Born in Sutton, Worcester Co., Mass., March 23, 1824. He received his education in his native wstate, coming to Minnesota in 1856, and arriving at Anoka May 31st of that year. Mr. Stockwell has followed farming for a livelihood nearly all his life. He served as coroner and deputy sheriff, and was the first county treasurer elected by the people after Minnesota was admitted to the Union, serving in that capacity from 1859 to 1861. He was alderman of the city of Anoka from 1885 to 1887. Mr.Stockwell was married Feb. 15, 1853, to Charlotte P. Bowdish. Children: Sylvanus Albert, William Wellington, Walter Lincoln and Charlotte S.
Son of Sylvanus Stockwell was born at Anoka June 8, 1857. He attended the Anoka high school an taught school three years in Anoka county and counties adjoining. He then entered the employ of the American Express Co., with whom he remained twelve years and moving to Minneapolis about 1880. He was special agent of the Provident Life and Trust Co., four years and in 1896 became general agent for the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co. In 1890 he was elected to a seat in the Minnesota legislature, and served in the House of Representatives in 1891, 1901 and the extra session of 1902. He was the Democratic candidate for Congress from the Fifth district (Hennepin county) in 1900. Mr. Stockwell was married Oct. 4, 1887 to Maud Conkey. Children: Ruth (died Dec. 26, 1899), Charlotte and Elizabeth C.
source: History of Anoka County by Albert M. Goodrich – published 1905