Dr. George Archer Tye, was born in Swindon, Wiltshire, England on the 12th of July, 1835. His parents were William Archer Tye and the former Sarah Hawkins. Dr. George Tye was the second son born to William and Sarah Tye and one of 5 children. Interestingly enough, all 5 children had the same middle name of Archer. In 1845, his family immigrated to Canada and they settled in Kent County. Dr. Tye did very well at school and taught school at the Decow School in Howard Twp., for 5 years. He boarded with the Decow family and subsequently met his future wife.
Dr. Tye married Hannah Decow in Thamesville on December 1st, 1858. Mrs. Tye was born on the 13th of June, 1839 in Southwold Twp (Elgin County), the daughter of William Squire Decow and the former Sarah McIntyre. She was the 7th of 11 children. Her siblings included Jacob, Catherine, Ezekiel, Nancy, William, John, Jane, James, Abraham and Sarah.
Dr. Tye attended medical school at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York for one term and another term in Long Island College Hospital. After graduating M.D. in 1866 he attended Victoria College in Toronto. He graduated M.D. from Victoria College in 1867. After graduation he opened his medical practice in Thamesville, Ontario. According to the 1882 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Tye joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 13th of September 1867.
Dr. and Mrs. Tye had 8 children including Maud Mary (1860), Emily Elmina (1862), Kathleen Lillian (1865), George Walter (born in 1868 and died in 1872), William Henry (born on the 12th of July, 1870), Sarah (born the 27th of Feb 1873 and died in 1874), Alfred Tennyson (born 9 months after Sarah in November of 1873) and Anna (who was born the 13th of May, 1877 and died in August of 1877). His wife Hannah died on the 6th of June, 1877 in Thamesville, just before her 38th birthday. She was buried at a small cemetery, located at 19 Memory Lane near Thamesville.
Dr. Tye married Louisa McIntyre on the 3rd of July, 1878, in Chatham. She was born in 1846, the daughter of Robert and Sarah McIntyre. She had an older sister Annie, an older brother Thomas and 2 younger brothers Alexander and James. Dr. and Mrs. Tye had a daughter Sarah Laura Tye born on the 5th of May 1879.
Dr. Tye sat on the Village of Thamesville Town Council for 3 years and he was Chairman of the Board of School Trustee’s for 4 years. He joined the Tecumseh Lodge of Thamesville A.F. & A.M. in 1860. He moved his medical practice and his residence to Chatham around 1880, with his office located on the corner of Wellington and Fifth streets. That same year he was appointed as an examiner in Physiology by the Ontario Medical Council; a position he held until 1886. In 1882, Dr. Tye was listed as Assistant Surgeon to Dr. T.K. Holmes with the 24th Battalion of Infantry. Dr. Tye was elected the 1st Vice-President of the Ontario Medical Association in 1884 and he served as President from 1885-1886. Dr. Tye advertised in the 1885 Ontario Business Directory.
Dr. Tye maintained his practice until he died on the 23rd of July, 1891, in Chatham, Ontario. He was buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham. Mrs. Louisa Tye died in Chicago on the 22nd of July of 1904. She had moved there in 1901, to live with her daughter. According to the death record, Mrs. Louisa Tye was buried in Chatham.
*Dr. Tye’s son Dr. William Henry Tye and Mrs. Tye’s brother Dr. Abraham Decow are also featured on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.