Biography of the Stisser Family
Madison County, NY Biographies





The Stisser Family - Dr. John H. C. Stisser was born in Brunswick, Germany, in 1745, and came to America in 1775, and some years afterward performed efficient service in the revolutionary war as a surgeon In one of the skirmishes of the war, he was, with two other comrades, taken prisoner. His two friends were killed, and only his medical ability, which he had occasion to prove, saved him from sharing their fate. For six weeks he was a prisoner, watched night and day and subjected to many indignities; but, fortunately, finding his guard very drunk one night, he stole away, and once again reached the camp of his friends. He came with his family to Madison county in 1820, and was one of the earliest settlers of this region. Of his children the last, Solomon Stisser, died in Orleans county in 1888, at a very old age. Dr. John H. C. died at the house of his son, John, on Cole Hill, at the age of ninety six. His wife died in 1828 in her eightieth year. It is related that Dr. John Stisser had come to this country to fight with the Germans, but being captured at the battle of Saratoga, he took the oath of allegiance. After his marriage, and previous to his removal to Madison county, he settled near what is now the village of Amsterdam where at one time he owned about three hundred acres of land. His youngest sun, named John Stisser, was born near Amsterdam March 21, 1801, and married in 1825, at Lenox Furnace, Delilah Buyea of Lenox. He rented a little log house on Cole Hill and engaged in the business of burning coal for the furnace company; his earlier years were full of toil and privation, but by thrift and industry he acquired a competency and one time was the owner of 800 acres of land in this vicinity. He became a man of prominence, and held various positions of public trust, serving as road commissioner three terms of three years each, and as assessor nine years; he was also the founder of what is still called the Stisser school district. He removed to the farm where his son John Stisser now resides in 1852, and built the house there where he resided until his death which occurred April 7, 1881, at the age of eighty. His wife died July 20, 1885, in the eighty second year of her age. Of their children, only three are now living: Maria, wife of John Davis, who is a farmer in the town of Oneida; John, who resides on the old homestead; and Augustus, who resides on his farm near Wampsville. Augustus, the oldest living son, has been a resident farmer in Wampsville, over a quarter of a century. He was born on Cole Hill in 1826, and reared on a farm, early learning to help in the farm work, and receiving a good education in the district school. He remained with his parents until his marriage, January 12, 1853, to Miss Asenath Clement of Stockbridge, this county, a daughter of Lewis and Dorothea (Vedder) Clement. Lewis Clement was a farmer in Stockbridge where he died in the seventy fifth year of his age, and his wife six years later, in 1884, at the age of eighty one. Mr. and Mrs. Stisser have seven children, namely: Charles A., of Tacoma; Lewis J., who resides at home; Ellen M., wife of Franklin Pine, a farmer in Oneida county; Albert E., who resides at home; Andrew J., a farmer in the town of Lenox; William H., who resides at home; Adelia wife of Robert Tuft, a farmer in this town. Mr. Stisser has been in politics a consistent Democrat, but has never sought or held public office. He is large farmer, and owns several farms in this vicinity; he has made a specialty of stock raising and dairying. He is well known throughout the county, and as a citizen is highly respected and esteemed. John Stisser was born on Cole Hill September 12, 1835, and obtained his education in the old Stisser school district, later attending the polytechnic school at Chittenango. After leaving this institution he remained on the home farm two years, and then went west, locating finally in Milwaukee, Wis., where he was employed as a traveling agent by a wholesale dry goods firm. He returned east in March, 1864, soon afterward married and has ever since resided on the home farm. By virtue of his long residence Mr. Stisser is well known in this vicinity and throughout Madison county. He is a Democrat in politics but has never held public office. He is a member of Oneida Lodge, No. 270, F. & A. M.; Doric Chapter, No. 196, R. A M.; and of Eumenia Lodge of Odd Fellows. He married in 1864, Minerva P. Gridley, a daughter of Warren Gridley, of Clinton, N. Y. Two children have been born to them: Delia Orila, who married Frank E. Conley of Utica, and has one daughter, Mildred; and Warren J., who married Lena, daughter of D. L. Davis of Munnsville, and has three sons: Clarence, Wesley, and Frank. Warren J. Stisser conducts the home farm.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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