AUGUSTUS STISSER, a resident farmer in Wampsville, town of Lenox; for over a quarter of a century, was born in this town, on Cole Hill, in 1826. He is of German descent, his grandfather, Dr. John H. C. Stisser, having been born in Brunswick, Germany, in 1745. When seventeen years old, young Stisser came to America, and some years afterward served in the patriot army of the Revolution as a surgeon. In one of the skirmishes of the war he was, with two other comrades, captured by the Indians. His two friends were killed; and only his medical ability, which he had occasion to prove, saved him from sharing their fate. For six weeks he was a prisoner, watched night and day, and subjected to many indignities; but, fortunately, finding his guard very drunk one night, he stole away, and once again reached the camp of his friends. He came with his family to Madison County in 1820. Solomon Stisser, last of the nine children of Dr. Stisser, died in Orleans County in 1888, at a very old age. The grandfather died at the house of his son, John Stisser, at Cole Hill, at the age of ninety-six. The grandmother was eighty years of age when she died, in 1828.
John Stisser, the father of the subject of the present sketch, was born in Amsterdam, N.Y., in 1800. He married in 1822, at Lenox Furnace, Delilah Buyea, of Lenox. The early years of their wedded life on the farm at Cole Hill were years of toil and privation. They were poor, and had to save and economize in every way to bring up their nine children, of whom three sons and two daughters are living, namely: Jacob, of Canastota, aged sixty-seven; Augustus; Maria, wife of John Davis, a farmer, living near the old home; John, living on the old homestead, where the grandfather and father died; and Nancy, widow of William Davis, of the town of Smithfield. The father died at Cole Hill in March, 1881, within two days of his eighty-first birthday. He was Road Commissioner for three years, and Assessor for nine years. His wife, Delilah, died in May, 1886, at eighty-three years of age. He left about five hundred acres of land, four hundred of which were in one farm.
Augustus Stisser was reared on the farm, early learning to help in the farm work, and receiving a good education in the district school, which was an excellent one, three miles away. He remained with his parents until his marriage, January 12, 1853, to Miss Asenath Clement, of Stockbridge, Madison County, N.Y., daughter of Lewis and Dorothea (Vedder) Clement, both of Oppenheim, Montgomery County, now Fulton County. Mr. Clement, the father, was a farmer at Stockbridge, N.Y., where he died, aged seventy-five years, and his wife six years later, in 1884, at the age of eighty-one. Mr. and Mrs. Stisser have seven children, namely: Charles A., of Tacoma, unmarried, aged thirty-nine, a carpenter by trade; Lewis J., unmarried, at home; Ellen M., wife of Franklin Pine, farmer, of Oneida County, who has one daughter; Albert E., living with his wife and one daughter on the home farm; Andrew J., farmer in the town of Lenox, who is married, and has two sons and two daughters; William H., unmarried, living at home; and Adelia, wife of Robert Tuft, farmer in the town of Lenox. They have one child, Myron, eighteen months old, the pride and joy of the whole family.
Our subject is closely allied with the Democratic party in politics, but has never sought for or held any office in its preferment, his farm and the business therewith connected occupying all his time. He has one hundred and twelve acres in the farm he lives on; in another, near Canastota, one hundred and eleven; on Cole Hill, the old homestead, one hundred and fifty-one; and sixty-five in one other, aggregating four hundred and forty acres in his possession. He makes a specialty of stock-raising, having twenty-seven horses, including two stock horses, besides running a large dairy of thirty-five cows. He also does general farming, and takes a commendable pride in producing the best results in every department of labor in which he is engaged. Mr. Stisser is a man highly respected and esteemed in his town and county. His wife, a valued member of the Methodist church and a true Christian, has been an admirable helpmate to him through the many years of their wedded life.
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