Anne Silvester

(23 March 1650 - before 11 August 1711)
     Anne Silvester was christened on 23 March 1650 in Ecclesfield, Yorkshire. She was the daughter of Thomas Silvester and Eleanor or Ellen Unknown (Silvester). Anne Silvester was christened on 29 January 1665 in Bradfield, Yorkshire.
     In Thomas Silvester's will dated 17 August 1679 in Ecclesfield, Anne Silvester was named as heir.
She was mentioned in her brother's will dated Nov 1696 as being a servant to his daughter (Elizabeth Freeman). But his implies that Edward is the son of Thomas ... which appears not to be so.
     Anne Silvester was mentioned in the will of Henry Silvester dated 5 March 1707/8.
     Anne died before 11 August 1711 in Ecclesfield, Yorkshire. She was buried on 11 August 1711 in Ecclesfield.
     Anne Silvester made a will dated 14 August 1711. Mrs Anne Silvester, spinster, sister to John Silvester of Burthwaite, left among other things the income of two hundred pounds to be given and distributed yearly some time before Easter, at the discretion of the Trustees to the Poor house-keepers within Greno Firth or Quarter, and that the income of the residue or remainder, be it more or less, be employed in putting forth of poor children belonging to the abovesaid Firth or Quarter to trades, the Vicar of Ecclesfield for the time being to be always a Trustree, and the rest to be nominated by my executor John Silvester, of Burthwaite, in the parish of Darton, co. York. The "residue or remainder" was about 100 pounds and the whole of Mrs Silvester's bequest to the parish was laid out in purchasing a farm at Whitley.

Edward Silvester

(before 1570 - 1623)
     Edward Silvester was born before 1570. He was the son of Robert Silvester and Elizabeth Unknown (Silvester). He was a churchwarden in Ecclesfield, Yorkshire, between 1591 and 1615.
Edward Silvester married Anne Smith on 5 August 1593 in Ecclesfield, Yorkshire.
Edward Silvester married secondly Lucy Oxspring on 29 January 1598/99 in Ecclesfield, Yorkshire. Edward Silvester was a church member in 1616 in Ecclesfield, Yorkshire. He was feoffee of the local church.
     Edward died in 1623 in High Green, Ecclesfield, Yorkshire.
A footnote on p.24 of Gatty's Registers of Ecclesfield states that he was of High Green, in this parish. He was churchwarden for Grenofirth district in the years 1594 and 1615, and ffeofee in 1616. He was married twice.      Eastwood, in his History of Ecclesfield p.299, states that the Mortomley Lane End Hospital was founded by Edward Sylvester, of the Tower of London, Esq. who in April 21st 1693, conveyed for a term of 6000 years, certain lands at Womersley, in the county of York, to John Parkin, of Mortomley, Nicholas Sylvester, and John Allen in trust for the use of the Poor of Ecclesfield, to build for them an hospital as above described, and to pay thirty shillings a year to each of the occupants, or more if the estate produced more. Mr Nicholas Sylvester [died Sep 20, 1702] was to have the patronage during his life, and then the Vicar and Churchwardens of Ecclesfield (who were thenceforth to act as trustees), or any two of them, the Vicar being always one, to have the nomination.
The land at Womersley was sold in 1718 (the writings were signed at Barnsley Oct 3 1718, and registered at Wakefield) to Mr Tobiah Harvey, of Womersley, for 580/- ...
     Eastwood, p.300, states that a family of Silvester resided somewhere about High Green or Chapel Town, and the name occurs frequently in the parish records, the earliest being Robert Sylvester buried 1583, Edward Silvester, churchwarden in 1594, feoffee in 1616. The latter was described in the parish register as "of Hyegrene' in September 1599. A tombstone near the S E door of the church records the deaths of several members of the family: Thos: Silvester of Chapeltown, bur: Aug 21 1679; Eleanor his wife May 20 1669, Children by her, Mary bur 1668, Nicholas Sep 26 1702, Ann Aug 11, 1711. Mary wife of Nicholas Silvester July 4th 1702. Mary 2nd wife of Thos: Silvester Feb 15th 1679; by whom he had Hannah, bur. Oct 3 1677; Elizabeth March 20th 1682; Martha April 6 1683.

