Mr. George W. Siers


The Daily Telegram., March 07, 1908

Mr. George W. Siers, Well Known Citizen, Passes Away in 90th Year of His Age.

Grave marker of George W. Siers

Another pioneer resident of Clarksburg was called to the Great Beyond, when death claimed Mr. George W. Siers at the home of his son, W. S. Siers, on Mechanic street, at 8:30 o’clock Saturday morning, his demise resulting from a general breakdown, due to the advanced age, and after an illness of about ten days.

Mr. George W. Siers was born in Cumberland, Md., July 25, 1818, and was a son of James Siers. At an early age he settled in Shinnston, where he married Jane Cunningham, a pioneer settler of that town, June 27, 1839. They continued to reside there until 1861, when they moved to Clarksburg and have been residents of this city since that date.

At Shinnston Mr. Siers engaged in blacksmithing and served there two terms as constable. Upon his removal here he continued blacksmithing and founded the present blacksmithing and carriage making plant, now located on the Siers property on Hewes street. He followed this business, together with his son, W. S. Siers, until a few years ago, when he retired from business altogether.

From 1881 to 1889 he served as deputy sheriff and jailer under Sheriffs Lemuel Jarvis and J. Walker Monroe, now both deceased, and was an active member of the Democratic party.

Stock image of black smithing tools to illustrate the tools of George Siers  Trade

Last July 25 he celebrated his 89th anniversary in elaborate manner and it was the intention of himself and his aged wife to celebrate next June 27 the 69th anniversary of their marriage. Up to the time of his death they were the oldest married couple living in the city and both were hale and hearty until his last illness.

Mrs. Siers was 85 years of age last January 13, having been born in 1823, and is remarkable for her physical and mental preservation, especially mental as shown by her wonderful memory.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Siers were Mrs. Mattie Maze, of Industry, W. Va.; Mrs. Rose E. Smith and W. S. Siers, of this city; Melissa Siers, who died at an early age; and John S. Siers, now deceased.

In point of the time of membership Mr. Siers was the next oldest Odd Fellow in the city, having joined that order in the 60’s, and that fraternal organization will have charge of the funeral. Mr. Siers was of the Presbyterian belief and attended the Central Presbyterian Church.

The funeral will take place at an hour Monday not yer announced and burial will be at the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery.


The Daily Telegram., March 09, 1908

Large Number Attend Last Sad Rites Over Aged Resident’s Body.

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With a large attendance of sorrowing friends the funeral of Mr. George W. Siers, aged and esteemed resident of the city who died Saturday morning, was held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Services were conducted at the home of W. S. Siers on Mechanic street led by the Rev. H. G. Richardson, and the burial was in the I. O. O. F. cemetery. Adelphi lodge of Odd Fellows, of which Mr. Siers was one of the oldest members in length of membership, had charge of the funeral and the members attended in a body.

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