Richard Sylvester
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Richard Sylvester (1608 - 1663)

Richard Sylvester aka Silvester
Born in Northover, Somerset, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1632 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusettsmap
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The Puritan Great Migration.
Richard Sylvester migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Disputed Origins

  1. R. C. Anderson in his "Great Migration Begins" makes no mention of parents or the place of origin of Richard Silvester. There is a Nehemiah Sylvester attached as the father of this profile, which I will detach.
  2. Naomi Torrey is presently attached as the wife of Richard Silvester. R. C. Anderson in his book, "Great Migration Begins" says his wife was named Naomi but her surname is unknown. Albert Henry Sylvester in his NEHGR article says, that Savage in his "Genealogical Dictionary" thought Richard Silvester married Naomi Torrey; however no record of this marriage has been found. Torrey did have a daughter named Naomi, born December 3, 1641. The wife in this profile is attached to the daughter of Philip Torrey...with no evidence.

Arrived on the Mary and John in 1630.

Contents

Biography 1

According to Deane, he "was in Weymouth 1633. We find that he gained an unfortunate notoriety, by espousing certain religious sentiments, to liberal for the age in which he lived. Mr. Robert Lentha, minister at Weymouth, advanced the sentiment, 'That all baptized persons should be admitted to the Communion without further trial.' This was a heresy to be noticed by the government, and he was orderd to retract in presence of the General Court; with which order he complied. Richard Sylvester, who held the same communion, adhered to it, and in consquence was fined and disinfranchised by the government. This put him upon removing from the Colony, and he came to Scituate 1642. Thomas Rawlins, Thomas Clap, James Torrey, and William Holbrook, came about the same time, and probably on account of holding the same sentiments. Sylvester settled in Marshfield, or rather in that part of Scituate called 'the Two Miles.' He married the sister of Capt. William Torrey."

His wife's name is given in Savage, but this has been questioned; see Frederic C. Torrey, The Torrey Families and Their Children in American, 1.342-44; he gives Naomi Torrey's husband as John Lowell and argues that Savage is mistaken.

Biography 2

RICHARD Sylvester was born in England, arriving on the Mary and John in 1630 with emigrants from the West with Rev. John White from Dorchester, Dorset and most of them settled in Dorchester, Massachusetts . He came to Weymouth, where he asked admission as freemen Oct. 19, 1630; he married about 1632, Naomi Torrey, probably sister of Capt. William Torrey. In 1642 they moved to Scituate, getting away from his religious difficulties.

Richard was granted a Great Lot of 24 acres in Weymouth in 1636:

At a meeting in the town of Weymouth the 12th of June voted That for the great Lotts Wee should lott unto every compleat person [householder] six and unto every halfe passenger under twelve years of age to have three to the head. By all freeman here present whose names are underwritten, and the place to begin is at the lower end of the ffresh Pond [Whitman’s Pond] and to run eighty four Rodd eitherwards to the great plantation lotts.[1]

He had evidently thought of settling in Dorchester as on 16 Jan. 1636/7 the town of Dorchester ordered that “Mr. Joanes shall have 20 acres of upland for a great lot whch he had promised him for that that was Silvester’s”.[2]

On 5 Mar. 1638/9 “Ricrd Silvester was fined 12s. for selling strong water, which he paid into the Court”.[3]

On 13 Mar. 1638/9 “Ricrd Silvester, for going wth Smyth to get hands to a blanke, was disfranchised & fined £2”. The blank/petition was circulated by John Smith “ofr disturbing the publike peace by combineing wth others to hinder the orderly gathering of a church at Waymoth & to set up another there, contrary to the orders heare established & the constant practice of all our churches & for the undewe pcureing the hands of many to a blank for that purpose”. John was fined £20. They weren’t the only ones as Ambrose Marten “for calling the church covenant a stinking carryon & a humane invention & saying hee wondered at Gods patience, feared it would end in the sharpe & said the ministers did dethrone Christ & set up themselves” was fined £10 and told to see Rev. Mather to be instructed. One didn’t go against the powers-that-be or it would cost you![4] And on 4 June 1639 “Richrd Silvester, for speaking against the law about hogs, & against a perticuler magistrate, was fined ten pounds”. On 3 Sept. “£6 of his fine respited upon his good behaviour & he paid in the other £6”.[5] Richard later stood up for the pigs… as he was hog-reeve.