Children of Edward Silvester and Lucy Oxspring

Edward Silvester

(circa 1627? - before 23 January 1697)
     Edward Silvester was born circa 1627? In Ecclesfield, Yorkshire. He was the son of Unknown (Edward?) Silvester.
Edward Silvester married Jane Walker on 20 November 1665 in Ecclesfield, Yorkshire. This is only speculation based on place and date.
     Edward Silvester made a will dated 14 November 1696 in London. His will mentions his manor, lordship & advowson of Warnford in Southampton which he leaves to his grandson George Freeman. He mentions his granddaughter Elizabeth Freeman and grandson Francis Freeman. He also mentions his sister Elizabeth Allen, his sister Sarah Clay, his cousin Priscilla Smith, his cousin Sculthorpe's children, his cousins Anne Silvester, the widow of William Silvester, Henry Silvester, John Silvester, Thomas Silvester & Sarah his wife, his godson Edward Silvester the son of the sd Thomas, his cousin Edward Silvester and his godson Edward Silvester son of the said Edward Silvester... Thomas Gilbert, his daughter Elizabeth Freeman

I Edward Silvester of London Esquire being at present indisposed as to the health of body but of sound and perfect mind and memory ...
Item I give devise and bequeath all that my manor or Lordship of Warnford with the rights members land appurtenances thereof in the County of Southampton and all that the advowson of the rectory of Warnford aforesaid and also all and singular my farms messuages lands closes mills tenements rents and hereditaments whatsoever situate lying and being within the manor towns parishes hamlets and fields of Warnford Homer and Preeshaw Westmeon Eastmeon Riplington Westberry and Peake or any of them or elsewhere within the said county of Southampton and every part and parcel thereof with their and every of their appurtenances unto my grandson George Freeman and the heirs of his body lawfully to be begotten and for default of such issue to my granddaughter Elizabeth Freeman and to the heirs of her body lawfully to be begotten and for default of such issue to my grandson Francis Freeman and to the heirs of his body lawfully to be begotten and for default of such issue to the right heirs of me the said Edward Silvester forever
Item I give devise and bequeath all those my messuages or tenements and farms and the several closes lands tenements and hereditaments thereunto belonging situate lying and being in the several parishes of Bray and Binfeild [in the County of Berks which are or late were in the several tenures or occupations of Robert Winch and Richard Pow-ey their under tenants or assigns and all and singular other my messuages lands tenements and hereditaments whatsoever situate lying and being in the said parishes of Bray and Binfeild] aforesaid or elsewhere in the county of Berks aforesaid and every part and parcel thereof with their and every of their appurtenances unto my said granddaughter Elizabeth Freeman and to the heirs of her body lawfully to be begotten and for default of such issue to my said grandson George Freeman and to the heirs of his body lawfully to be begotten and for default of such issue to my grandson Francis Freeman and to the heirs of his body lawfully to be begotten and for default of such issue to the right heirs of me the said Edward Silvester for ever
Item I give and bequeath unto my said Grandson Francis Freeman the sum of one hundred pounds of lawful money of England
Item I give and bequeath unto my loving sister Elizabeth Allen one annuity or yearly sum of twenty pounds of lawful money of England for and during the termed of her natural life to be paid unto her at two the most usual feasts or days of payment in the year...
Item I give and bequeath unto my sister Sarah Clay the sum of five pounds of lawful money of England
Item I give and bequeath unto my cousin Priscilla Smith the sum of five pounds of like money
Item I give and bequeath unto my cousin Skalthorps two children the sum of five pounds apiece of apiece money of England and to Love Sculthorpe the further sum of five pounds for mourning Item I give and bequeath unto my loving cousin Anne Silvester the sum of five pounds of lawful money of England and the further sum of six pounds for mourning Item I further give and bequeath unto my said cousin Anne Silvester the sum of one hundred pounds of lawful money of England which is owing to me by bond from John Silvester and the widow of William Silvester deceased in case she serves out her seven years in my daughters service
Item I give and bequeath unto my loving cousin Henry Silvester the sum of twenty pounds of lawful money of England and the further sum of seven pounds for mourning
Item I give and bequeath unto my loving cousin John Silvester whom I intend to make one of my Executors the sum of threescore pounds of lawful money of England in consideration of his care and pains in the Execution of this my Will and in the management of my daughters affairs and in the business incident thereunto and I further give and bequeath unto my said cousin John Silvester the sum of ten pounds for mourning
Item I give and bequeath unto my loving cousin Thomas Silvester whom I intend to make one other of my Executors the sum of threescore pounds of lawful money of England in consideration of his care and pains in the Execution of this my Will and in the affairs of my said daughter and in business incident thereunto and I further give and bequeath unto my said cousin Thomas Silvester and Sarah his wife the sum of fifteen pounds apiece of lawful money of England And I further give unto my said cousin Thomas Silvester the further sum of twenty pounds for mourning for himself his wife and children and to my godson Edward Silvester son of my said cousin Thomas Silvester the sum of twenty pounds of like money
Item I give and bequeath unto my loving cousin Edward Silvester the sum of twenty pounds of lawful money ^ [of] England and to my godson Edward Silvester son of my said cousin Edward Silvester the sum of twenty pounds of like money And I further give to my said cousin Edward Silvester twelve pounds for mourning for himself his wife and children
Item I give and bequeath unto my loving friend Mr Edward Hubbert the sum of ten pounds for mourning
Item I give and bequeath unto [my loving friend] Thomas Gilbert of Bredstreete Hill London Scrivener the like sum of ten pounds for mourning
Item I give and bequeath unto my loving friend John Midgley Scrivener the sum of ten pounds for mourning
Item I give and bequeath unto my loving friend Mr William Pellatt the sum of ten pounds for mourning
Item I give and bequeath unto my said daughter Elizabeth Freeman the sum of twenty pounds for mourning
Item I give and bequeath unto my said three grandchildren Francis Freeman George Freeman and Elizabeth Freeman the sum of ten pounds apiece for mourning
Item I make and ordain my said loving cousins John Silvester and Thomas Silvester and my loving friends Edward Hubbert and Thomas Gilbert Joint Executors of this my last Will and Testament and I give to the said Edward Hubbert and Thomas Gilbert for their care and pains therein to be taken the sum of ten pounds apiece of lawful money of England ever and besides the mourning before to them and I do hereby request and desire all my said Executors to have a tender regard to my said daughter and her children and to be aiding and assisting to her and them in the management of their Estates and in the disposing of their persons And to that end I do hereby make and constitute my said Executors Guardians of my said grandchildren
Item I do will and appoint that the said rest and residue of all and singular my goods chattels debts to me owing ready money and estate whatsoever ( my debts due unto others my legacies herein before bequeathed and my funeral charges being thereout first defalked and discharged) I Will and appoint shall be divided re---ed into four equal parts or shares one fourth part whereof I give and bequeath unto my said loving grandson George Freeman to be delivered to him at the age of one and twenty years
And the other three fourth parts residue there of I give and bequeath unto my said loving granddaughter Elizabeth Freeman to be delivered her at her age of one and twenty years or day of marriage (which shall first happen) and I will and appoint that if my said grandson George Freeman shall happen to die before he shall attain the said age of one and twenty years or if my said Granddaughter Elizabeth Freeman shall happen to die before the said age and before her marriage that then the part share legacy and portion of him and her so dying shall go and be paid to the survivor of the them the said grandchildren and to my said grandson Francis Freeman provided always and I do hereby will devise declare and appoint that it shall and may be lawful to and for the said John Silvester and Thomas Silvester Edward Hubbert [and Thomas Gilbert] any or either of them and the survivors and survivor of them and the Executors and Administrators of the survivor of them at any time or times during so long time as either of them or any of my said grandchildren shall be under the age of one and twenty years and shall be unmarried to tend and put forth all or any part of my said estate which shall come to their or either of their hands and shall be belonging to such grandchild or grandchildren as shall be so under age and unmarried at interest upon security or securities to bee taken in the names of the said John Silvester Thomas Silvester Edward Hubbert and Thomas Gilbert or any of them or of the Executors or Administrators of the survivor of them and the interest and proceed thereof to go and be applied for and towards the maintenance and education of my said grandchildren according to their respective interests if my said Executors shall so think fit or otherwise for the increase of their said legacies or portions provided also ... In Witness whereof I the said Edward Silvester have to this my last Will and Testament contained in one skin of parchment and this piece of skin set my hand and seal the day and year first above written Edward Silvester Signed sealed published and declared by the within named Edward Silvester the Testator in our presence and subscribed and attested by us in his presence the nineteenth day of November one thousand six hundred ninety six Elizabeth Harvey John Midgley scrivener Phi: Hawys his servant.

