Biography of James Sifrit
Madison County, Ohio Biographies





JAMES SIFRIT (deceased), was born in Virginia February 27, 1796. He was a son of Andrew Sifrit, who came to Ross County, and two years later to Madison County, when our subject was ten years old, and located 200 acres of land on the Yankeetown pike, in Paint Township, probably in 1806. He was a soldier from Virginia in the Revolutionary war, and obtained a land grant from the Government. He lived there until his death, twenty five or thirty years. Our subject was reared on the home farm, attending school a short time only. He stayed with his father until twenty four or twenty five years of age, when he married Elizabeth Higgins, who came from Virginia to Pennsylvania, and subsequently to this county, with her father, Martin Higgins. After his marriage, Mr. Sifrit engaged in farming on the home farm and remained there six years. He then located in Union Township, renting land of Jacob Gibson, and stayed there six years. In 1832, he came to his present farm, where he bought 200 acres of land, and subsequently increased it to 314 acres, lying on both sides of the pike. He lived here the rest of his life. He was always a farmer, but for the last eight or ten years of his life was too old to work. He died April 1, 1881. He was a Democrat until Harrison was elected, when he turned Whig, and then became a Republican in after life, but he never held any office. He had six children, three living - Nathan; John, a farmer of Union Township; and Lavina. Nathan and his sister reside on the home farm. He is a Republican in politics, and was formerly a Whig.

From:
History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: W. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois
1883


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