Mentioned in the letters of Thomas Carlyle (https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Carlyle-122). Was a livery stable keeper and apparently supplied flies (a kind of carriage) to the philosopher and his wife, by whom he was known as 'Old Sylvester'.
Any researcher into the name will need to be aware that the spelling of Silvester/Sylvester is almost entirely random, ad hoc changes occurring well into the 20th century.
Name: John Silvester Gender: Male Baptism Date: 9 Oct 1796 Baptism Place: Little Canfield, Essex, England Father: Edward Silvester Mother: Elizabeth FHL Film Number: 1471966
Ancestry.com. Essex, England, Select Church of England Parish Registers, 1518-1960 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: England, Essex Parish Registers, 1538-1900. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.
Silvester John 1799 1861 England, Wales & Scotland Census St Luke Chelsea, Chelsea, London & Middlesex, England, letters of Thomas Carlyle.
Silvester John 1798 1871 England, Wales & Scotland Census St Luke, Chelsea, London & Middlesex, England
Letters of Thomas Carlyle
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