     Edward died before 23 January 1697 in London.
     His will was proved on 23 January 1697 at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. Proved by the oath of John Silvester, one of the executors however, reserved was the power of like administration to be made to to Thomas Silvester, Edward Hubbart also Hubbald and Thomas Gilbert the other executors when they come or the other of them comes seeking the same.

Child of Edward Silvester and Jane Walker

Edward Silvester

(circa 1656 - before 1719)
      He founded a school at Mortomley.. Edward Silvester was born circa 1656. He was the son of Thomas Silvester and Eleanor or Ellen Unknown (Silvester).
     In Thomas Silvester's will dated 17 August 1679 in Ecclesfield, Edward Silvester was named as heir.
Edward Silvester married Mary Brattle or Battell on 26 August 1691 in St Katherine by the Tower, London.
     Edward Silvester was mentioned in the will of Edward Silvester dated 14 November 1696.
     Edward died before 1719 in the Tower of London.
     Edward Silvester was mentioned as being deceased in the will of John Silvester dated 5 January 1719/20.

Children of Edward Silvester and Mary Brattle or Battell

Edward Silvester

(say 1690 - )
     Edward Silvester was born say 1690. He was the godson of his father's cousin Edward and mentioned in his will of 1696. He was the son of Thomas Silvester and Sarah Clay.
He was heir to his father inc. the manor of Mexborough.
     Edward Silvester and Sarah Silvester, Elizabeth Silvester, William Silvester, Hannah Silvester, Thomas Silvester, Rebecca Silvester, Elizabeth Gilbert, Mary Gilbert and Sarah Gilbert were beneficiaries in Thomas Silvester's will dated 28 February 1710 in London.
     Edward Silvester was mentioned in the will of John Silvester dated 5 January 1719/20.
He was presumably dead by 5 Jan 1719/20 when William is described as the eldest son now living of John of Birthwaite's brother Thomas.

