William Sisty (1781-1841) & Mary Roth (1784-1872)

William Sisty (1781-1841)
Mary Roth (1784-1872)

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William Sisty was born 1 September 1781, the son of John & Susannah Sisty, and baptized eight days later at the Christina Congregation, Trinity Church, Wilmington, Delaware.

William Sisty and wife Mary are seen in the Berwick area, in present-day Columbia County, PA, in 1805, four years after the death of his father in Philadelphia. From Historical and Biographical Annals of Columbia and Montour Counties, Pennsylvania:

Methodism entered Berwick amid the fervor of a religious revival in Briarcreek valley, about four miles distant from Berwick, where resided Rev. Thomas Bowman, an ordained local preacher of the Methodist Episcopal Church, a man of zeal and eloquence, who, with his brother, Rev. Christian Bowman, sowed the pure Methodist seed in all this region of country. In order that his neighbors might have the regular ministrations of the gospel he fitted up the third story of his dwelling, a stone house (still standing together with the original stone church near Fowlerville in Briarcreek township), as a place of worship, and invited the Methodist itinerants to hold services therein. Here in the year 1805, under the ministry of Rev. James Paynter and Rev. Joseph Carson, occurred a revival of great power and widespread influence. As an immediate result of this religious awakening a Methodist class was organized in Berwick, then a small settlement on the frontier of civilization. This class consisted of the following members: William Stahl, leader; Jane Herin, Rachel Traugh, Hugh Thompson, Nancy Thompson, Robert Brown, Samuel Steele, James Herin, William Sisty, Mary Sisty, Andrew Pettit and Benjamin Doan.
The Old Stone Church near Berwick, Pennsylvania.
Courtesy of the Columbia County Historical and Genealogical Society.

The original stone church mentioned above was built in 1808 and is generally known as the “Old Stone Church.”

Note the name of James Herin; this is the name given to Curtis Sisty’s first-born son.

Mary Roth Sisty
Courtesy of Laurence Lindberg.

The Sisty Genealogy states that William Sisty was married to Mary Roth on 1 Nov 1807, although this article suggests that they were married by 1805. All we know of Mary’s background is that she was born 13 Nov 1784 in Pennsylvania.

The 1810 census shows William and family living in Briar Creek Township, Columbia County. By 1820, he is in Salem Township , Luzerne County. As his son Wilson was born in Berwick, which straddles the border of Columbia and Luzerne Counties, in 1825, we suppose that William lived in that sliver of Berwick in Salem Township. His occupation in 1820 is given as manufacturer.

By 1830, William and family had moved across the Susquehanna to Nescopeck, where he lived the remainder of his life. William died 9 May 1841 and is buried in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Following William’s death we see his widow living with daughter Mary and son-in-law Aran Hampton in Lausanne Township, Carbon County, PA in 1850. By 1870 she is living with grand-daughter Phoebe A. Fritz and her husband W. C. Barnard in Berwick Borough, Columbia County. Mary died 27 Feb 1872 and is buried next to her husband in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick.


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Last updated: Sunday, 09-Sep-2018 18:57:08 MDT | Author: Larry McGrath