Sylvanus “Van” Cover

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Sylvanus “Van” Cover

  • Birth 3 Jul 1867
  • Death 3 Aug 1940
  • Burial North Lima, Mahoning County, Ohio, USA
  • Memorial ID 6446573

Son of Benjamin Franklin Cover and Emeline Ackerman. His father always went by Frank Cover.Sylvanus always went by Van. His brother John used his given name and Henry Austin Cover went by Uncle Aus.He also had a younger sister Luella Cover who married Harry Fessler, who also was a coal miner with Van and their brother in law John Peacock. Born at his parents home on 10 acres on Calla Road near the railroad tracks. Married Catherine Heck (Palmer) in 1888. Member Mt Olivet Reformed Church in North Lima. Learned carpentry from his father, did that,farming, roofing, the last 15 years he worked as a mine boss in a coal mine with his brother in law John Peacock, who was married to Van's older sister Mary Elizabeth Cover, and brother in law Harry Fesler who was married to his younger sister Luella. Built his home on Sharrott Road in 1888 with his father and two younger brothers: John Cover and Henry Austin Cover. He raised his stepdaughter, Margaret Palmer by his wife's first marriage and his son Clyde Cover and other daughter Emeline Cover who married Frank Flickinger of Poland, Ohio. Van was widowed and after having a serious stroke in 1937, he lived semi-invalid with his daughter Emeline and her husband Frank. He died upstairs in their house on the sw corner of Spitler Road at Youngstown-Pittsburgh Road.The home he built in 1888 was torn down in 2006 and condominiums were built on their 10 acres.
Shortly after the birth of his grandson Robert, his son and daughter in law came to visit from Cleveland. Their grandson was baptized Catholic because the babies mother Mary was also Catholic. After dark they heard commotion from their Sharrott Road yard out by the road and looked out to see a cross burning. Van went out to confront the group of men, knowing that they were members of the local Ku Klux Klan. They didn't like Catholics or blacks. Sadly what hurt Van the most was when he came back inside and told his family that he recognized many of the voices as friends, neighbors, and people he had known his entire life. They hid their faces but not their identities.


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  • Created by: Robert Clyde Cover
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 6446573
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sylvanus “Van” Cover (3 Jul 1867–3 Aug 1940), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6446573, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, North Lima, Mahoning County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Robert Clyde Cover (contributor 46521699) .