Mahlon Hicks Sisty (1815-1900)
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Mahlon Hicks Sisty was born 17 December 1815 in Salem Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, the son of William Sisty and Mary Roth. At 15, he went to work as a printer for his older brother Amos, who, at the time, was editor of the Mauch Chunk Courier in Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania. Amos soon moved on and the paper was suspended in 1834. But in November 1835, the paper was revived, this time with Mahlon as editor.
In 1838, Mahlon resigned and that same year began his long career as a Methodist Episcopal Minister starting as a junior preacher on the Bustleton Charge. At about this time, he attended a Methodist camp meeting at Frankford, Pennsylvania. An active Methodist woman from nearby Hatboro attended as well, accompanied by three unmarried Beans sisters from the Hatboro congregation. It was Mrs. Wilson’s custom at meal time to go around the grounds and invite any unmarried ministers without entertainment to her tent for dinner. One of these ministers was Rev. Sisty, and another was Rev. William Goentner. Mahlon eventually married Amanda Beans and Rev. Goentner married her sister Sarah. Mahlon would later, in 1848, be assigned to preach to the Hatboro congregation at Lehman’s Chapel.
Mahlon was admitted on trial to the Philadelphia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1839. For the next 46 years he preached at various places in Eastern Pennsylvania staying from 1 to 3 years at any given place. On 23 November 1841, Mahlon was married to Amanda Beans by the Rev. James Smith, Presiding Elder. Amanda was born 9 November 1823 in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, the daughter of John Beans and Martha Terry. Their residence in 1850 was Stroudsburg, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, where they were living with their daughter Martha Eliza, born 30 June 1843, son John Beans, born 26 August 1845, and Amanda’s sister Eliza L. H. Beans. Daughter Mary Amanda, born 1847, had probably died by the time of the 1850 census. The couple would have one more child: Anna Augusta, born 26 August 1850.
By 1870, Martha Eliza Sisty had married John W. Hart and was living in Philadelphia. They had two children: Walter Sisty Hart, who was born 19 January 1870 and died 31 August 1871 of cholera, and Marion, born about 1873. Martha Eliza died 8 October 1881 and was buried in Mount Peace Cemetery in Philadelphia 3 days later.
In 1870, John Beans Sisty was living in Philadelphia with his wife Ellen, who was born Ellen Wishart, about 1848. He is listed in the Philadelphia city directories through 1877, occupation bookkeeper or clerk. The following year, he is listed in the Denver city directory. His uncle Wilson E. Sisty and two cousins, Edward and Hal J. Sisty, were living in nearby Clear Creek County at the time. The Colorado Springs Gazette for 9 June 1878 reported:
John is listed with his wife and daughters Gertrude, 9, and Mabel, 3, living in Denver, occupation news agent, in 1880. Curiously, he is also listed, alone, as the proprietor of a Stationary Store in Breckenridge in the same census.
In the 1910 census, Ellen Sisty, widow, was living with her daughter Mabel and son-in-law Daniel Hagerty in Humbird, Bonner County Idaho. She is listed in the 1912, 1915, 1916 and 1926 city directories for Spokane, Washington, after which time we lose track of her.
In 1870, twenty-year-old Anna Augusta Sisty was living with her grandmother Martha Beans in Moreland Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. On 5 March 1871, she married Reuben A. Baum, a twenty-five-year-old coach maker, in Lehman’s Chapel, Hatboro, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. In the 1880 census, his occupation is given as cabinet maker, and in the 1900 census he is listed as living in Moreland Township and being in the upholstery business.
Anna had 9 children, of whom we know the names of 3: Herbert, born August 1879, Mary A., born 17 September 1882, and Russell Ernest, born 23 December 1886. Only 2 – Mary and Russell, Jr. – were still alive by 1910. In the census that year, Anna is listed as a widow living in Abington Township, Montgomery County, with her children Mary and Russell, Jr. By September 1918, she was living at 4163 Chester Avenue, Philadelphia, and in 1920 at Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, with her two children. In 1930, the 3 of them were living at Overbrook Hill, Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County. Anna died 4 November 1933 at the age of 83 in Upper Darby Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania and was buried 3 days later at Hatboro Baptist Cemetery.
On 5 April 1855, the Philadelphia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church met in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and appointed a committee to consider supporting the American Colonization Society, a group which worked to create a colony in Africa for free blacks.
Mahlon’s wife Amanda died 1 April 1860.
|Last updated: Sunday, 09-Sep-2018 18:57:14 MDT |||Author: Larry McGrath|