Okay, so we don't know on what day Sylvester was born, and not much else about him either. He was a New Englander, and he died by drowning in the Charlestown Canal. He was in his early sixties--was he depressed and wondering how to cope with fifteen children since his seamstress wife Dolly had died? Was he a hero, jumping in to rescue a struggling child? Was he drunk on a cold snowy night and missed his footing?
|Charlestown Canal, Massachusetts|