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Richard Silvester
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Birth: 1608
Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority
Somerset, England
Death: Sep. 24, 1663
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA

WIFE: Naomi Torrey, married abt 1634 in Weymouth, MA.

The Great Migration Begins, Immigration begins, 1620-1633

Richard Silvester

CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Admission to Dorchester church prior to April 1, 1834 implied by freemanship. On 13 March 1638/9 Richard Silvester for going with Smyth to get hands to a blank, was disfranchised and fined 2 pounds. MCHB 1:252. (The blank, or petition, was being circulated by John Smith for the purpose of "combining with others to hinder the orderly gathering at a church at Waymouth & to set up another there, contrary to the orders here established).

Although he resided in Marshfield after his departure from Waymouth, Richard Silvester had several children baptized at the South Church in Scituate, in that part of Scituate would later become Norwell; presumably Richard and his wife had joined the church. This part of Scituate adjoined the northern part of Marshfield, so this church may have been more convenient to him than the Marshfield church; or perhaps it was more congenial to him, given his earlier actions in Waymouth, and the differences between the two churches in Scituate.

FREEMAN: Requested October 19, 1630 and admitted April 1, 1634 (as fifth in a sequence of eight Dorchester men) MBCR 1:80, 368. Propounded for Plymouth Colony freemanship, 5 June 1651 (pcr 2:67); apparently never admitted he was listed as those who took the oath of fidelity at Marshfield in 1657 (pcr 8:178)

EDUCATION: He signed his will by mark.

OFFICES: Marshfield Surveyor of Highways June 6, 1654 (PCR 3:50) Constable, June 8, 1655 (PCR 8:78)

ESTATE: On Januar 16, 1637/8 the town of Dorchester ordered that "Mr. Joanes shall have 20 acres of upland for a great lot (which) he had promised to him for that that was Silvesters..." (DTR 22) (There is no evidence that Richard Silvester ever occupied this parcel of land, which he had obviously relinquished sometime before the date of this order.)

In 1636 Richard Silvester was granted a great lot of 24 acres (Weymouth history 1:91).

On September 28, 1640 Richard Silvester of Waymouth sold to John Fussell "all his home lot containing six acres more or less Scituate in Waymouth (SLR 1:16)

In an inventory of Waymouth Land holding company compiled about 1643, Richard Silvester held three parcels, twenty and six acres upon the Wester Neck, fourteen of them first given to himself above the mill, and two acres of salt marsh first given to himself (Weymouth Hist 1:191)
Family links: 
  Naomi Torrey Silvester (1614 - 1663)
  Peter Sylvester (1636 - 1642)*
  Joseph Sylvester (1638 - 1690)*
  Dinah Sylvester (1642 - 1673)*
  Elizabeth Sylvester Lovell (Lovewell) (1643 - ____)*
  Israel Silvester (1646 - 1727)*
  Charity Sylvester Ricks (1648 - 1712)*
  Naomi Sylvester (1650 - ____)*
  Hester Silvester Jordan (1654 - ____)*
*Calculated relationship
Second Church Graveyard
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA
Created by: Star Rhodes
Record added: Feb 16, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33897511

To my distant great grandfather.
- Raleigh
 Added: Nov. 5, 2016

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 Added: May. 7, 2016
9th Great-Grandfather.
- Connie
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