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Rev. Bishop William Stover

German: Rev. Bishop Johann Wilhelm Stober
Also Known As: "William Stober"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Staffort, Stutensee, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death: Died in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: Shady Grove, Franklin, Pennsylvania, 17256, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Johann Valentin Stober Jr. and Anna Eva Barbara Stover
Husband of Judith Shnell Stover; Eva Elisabetha Stover and Anna Christina Margaretha Stover
Father of Esther Stover; Catherine Stover; Hannah Landis; Michael Stover; Reverend Daniel Stover and 8 others
Brother of Johan Valentin Stover; Catharina Agatha Stober; Georg Michel Stover; Johan Jacob Stober, Sr.; Eva Christine Neff and 4 others

Occupation: Preacher, First Bishop of the Antitum German Baptist Congregation
Managed by: Private User
Last Updated:

About Rev. Bishop William Stover

Married:

Judith Shaeffer(Judith End Schnell)

Eva Elisabetha Suss

Anna Margaretha Suss

Links:

http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/s/stover/pats.html

http://www.ancestralquestonline.com/desbk/reports/AncestryChartStdWSib.pdf

http://thirdstbooks.com/waskagit/kimble3.html

http://home.comcast.net/~ggephart/np71.htm -

http://home.comcast.net/~ggephart/gp350.htm#head3 - links the spouses

Resources:

"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

http://www.ancestralquestonline.com/desbk/reports/AncestryChartWall.pdf


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.


Farmer and wagon maker. He was also a presiding church elder


Of Franklin County, Pennsylvania

Reverend Wilheim Stover, born Abt. 1725 in Switzerland; died 1800 in near Shady Grove, Franklin County, PA. He married Judith Shaeffer. Judith Shaeffer, died in Franklin Co., PA. Wilheim Stover Judith Schaffer John Gish Katherine Stover SOURCE: "Stover Genealogy, Biography and History", Bertha E. Hughey

"William Stover of Franklin Co., Pa.

"Rev. William Stover. It is generally thought that Rev. William Stover was born in Switzerland about 1725, and died in 1800. He is buried in the family burial ground on his farm in Franklin Co., Pa., for it was customary in the Colonies, in all the sparsely settled regions, to set aside a part of the large farm for a family burial ground. This was for the convenience, as the large farm was generally of several hundred acres.

"William Stover was married to Judith Schaeffer, and these names are found in the will dated April 28, 1797, which mentions the following children: George, William, Margaret Pritz (Britz), Michael, Jacob, Daniel, Elizabeth, Susanna Kish (Gish), Emanuel, Catherine Kish (Gish), decd., Hannah Landeis, Ester Feester. "The Conococheague Creek. This book covers a general description of the valley. "In the southern part of the valley the Germans settled, and among them were our illustrious forbears, the Stovers. William Stover settled permanently in the Conococheague district, near the Antietam Creek, where he built a stone house and stone barn and cleared the land and reared his family, who became the progenitors of many Stovers.

"Bishop William Stover was the first Resident Elder or Bishop of the German Baptist Brethren Church, now known as the Church of the Brethren, and was ordained in 1754 or 1755, for the records were not kept very definitely then, but there is no question as to the date. The Group of persons were then called the Conococheague Mission, but soon became known as the Antietam Congregation, and carries that name yet." ---------- SOURCE: "William Stover, of Franklin Co., Pa. and his Desc.", by J. M. Stover, of Fruitdale, Al., p. 287 "Rev. William Stover (Stauffer), born in Switzerland 1725 (the date of his birth is uncertain,some claim he was born as early as 1715 or 1716); emigrated to America in 1754. "After a probable brief sojourn in the vicinity of Germantown he removed 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, Westley Koontz and others.

"As defence 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. The house still stands with its walls in perfect condition, but the barn was recently torn down and a new building erected.

"William Stover was ordained first bishop of the Antitum German Baptist congregation, in which he labored faithfully for many years. He died in 1800 and was succeeded as bishop by his son, Daniel Stover, who presided over the same congregation until 1822. "In those early days, the church services were held in private dwellings, and the yearly meetings, or love feasts, were held in large barns, being little more than a mission post unti 1790, when the Antitum, or Price's church, was erected. It was built of limestone and located one mile north of Waynesboro, Pa. This church stood 100 years, when, in 1890, it was replaced by a new structure of stone on nearly the same site, and a number of the great-grandchildren of Bishop William Stover, Sr. assisted in its building.

"The old homestead was owned by five successive generations of Stovers before it passed out of their hands. "William Stover was married to a Miss Shaeffer. "He died at the age of about 75 years, and was buried in the family burying ground on the farm, the resting place of many other friends and relatives. "C: George, Willia, Margaret, Michael, Daniel, Jacob, Emanuel, Susanna, Esther, Catharine, Barbara."


SOURCE: "Christian Gish of Va." "George Gish...married Susanna Stover (daughter of Rev. William Stover) around the year 1781"
SOURCE: LDS AF - William Stover, b. (1731)

MAY 1997 FGS - William Stover, b. (1732), Switzerland; d. Franklin, Pa.; m. Judith Schaeffer Another MAY 1997 FGS - William Stover, b. 1725, Switzerland; d. 1800; m. Judith Schaffer SOURCE: LDS IGI 538366: Susanna Stover, b. abt. 1763, Antitim twp., Franklin, Pa; Parents -William Stauffer or Stover and Judith Shaeffer Other children of William and Judith: Michael, Daniel, Jacob, Barbara, Emanuel, Susanna, Hannah, Catherine, Elizabeth 471902-2588-8: Susanna Stover, b. 1761, Antrim Twp., Franklin, Pa; Parents - William Stover or Stauffer and Judith Shaeffer


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Rev. Bishop William Stover's Timeline

1726
September 25, 1726
Stutensee, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
1747
September 29, 1747
Age 21
Franklin County, PA, USA
1749
September 25, 1749
Age 23
Brickerville, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
1752
1752
Age 25
Brickerville, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
1755
1755
Age 28
Antrim, Franklin, PA, USA
1756
1756
Age 29
Fort Stover, Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA
1757
1757
Age 30
Franklin, Pennsylvania, United States