There is an old family story that my paternal grandmother's maternal grandmother's family came across the mountains of Tennessee to North Carolina on camels. As a child I was fascinated by this story, in college, I thought that great-great grandma Shyver might have had an elaborate hallucination life in her old age.
Yesterday, I was speaking to my grandmother about her family history and the story came up again. I showed her what I had studied about her family and how I had never come up with anyone in her family that had come from Tennessee, much less on camel. My grandmother swears by this story, though and so I thought I would turn here. Apparently, there was at one time written copies of the story passed down through the family and I thought I would call out to see if someone here is perhaps a cousin from a branch that has an existing copy.
My family's written copy originated from my 2nd great grandmother Mona Shyver (1884-1955; b: NC, married name Hudson)'s sister - Frankie Shyver (1886-1966, b. Onslow Co. NC, d. Rocky Mount, NC, married name - Phillips). Apparently, Aunt Frankie wrote out a few copies of the story and passed one to my branch. It got to one of my grand-aunts who was a family historian. She kept it only a short while until her sister asked to borrow it for a bit and it was never seen again.
I felt like I had my research fairly well, but I could be off or it could be a branch that I haven't been able to trace well. If anyone has this story in their family or is related to Aunt Frankie's branch and has a written copy I would love to have an emailed copy.
In order to help give leads or perhaps connect to someone (there's not a Shyver or Shiver board) here are some names, though the story might be earlier than these individuals, who all have origins in around Onslow County NC:
Mona Shyver (1884-1955)
Frankie Shyver (1886-1966)
Cyrus Fred Shyver (1892-1949)
Frank (possibly Evan Frank) Shyver (1859-?)
Mary H Jarman (married Frank) (1849-?)
Robert Louis Jarman (1815-1884)
Lucinda Whaley Basden (married Robert Louis Jarman) (1820-1895) - there is one hint that Lucinda might have been born in Tennessee was born in Tennessee and this is the best TN connection I have found but no camel ties that I know.