History of Bucks
County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
Name & Page Number
STOVER, Henry S. 582
STOVER, Jacob 583
STOVER, John J. 582
JOHN J. STOVER
The STOVER family was founded in this country by an emigrant from Rhenish Germany, who settled near Skippack, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania. His son, Jacob STOVER, joined the revolutionary army when quite young, driving a four-horse team belonging to his father, with stores for General Sullivan, and remained until the close of the war. After his marriage he settled on the farm in Plumstead township, Bucks county, and remained thereon until his death. He was twice married. His second wife, Catherine, bore him among other children a son Henry S.
Henry S. STOVER was born October 17, 1786, and died in 1873. He was a miller, and built the grist and saw-mill at Point Pleasant, later the property of Ralph STOVER. In 1831 he purchased a property with mill site at Erwinna, from Thomas G. Kennedy, which property was formerly owned by William Erwin, Esq. The following year he moved with his family upon the property and erected extensive flour and saw mills upon the same. He married Barbara STOUT, daughter of Isaac STOUT, of Williams township, Northampton county, and their children were: Salome, Ann, Eliza, Catherine, Emelline (sic), Jacob, Isaac, Henry and Jordan H. The mother of these children died in 1862, aged seventy-three years.
Jacob STOVER, eldest son of Henry S. and Barbara (STOUT) STOVER, was born at Point Pleasant, October 19, 1817. At an early age he was taken into his father’s business, remaining with him until he was thirty-three years of age, when he with his brother Isaac, rented the saw-mill of their father, and engaged extensively in supplying hardwood lumber for the California trade. In 1860 he turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, but four years later again went into the lumber business with his brother, continuing in the same until 1879. In 1886 he purchased from his brothers, Henry and Jordan H., “The STOVER Flour Mills,” and up to the time of his death conducted an estensive business I nthe manufacturing of flour and feed. Mr. STOVER was an enterprising man, was recognized as one of the leading men of the community, and served up to the time of his death, for a period of twenty years, in the capacity of president of the Alexander Delaware Bridge Company, in which he was a large stockholder. In June, 1854, Mr. STOVER married Mary E. CAPNER, daughter of Hugh and Matilda CAPNER, of Flemington, New Jersey. Their children are as follows: Matilda C.; Carrie C.; Hugh C., who is now practicing law in California; and John J., who succeeded his father in the operation of the mill known as the STOVER Flour Mill until January 1, 1902, when he leased the same to C. C. BRYAN & Son, and from then to the present time (1905) has lived retired. Jacob STOVER (father) died at his home in Erwinna, October 30, 1897. His widow survived him several years passing away February 26, 1904.
Text taken from pages 582-583 of:
Davis, William W.H., A.M. History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III
Transcribed March 2008 by Thera Schwenk-Hammond; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.rootsweb.com/~schwenk as part of the Bucks Co., Pa., Early Family Project, http://pagenweb.org/~bucks/biographies/bucksindex.html
Published March 2008 on the Bucks County, Pa., USGenWeb pages at http://pagenweb.org/~bucks
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