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Richard Silvester

Also Known As: "Richard Sylvester Sr."
Birthdate: (55)
Birthplace: Keynsham, Bath and North East Somerset, England, United Kingdom
Death: September 24, 1663 (55)
Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Norwell, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Nehemiah Sylvester
Husband of Naomi Sylvester and Naomi Silvester
Father of John Silvester; Capt. Joseph Silvester; Elizabeth Lowell; Charity Ricks; Dinah Silvester and 7 others

Managed by: LaVern Gotreau
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About Richard Silvester

RICHARD Sylvester,1 b. in England, came to Weymouth, where he asked admission as freemen Oct. 19, 1630; m. about 1632, Naomi Torrey, probably sister of Capt. William Torrey. In 1642 they moved to Scituate, and in the history of the town we find the following, from "Winthrop's Journal." "Richard Sylvester having three small children, he and his wife going to the assembly upon the Lord's day, left them at home. The oldest was without doors looking to some cattle. The middlemost, being a son of about five years old, seeing his father's fowling piece stand in the chimney, took it and laid it upon a stool as he had seen his father do, and pulled up the cock, the spring being weak, and put down the hammer, then went to the other end, and blowed in the mouth of the piece, as he had seen his father also do, and with that, stirring the piece, it went off and shot the child into the mouth and through his head. When the father came home, he found his child dead; the youngest child (being but three years old) showed the whole manner of it." Richard Sylvester, d. in 1663, leaving widow Naomi, and ten children.

  • 281. Lydia Sylvester,2 b. Dec. 8, 1633; m. Sept. 4, 1652, Nathaniel Rawlins.
  • 282. John Sylvester,2 b. Mar. 14, 1635; m. and had family.
  • 283. Peter,2 b. in 1637; d. in 1642, from accident.
  • 284. Joseph Sylvester,2 +
  • 285. Daniel Sylvester,2 b. in 1642.
  • 286. Elizabeth Sylvester,2 b. in 1643; m. Jan. 24, 1658, John Lowell.
  • 287. Richard Sylvester,2 b. in 1648; m. in 1678, in Milton, Hannah Leonard of Taunton.
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  • 288. Naomi Sylvester,2 b. 1649 m. 1666, John Lowell of Boston, who had former wife her sister Elizabeth2 (286).
  • 289. Israel Sylvester,2 b. in 1651; m. and lived in Scituate, Mass.
  • 290. Hester Sylvester,2 b. Mar. 16, 1654.
  • 291. Benjamin Sylvester,2 b. May 17, 1657; m. 1684, Lydia,3 dau. of Richard2 (255) and Lydia Standlake.

Capt. JOSEPH Sylvester2 (284), b. Apr. 12, 1638; m. Mary __ , .... etc.

Ancestry of John Barber White and His Descendants edited by Almira Larkin White

Came to America from England in the ship 'Mary and John' in 1630, settled in Weymouth, married Naomi Torrey in 1632 and removed to Scituate in 1642, getting away from religious difficulties arising from his opinions. Was town surveyor and constable in Marshfield, MA in the Plymouth Colony.