Richard and Naomi lived in Marshfield after he left Weymouth, however, his children were baptized in the South Church in Scituate which later became Norwell (joining the northern part of Marshfield). One suspects that it was more convenient for them to go to that church, or perhaps they had issues with the other church given his earlier involvement with the “blank” and the hog law.

Richard requested to be a Freeman on 19 Oct. 1630, however, wasn’t admitted until 1 Apr. 1634.[6] He then applied for Plymouth Colony freemanship on 5 June 1651 and apparently wasn’t admitted as he was listed on a list of those who took the oath of fidelity in Marshfield in 1657.[7]

On 28 Sept. 1640 Richard sold to John Fussell his six acre lot in Waymouth:

"28:11:1640 Richard Silvester of Waymouth granted unto John fussell all his home lotte containing six acrs more or lesse scituate in waymouth: together wth the howsinge standing theron, in consideration of threescore pownds in hand payed and this was by bill of Sale dated: 28: of the: 7mo: 1640:"[8]

The Sylvesters had a servant Mary Lane, who was to serve them for four years starting in Mar. 1640/1, however, Edward Poole of Weymouth was “desirous to marry her & to buy out her time of service and promised to pay unto the said Richard Silvester for the same two hundred foot of boards and foure pounds in money or such good commodities as he should like of upon Midsomer eve next & then the said Pole was to take her away & marry her”.[9] After all that they didn’t get married and Edward married a girl named Sarah.

In 1643 he owned three pieces of land in Weymouth, “twenty and six acres upon the Wester Neck, fowereene of them first given to himselfe and twelve to John Upham bounded… with a high waie the comon… the land of Wm Reade… the land of John Rogers… ffower acres first given to himselfe above the mill bounded… with Hingam line… land of John Rogers… land of Mr. Torrey… land of Walter Harris… two acres of salt marsh first given to himselfe bounded with Mr Jeners land… John Allines… the River… the comon”.[10]

In the history of Scituate we find the following, from "Winthrop's Journal" in early September, 1642: "here fell out a very sad accident at Weymouth. One 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 died in 1663, leaving widow Naomi, and ten children. [1] [11]

I can’t imagine. As a parent, how do you survive something like that? The issues surrounding gun safety haven’t changed much in 400 years. I guess with the threat of attack from the Indians you wanted to have a loaded gun in the house.

In 1650 Richard and Naomi sold their farm in Weymouth to John Holbrook and moved to Marshfield in the Plymouth Colony. They were one of 22 families looking for religious freedom from the Puritans in the Plymouth Colony and applied to the General Court at Plymouth 5 June 1651 to move there. Richard’s new home was on a tract of land known as “The Two Miles” in the northwest corner of Marshfield.[12]

“Emline” Silvester the wife of Richard Silvester now of Marshfield acknowledged before the Committee to End Small Causes in Waymouth that “in Consideration of the sume of threescore pound before hand payd to her sd husband she did give Consent to the selling of one howse a garden & orchard twenty nyne Acres of Arable lande be it more or les to gether with two Acors of Salt marsh more or les wth also such Commons Accomodation… beinge in waymouth afore sd unto John Holbrooke of the sd waymouth & did hereby give up all her right tytle & intrest which by law appertained unto her & in any pt or pcell of the Prmises to the sd John Holbrooke & his heirs for ever… the 15th day of Sept 1651 in the Prsence of Wm Torrey, John Whitman, Thomas Dyer Comission
The marke X of Emline Silvester"[13]

“Emline” seems to be a clerical error as there is no other evidence that Richard had a wife by that name, besides he had a daughter named Naomi born before this date which would suggest that he was married to Naomi before 1651.

Richard was the Surveyor of Highways for the town of Marshfield on 6 June 1654 and the Constable on 8 June 1655.[14]

In Mar. 1660/1 Richard’s daughter Dinah, age 18, was in court at Plymouth charged with accusing the wife of William Holmes of witchcraft. Dinah retracted her accusation and apologized and paid the costs of court.[15]

On 1 Oct. 1661 “Richard Silvester, in the behalf of his daughter, and Dinah Silvester, in the behalf of herself, complained against John Palmer Jr… for acting fraudulently against the said Dinah, in not performing his engagement to her in point of marriage”. And on 3 July 1667 “Dinah Silvester for committing fornication was fined ten pounds”. On 1 June 1669 Elkanah Johnson was summoned to court “in reference unto a child laid unto him by Dinah Silvester”.[16] Oops.

"I Richard Silvester of Marshfield… do make this my last will and testament…

Imps I give and bequeath unto my son John Ten pounds to bee paid him three years after my decease.

