Born: 1808-02-28 Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Died: 1881-11-15 Beardstown, Illinois
Sylvester Emmons moved to Philadelphia in 1831 to study law. He was admitted into the bar in May, 1843, and moved to Beardstown, Illinois, the following year. There, in 1847, he married Elizabeth Miller, with whom he had four children. He served as circuit clerk for Cass County in the 1840s and 1850s and was postmaster for Beardstown from 1849 to 1851. He served in several municipal offices throughout his career, including justice of the peace and mayor. A Methodist, he began a publishing career by editing the short-lived anti-Mormon
William Henry Perrin, ed., History of Cass County, Illinois (Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1882), 239; Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-1971, NARA Microfilm Publication, M841, 145 rolls, Records of the Post Office Department, Record Group Number 28, Washington, DC, 20; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Cass County, IL, 234.