Dr. James Alexander Sivewright was born around 1849, the son of Dr. James Hay Sivewright and the former Margaret Phillips. He was known to have 2 sisters named Mary and Elinor. He had a brother named John Phillips Sivewright, who also became a physician. His father was practicing medicine in Kent Bridge and Thamesville in 1853, before moving his family to Chatham in 1854.
Dr. James A. Sivewright graduated from Queen’s University in 1870. He joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 9th of July, 1870. He was practicing medicine in Florence (Lambton County) Ontario as early as 1876. Due to the close proximity of Florence to Kent County, Dr. Sivewright frequently crossed into Kent County in Thamesville and Zone Twp to answer the call of a patient in need. His name appears on birth and death records in Kent County from 1876 to 1878.
It is unknown when Dr Sivewright moved to New Westminster, British Columbia, but according to the 1881 census, he was living in New Westminster with Dr. Thomas Robert McInnes and his family. (Dr. McInnes moved to New Westminster from Dresden in 1874).
Dr. Sivewright married Harriett Clarkson on the 5th of January, 1882 in New Westminster. Mrs. Sivewright was born on the 7th of September, 1855 near Oshawa, Ontario. She was the daughter of William and Jane Clarkson.
Dr. and Mrs. Sivewright had a son named Alexander Hay Sivewright born to them 6th of October, 1882. Dr. Sivewright died on the 18th of May, 1883 in New Westminster at the age of 33. He was buried at the Fraser Cemetery in New Westminster. According to the 1891 census William and Jane Clarkson were living with their daughter in New Westminster and young Alexander Sivewright. Mrs. Sivewright died on the 18th of December, 1917 and she was buried at the Fraser Cemetery.
*His father, Dr. James Hay Sivewright and his brother Dr. John Phillips Sivewright and Dr. Thomas Robert McInnes all appear on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.