Item I give unto my son Joseph fiftyshillings to be paid unto him three years after my decease.

Item I give unto my son Israell fifty shillings to be paid unto him three years after my decease.

Item. I give unto my son Richard five pounds to bee payed unto him when he comes to the age of one and twenty yeares.

Item I give unto my son Benjamin five pounds when he comes to the age of one and twenty years.

Item I give unto my daughter Lydia fifty shillings to be payed unto her three years after my decease.

Item I give unto my dauaghter Dinah fifteen pounds which is owning my from Daniel Bacon as appears by a bill under his hand.

Item I give unto my daughter Elizabeth five pounds to be payed unto her three years after my decease.

Item I give unto my daughter Naomy five pounds to be payed unto her when she comes to the age of one and twenty yeares or att her day of marriage: att which of those times comes first.

It I give unto my daughter Hester five pounds to bee payed unto her when she comes to the age of one and twenty yeares or att her day of marriage…

And if any of my children die before they come to enjoy their legacye then my will is the legacye of the deceased shal bee equally divided betwixt my sons Richard and Benjamin and if either of them doe die before he comes to enjoy his legacye then my will is that the Survivor of them two shall have the others portion and if they two doe both of them die before they come to enjoy their portions then it is my will that their portions be equally divided among all my children:

And I do hereby constitute… Naomy my loving wife to bee sole executrix… all the rest of my goods and chattels not given and bequeathed I doe give unto my wife together with all my lands as long as she remains a widdow. But if Providence doe soe dispose of her that shee do marry again after my decease then my will is that she shall have but only five pounds of my estate and the rest of my estate that is then in her hands at the time of her marriage shall be equally divided amongst all my children that shall then be alive.

And for the full settlement of my lands my will is that after my wifes decease or att the day and time of her marriage I do give it all unto my son John… and att the time of his entry upon the said lands my will is that he shall pay five pounds to my son Richard and likewise five pounds to my son Benjamin but if my son John doe die without any heires then my will is that my son Joseph shall have all my land to him and his heirs forever: and at the time of his entry upon the land: he shall pay five pounds to my son Richard and five pounds to my son Benjamin moreover if my wife in the time of her widowhood have need to build any house or housing upon my own land: then my will is that my son John shalbee at one half the Charge of the building upon consideration that hee is to enjoy it after my wife.

Memorandum I give and bequeath unto my daughter Charitie five pounds to be paid unto her three years after my decease or att day of marriage or which of those times comes first… the fifteenth day of June… 1663
The X mark of
Richard Silvester
In presence of
The X marke of
John Hammond
James Torrey Senr.

A true inventory of the goods and chattels of Richard Silvester of Marshfield deceased the 27 of September 1663…

Item wearing apparell.....................................08-09-00
Item 1 mare......................................................09-00-00
Item neat cattle................................................76-10-00
Item hay............................................................19-10-00
Item wheat in the barne..................................07-04-00
Item Rye in the barne......................................06-00-00
Item gease........................................................01-01-06
Item old corne in the house...........................00-19-06
Item Indian corn on the ground.....................08-15-00
Item hemp and flax.........................................01-10-00
Item Swine........................................................07-08-00
Item Bees..........................................................05-02-00
Item Bee hives..................................................00-12-00
Item honey........................................................02-03-00
Item Bees wax..................................................00-14-00
Item by a bill from Daniel Bacon....................15-00-00
Item due from harding of Weymouth...........02-06-00
Item 4 beds 6 bolsters & 2 pillows.................06-12-00
Item 4 rugges 1 Coverlid and 2 blankets......06-14-00
Item 4 bedsteads.............................................00-19-00
Item Curtains....................................................00-08-00
Item 9 pillow coates.........................................01-05-00
Item 9 pair of sheets........................................06-01-00
Item 1 shirt........................................................00-10-00
Item 4 table clothes.........................................00-16-00
Item towels and Napkins................................00-06-03
Item feathers....................................................00-04-00
Item a winnowing sheet & corn sackes.........02-01-00
Item Seives........................................................00-03-06
Item meal..........................................................01-00-00
Item mault........................................................00-02-06
Item axes and other edge tooles...................00-13-06
Item 2 Cannooes and a halfe.........................02-00-00
Item Cooper stuffe...........................................02-10-00
Item a grind stone............................................00-12-00
Item boards and slabs.....................................01-18-00
Item 2 Carts & one pair of wheels.................02-00-00
Item 8 Iron ware hoopes axes nailes linkpins
chaines (hayhookes fetters peakes cartrope and
plow...................................................................04-01-00
Item 4 Iron wedges & two beetles ringes.....07-06-00
Item hoes shovels forkes and rakes..............01-00-00
Item a wheelbarrow........................................00-04-00
Item axxles........................................................00-12-06
Item a cheese presse and hadder.................00-04-06
Item Tobacco....................................................01-10-00
Item 4 Spinning wheels...................................00-13-06
Item cards.........................................................00-05-00
Item 1 bridle Saddle and pommel.................01-03-00
Item a gridiron a spit frying pan fier shovel tonges
trammels and bellowes...................................01-03-00
Item a pestle morter & hatchel......................00-12-00
Item Iron potts and kettles .............................02-10-00
Item brazen & copper vessels & Iron Candle-
sticks..................................................................02-17-00
Item pewter and spoons & latten vessels.....02-00-06
Item a cupboard & wooden platter...............01-01-00
Item onions salt and flax seed.......................01-11-06
Item Cotton linnine & woolen yarne.............02-07-04
Item 4 shifts......................................................01-06-00
Item a barrell of meal......................................01-05-00
Item 2 Smoothing irons...................................00-04-00
Item 2 beer barrels a firkin & butter.............00-13-00
Item 2 powder hornes & smale Iron tooles..01-01-04
Item Cheese......................................................01-00-00
Item Hogsheads barrels and other wooden
vessels...............................................................02-08-06
Item Old Iron....................................................00-05-00
Item Wooden vessels earthen vessels &
brushe...............................................................02-04-06
Item Table forme Chaires and Cuhon...........00-15-06
....................................................................... £244-05-11

