Sixteen Pieces of Silver
By Taylor Nash
       Related to James Hylton on April 7, 1941. Taylor Nash was the great-grandson of
  Jessie Ramey who was one of the first early settlers of Wise Co., VA. Jessie was the father
  of Polly and Margaret Ramey who told him these tales of Swift s Silver and who he says
  knew and met Swift on more than one of his trips into this country on his way from North
  Carolina, from where he came with his little band of men not only to look for treasure but to
  hunt and seek out new land. His grandfather died after the Civil War but Jessie died just
  before the war broke out but his family were all aware of his travels and knew of his stories he
  told of Swift. Mr. Nash has sought out all the information for years concerning Swifts Silver
  and is very much interested in the same. He has contacted men in and around Coeburn, (Wise
  Co.) VA and the Flatwoods section near there who know more about Swift s travels through
  there in the early days. He claims that a man who died several years ago told him he could
  show him good evidence and proof of Swift s movements through the Flatwoods but he died
  before they got to make the trips at least Mr. Nash says he had ample instructions from
  him to warrant a search soon which he says he will make before the leaves fall again. Mr. Nash
  is a Christian man and is truthful and dependable in every respect. However he had a
  great misfortune to befall him about twenty years ago and through a jam of misplaced
  evidence and circumstances was confined in the State Penal Institution at Richmond for a crime
  he did not commit. However when the clouds cleared he was pardoned by the chief officer of
  the State and is walking through life with a clearer insight than he might of had without
  this unpleasant experience.
       I will tell you about the 16 pieces of silver before we go along any farther with my
  story. We have all heard about Swift s Silver I reckon and I have spent considerable time
  searching the facts here and there about it. I am satisfied in my mind that Swift come
  through this part on his way from North Carolina on hunting trips. I am satisfied too
  that he hid Silver away near the Flatwoods. My great-grandfather Jessie Ramey knew him
  and met him on some of these trips. Anyway not so many years ago a Negro at Norton went
  up in the hills near Flatwoods to hunt and he found Sixteen pieces of metal that was nearly
  all Silver. On his way back he met with Pat Nickels and old man Stidham. I don t know his
  given name and a fellow by the name of Connell or Conners. He showed them the
  Silver and gave them each a piece of it to keep. He went on back to Norton, VA not so far
  away and later died. But before he died he showed the Silver around lots and hid it before
  he died. it was molded like it had been molded in some crude mold of some kind in dirt or clay
  and had some of the dirt hanging onto it at the time. Later the Negro took a knife and parted
  the metal from the dirt. He lived on the Southside of Norton where most of the colored
  people live around here. He only died a few years back.

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