"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Sisson, Abijah K. a veteran agriculturist and farm builder, who with his wife is now residing with their son Artemus on the latter's farm in Section 28, town of Skanawan, Lincoln County, was born in the town of Norway, Herkimer County, N. Y., Dec. 9, 1840, son of Melvin and Elizabeth (KELLEY) SISSON. The father was born in New York State of English ancestry, while the ancestry of our subject on the mother's side were Pennsylvania Dutch. Adijah K. SISSON had limited educational opportunities, confined to the common school. He lived on his parents' farm until about 28 years old, and was married in his native county Aug. 4, 1867 to Ellen SMITH. She was born in Massachusetts April 12, 1849 and came of a good family who could trace their line of descent back to the year 1600. Her parents were John B. and Vashti (STRATTON) SMITH, who came to Wisconsin at an early day, taking boat from Buffalo to Milwaukee, then traveling by stage, wagon or horseback to Beloit, and settling in the town of Brooklyn, Green County. John B. SMITH died at Belleville, Green County, Wis. July 7, 1886 and his wife at Beloit, Wis. in 1852. Their daughter Ellen was the youngest of their seven children and is the only one now living. In 1871 the subject of this sketch moved with his wife and family to Freeborn County, Minnesota, near the city of Albert Lea, where until 1883 they were engaged in farming. Then they sold their farm there and moved to Miner County, S. D., where they homesteaded 160 acres of wild prairie land on which were no buildings. The nearest town was Howard ten miles distant. After breaking 120 acres of the land and putting up a fair set of buildings, Mr. SISSON sold out in 1894 and went to southwest Missouri. The family did not locate there, however, but in the next year settled in Black Hawk County, Iowa, on a farm near Waterloo, which place was their home until 1900. It was then that Mr. and Mrs. SISSON came to Wisconsin, settling in Auroraville, Waushara County, where their son Artemus was living and with whom they took up their residence. In 1904 they accompanied this son to Chester, S. D., where he conducted a blacksmith's shop until 1910. All three then came to Lincoln County, Wisconsin, and in the fall of 1913 Artemus SISSON bought his present farm of 40 acres in Section 28, town of Skanawan, the tract then being wild. He has since cleared a considerable portion of it and has a fair set of buildings including a silo. He is doing general farming and dairying. His farm is ten miles southeast of the city of Tomahawk. He has never married and his parents are still residing with him. Mr. and Mrs. Abijah K. SISSON have had six children, whose records in brief are as follows: George D., born June 16, 1868, now a farmer in Section 35, town of Skanawan, this county; Artemus U., born Dec. 2, 1870, already mentioned; Sarona A., Sept. 18, 1873, now Mrs. Sherman GREGGORY of Madison, S. D.; Warren E., born March 23, 1876, who is a farmer in Section 28, town of Skanawan, Lincoln County; Emma M., Aug. 17, 1878, who is the wife of Arthur Hodge, a farmer in the same town; and Lillie D., born Dec. 25, 1884, now Mrs. Henry WESBY of Wausau, Wis. When a young man Mr. SISSON endeavored three times to enlist for service in the Civil War but was each time rejected on account of a previous injury to his side.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 587 (with picture); History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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