Edward Silvester

(before 15 April 1632 - )
     Edward Silvester was born before 15 April 1632 in Penistone. He was the son of Richard Silvester and Margaret Robert.

Rev Edward Silvester

(before November 1691 - 24 November 1727)
      He was the heir of his uncle John of Birthwaite over hjis elder brother. Rev Edward Silvester was born before November 1691. An Edward was baptised 22 June 1692 as son of Edward & Mary at St Olave Hart St, London. He was described as the eldest son of Edward by his uncle John.. He was the son of Edward Silvester and Mary Brattle or Battell.
     Rev Edward Silvester was mentioned in the will of John Silvester dated 5 January 1719/20.
Rev Edward Silvester married Anna Maria Wentworth, daughter of Godfrey Wentworth, on 21 November 1726 in Hickleton, Yorkshire. John Hobson's diary records: Nov 16th,
At Barnsley. Mr Sylvester, of Burthwaite, was married the Monday before, at Hickelton, with Miss Wentworth, daughter of Mr Godfrey Wentworth, deceased, brother to the present Mr Wentworth, of Wooley.
She married secondly Mr Bold of Lancashire.
     Edward died on 24 November 1727 in 'Birthwaite Hall', Kexborough, Darton, Yorkshire. Hobson claimed that his death was the long term effect of a fall which he incurred while attemting to assist the Countess of Strafford (from nearby Wentworth Castle) out of her coach when she was paying them a visit. He was buried on 30 November 1727 in Darton. John Hobson's diary records: 30th Nov 1727: At Darton. Saw the funerall of Mr Edward Silvester, who was buried in a vault under the south quier, where his unkle John Silvester was allso buried. He had been married about a year to Ms Wentworth and, soon after he was married, the Countess of Strafford went to pay him a visit; and, as he handed her ladyship out of the coach up the stepps, his foot slipt, and he fell upon his back, and was never right well after. He was bred up a clergyman, and was minister at Wickersly, nigh Rotherham, which he quitted when his unkle left him the estate. He died without issue. He has an elder brother, who is married, and has children, but his uncle left the estate from him, because he had disoblieged him by marrying.

Elizabeth Silvester

(before 1678 - before 20 March 1682)
     Elizabeth Silvester was born before 1678 in Ecclesfield, Yorkshire. She was the daughter of Thomas Silvester and Mary Smith.
     In Thomas Silvester's will dated 17 August 1679 in Ecclesfield, Elizabeth Silvester was named as heir.
     In Mary Smith's will dated 28 January 1679/80 in Mortomley, Ecclesfield, Elizabeth Silvester was named as heir.
     Elizabeth died before 20 March 1682 in Ecclesfield, Yorkshire. She was buried on 20 March 1682/83 in Ecclesfield.

Elizabeth Silvester

(before October 1599 - )
      She may be the Isabel Selvester who married Rich. Nedon on 13 Oct n 1639 [IGI] but the Ecclesfield marriage register microfiche is illegible.. Elizabeth Silvester was born before October 1599 in High Green, Ecclesfield, Yorkshire. She was the daughter of Edward Silvester and Lucy Oxspring. Elizabeth Silvester was christened in October 1599 in Ecclesfield, Yorkshire.

Elizabeth Silvester

(say 1630 - )
     Elizabeth Silvester was born say 1630. She was the daughter of Unknown (Edward?) Silvester.
Elizabeth Silvester married George Allen on 3 November 1650 in Ecclesfield, Yorkshire.

Elizabeth Silvester

(say 1687 - )
     Elizabeth Silvester was born say 1687. She was the daughter of Thomas Silvester and Sarah Clay.
     Elizabeth Silvester and Sarah Silvester, Edward Silvester, William Silvester, Hannah Silvester, Thomas Silvester, Rebecca Silvester, Elizabeth Gilbert, Mary Gilbert and Sarah Gilbert were beneficiaries in Thomas Silvester's will dated 28 February 1710 in London.
Elizabeth Silvester married William Gilbert before 1717.
     In Thomas Silvester's will dated 7 April 1727 in the Tower of London, Elizabeth Silvester was named as heir.

