Aquilla Stover

Aquilla Spencer Stover (1844 1912) The son of John Phillip Stover and Sophia Shreffler, he was born on May 21, 1844.  A civil war veteran, he served in the 39th Regiment, Company E 10th Reserve, Pennsylvania for three years, mustering in on September 1, 1861, then transferring to the 190th Regiment on May 31, 1864.[1]  He fought in the battles of Mechanicsville, Charles City Crossroads, the second battle of Bull Run, Antietam, and Gettysburg.[2]  Aquilla married Catherine Delo, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Delo, in 1881 and had seven children.  His daughter, Grace Josephine Stover, married Ezra Wilson Bryner.  According to census records Aquilla Stover was a teamster working in the lumber industry.[3]   Aquilla Stover died in his sleep on August 1, 1912.[4]


[1] Military and Pension Records Aquilla Stover, National Archives

[2] History of Clarion County, Chapter 15, A.J. Davis, Editor, 1887

[3] 1900 Federal Census, Clarion County, Elk Township, Shippenville

[4] Death Certificate, Aquilla Stover

Clarion Newspaper Obituary from August, 1912 reads as follows:  Aquilla Spencer Stover - On Thursday morning of last week when Mrs. Stover called her husband to prepare for his day's work, she found him just becoming cold in death.  On the evening before he was as well as usual and enjoyed the company of some of his neighbors but the next morning his friends found him lifeless.  He was one of the best known men in the community in which he lived and was a life-long resident of Shippenville and vicinity.  He was born May 21st, 1844.  He was a faithful defender of the Union during the Civil War, having served his country for almost three years, in the Tenth Pennsylvania Reserves and during the latter part of his service in the 191st Pennsylvania Regiment.

In 1881 he was married to Catherine E. Delo, by whom he is survived as also by six daughters as follows: Mrs. John Perret, Elk County; Mrs. E. W. Bryner and Mrs. Edward Swartz of Shippenville; and Margaret, Sarah and Emma at home.

The deceased is also survived by ten grandchildren and six sisters: Mrs. Shively, Shively, Pa.; Mrs. Beck, New Bethlehem, Mrs. Cook, Titusville; Mrs. McLaughlin and Mrs. Delo, Oil City.

Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon in the Lutheran church, Rev. Chas. Lambert, the pastor of the family, officiating.  The large church was none too large for the many friends who assembled to pay the last tribute of respect, and to express sympathy to the family, who have been so suddenly robbed of their support.

  Photo of Aquilla Spencer Stover (1844 - 1912)

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Father*                       John Phillip Stover (b. 10 Apr 1813, d. 02 Feb 1880)

Mother*                      Sophia Shreffler (b. 25 Feb 1809, d. 12 Feb 1909)

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Birth*               21 May 1844              PA.

Marriage*         3 Nov 1881                Catherine Delo (b. 16 Oct 1853, d. 30 July 1930)

Daughter:        30 Jun 1882                Lettie Stover (b. 30 Jun 1882,          ); PA.; married John Parrett

Daughter:        08 Oct 1884               Grace Josephine Stover (b. 08 Oct 1884, d. 16 Apr 1954); Clarion County, PA.; married Ezra W. Bryner  

Daughter:       16 Nov 1886                Margaret "Midge" Stover (b. 16 Nov 1886,d. 1931); PA.; married Frank Beck

Daughter:         2 Apr 1890                Sara Elizabeth Stover (b. 2 Apr 1890,d. 1959); married Charles F. Russell

Daughter:       29 Sep 1891                Effie Stover (b. 29 Sept 1891,          ); married Edward A. Schwartz

Son:                18 Oct 1893               John Stover (b. 18 Oct 1893, d. 18 Oct 1893); PA.

Daughter:        27 Oct 1894                Emma Stover (b. 27 Oct 1894, d. 1972 ); married Leroy W. Miller

Death*             1 Aug 1912               Shippenville, Clarion County, PA.

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Written by Bob Krepps  2001 all rights reserved.  Permission granted to copy for personal & non-commercial purposes only.  Please contact me if you are able to provide additional details on Aquilla Stover or any of his descendants. 

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