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Sias, W. H. H., M. D., born September 11, 1840, in Henderson, N. Y., son of Jeremiah Sias, a native of Vermont. Jeremiah Sias, born in 1796, in company with Jeremiah Parker, emigrated from Vermont to Henderson, N. Y., on foot, crossing Lake Champlain on the ice in 1813, being then but seventeen years of age. Jeremiah Sias spent most of his life in Henderson and Ellisburgh. He was a carpenter by trade, a Swedenborgian in faith and wrote extensively for the Swedenborgian papers. He also delivered many lectures on the Swedenborg theology. In politics he was a Whig until the formation of the Republican party. He was among the first to join the ranks of that party for freedom. He died in the fall of 1878, aged eighty-two years. Dr. Sias received his preliminary education in the country school in Henderson, and took a four years' course at Belleville Union Academy. He taught several terms in some of the best schools of the county, and served three years (1876-78) as school commissioner of Jefferson county. He studied medicine three years with Dr. E. R. Maxson, one of the best physicians of Northern N. Y., and took a two years' course in Syracuse Medical University and one year in the University Medical College of New York city, where he graduated in the class of '82. He was married August 28, 1866, to Melissa R. Tuft of Mannsville, N. Y., and unto them were born five children, three Sons and two daughters. as follows: Henry H. Sias, born July 11, 1867, in Henderson, N. Y.; married to Mary Hudson of Ellisburgh 1890; taught school several terms; for several years Past he has been with J. H. Gilbert of Adams in the clothing business. Florence R. Sias, born in Henderson, February 11, 1870, died Decenther 28, 1881; she was buried at Woodside Cemetery, Ellisburgh, N. Y. Rev. Hattie May Sias was born in Henderson, N. Y., May 22, 1873; attended school at Hungerford Collegiate Institute, taught school several years, took a three years' course at St. Lawrence University, Theological department, graduated and was ordained as a Universalist minister in June, 1897; she was married to Dr. Stanly R. Hutchings, October 28, 1897, of Springfield, Ohio, where they now reside. Rev. George W. Sias was born January 15, 1875, in Henderson, N. Y.: taught school several terms, took a three years' course at St. Lawrence University, graduated and, was ordained as a Universalist minister in June, 1896; located as pastor of the First Universalist church in Springfield Ohio, in July of the same year; he was married August 19, 1897, to Christiana S. Brown of Watertown, N. Y. Walter E. Sias, born December 23, 1882, in Ellisburgh, N. Y., where he is attending the village school; he is a brillant scholar and will no doubt take a front seat among his fellow men. Melissa R., wife of Dr. Sias, was born May 10, 1841, in Ellisburgh, N. Y.; she is a daughter of Thomas W. and Luzina H. Tifft. Her mother was one of the real daughters of the Revolution; her father was a soldier in the war of 1812 at Sackets Harbor and ranked as captain. Melissa is therefore a daughter of the war of 1812, and a granddaughter of the Revolution.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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