Bishop Johann Wilhelm Stover (1726 - 1789) MP

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Birthplace: Staffort, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death: Died in Franklin, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation: Preacher, First Bishop of the Antitum German Baptist Congregation
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About Bishop Johann Wilhelm Stover


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"Stover Brethren: The Family of Elder William Stover of Antietam", Richard R. Weber, Columbia, Maryland, 2001.

"Stover genealogy, biography and history: a genealogical record of the descendants of William Stover, pioneer and other Stovers" , Bertha E. Hughey, 1986

"Royer Family Genealogy", Unknown, 1988

Added by Julie Edberg from "The Stauffer-Stover Family History" by JM Stover of Fruitdale, AL

Rev William Stover (Stauffer) emigrated to American in 1754. After a probable brief sojourn in the vicinity of Germantown, he moved to Franklin County, PA and later to Cumberland. He secured by patent from the English government and by homestead large tracts of land in Antrim township, near Shady Grove, PA on the farms now owned by a Mr Stewart, Wesley Koontz and others.

As defense against the Indians, who were troublesome in those early days, he erected a large fort of limestone, with walls eight or ten feet high, which was used as a garden in time of peace. The fort stands almost in perfect condition to this day and is still used for the farm garden. Here, in times of Indian raids, the neighbors assembled, driving their teams and stock in the enclosure.

On the west side is a heavy walled stone building, used as a dwelling through which ingress and egress to the fort was made. On the east side was a substantial stone barn with entrance from the fort, so that in time of trouble the family could pass in safety from the house to the barn without danger of being surprised and carried away by the Indians.

Link to President Dwight D. Eisenhower -------------------- In some records he is referred to as William, and some records state that he was born in Switzerland. They state that he immigrated from Switzerland in 1754 and settled west of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. -------------------- Immigrated to Philadelphia with son George in 1754. In Franklin Co,PA at Antietam he built a large stone house on his homestead.

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Bishop Johann Stover's Timeline

September 25, 1726
Staffort, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Age 18
October 21, 1746
Age 20
Lancaster, PA, USA
September 29, 1747
Age 21
Lancaster, PA, USA
September 25, 1749
Age 23
Age 25
April, 1754
Age 27
Age 28
Franklin, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 30
Franklin, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 30