Thomas Kinge, James Torrey, John Cushen"[17]

Richard sounds like he was rather stingy as on 5 Oct. 1663 Naomi had to petition the court to obtain a larger part of the estate than he had given her:

Memorand: that the Court doe consider of the condition of Naomy Silvester, widdow, her deceased husband having by his last will and testament left, in an absolute way, but a smale, inconsiderable p’te of his estate unto her; that the Court take some prudent course that shee bee considered with that wch may bee thought convenient in that respect, shee having approved herselfe, as appeers by the testimony of some of her naighbours, to bee a frugall and laborious woman in the procuring of the said estate.

The court agreed with her neighbors and gave her a larger portion.[18]

On 31 Oct. 1666 Edward and Lydia Wright complained that Naomi Silvester, executrix of Richard Silvester, deceased, in an action to the tune of £50 damage that she unjustly detained cattle and other goods delivered to Richard and Naomi for the behoof of their daughter Lydia. The jury found in favor of Edward and Lydia and awarded them £10.10s.[19] The same day William Ford, constable of Marshfield complained against John Silvester and Naomy and Dinah Silvester his sisters in an action of the case to the damage of £100 for molesting and abusing him in the execution of his office by rescuing Naomi their mother, out of his hands, who were then arrested by him.[20]

"An inventory of the estate of the widdow Silvester lately taken and appraised by us whose names are underwritten the 26th of November 1668…

Impr in neat Cattle...........................................21 19 00
Item in a mare and Coult of two years old....06 00 00
Item in Swine....................................................01 08 00
Item in hay.........................................................08 10 00
Item Rye in the barne......................................03 15 00
Item Rye on the ground...................................01 08 00
Item Indian Corne............................................03 00 00
Item Beding and that which belongeth to it.10 00 00
Item 6 paire of sheets and other linnine.......04 00 00
Item Chistes & 1 bedstead 1 cubbord...........01 19 00
Item in pewter...................................................01 11 00
Item 1 copper Kettle.........................................01 00 00
Item 1 warming pan and other brasse..........00 15 00
Item 3 Iron potts & pothooks & Iron kettle...02 00 00
Item 1 Spitt 1 frying pan and an Iron Trammell.00 11 06
Item 1 pestell & morter 2 Smoothing Irons..00 08 00
Item 700 and halfe of nailes............................00 07 06
Item for meat in the house.............................03 14 00
Item hemp and flax and flaxen yearn............02 05 00
Item cotton woole and cotton yearne...........00 10 04
Item tooles 4 axes 3 Iron wedges 1 hand saw.00 12 10
Item 1 mattock 1 dungfork 1 hoe 2 Beetlerings.00 08 00
Item 3 Chaines one Coler & one pair of hookes 2
pitchforkes........................................................00 05 00
Item 8 Iron hoopes...........................................01 00 00
Item 1 plow and Irons to it Irons of a yoke...00 08 00
Item 1 grandstone and Crank.........................00 04 00
Item 1 Collor & tracyes and a cartrope..........00 14 00
Item 1 tubb 1 peck 3 pailes 2 keelers 1 Table.00 16 00
Item 1 hetchell..................................................00 05 00
Item Spinning wheels & Cards........................00 11 00
Item baggs.........................................................00 12 00
Item bees and beehives...................................01 05 00
Item boards.......................................................00 07 00
Item Lumber.....................................................01 17 00
Item debts due to the estate..........................01 18 06
Item 3 Chaines and one paire of hookes......00 19 06
............................................................................87 04 02