Children of Elizabeth Silvester and William Gilbert

Elizabeth Silvester

(say 1660 - )
     Elizabeth Silvester was born say 1660. She was the daughter of Edward Silvester and Jane Walker.
Elizabeth Silvester married Unknown Freeman. An Elizabeth Sylvester married Ralph Freeman, on 22 June 1680 in Clerkenwell, London.
Elizabeth Freeman was a defendant (with Ambrose Pudsey) in the court of equity pleadings. She had brough a writ of dower in the Court of Common Pleas against her son who had since gone tot eh East Indies,thereby depriving the plaintiff (Thomas Barlow) of the value of some of the testators Freeman's property, part of which was claimed as payment for the son's debts by writ of elegit from the King's Bench, and part had been leased to Edward Silvester, the other plaintiff. Local field and place names inc. Howsley Hall, Chapeltown and Ecclesfield are given. Others mentioned were Francis Barlow, Thomas Freeman and Howsley Freeman.

Children of Elizabeth Silvester and Unknown Freeman

Francis Silvester

(30 May 1613 - )
     Francis Silvester was christened on 30 May 1613 in Ecclesfield. He was the son of Edward Silvester and Lucy Oxspring.

Hannah Silvester

(say 1692 - )
     Hannah Silvester was born say 1692. She was the daughter of Thomas Silvester and Sarah Clay.
     Hannah Silvester and Sarah Silvester, Elizabeth Silvester, Edward Silvester, William Silvester, Thomas Silvester, Rebecca Silvester, Elizabeth Gilbert, Mary Gilbert and Sarah Gilbert were beneficiaries in Thomas Silvester's will dated 28 February 1710 in London.
     Hannah Silvester was mentioned in the will of John Silvester dated 5 January 1719/20.
     In Thomas Silvester's will dated 7 April 1727 in the Tower of London, Hannah Silvester was named as heir.
Hannah Silvester married William Beresford on 23 March 1731 in Christ Church, Newgate St, (Greyfriars), London.

Child of Hannah Silvester and William Beresford

Hannah Silvester

(24 June 1676 - before 3 October 1677)
     Hannah Silvester was christened on 24 June 1676 in Ecclesfield, Yorkshire. She was the daughter of Thomas Silvester and Mary Smith.
     Hannah died before 3 October 1677 in Ecclesfield, Yorkshire. She was buried on 3 October 1677 in Ecclesfield.

Harriet Silvester

     Harriet Silvester was born. I have lost the source of this child? She is not mentioned in the wills of either parent or her brother or her uncle John. She was the daughter of Thomas Silvester and Sarah Clay.

Henry Silvester

(before 1676 - before 15 March 1708/9)
     Henry Silvester was born before 1676. He is mentioned in the will of his father and his presumed step-mother, in 1679 and January 1679/80.. He was the son of Thomas Silvester and Eleanor or Ellen Unknown (Silvester).
     In Thomas Silvester's will dated 17 August 1679 in Ecclesfield, Henry Silvester was named as heir.
     Henry Silvester was mentioned in the will of Mary Smith dated 28 January 1679/80.
Henry Silvester married Jane Smith?, daughter of Robert Smith? and Ann Unknown (Smith).
     Henry Silvester made a will dated 5 March 1707/8 in Portsmouth, Hampshire. The will of Henry Silvester. gentleman of Portsmouth mentions his wife Jane, his brother Thomas and his wife and their seven children; his sister Priscilla Smith and her six children; Thomas' daughter Gilbert, his sister [in-law] Mary Silvester, widow [of Edward] and her three children - two sons & a daughter; his sister Anne Silvester; his niece Sarah Sculthorpe; his father and mother-in-law Robert & Anne Smith; his brothers-in-law Henry & William Smith; his nephew John Smith, son of his late brother John Smith deceased to receive his property at Mortomley, Yks; his nephew Thomas Smith, son of his late brother John Smith, property at Portsmouth; the rest to his brother John Silvester who is to be executor.
     Henry died before 15 March 1708/9. He was described as 'of Portsmouth'. He is not identified in the Hampshire burial index.
     His will was proved on 15 March 1708/9 at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury.

John Silvester

(say 1630 - before 25 August 1699)
     John Silvester was born say 1630. He was the son of Nicholas Silvester and Isabel Senior.
John Silvester married Ann Unknown (Silvester).
     John Silvester and John Silvester were mentioned in the 1672 hearth tax list in Darton, Yorkshire. There were two Johns listed in the parish, one with 3 hearths, the other with 1 linked with the widow Mabson; and another at Kirkgate, Wakefield wit 3 hearths.
     John died before 25 August 1699 in 'Newland Hall', Normanton, Yorkshire. John Sylvester of Newland, gent. He was buried on 25 August 1699 in Normanton.

