Biography of Silvanus Tower
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SILVANUS TOWER is found a resident upon front lot No. 24, west side, in 1790. This land is at present owned by P. H. and R. H. Smith. Mr. Tower was a native of New Bedford, Mass., and was bred to the sea, spending his early life in the whale fishery, a pursuit in which he was very successful. He knew nothing of farming, and the occupation was repugnant to his tastes. He became despondent, and afterwards insane, and wandered away without the knowledge of his family. In 1808 the farm was sold to Capt. Samuel Smith of Martha's Vineyard. Mrs. Tower married, January, 1799, Elijah Heath, and died in Salem at an advanced age.

From:
A History of Farmington, Franklin County, Maine
From the warliest explorations to the present time,
1776-1885
By: Francis G. Butler
Member of the Maine Historical Society
Press of Knowlton, McLeary and Co.
1885.


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