John Cushen, Robert Stetson"[21]

Children

I. Lydia- b. 8 Dec. 1633 Weymouth, m.1. 4 Sept. 1652 Scituate, Nathaniel Rawlins (d. 23 Dec. 1662 Scituate), 2. 25 May 1664 Scituate, Edward Wright
II. John- b. 14 Mar. 1634/5 Weymouth, m. before 1660 Sarah ______ (living 4 Aug. 1706), will 4 Aug.- 12 Sept. 1706 Marshfield
III. Peter- b.c.1637, bur. 13 Aug. 1642 Weymouth. Died from an accidental shooting.
IV. Joseph- b. 12 Apr. 1638 Weymouth, m. by 1664 Mary Barstow (b. 28 Dec. 1641 Dedham, d. 16 Nov. 1708 Scituate), d.c.1715 Scituate
V. Israel- b.c.1640, m. before 1674 Martha _____ (d. after 1726), d. 25 Mar. 1727 Norwell
VI. Dinah- b. 2 Apr. 1642 Weymouth, living 8 Dec. 1673
VII. Elizabeth- b. 23 Jan. 1643/4 Weymouth, m. 24 Jan. 1658/9 Scituate, John Lovell. John and Elizabeth lived in Boston, Rehoboth, Lynn, Dunstable, and Sudbury.
VIII. Charity- b.c.1646, d. after 1 Sept. 1671
IX. Naomi- bpt. 14 Apr. 1650 Scituate, living 31 Oct. 1666
X. Richard- b.c.1650, d.s.p. July 1678 Hull
XI. Hester- bpt. 26 Mar. 1654 Scituate, living 29 Oct. 1670
XII. Benjamin- bpt. 17 May 1657 Scituate, m. before 1688 Mary Standlake (b. 24 Mar. 1665 Scituate), d. after 1733

Sources

  1. History of Weymouth: Genealogy of Weymouth Families- George Chamberlain, Weymouth, 1923- Vol. I, p. 199
  2. Dorchester Town Records- p. 22
  3. Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay- Vol. I, p. 249
  4. Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay: 1628–1686- Nathaniel Shurtleff, Ed., Boston, 1853- Vol. I, p. 252
  5. Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay- Vol. I, pp. 265, 270
  6. Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay- Vol. I, pp. 80, 368
  7. Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England- Nathaniel Shurtleff & David Pulsifer, Eds., Boston, 1855- Vol. II, p. 167; VIII, p. 178
  8. Suffolk County Registry of Deeds- Vol. I, p. 16
  9. Note-book Kept by Thomas Lechford, Esq., Lawyer, in Boston- Edward Hale Jr., Ed., Cambridge, 1885- p. 391
  10. History of Weymouth: Genealogy of Weymouth Families- George Chamberlain, Weymouth, 1923- Vol. I, p. 191
  11. The Winthrop Journals- Vol. II, p. 93
  12. Richard Silvester of Weymouth and Some of his Descendants- Albert Silvester, NEHGR- Vol. 85, pp. 247ff
  13. Richard Silvester of Weymouth and Some of his Descendants- Albert Silvester, NEHGR- Vol. 85, pp. 247ff
  14. Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England- Nathaniel Shurtleff & David Pulsifer, Eds., Boston, 1855- Vol. III, p. 50; Vol. VIII, p. 78
  15. Richard Silvester of Weymouth and Some of his Descendants- Albert Silvester, NEHGR- Vol. 85, pp. 247ff
  16. Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay- Vol. VII, p. 101; Records of the Colony of New Plymouth- Vol. IV, p. 162; Vol. V, p. 22
  17. Plymouth Colony Probate Records- Vol. II, pt. 2, fol. 7-8
  18. Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England- Nathaniel Shurtleff & David Pulsifer, Eds., Boston, 1855- Vol. IV, p. 46
  19. Richard Silvester of Weymouth and Some of his Descendants- Albert Silvester, NEHGR- Vol. 85, pp. 247ff
  20. Richard Silvester of Weymouth and Some of his Descendants- Albert Silvester, NEHGR- Vol. 85, pp. 247ff
  21. Plymouth Colony Probate Records- Vol. II, pt. 2, fol. 51