John Silvester

(circa 1653 - 5 May 1722)
     Smith at the Tower of the London. John Silvester was born circa 1653 in Chapeltown, Yorkshire. He was the son of Thomas Silvester and Eleanor or Ellen Unknown (Silvester).
     John Silvester and John Silvester were mentioned in the 1672 hearth tax list in Darton, Yorkshire. There were two Johns listed in the parish, one with 3 hearths, the other with 1 linked with the widow Mabson; and another at Kirkgate, Wakefield wit 3 hearths.
     John resided at Portsmouth, Hampshire, 1679.
     In Thomas Silvester's will dated 17 August 1679 in Ecclesfield, John Silvester was named as heir.
He was the famous smith to the Tower of London.
In 1694 John Silvester purchased property in 'Newland Hall', Normanton, Yorkshire, in 1694. He bought Birthwaite from the Burdetts. In 1694 Edmund Bunny sold Newland to John Silvester "of the Tower of London, anchor smith". (YAJ iii, 13). He was succeeded by his nephew John Smith in 1732. He was also described as a Chapeltown blacksmith who had made a fortune as an anchorsmith working in Portsmouth and London. While at the Tower of London, he made an iron chain designed to be drawn across the Thames in case of invasion by the Dutch fleet.
     John Silvester was mentioned in the will of Edward Silvester dated 14 November 1696.
February 1703, assignment (lease and release) of property mortgaged to Edmonds, to Thomas Silvester: Deeds of sale: Whereby Henry Cutler of Stainbrough Hall and John Cutler his younger brother, and Thomas and John Silvester (as the mortgagees), convey to the Rt. Hon. Thomas, Lord Raby, the manor, town and lordship of Stainbrough, the capital messuage called Stainbrough Hall, and messuages in the tenures of (named tenants), the chapel of Stainbrough, and other property; for £14,150.
     John Silvester and Thomas Silvester were mentioned in a deed dated 2 & 3 February 1704/5 in Stainborough, Silkstone. Deed of security (lease and release). Sir Gervase Cutler of Stainbrough Hall, Henry Cutler his son and heir and John Cutler, his second son, to Thomas Silvester of the Tower of London, esquire and John Silvester of Birthwaite, Yks, esquire; for £10,000 paid to Cutler and sundry creditors (details). To John Silvester: the manor town and lordship of Staynburgh, the manor house called Staynburgh Hall and all the manorial rights and the tithes thereof; and all other messuages etc. in Stainbrough, Dodsworth & Silkstone. Subject to equity of redemption on repayment of £10.500.
Conveyance - Thomas Silvester of the Tower of London Middlesex, esquire, and John Silvester of Burthwaite, York esquire, with the consent of Henry Cutler of Stainbrough, Yorkshire, son and heir of Sir Gervas Cutler of the same, deceased, and John Cutler his younger brother, to Henry Carrington of Worbrough (sic) gentleman. The manor of Stainbrough commonly called Stainbrough Low, and the manor house called Stainbrough Hall; reciting mortgages entered into by Sir Gervas Cutler.
     In Anne Silvester's will dated 14 August 1711, John Silvester was named as executor of the estate. He was mentioned in the manor court roll dated 5 February 1714/15, in Epworth re property at Belton. Manor of Epworth: Surrender by Robert & Richard Poplewell, in the presence of John Poplewell and Robert Moody, to the use of John Silvester Esq. and Henry Caister.
Property: all the copyhold properties of Robert & Richard in Belton, subject to trusts expressed in a deed bearing even date herewith, between Robert & Richard of the first part, John and Henry of the second part, and Elizabeth Smith, daughter of John Smith of Ecclesfield, Yorks., gent. deceased, and niece to John Silvester, of the third part
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He endowed a school in Kexbrough township in 1719, he gave £5 a year from the rents he receieved from his tanants to employ a schoolmaster to teach eight poor children to read and write.
One of the most interesting persons to hold the Lordship of Birthwaite and Kexborough was one John Silvester of Birthwaite Hall. He endowed the hamlet with a school, and in his capacity as Smith to the Tower of London, constructed a strong chain to be drawn across the width of the Thames when it was supposed that the Dutch Fleet would attempt to sail up river as far as London Bridge. This work was thought to be impossible to achieve at the time. The marble effigy of John Silvester now rests in the South Chapel of Darton Parish Church. From web site: http://www.y-pas.demon.co.uk/Local%20History.html#anchor424388.
2 Jan 1720: Taken out of the last will of John Sylvester, esq., late of Birthwaite Hall, bequeathing (inter alia) the manor of Newland with Newland Hall in Normanton to William Wentworth and John Nevile in trust for his niece, Sarah Sculthorpe, remainder to John son of his sister Priscilla Smith.
     John Silvester made a will dated 5 January 1719/20 in Darton, Yorkshire. Abstract of the will of John Silvester of Birthwaite, dated 1719. He mentions Edward, son of my late brother, Edward Silvester of the Tower of London, who was to inherit Birthwaite; John Smith, son of my sister Priscilla Smith; William, eldest son now living of my brother Thomas Silvester of the Tower of London, deceased (who was to also receiver property at Portsmouth); Thomas youngest son of my brother Thomas; my niece Sarah Sculthorpe who was to inherit the Newland property; niece Sarah Smith daughter of Priscilla; Thomas and Hannah, younger children of my late brother Thomas; my niece Sarah Gilbert, eldest daughter of my brother Thomas; her husband Thomas Gilbert and their children; niece Elizabeth Gilbert wife of William Gilbert & their children, niece Mary Serjeantson, her husband and her children; niece Elizabeth Popplewell and her husband; Nephew John Denton & Anne his wife; niece Susanna Gardner and her husband; all the children of my late brother Thomas, sister Priscilla Smith, sisters [in-law?] Sarah & Mary Silvester. His nephews Edward Silvester & John Smith to be executors.
     John died on 5 May 1722 in 'Birthwaite Hall', Kexborough, Darton, Yorkshire. His last court [at Newland] was held on October 23 1718. He was succeeded by his nephew John, son of John Smith of Ecclesfield, by his sister Priscilla. He was buried on 10 May 1722 in Darton. Memorial at Normanton church. Tomlinson quoting Hunter states there is a handsome marble monument.
At Darton: This is a marble monument in the Silvester Chapel standing on a huge pediment in the figure of a man, flanked by two seated women, one of whom has three children. The other one hold up an empty glove. The monument was sculpted by Peter Scheemake, a fleming by birth, who lived in England between 1716 and 1771. This translation was copied from James Dearnley; History of Darton Church, and was translated by Mr Phelps, schoolmaster at Darton.
Beneath this marble are buried the ashes of John Silvester esquire, an excellent and most upright man, for from his earliest days, he was so unwittingly dilligent in the conduct of his affairs that he was held a spirited enemy sloth and luxury. To such an extent did he cultivate moderation, that he would not indulge in the least pleasures of elegance, nor in sleep of a morning. Also in his performance of all the duties of life there was justice, and that alone. Next is to that old time virtue of the ancients, he added simplicity. No-one had a keener insight into, or understood more deeply the character of men and the variety of their natures. Besides, there was in him no unworthy or uncouth harshness, but he lived with gentleness and kindliness, even on occasion showing a nimble humour, seriousness being put on one side. It is clear that he managed his household frugally, so that with worthy mind he might bestow more abundantly, that he might give more munificently. Wise in himself and carefully provident, he was liberal to others and unfailingly gracious. Truly, those many gifts which he made to kinsman, to friends and to the wretched and suffering, Christ, the defender of the poor and judge of all, will requite at last most abundently in the presence of the Angels. This he exercised himself solely in the arts of liberality and well doing and grew old in happiness, until, having dearly earned the rewards of the virtuous and being ripe for the glory of the Saints, he laid aside the covering of the body on the 5th day of May, in the year of our Lord 1722 and in the 70th year of his age. Edward Silvester (heir by will) in affectionate remembrance of his most lamented Uncle, has therefore erected this memorial in gratitude.
In the register at the end of the entry of his death is written "Ah Me". Silvester bought Nether Haig and Birthwaite Hall from Sir Francis Burdett in the late 16th or early 17th century. The Silvesters came from Chapeltown and Ecclesfield district. John was Smith to the Tower of London and was supposed to have forged the chain to stretch across the Thames to prevent invasion by the Dutch Fleet. He made a chain arrangement under the floor of Birthwaite Hall, which operates double doors into the drawing room. He was a benefactor of Kexbrough and erected a schoolroom there in 1709, giving £5 per year from the Birthwaite estate for the support of the master.
There is also a statue of a naked man believed to be him, in the orchard of Birthwaite Hall.
     His will was proved on 8 October 1722.

