Biography of Charles F. Sylvester
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Sylvester, Charles Frederick, lock and gunsrnith, son of Frederick and Lucia (Soule) Sylvester, was born in North Bridgewater, Mass., March 14, 1841. His paternal ancestors came from England to Weymouth, Mass., as early as 1630. His ancestors on his mother's side are said to have come to America on the Mayflower in 1620. Mr. Sylvester in his youth attended the schools of his native town, assisted his father on the farm and with him learned the trade of shoemaker. At the age of twenty one years he went to work in a shoe tool factory at Brockton, where he learned to turn wood handles for shoemaker's tools. After being engaged in this business for several years both members of the firm died and Mr. Sylvester bought the establishment and operated it from 1870 to 1888. He employed at this time twenty workmen. When the business of manufacturing shoes was revolutionized by the invention of improved machinery he discontinued his business and moved to Fall River, where he engaged in the manufacture of various articles. In 1889 he started his present business at 131 South Main street, as a lock and gunsmith and manufacturer of weavers' combs, etc. The firm name is C. F. Sylvester & Co., J. F. Davis, who originally established the business, being the other member. Mr. Sylvester was married, first in 1864, to Louise Kilburn of Provincetown, who died in 1869, leaving two children: Abbie Louise (deaceased) and Fred Okes. His second wife was Georgiana Davis whom he married in 1874. He is a member of the city Board of Trade, and a well known and enterprising citizen.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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