See also:

  • "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L97M-B9PR?cc=2061550&wc=Q4D7-RMP%3A353350501%2C1006064501%2C1006064801 : 20 May 2014), Norfolk > Weymouth > Land records 1642-1644 > image 16 of 26; town clerk offices, Massachusetts. (Description of Richard Sylvester's land holdings in Weymouth proprietors' record book.)
  • The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620 to 1633- article on Richard Silvester- Vol. I-III- pp. 1677-81- database at NEHGS.subscription site
  • The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1847-. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2018.) Vol. 85 (1931); pp. 247 - 265."Richard Silvester and His Descendants" for subscribers$

S1. Geni Richard Sylvestger, born 1608 in Keynsham, England. Died 24Sept1663 in Scituate, Mass. Son of Nehemiah Sylvester, husband of Naomi Sylvester, father of 12 listed children. Many references exist on this profile.

S2. Aleph

S365. Pane-Joyce Genealogy, David Pane-Joyce.

S558. A Historical Sketch of Hanover, Mass., with Family Genealogies, John S. Barry, (Boston: Samuel Drake), 400-01.

S560. History of Scituate, Massachusetts, from its First Settlement to 1831, Samuel Deane, (Boston: James Loring), 347-48.

Acknowledgments

1. Thank you to Julie Baldwin for creating WikiTree profile Sylvester-245 through the import of Jhoward.ged on May 31, 2013.

2. WikiTree profile Silvester-39 created through the import of BDM7-7-11.ged on Jul 8, 2011 by Brian McCullough.

Notes

1. There are many FamilySearch trees containing Richard Sylvester. The most complete, FamilySearch. has Richard Silverster, born in 1608 in Keynsham, Somerset, died on 24Sep1663 in Scituate, Mass. Husband of Emeline Naomi Torrey, father of 13 listed children. Son of Nehemiah Silvester and Mary Leenard.



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Please note #2 under disputed origins.

Will someone (PMs?) please act on this if you agree that Richard Silvester's wife should be Unknown instead of Torrey?

Thank you.

I've left notes in profiles Nehemiah Sylvester-661 and this profile, Richard Sylvester-19 saying that the two are to be detached as father and son.

Since there has been no reaction from PMs from Joe's comment below, I will proceed and detach.

Anderson has his parents and origins as Unknown. Father should be disconnected and the profile PP until a better source is provided.
posted by Joe Cochoit
Can we please remove the "Sylvester" spelling of this name for this generation? In all the records I've seen the spelling has been "Silvester" for the first three generations. Use of "Sylvester" didn't appear until the fourth generation.
posted by [Living Sylvester]
Where is the source for adding Nehemiah as father? The link to geni .com doesn't give any source other than a link to myheritage .com which I can't get into unless I subscribe yet from my own experience myheritage is user-submitted material often sourceless. Does someone here have a subscription to that site to check for primary sources? The link to familysearch .org doesn't mention anyone named Nehemiah.
posted by [Living Sylvester]
In the remarks about gun safety I don't see quotation marks around the part of it that came from the old records. Would someone please clarify?
posted by [Living Sylvester]
I am new and not sure if this appropriate, but will enter it here. On Family Search I found this statement:

"Richard Silvester had eleven children born over a twenty-three year period in the Massachusetts Bay and Plymouth Colonies. For reasons detailed elsewhere, we discount a twelfth child, Charity, added in 1931 by SILVESTER on the basis of his reading of Richard's will (NEHGR 85:253). The wording and construction of the Will, among other factors, lead us to believe that "Chatie" was a ward of some sort. That she was witness to a Braintree deed in 1671 adds nothing to the case for inclusion as a child of Richard and Naomi."

Unfortunately I didn't paste the webpage into my source. I have searched for a birth record for Charity and haven't yet found one.

posted by [Living Shunk]
I have several DNA matches that have Richard Sylvester and Naomi Torrey in their trees. Hopefully I will be able to connect my Grandfather Frank Silvester at some point.

Thanks for all your work! Kaylene Silvester

posted by Kaylene Silvester

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