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John Swift Lost Silver Mine

  1. 1. JOHN SWIFT’SLOST SILVER MINEAN APPALACHAIN MYSTERY © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  2. 2. TIMOTHY D. BELCHER ATTORNEY AT LAW135 WEST RUSSELL STREET P.O. BOX 1195 ELKHORN CITY, KY 41522 (606)754-7150 EMAIL: timothydbelcher@hotmail.com © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  3. 3. The Elkhorn City AreaHeritage Council, Inc. Past, Present and Future Experience Your Heritage © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  4. 4. ELKHORN CITY CEMETERY PROJECT POTTER FLATS – PIONEER VILLAGE ARCHIVES PROJECT AND ORAL HISTORY RUSSELL FORK CLEANUP PROJECTELKHORN CITY AREA HERITAGE CENTER PROJECT SPEAKERS’ BUREAU PROJECT THE OLD THEATER PROJECT THE ELKORN CITY RAILROAD MUSEUM © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  5. 5. SWIFT MARKER AT CAMPTON © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  6. 6. WHO WAS SHIFT?“I became a trader amongst the Cherokee inNorth Carolina and the Tennessee County, Iwent with General Braddock in the attack onFort Duquesne, at the forks of the Ohio River.After our defeat in 1755, I returned toAlexandria and my occupation as a silver-smithand trader amongst the Indians.”From Swift’s Journal as Published by MichaelPaul Henson. © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  7. 7. Theories of Existence of Mine Pirate Theory  Masonic Theory Revolution Theory  Actual Silver Mine Ancient South Theory American Theory American Indian © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  8. 8. Historical Men Who Knew of Swift Col. James Harrod, Founder of Harrodsburg, died while in search of the mines along the 3 forks of the Kentucky River. John Filson, Kentucky First Historian Obtained a land grant which referenced the Swift Silver Mine. (This grant actually puts the mines near Pine Mountain Between Pound Gap and the Breaks. © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  9. 9. Filson’s Land Entry May 18, 1788 Filson and Breckinridge Land Entry. Copy of Can be obtain Library of the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort Kentucky “Robert Breckinridge and John Filson as tenants in common, enters 1,000 acres of land upon the balance of a Treasury Warrant #10117 about sixty or seventy miles North Eastwardly from Martins Cabin in Powell’s Valley to include a silver mine which was improved about 17 years ago by a certain man named Swift at said mine the said Swift reports he has extracted from the ore a considerable quantity of silver some of which he made dollars and left at or near the mine. Together with the apparatus form making the same, the land to be in a square and the lines to run at the cardinal points of the compass including the mine in the center as near as maybe.” © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  10. 10. Members of Swift’s Group MUNDAY SAID HE WOULD GUIDE ME TO THE INDIAN SILVER MINES, THIS WAS IN 1759. I HELD UP THE TRIP UNTIL I COULD SAIL TO CUBA AND ENLIST THE HELP OF TWO EXPERIENCED MINERS OF MY ACQUAINTANCE, GUISE AND JEFFRIESI CONTACTED SEVERAL FRIENDS IN NORTH CAROLINA ANDVIRGINIA THAT HAD BEEN WITH ME IN THE BRADOCKCAMPAIGN, JAMES IRELAND, ABRAM FLINT, SAMUALBLACKBURN, SHADRACK JEFFERSON, ISSAC CAMPBELL. LEDBY MUNDAY WE PENTERATED TEH WESTERN COUNTY,LEAVING ALEXANDRIA, JUNE 21 1760. AFTER CROSSING BIGSANDY CREEK, NEAR ITS HEADWATERS, AND CONTINUINGWEST FOR A CONSIDERABLE DISTANCE, WE LOCATED THREEOF THE MINES. © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  11. 11. Location Quotes from Swift’s JournalWe obtained supplies and proceeded to the headwaters ofGreat Wheeling Creek, and thence to the Little Kanawha,Thence to the Great Kanawha, thence to the Guyandotte,thence to one of the Forks of Great Sandy Creek, near itsheadwaters. We had two “workings”, the company wasdivided into two parties, one group went due west for aconsiderable distance. The other went southwest along thegreat ridge, each party to work the locations selected theprevious year © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  12. 12. Where is the Great Ridge? Pine Mountain "Adjacent to the creek the mine is on, it heads southwest and runs north east. It abounds with plenty of laurel and is so clifty; that it is almost impossible to get a horse near the place." © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  13. 13. Upper and Lower Mines Upper Mines Near Wolfe County and Red River Gorge Lower Mines – Along the Great Ridge Between Pound Gap Area and the Breaks © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  14. 