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Daniel R. SYLVESTER Biography, ME

Daniel R. SYLVESTER Biography, ME

Posted: 1155168009000
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Sylvester, Winship
From "History of Grant County, Wisconsin", 1881, p. 1044 - 1045.


HON. DANIEL R. SYLVESTER, miller and farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Castle Rock. The subject of this sketch, better known as Capt. Sylvester, is one of the leading citizens of the community in which he lives, and has held the trust of many prominent positions. He was born Dec. 22, 1825, at Avon, Franklin Co., Me.; son of Charles and Mary Sylvester; lived with his parents until 20 years of age, then moved to Westport, Mass., where he taught school for six months, then to Iowa Co., Wis., locating near Wingville in 1846, where he resided for three years; in 1849, he went to California, where he followed mining and merchandising for a year and a half, then returning to Philips, Me., in 1852, where he married Clara Winship, by whom he has had nine children - Velina, Ace B., Myrta, Fred W., Arine, Harriette E., Gracie, B. J., Walter T. Came to Grant Co., Wis., in the latter part of the year 1852, locating in the village of Castle Rock, where he built a large mill and also engaged in merchandising for a few years; he and his brother own a large mill near Boscobel, known as the Boscobel Mills. He enlisted in 1861 in the 12th W. V. I. as Captain of Co. K; served from September, 1861, until November, 1864; participated in the sieges of Vicksburg in 1863, and Atlanta in 1864, and various battles intervening; after returning to his home at Castle Rock, where he has since lived, he was elected Chairman of the Town Board for two years; was Assessor for a number of years; was also elected to the Assembly of 1877. In politics he is Republican.

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Re: Daniel R. SYLVESTER Biography, ME
Tony Sylvester (View posts)

Posted: 1156890273000
Classification: Query
Many thanks for this posting, Roxanne. It has certaintly added to what we know about Daniel's family. His eldest child was daughter Velma, later Velma Sylvester Barber born at Castle Rock, a noted family genealogist. For those who may be interested in this family, she listed her nine younger siblings in birth order as Asa, Myrtie, Fred, Rena, Harry, Grace, Bonney, Walter and Clara. I was once in contact with a another Sylvester who knew Velma in California and have copies of some of her papers. Velma's father Daniel Robbins Sylvester, a Civil War captain in K Co., of the 12th Wisconsin, descended from Joseph Silvester, a son of Richard Silvester of 1630 and wife Naomi Torrey.

Tony Sylvester
Kitty Hawk, NC
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