John Silvester

(say 1690 - before 12 June 1728)
     John Silvester was born say 1690. He was the son of Edward Silvester and Mary Brattle or Battell.
John Silvester married Mary Sargent before 1724.
He was of the Six Clerk's office. He appears to have offended his uncle John and was acccordingly passed over in the distribution of his property.
     John died before 12 June 1728 in Pledwick, Yorkshire. John Hobson's diary records: 12th June 1728: Mr Sylvester, of Pledwick, brother to the late Mr Sylvester, of Burthwaite, buried at Darton. He was buried circa 12 June 1728 in Darton, Yorkshire.

Child of John Silvester and Mary Sargent

John Silvester

     John resided at Bramhope, Otley, Yorkshire. He was born in England. He may the John baptised 13 Sep 1670, son of John & Mary, at St Botolph without Aldgate. He was mentioned in the will of his grandmother Mary Silvester in 1724.. He was the son of John Silvester and Mary Sargent.

Martha Silvester

(1716 - before 28 January 1812)
     Martha Silvester was born in 1716 in Wickhambrook, Suffolk.
     Martha Silvester and Thomas Cocksedge obtained a marriage licence on 6 December 1752 in Suffolk. Thos. Cocksedge, s.m. 41 years, of Bury St Edmunds, & Martha Silvester, of Wickhambrook, s.w. 36 years at St at BSE.
Martha Silvester married Thomas Cocksedge, son of John Cocksedge and Susan Gipps, on 7 December 1752 in St Mary, Bury St Edmunds.
     Martha died before 28 January 1812 in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. She was buried on 28 January 1812 in Bury St Edmunds. Martha Cocksedge, aged 95.

