Family History of Emily Sibley Watson

This timeline documents the life of Emily Sibley Watson, founder of the Memorial Art Gallery. The time line is a work in progress as we continue our research in local and national archives.

Beginning with Emily Sibley Watson's father, Western Union founder Hiram Sibley, and continuing through her son, Dr. James Sibley Watson, Jr. and grand-son, Michael Lasell Watson, the timeline focuses on the family history of these four generations.

1829-01-01 00:00:00

Hiram Sibley's Early Years in Western New York

Hiram Sibley moved to western NY around 1829 or 1830, first settling in Livingston County.

1830-01-01 00:00:00

Temperance in Sibleyville

In 1830 or 1831, while Charles G. Finney was evangelizing in Rochester, temperance came to Sibleyville.

1832-01-01 00:00:00

Don Alonzo Watson Moves to Honeoye Falls

Don Alonzo Watson moved to Honeoye Falls in 1832 where he met and became partners with Hiram Sibley.

1833-01-24 00:00:00

Hiram Sibley Marries Elizabeth Maria Tinker

The marriage took place on January 24, 1833 in North Adams, Massachusetts, birthplace of both the bride and the groom.

1833-12-07 00:00:00

Zilpha Louise Sibley Born

Zilpha Louise Sibley, first child of Hiram Sibley and Elizabeth Maria Tinker Sibley, was born December 7, 1833.

1835-01-01 00:00:00

Sibley & Watson

A business card dated January 1835 lists Hiram Sibley & Don Alonzo Watson as Machinists in West-Mendon, NY.

1841-04-08 00:00:00

Giles Benjamin Sibley Born

The Sibleys' first son was born on April 8, 1841.

1843-09-11 00:00:00

Hiram Sibley Elected Monroe County Sheriff

In a hotly contested election, Hiram Sibley was elected Monroe County Sheriff.

1844-01-01 00:00:00

Hiram Sibley Invests in Nursery Business

Hiram Sibley may have begun investing in the Flower City's nurseries as early as 1844.

1844-05-24 00:00:00

"What Hath God Wrought?"

On May 24, 1844, Samuel Morse sent the first message over telegraph wires.

Family History of Emily Sibley Watson

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