Dr. James Hay Sivewright was born in Scotland around 1810. There is a record of a sister named Mary and another sister named Elizabeth Sivewright who lived in Boston, Massachusettes. Dr. Sivewright’s wife the former Margaret Phillips was also born in Scotland in 1819. It is not known when the family emigrated, but their daughter Mary was born in Moncton, New Brunswick in 1848.
Dr. Sivewright attended the Cleveland Medical College graduating in 1853 and the Sivewright family moved to Kent County. Dr. Sivewright practiced medicine in Kent Bridge and Thamesville before settling in Chatham in 1854.
Dr. and Mrs. Sivewright had 4 children; Mary, James, John and Elinor. Both of his sons also became doctors.
Dr. Sivewright was listed in the 1864-1865 Kent County Directory and Gazetteer. The Gazetteer, listed his office on Wellington Street. His practice was also listed in the 1869 Ontario Gazetteers and Directory, 1870-1871 Sutherlands Kent and Essex Counties Business Directory and Gazetteer and the 1877 Chatham Directory. Dr. Sivewright was appointed as a Coroner for Kent County on the 14th of March, 1872.
Dr. James H. Sivewright died on the 5th of August, 1878. His sons inherited property and articles related to his medical practice. He left his wife and daughters cared for, through income properties that were spread throughout Kent County. The doctor and his family resided on King Street East in Chatham. His office was located at the intersection of Harvey St. and Wellington Street.
Mrs. Margaret Sivewright died on the 12th of April, 1880. Dr. and Mrs. Sivewright are buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham.
**His sons, Dr. John Phillips Sivewright and Dr. James Alexander Sivewright are also featured on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute.