Clark and Jackson
Also see [ Railway Officials in America 1906
JOHN SYTH, of Eaton Township, Clark County, was born in Middlesex County, Canada, September 22, 1836, the
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 1811, and the
same year settled on his present farm 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 hasa 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 was married, July 5, 1860, to Isabelle Kennedy, a 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 is now superintendent of the Sunday school at McMahon's Corners. His two sons,
John and Robert, are working on the railroad which is being built to Greenwood. Politically Mr. Syth affiliates
with the Prohibitionist party.
Biographical History of
Clark and Jackson Counties Wisconsin
Lewis Publishing Company.