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  • The historic genealogy of the Lowells of America from 1639 to 1899 (1899)
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    • The John Lowell line
  • Children of John2 [2] (Percival1) and 1st wife Mary ___ Lowell :
    • 6. I. JOHN3, b. in England 1629, d. in Boston, Mass.. Jan. 7, 1694 ;
    • m. 1st by Mr. William Hibbins Jan. 3, 1653, Hannah Proctor, dau. of George P. and Edith Proctor, and sister of Abigail, who m. Joseph Lowell (10).
    • m 2nd by Mr. Hatherley, in Scituate, Mass. Jan. 24, 1658, Elizabeth Sylvester ("Silvester") of Scituate, Mass., b. Jan. 23, 1644, d. 1666, dau. of Richard and Naomi (Tarreyin) Sylvester.
    • Richard and Naomi Sylvester were m. 1632, he d. 1663, and she d. Nov. 1668.
    • m. 3rd in 1666, Naomi Sylvester, b. 1649, sister of John's 2nd wife Elizabeth.
    • These two daughters were the only children of Richard and Naomi Sylvester.
    • John Lowell was a "cooper," early removed to Boston, Mass. , where he was first m. : where his two eldest children were b. and where his first wife d.
    • He then moved to Scituate, Mass., m. his 2nd wife and had five more children b. there. After m. in that place his third wife, he removed to Rehobath, Mass. , where five more of his children were b. He then returned to Boston, Mass., where the last five of his children were b.
    • In 1677 he and his brother Joseph signed a petition in Boston.
    • March 2, 1669, while in Rehobath, he received a grant of land in that place by the Court.
    • In 1656, while of Boston, he purchased a house and lot of Thomas Venner.
    • Sept. 27, 1694, his widow, Naomi, was appointed to administer his estate which inventoried at £77-8-6.
    • In the administration papers he is called "Cooper"'
    • For deed given by him and others, see appendix C.
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  • Children of John3 [6] (John2, Percival1) and 1st wife Hannah (Proctor) Lowell :
    • 14. I. JOHN4 b. July 16, 1655, bapt. in Boston, Mass. Aug. 26, 1656, d. soon.
    • 15. II. MARY4, b. in Boston, Mass. Jan. 7, 1657, bapt. Nov. 10, 1657.
  • By 2nd m.
    • 16. III. JOHN4, b. in Scituate, Mass. April, 7, 1660, probably d. June 7, 1694, on the ship "Amity" of Boston. See under Joseph (10) ;
    • m. Esther ___
    • He was probably a mariner, or importer of goods from Bristol, England, as he is designated as being of Bristol, Eng., when his Uncle Joseph (10) was appointed administrator of his estate in 1700. 1670 he chose Joseph Sylvester of Scituate, as his guardian.
    • 17. IV. PETER4, b. in Scituate, Mass. 1661, bapt. Nov. 26, 1661.
    • 18. V. JOSEPH4, b. in Scituate, Mass. 1662, d. soon.
    • 19. VI. PATIENCE4, b. in Scituate, Mass. Oct. 7, 1663 or 2.
    • Probably m. March 28, 1682, Samuel Beal of Lynn, Mass.
    • In the Lynn Records her name is spelled Louill. The clerk's w's are said to be distinct, but his v's are often u's, hence Mrs. Dana, who has made search, thinks Samuel Beal m. a Patience Lovell, and that our Patience Lowell m. Jacob Dana, ancestor of the late eminent Charles A. Dana of the New York Sun.
    • 20. VII. ELIZABETH4, b. in Scituate, Mass. 1664, d. soon.
    • 21. VIII. RUTH4, b. in Scituate, Mass. July 11, 1665.
  • By 3rd m.
    • 22. IX. PHOEBE4, b. in Rehoboth, Mass., d. soon.
    • 23. X. MARGARET4, b. in Rehoboth, Mass. May 20, 1667.
    • 24. XI. SAMUEL4, b. in Rehoboth, Mass. Aug. 1, 1669, d. soon.
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    • 25. XII. SAMUEL4, b. in Rehoboth, Mass. Jan. 30 1671;
    • m. in Boston, Mass., by Rev. James Allen July 22, 1696, Rache Williams.
    • Probably res. in Boston, Mass. 1701, and returned with tax unpaid.
    • 26. XIII. WILLIAM4, b. in Rehoboth, Mass. Aug. 7, 1672. probably d. soon.
    • 27. XIV. ELIZABETH4, b. in Rehoboth, Mass. March 1, 1673. bapt. Jan. 8. 1674
    • 28. XV. EBENEZER4. b. in Boston, Mass. 1675. d. in Boston Sept. 10, 1711, age 36 years ;
    • m. by Rev. James Allen Jan. 30, 1694, Elizabeth Shailer of Hingham, Mass.. dau. of Michael Shailer. who m. Hannah, widow of Nathaniel Jewell. She Hannah was 2nd wife to Mr. Shailer. who had by another and earlier m. Michael Shailer Jr., and Elizabeth above who m. Ebenezer Lowell. Michael Shailer owned land in Boston, Mass., on both sides of Washington St., near Boylston.
    • His widow. Elizabeth, m. 2nd Phillip Bongardus,. and they lived many years in Boston.
    • Elizabeth Mrs. Bongardus was appointed Dec. 26, 1711, to administer on the estate of her former husband. .... etc.
    • 29. XVI. WILLIAM4, b. in Boston, Mass. Jan. 3, 1676 or 1677, d. y.
    • 30. XVII. MEHITABLE4, b. in Boston, Mass. Jan. 7, 1677 or 1678.
    • 31. XVIII. BENJAMIN4, b. in Boston, Mass. Nov. 5. 1679.
    • 32. XIX. NATHANIEL4, b. in Boston, Mass. Feb. 25, 1681.
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  • SYLVESTER, Richard
  • b. 1608 Somerset, England
  • d. 24 SEP 1663 Scituate, Plymouth, Mass.
  • Family:
  • Marriage: ABT 1632
  • Spouse: Emeline,
  • Children:
    • SYLVESTER, Lydia
    • SYLVESTER, John
    • SYLVESTER, Peter b. ABT 1637 Weymouth, Norfolk, Mass. d. 30 AUG 1642 Weymouth, Norfolk, Mass.
    • SYLVESTER, Joseph
    • SYLVESTER, Dinah b. 2 APR 1642 Weymouth, Norfolk, Mass.
    • SYLVESTER, Elizabeth
  • Family:
  • Marriage: ABT 1648 Weymouth, Norfolk, Mass.
  • Spouse: Naomi,
  • d. 1668 Scituate, Plymouth, Mass.
  • Children:
    • SYLVESTER, Richard b. ABT 1648 Weymouth, Norfolk, Mass.
    • SYLVESTER, Naomi b. 1650 Weymouth, Norfolk, Mass.
    • SYLVESTER, Israel b. ABT 1651 Weymouth, Norfolk, Mass.
    • SYLVESTER, Hester b. 1654 Weymouth, Norfolk, Mass.
    • SYLVESTER, Benjamin
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As described on his FindAGrave page:

