James Sylvester

Male4 December 1815–19 May 1888

Brief Life History of James

When James Sylvester was born on 4 December 1815, in Pitsmoor, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, Joshua Sylvester, was 33 and his mother, Hannah Webb, was 29. He married Rebecca Nicholson on 27 February 1838, in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 8 daughters. He immigrated to Utah, United States in 1852 and lived in Springville, Utah, Utah, United States in 1860 and Kane, Utah, United States for about 10 years. He died on 19 May 1888, in Pintura, Washington, Utah, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Pintura, Washington, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Sylvester
Rebecca Nicholson
Marriage: 27 February 1838
Ann Maria Sylvester
Rebecca Sylvester
Joshua William Sylvester
Mary Elizabeth Sylvester
Emma Sylvester
James Sylvester Jr
Eliza Sylvester
Lovinia Nicholson Sylvester
Roseinia Rose Sylvester
Altheria Sylvester
Joseph Sylvester

Sources (27)

  • James Silvester, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
  • James Sylvester in entry for Rosena Sylvester Jarvis, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1965"
  • James Sylvester, "United States Census, 1880"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    27 February 1838Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Children (11)

    +6 More Children

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (6)

    +1 More Child

    World Events (8)

    1821 · New Ouse Bridge Completed

    Age 6

    The original Ouse Bridge collapsed in 1154 under the weight of a crowd that was on it. In 1367, after the bridge had been replaced with stone and became the site of the first public toilets. In 1564-1565 the bridge was finally done being repaired. In 1810 and 1818 the bridge was dismantled to make way for a new Ouse Bridge design and completed in 1821.


    Age 8

    Rugby Football 'invented' at Rugby School.


    Age 28

    Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.

    Name Meaning

    English and German: from the Middle English and Latin personal name Silvester ‘dweller in the forest’ (a derivative of silva ‘wood’). The name was borne by three popes, including a contemporary of Constantine the Great, and seems to have been first used in England by clerics.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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