dexter Silvara died February 25, 1876, age 77 years.
She was born about 1799 in Terrytown, PA. We do not know the name of her
parents. This lady has her named spelled so many different ways, we do
not know which is correct!
Bradsbys History of Bradford County records the following on Emanuel
Emanuel Silvara came from Portugal. When a lad he secreted himself
on a vessel bound for the United States, and was discovered when a short
distance from port. On landing in America, the captain sold him for three
years to pay for his passage. He served his time, after which he married
and came to East Spring Hill about 1839, He bought the Crawford's farm,
and, though to a great extent ignorant of our language and destitute of
all advantages of education, he accumulated a fine property. The little
village which has sprung up about the place where the old mansion was built
is called Silvara in his honor. He reared a large and respectable family.
Note: The Crawford place referred to in the essay on Emanuel Silvara
is the former home of Alpheus and Martha Skinner Crawford, who moved to
Lee County, Illinois. Their son Henry signed the deed in their absence.
Note: We have additional information on a Daniel McGee, alleged to
be buried in the Silvara Family Cemetery. He has no headstone but a Bennett
family connection. Daniel McGee was born about 1846. Death date unknown.
His wife was probably Adeline Bennett (1852-1940) buried in the Camptown
(PA) Cemetery, the daughter of Samuel and Adelia Maxfield Bennett. Her
death certificate records her as the wife of Daniel McGee. We can only
find one Daniel McGee in the right age bracket in the area so we assume
this to be the correct connection. He would be Daniel McGee born about
1846, the son of Ebenezer and Lucy Roots McGee. He was first married to
Abigail Madison who died February 23, 1880 and is buried in the Madison
Cemetery on Board Road.
A Bennett family letter from a descendant of Samuel Bennett, e-mailed
to our contributor in February 2002, records the following data:
My aunt said that Daniel McGee was buried along the creek bank behind
the Gerald Scouten house, which was to the left of the yellow house in
Silvara (as you look at the front of the house) where Carl and Marion Carter
used to live. My aunt indicated that the stones were probably not there
any more as the creek used to overflow its banks quite often.
The creek bed was repaired by the state in the mid 1980’s with rap
rock after a crypt was exposed in the spring of 1983. The contents of the
crypt appear to be the body of an infant, just a few bones remaining. Mike
Lovegreen, a Soil and Water Conservationist who had been inspecting the
creek for erosion found a skull of an adult in the creek bed itself. The
exact identity of both bodies remains a mystery. The Wyalusing Rocket carried
ab article in the spring of 1983. A photo by Kavid Keeler accompanied the
article and showed the uncovered burial vault.
The Silvara family placed a new split rail fence around the cemetery
in August 1992 in memory of Lowell Judson Silvara 1911-1977. There is a
large wooden memorial on the side fence.
Mel Silvara has also posted an Internet message board query with data
regarding this family at Portuguese Family Histories:
JOSE SILVEIRA of Lisboa.
My ggg-grandfather Josef Silveira was a rich merchant in downtown Lisbon,
Portugal. About 1774-1800, to keep his sons Joseph, 21, and Emmanuel out
of the Army, he had the boys put on a ship for America. They were given
plenty of money and clothes. On the way over the Captain of the ship stole
their money and clothes and sold them into slavery, or the ship was wrecked
off the coast of America with Joseph being picked up and taken to South
America while Emmanuel came to America and married Jeanette Marsh in 1817.
There are numerous Sullivan county connections with this family. The
first may have been Sarah Bixby Silvara, wife of John Silvara/Sylvara,
son of Emanuel and Jeanette Marsh Silvara. John drowned in the Muncy Creek
and was buried in the Old Sonestown Cemetery. His headstone records: John
Sylvara, 1830 to 1964, "son of Emmanuel & Jeanete Silvara" His widow
Sarah married second to Isaac Sones and went west. You can follow this
family with the history of the Sones family on the Sullivan County Genealogical
Web project at the Sones and Stevenson Family History.
Also, the Daniel McGee buried here had a second wife, Adeline Bennett,
who was the daughter of Samuel Bennett who died while lumbering in Laporte
There is yet another connection to the Silvara/Sylvara name in Sullivan
County. Ben Sylvara; son of Emanuel, was a prominent turn-of-the-twentieth
century banker in Dushore, leaving numerous kin from and to this branch.
We would love to hear from any of their descendants.
Published On Tri-Counties Site On 10/20/2002
Joyce M. Tice