Children of Martha Silvester and Thomas Cocksedge

Martha Silvester

(before 1679 - before 6 April 1683)
     Martha Silvester was born before 1679 in Ecclesfield, Yorkshire. She was the daughter of Thomas Silvester and Mary Smith.
     In Thomas Silvester's will dated 17 August 1679 in Ecclesfield, Martha Silvester was named as heir.
     In Mary Smith's will dated 28 January 1679/80 in Mortomley, Ecclesfield, Martha Silvester was named as heir.
     Martha died before 6 April 1683 in Ecclesfield, Yorkshire. She was buried on 6 April 1683 in Ecclesfield.

Mary Silvester

(25 April 1668 - 1668)
     Mary Silvester was christened on 25 April 1668 in Ecclesfield, Yorkshire. She was the daughter of Thomas Silvester and Eleanor or Ellen Unknown (Silvester).
     Mary died in 1668 in Ecclesfield. John of Birthwaite mentions his sister Mary Silvester in his will dated 5 Jan 1719/20, but this could refer to his sister-in-law.

Nicholas Silvester

(20 November 1603 - )
     Nicholas Silvester was christened on 20 November 1603 in Ecclesfield, Yorkshire. He was the son of Edward Silvester and Lucy Oxspring.
Nicholas Silvester married Isabel Senior, daughter of Edmund Senior and Ann Tyngle, on 3 November 1623 in Ecclesfield, Yorkshire.
A Nicholas Silvester had 1 hearth at Kimberworth in the 1672 hearth tax.

Children of Nicholas Silvester and Isabel Senior

Nicholas Silvester

(10 October 1658 - before 26 September 1702)
     Nicholas Silvester was christened on 10 October 1658 in Ecclesfield, Yorkshire. He was the son of Thomas Silvester and Eleanor or Ellen Unknown (Silvester).
Nicholas Silvester married Mary Unknown (Silvester). A Mary Hirst/Hurst married Nicholas Silvester 30 Jan 1667/8 at Rotherham, but he would be too young.
     In Thomas Silvester's will dated 17 August 1679 in Ecclesfield, Nicholas Silvester was named as executor of the estate.
     Nicholas died before 26 September 1702 in Ecclesfield. He left no issue. He was buried on 26 September 1702 in Ecclesfield.

Priscilla Silvester

(before May 1663 - 8 May 1730)
     Priscilla Silvester was born before May 1663 in Ecclesfield, Yorkshire. She was the daughter of Thomas Silvester and Eleanor or Ellen Unknown (Silvester). Priscilla Silvester was christened on 3 November 1663 in Ecclesfield.
     In Thomas Silvester's will dated 17 August 1679 in Ecclesfield, Priscilla Silvester was named as heir.
     Priscilla Silvester was mentioned in the will of Mary Smith dated 28 January 1679/80.
Priscilla Silvester married John Smith, son of John Smith, before 1686 in Ecclesfield, Yorkshire. The registers are deficient.
     Priscilla died on 8 May 1730 in Northgate, Wakefield, Yorkshire. She was buried on 10 May 1730 in the quire at All Saints, Wakefield. Here lyeth the body of Priscilla Smith, wife of Mr John Smith of the parish of Ecclesfield who died 8 May 1730 aged 67 years. The register states Mrs Smith in Northgate.

Children of Priscilla Silvester and John Smith

Rebecca Silvester

(say 1695 - )
     Rebecca Silvester was born say 1695. She was not mentioned in the will of her uncle John in Jan 1719/20 so she may have died young. However Mrs Rebecca Sylvester & Mr John Wadsworth married 21 March 1714/5 at Sheffield. She was the daughter of Thomas Silvester and Sarah Clay.
     Rebecca Silvester and Sarah Silvester, Elizabeth Silvester, Edward Silvester, William Silvester, Hannah Silvester, Thomas Silvester, Elizabeth Gilbert, Mary Gilbert and Sarah Gilbert were beneficiaries in Thomas Silvester's will dated 28 February 1710 in London.

Richard Silvester

(16 February 1605/6 - )
     Richard Silvester was christened on 16 February 1605/6 in Ecclesfield, Yorkshire. He was the son of Edward Silvester and Lucy Oxspring.
Richard Silvester married Margaret Robert on 13 January 1634/35 in Ecclesfield.

Children of Richard Silvester and Margaret Robert

Richard Silvester

(4 July 1634 - )
     Richard Silvester was christened on 4 July 1634 in Penistone. He was the son of Richard Silvester and Margaret Robert.