Grandma's buried silver.

by James

My great grandpa had a country store and ran a post office in a community in Arkansas.He lost money during the great depression,and decided to save money by burying it on the old house place.He took each one of his kids, one at a time and showed only that child where he buried there money, to be dug up only after his death.During a card game, another relative that knew of the buried money, won the house place from one of grandma's brothers that owned the house. Grandma and all her siblings had to take this relative that won the house place, to court for the right to get their money, but for some reason lost in court. The money was buried in fruit jars which is all silver coins, and maybe a few gold pieces.Grandma and Daddy always told me when I was growing up not to go looking for that money because he'd shoot me. One day many years ago Daddy showed me where Grandma's was buried when it was only me and him around. The man that owned the house and all of his relative that lived on the old house place have passed n now. The old well and driveway is still there, but there's a new house on the property sitting in the back yard. My brother and myself went there a few years ago with metal detectors. We went up to the new house and no one was there so we began to dig as fast as we could where Daddy had shown me. There was no other houses in view and it was as quiet as a funeral, so we began to dig like mad. The metal detector sounded off as soon as we start in the exact location Daddy had shown me. As we dug the detector got louder and louder until we hit a big root. I knew then we'd have to stop because it would be obvious we had been there if we had to chop through that root. I wanted to leave no sign of our visit,so we filled in the 10 inch deep hole, laid grass back over it and left. We made up a story that same day and called those people that owned the old house place. We told them that our grandmother had gotten married in the old dogtrot house that used to stand there, and lost her wedding ring the same day in the front yard, and wewanted permission to look for it. They told us (only) if they were out there with us.Well, you can imagine what anyone would say if you dug up jars of old siver coins in their yard, so we never went back.Grandma had 8 or 9 siblings and we don't know how many jars my great grandpa buried for each one of them. No one has ever found any of the money and the only living relative living in the nearest town says there never was any money there. Well, I know for a fact it's still there, and Grandma's only 2 elderly daughters are all that are still living today, they've given up any hope and never speak of it anymore. I don't know why Grandma and all her siblings lost the case in court. but it kills me knowing that money is still there. I've never had the oppertunity to show my sons where it's buried. I would guess that the total amount of silver buried ther would be over between 50 and 75lbs. I've decided to speak to an attorney and just see what he would advise me to do. If you have any other ideas of what I should do I'd appreciate it. ThankS, J.P.

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Oct 24, 2012

I Think You Made A Mistake
by: Anonymous

Telling the current owners about a lost gold ring may have provided enough of an incentive for them to go look for it themselves. In so doing they may have already discovered the silver instead.

Dec 20, 2011

Joe, it's common
by: Frank

Joe, your story is an all to common one. I hear stories like yours all the time.

What is more important than what is buried in that yard, is the relationship with your sister. Reach out to her. The real treasure is the love between family members.

Then go get that treasure!lol

Dec 20, 2011

by: Joe I.

Me to!
My story is like yours almost. My Dad passed away 3 years ago. I was in my 40's. My sister was drug addict, she lived with him and I lived out of state. I was only one at his bed at his last breath. He told me a secret place in his "Dig 2 feet, metal box money."
Problem is my sister hates me and wants nothing to do with me. She got the house and property etc. I know this...if I tell her or an Attorney or anyone they will rip the yard up in a second. I say tell noone. One way or another only you can dig someday. I like the buy the house idea. Good luck, a friend told me to let her win a big vacation, on me, to the Islands, all set up to get her gone. Then a massive night ops. Good luck. I would give everything I have, could have and ever will have,..though...for one more hour holding my dads hand. God Bless.

Sep 01, 2011

Buy the property
by: Anonymous

Try to buy the property. Dig away...then sell the property if you don't want to keep it.

Aug 18, 2011

Grandma's buried silver
by: Anonymous

James go back and dig up that money if you have to do it in the middle of the night.

Jun 14, 2011

grandma's treasure
by: Jody

Hello James. That is an interesting story. I live in Pine Bluff and am new to the metal detecting hobby. I would be interested in hearing more about this story. you can contact me at thanks.

Apr 11, 2011

Sad Truth!
by: Frank

James, your story is one that is quite common. It's also a sad story. The fact that the money was rightfully left for the family, and now you can't get at it, has got to be frustrating. I am no lawyer, but I would have to say that because the property is now owned by another family, you may be out of luck. The other problem I would assume is proving that money was in fact buried for the family members. Lawyers deal in concrete evidence, or proof. They like to see things in writing before they attempt to take a case.

Why not go back to the owner and tell them the truth. Tell them you will split the find with them 50/50. At this point, what do you have to lose.

Keep us posted!
Thanks again,

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