William Stover first appears on the Antrim Twp (present Franklin County) tax list in 1753. Having sold property in eastern Pennsylvania in 1754, he moved the family to land two miles northeast of Shady Grove. The house and surrounding structures are called Fort Stover because of the long stone wall, 22 inches thick and up to 12 feet high, reputedly built as protection from Indians. A stone outbuilding holds the bubbling headwaters of Marsh Creek. William Stover became the spiritual leader of the German Baptists (Dunkers) of this region. The family cemetery is on this property.
The property remained in the family until the mid 20th century.
The Stover family is documented back to the early 1600s in the book,Stover Brethren, 2001 by Richard R.Weber.
- Added: 17 Jan 2011
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2384877
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