Birth: 1608, Keynsham, Somerset, England Death: Sep. 24, 1663, Scituate, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts

WIFE: Naomi Torrey, married abt 1634 in Weymouth, MA.

CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Admission to Dorchester church prior to April 1, 1834 implied by freemanship. On 13 March 1638/9 Richard Silvester for going with Smyth to get hands to a blank, was disfranchised and fined 2 pounds. MCHB 1:252. (The blank, or petition, was being circulated by John Smith for the purpose of "combining with others to hinder the orderly gathering at a church at Waymouth & to set up another there, contrary to the orders here established).

Although he resided in Marshfield after his departure from Waymouth, Richard Silvester had several children baptized at the South Church in Scituate, in that part of Scituate would later become Norwell; presumably Richard and his wife had joined the church. This part of Scituate adjoined the northern part of Marshfield, so this church may have been more convenient to him than the Marshfield church; or perhaps it was more congenial to him, given his earlier actions in Waymouth, and the differences between the two churches in Scituate.

FREEMAN: Requested October 19, 1630 and admitted April 1, 1634 (as fifth in a sequence of eight Dorchester men) MBCR 1:80, 368. Propounded for Plymouth Colony freemanship, 5 June 1651 (pcr 2:67); apparently never admitted he was listed as those who took the oath of fidelity at Marshfield in 1657 (pcr 8:178)

EDUCATION: He signed his will by mark.

OFFICES: Marshfield Surveyor of Highways June 6, 1654 (PCR 3:50) Constable, June 8, 1655 (PCR 8:78)

ESTATE: On Januar 16, 1637/8 the town of Dorchester ordered that "Mr. Joanes shall have 20 acres of upland for a great lot (which) he had promised to him for that that was Silvesters..." (DTR 22) (There is no evidence that Richard Silvester ever occupied this parcel of land, which he had obviously relinquished sometime before the date of this order.)

In 1636 Richard Silvester was granted a great lot of 24 acres (Weymouth History 1:91).

On September 28, 1640 Richard Silvester of Waymouth sold to John Fussell "all his home lot containing six acres more or less Scituate in Waymouth (SLR 1:16)

In an inventory of Waymouth Land holding company compiled about 1643, Richard Silvester held three parcels, twenty and six acres upon the Wester Neck, fourteen of them first given to himself above the mill, and two acres of salt marsh first given to himself (Weymouth Hist 1:191)

Children of Richard Silvester and Naomi Torrey Silvester, per FindAGrave connections:

  • Lydia Sylvester Rawlin (1633 - 1700)
  • John Sylvester (1634 - 1706): at FindAGrave
  • Peter Sylvester (1636 - 1642)
  • Joseph Sylvester (1638 - 1690)
  • Dinah Sylvester (1642 - 1673)
  • Elizabeth Sylvester Lovell (Lovewell) (1643 - ____)
  • Charity Sylvester Ricks (1648 - 1671)
  • Naomi Sylvester (1650 - ____)
  • Hester Silvester (1653 - ____)
  • Benjamin Sylvester (1657 - 1733)
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Richard Silvester's Timeline

Keynsham, Bath and North East Somerset, England, United Kingdom
December 8, 1633
Age 25
Weymouth, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts, USA
March 14, 1634
Age 26
Weymouth, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts, USA
Age 28
Weymouth, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts, USA
April 12, 1638
Age 30
Weymouth, Massachusetts Bay Colony
April 2, 1642
Age 34
Weymouth, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts, USA
January 23, 1644
Age 36
Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA
Age 38
Weymouth, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 40
Weymouth, Norfolk, MA, USA