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Descendants of Sylvester Stover

Generation No. 1

1. SYLVESTER1 STOVER was born 1634 in Ipswich Suffock, England, and died February 14, 1689 in Probably at sea. He married (2) ELIZABETH NORTON May 25, 1652 in York, Maine, daughter of HENRY NORTON and MARGARET. She was born 1631 in Cape Neddick, Maine, and died September 04, 1722 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

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In 1680 John Heard of Dover sold rights to land in Cape Neddick to Sylvester Stover.

Sylvester was a ferryman from 1652 until 1687 when he left for England and never returned. Elizabeth, his wife, moved to Scituate, Massachusetts.

In 1649 Sylvester Stove, progenitor of one of York's oldest families, was granted, with three partners, a tract of land at the mouth of the Cape Neddick river, and they started the second large-sized fishery plant in Gorgeana.

William Hook, while Govenor or plantation manager of Agamenticus, in the absence of Edward Godfrey, used for a goat pasture the whole promontory from Long Sands to Short Sands. It was a convenient location for the purpose, requiring a fence across only one side, from one beach to the other, and had fresh water"spring by the pond". Henry Blaisdell, son of Ralph, the first family who came to York, but moved to Salisbury, Mass. and father of Ebenezer, who returned to live in York and was the ancestor of all the York Blaisdell's, deposed in 1700 that when he was a boy Mr. Hooke hired him to "keep goats for him upon his land called Cape Nedock Neck. In 1650 after he had moved to Salisbury, Hooke gave half of the Neck to John Alcock and John Heard on condition that it be used a Sa pasture. The given half came into the possession of Sylvester Stover, and was sold piece meal by his heirs, until the last parcel was disposed of around 1920 by heirs in the 7th generation.

Sylvester Stover had is home on the South West bank of the Cape Neddick River, a few rods above the present Passaconaway Bridge. He carried on his fishing business and was also a ferryman for the river and kept a tavern.

Last will and testament of Sylvester Stover taken from the court records and found in Maine Wills 1640-1760 on the Family Tree Maker Genealogy Library:

"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
ofNathhaniell 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.

The English origin of this early settler, the ancestors of a laaarge and important family in the history of York, can be traced without much doubt to the county of Suffolk, England.
His life in York was uneventful. Beyond his appointmnet as ferryman at Cape Neddick River in 1652 he held no public office. He signed the Submisson in 1652; the petition to Cromwell, 1656; the address to Massachusetts, 1662, but otherwise took no active part in the political contovrsies of the period. His landed estate began with his acquistion of the share of his three paatners, and to this was added 70 acres near the higher falls of the Cape Neddick River and some small grants of marsh land towards the Wells line.
The court records afford more extended references to him. On June 25, 1655 Stover 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 di abuse him and bid him to go to Thomas Crocketts and carry some bread and cheese to his b.... In 1666 they were presented for not coming unto the meeting upon the Lord's Day about 6 weeks and in 1667 he wa scharged with neglect of the ferry, and offering Mr Hooke some abuse and for threatening to fight hi,. In 1650 he was listed among doubtful debtors of Robert Button of Boston.

More About S
Marriage: May 25, 1652, York, Maine
Child of S
2. i.   JOHN2 STOVER, b. 1655.
3. ii.   ELIZABETH2 STOVER, b. May 1651.
4. iii.   JOHN STOVER, JR., b. May 1653, York, Maine; d. April 12, 1748, York, Maine.
5. iv.   SARAH STOVER, b. 1656, York, Maine.
6. v.   DEPENDENCE STOVER, b. 1659, York, Maine; d. September 23, 1723, York, Maine.
7. vi.   JOSIAH STOVER STAFFORD, b. 1662; d. April 09, 1743, Tiverton, Rhode Island.
8. vii.   MARY STOVER, b. Abt. 1664, York, Maine.
9. viii.   DEBORAH STOVER, b. 1667, York, Maine; d. July 13, 1734, York, Maine.
10. ix.   GEORGE STOVER, b. 1668, York, Maine; d. September 25, 1753, York, Maine.
11. x.   HANNAH STOVER, b. August 17, 1670, York, Maine; d. June 21, 1731, Scituate, Massachusetts.

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