14. The Lower MinesEvidence Showing the Pound Gap Pine Mountain and Breaks Area © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  15. 15. Kerr. , History of Kentucky, Vol. I, 1922, p.129 The Pound Gap and Great Cave Charles Blue-Jacket in his conversationsconcerning Kentucky, and particularly EasternKentucky, said that the region about what isknown as Pound Gap and the “Breaks” of theSandy River, was ever held in reverence andsacred remembrances by the Shawnees. Thetradition in the tribe describes a mighty cave therein which the warriors hid their women andchildren while they fought a great battle with acombination of other tribes, among them theCherokees. …. © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
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  18. 18. Kerr, Bluejacket’s description of the Great CavernIn his description of the cave he said that itextended from one side of the mountain to theother, being many miles in extent, and that itcould be entered at several different pointsand on both sides of the great mountain rangeunder which it lay. Some of the principalmines worked by Swift and his companionswere in the vicinity of this great cave, and theyfinally made it the storehouse for all theirsurplus production of silver. They carefullycovered the entrances to the cavern whenthey departed from the D. BELCHER © TIMOTHY country.
  19. 19. Kerr, Secret Society of ShawneeThe Shawnees and the Wyandots often went tothis country to hunt, even after Easter Kentuckywas settled by the white people. Charles Blue-Jacket’s father went into the cave on more thanone occasion. He had not been with Swift, but hisfather had been. There is a secret religioussociety among the Shawnees, whichpreserves many of the rites of the oldpagan life, and this great cave had somesignificance in the ritual of that order. © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  20. 20. Found on Pine Mountain © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  21. 21. LOST ART OF SHAWNEE"CORNSTALK" WAS THE RESPECTED CHIEF OF THESHAWNEE INDIANS WHO LIVED IN THE OHIO RIVERVALLEY IN 1777. WHILE VISITING CAPTAIN WILIAMMCKEE, HE SAID THAT "OHIO AND KENTUCKY HADONCE BEEN SETLED BY A WHITE RACE POSSESSED OFARTS OF WHICH THE INDIANS HAD NO KNOWLEDGE,THAT AFTER MANY SANGUINARY CONTESTS WITH THENATIVES THESE INVADERS WERE AT LENGTHTERMINATED." CORNSTALK ALSO TOLD THEM THAT"THE GREAT SPIRIT HAD ONCE GIVEN THE INDIANS ABOOK WHICH TAUGHT THEM ALL THESE ARTS; BUTTHEY HAD LOST IT AND HAD NEVER SINCE REGAINED AKNOWLEDGE OF THEM." ABOVE QUOTED FORM, CHEESMAN, ANCIENTNORTH AMERICAN CULTURES, (1991) P.33 WHICH CITESTO DRAPER COLLECTION © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  22. 22. Kerr, Description of Pound GapTo the hoof-beats of the horse along the roadway through Pound Gapthe mountain sounds like it was hollow, especially when the solid rockis trodden. At some points in this mountain gap every step seemsechoed through the underground caverns with which it is certain themountain is honeycombed. ….. The Shawnees called all this land“The Country about the Hollow Mountain.” It is evident that theIndians lived here in considerable numbers at some time in the past,for many of the ridge-tops are covered with long heaps of loosestones, plainly carried there, called by the people of the country“Indian graves.” Some parts of the journal of John Swift refer in unmistakableterms to this region. © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  23. 23. Haysi Rock, Haysi Virginia © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  24. 24. Imlay’s Map of Kentucky Drawn around 1790 published in 1793 © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  25. 25. THE TOWERS – THE BELL? © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  26. 26. Tower in Winter - Bell? © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  27. 27. ELKHORN CITY AND THE BREAKS © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  28. 28. BREAKS CANYON DANIEL BOONE FIRST STEPS IN KENTUCKY Was Boone following Swift ?????? © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  29. 29. The Breaks Gorge © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
