Sylvester Stover

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Sylvester Stover

Birthdate: (55)
Birthplace: Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Death: February 14, 1689 (51-59)
Probably at sea
Immediate Family:

Husband of Elizabeth Stover
Father of Elizabeth Stover; John Stover, Sr.; Sarah Butland; Dependence Stover; Josiah Stover and 4 others

Occupation: Fisherman, ferryman
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About Sylvester Stover

He was a fisherman, and a ferryman. Beyond his appointment as ferryman at Cape Neddick River in 1652, he held no public office. He signed the Submisson in 1652, the petition to Cromwell in 1656, and the address to Massachusetts in 1662, but otherwise took no active part in the political controversies of the period.

In 1649 he and three partners were granted a tract of land at the mouth of the Cape Neddick river, and they started the second large-sized fishery in Gorgeana. They added 70 acres near the higher falls of the Cape Neddick River and some small grants of marsh land towards the Wells line.

He lived on the southwest bank of the Cape Neddick River, a few rods above the present Passaconaway Bridge. He carried on his fishing business, was ferryman for the river, and kept a tavern. In 1650 William Hooke gave half of the promontory from Long Sands to Short Sands at Cape Neddick to John Alcock and John Heard on condition that it be used as a pasture. Sylvester Stover bought that half from John Heard of Dover in 1680. His heirs sold the tract piecemeal, until the last parcel was disposed of around 1920 by heirs in the 7th generation.

In 1650 Sylvester Stover was listed among doubtful debtors of Robert Button, of Boston. On 25 June 1655, he and his wife were presented by the grand jury for complaining of one another on the Lord's Day in the morning in saying that his wife did abuse him and bid him to go to Thomas Crocketts and carry some bread and cheese to his bastard. In 1666 they were presented for not coming unto the meeting upon the Lord's Day about six weeks. In 1667 he was charged with neglect of the ferry, and offering Mr. Hooke some abuse and for threatening to fight him.

Sylvester was a ferryman from 1652 until 1687, when he left for England and never returned.

Last will and testament of Sylvester Stover:

"This being the last Will and testament of the sd Silvester Stover liueing in Cap nadick belonging to york in the province of Maine in New England, who being bound by the grace of god into old England Doe here Giue and Will vnto my son John Stover my right and title that I haue in the Cape neck in Whole after the decease of my wife

"And I doe here confirme vnto my sone dependence Stover, Three score and ten acres of land where his house is vp the river lieing in Cape Nadick. "And to my sone Josiah Stover I giue to him the new pasture lieing vppon the right hand of the lane goeing from my house to yorke and so vppon the Slouthard side of the way to run west south west so farr as my bownes go. and the salt Marsh belonging to it lieing vp the river, after the decease of my wife.

"And the houses and the rest of my land that is not Disposed of I will and Giue unto my sone George Stover and If my sone John Stover please he shall haue that Lobertie for to change with my sone George Stover for what land and houses which he haue at the Cape neck for that which my sone George Stover haue here after the decease of my wife.

"And as for the Moueables I leaue to my wife for to Dispose amongst the rest of my children as shee see Good at her deease Wher vnto I here haue sett my hand and fixed my seale in the presence of

Signed Sealed delivered in the presence of Sillvester Stover of Nathhaniell Clayce Henry Goddard

Sworn to by both attesting witnesses 14 Feby 1689-90; Inventory returned at ce731:07:00 by Elizabeth Stover, widow, 17 Feby 1689-90.


Alternate birth date for Sylvester Stover:

SYLVESTER1 STOVER was born 1634 in Ipswich Suffock, England, and died February 14, 1689 in Probably at sea.

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Sylvester Stover's Timeline

Ipswich, Suffolk, England
May 1653
Age 19
York, York County, Province of Maine, Massachusetts
Age 19
York, York County, Maine, Colonial America
Age 22
Cape Neddick, York, Maine, USA
Age 24
York, York, Maine, USA
Age 28
Cape Neddick, York County, Province of Massachusetts (Present Maine)
Age 31
Cape Neddick, York, Maine, USA
Age 33
Cape Neddick, York, Maine, USA
April 1668
Age 34
Cape Neddick, York, Maine, USA