Bio: Syth, John (1836)
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----Source: The History of Clark and Jackson Counties, Wisconsin pg. 167 - Transcribed by Pat Shanks, The Clark Co., WI History Buffs,




JOHN SYTH, of Eaton Township, Clark County, was born in Middlesex County, Canada, September 22, 1836, son of John, deceased, and Keturah (Hodgson) Syth, both natives of Hull, England, who came to Canada about the year 1835. They had six children, three of whom still survive: Thomas, John, and James. The deceased-Robert, Jane and Elizabeth-all reached maturity.

John Syth, our subject, learned the carpenter's trade when a young man, and has worked at it more or less ever since, having built most of the frame houses in his neighborhood. He came to the United States in 1871, and the same year settled on his present farm [sec. 15] of 240 acres, sixty of which is cleared. It was then covered with heavy timber, and he had to clear a sufficient space to build his cabin. He now has a good frame dwelling 18 x 26 feet, one and a half stories high, with an L 16 x 24 feet, one story. He has also two good barns, one of which is 32 x 46 feet, with eighteen feet posts, and the other 30 x 44, sixteen feet posts, besides other buildings, sheds, etc. He is engaged in general farming and stock-raising, having a high grade of Holstein cattle, pure Leicestershire sheep and good horses. He has one imported horse, half Hambletonian and half French.

Mr. Syth married July 5, 1960, to Isabelle Kennedy, daughter of George and Mary (Brown) Kennedy, both deceased. They had seven children: Grace, Mary, Margaret, Isabella, James, George and Sarah Elizabeth. Mr. and Mrs. Syth have had five children, three of whom are now living: John W., Robert H. and William A. Mr. Syth has been Town Treasurer two years, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors one year and Justice of the Peace one term. Socially he is a member of the I.O.O.F., and religiously a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he has been a steward several years, and now is superintendent of the Sunday school at McMahon's Corners. His two sons, John and Robert, are working on the railroad which is being built in Greenwood. Politically Mr. Syth affiliates with Prohibitionist party.

Source: From the History of Clark and Jackson Counties, Wisconsin pg. 167.



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