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  31. 31. KY 1895 – Ore Knob © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  32. 32. Evidence in Records Regarding The Pound River and Swift “One possible location mentioned was South of the Mountain (near Pound, VA). In Russell Co., VA Land Entry Book, for November 23, 1816 is listed an entry for Cader Powell in the amount of 50 acres on a small branch of the Pound Fork of Sandy River, beginning below a deer lick on the line of an old lick on the north side of the branch TO INCLUDE A PLACE OF SILVER ORE WHERE IT WAS SUPPOSED THAT SWIFT AND COMPANY WORKED. As far as can be ascertained, this is the only official mention of a location for the mining operation of Jonathan Swift and Company. The exact location of Cader Powell s property is unknown” From The History of The Pound by Rhonda Robertson and Nancy Clark Brown, pages 28 & 29. © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  33. 33. Historical References and Evidence From the James Taylor Adams Collection, come the additional references to Swift s Silver Mine and the probable location of Cader Powell s original survey. In an interview with Boyd Bolling in 1936, Bolling stated: "The names Monde, Gufferson (Jefferson?) and Augustus were found carved at Lick Spring on the South Fork of Pound by Jeremiah Bolling, who also found a horse s skeleton on the head of Cumberland. Jeremiah Bolling was the first settler of Flat Gap." Lick Spring probably took its name from the "deer lick and old lick" referred to in Powell s survey. Bolling further told Adams: "A charcoal pit had been burnt at Arvil Kiser s place at Dewey, when Jeremiah Bolling came here. There were also two furnaces on Bad Branch when he came. There are seven springs in a space of 30 yards on Bad Branch, each with a different kind of water." Boyd Bolling found the words "Swift" cut on a rock, set up like a tombstone, on the water of Bad Branch. Ivory Bolling, Noah Reedy and Pat Mullins were with him when he found the carving. From The History of The Pound by Rhonda Robertson and Nancy Clark Brown, pages 28 & 29. © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  34. 34. Man’s Face – Pine Mt © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  35. 35. The Upper Mines Evidence to Show the Mines in theWolfe County, Red River Gorge Area © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  36. 36. THE SJM ROCK – Wolfe County © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  37. 37. CRAVINGS AND LAND MARKS IN EXISTANCE TODAY HALF‑ MOON CLIFF  INDIAN CHIEF SJM ROCK HEAD AND STAR COMPASS ROCK BURST  HAYSI ROCK LIGHTHOUSE  THE LEFT HAND MANS FACE GLOVE THE BELL  ANCHOR, DAGGER IN HEART AND SM INTIALS © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  38. 38. Compass Rock, Wolf County © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  39. 39. Dunn Map – Foldup map, Henson © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  40. 40. Creek Map© TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  41. 41. Creek Map and landmarks 1 © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  42. 42. Creek Map and Landmarks 2 © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  43. 43. Creek Map Landmarks3 © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  44. 44. Anchor Rock© TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  45. 45. The "peculiar looking rock" We first left between 25,000 and 30,000 dollars and crowns on a large creek running near a south course, close to the spot we marked our names, Swift, Munday, and one other name on a tree with a compass and trowel.’ © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  46. 46. OLD MAN OF THE MOUTAIN AND JACK MATNEY © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  47. 47. ITEMS FOUND BY SWIFT SEARCHERS © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  48. 48. More Treasure of the Cave © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  49. 49. Flint Rock Floyd County © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  50. 50. Anchor Rock, Wolf County © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  51. 51. Rock Craving in Wolfe County Area © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  52. 52. Cravings and Landmarks Wolfe County Area © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  53. 53. My Personal Conclusions No “Mine” Swift Found an ancient Store house Cave left by South American Indians Pirate Theory Could have some merit Filson Land Grant is a Key Document Two “workings” Upper and Lower Numerous Caches of Silver throughout Eastern Kentucky and Western Virginia and West Virginia Great Cavern is in Pine Mountain but has been flooded by the Extraction of Limestone along the Ridge A treasure does exist – Bill Gibson has the proof © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
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  56. 56. Treasure Net Forum post swiftsearcher © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
  57. 57. Recent Swift Books © TIMOTHY D. BELCHER
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