Family celebrates birthday, family history

West Jefferson serves as host

By Michael Williamson -

Several descendants of the Sidner family met in West Jefferson Sunday to celebrate the birthday of Margaret (Sidner) Boydston who turned 90.

The meeting severed as both a birthday celebration and a family reunion for a family who put roots down in Madison County nearly 250 years ago. Deborah Boydston, Margaret’s daughter and the event’s organizer, said this year’s get-together was among the best turnouts the family has had.

“We had 42 people show up this year. We had 42 people at the reunion we had at the Der Dutchman in Plain City also, but those are our two highest numbers,” she said. “My mother was so pleased and happy to see the family come together.”

The family met at Ann & Tony’s in West Jefferson, marking the third time its served as a home for the reunion.

“We like that place so much, it’s so well put together and they’re always helpful,” Boydston said. “It also works well because it’s not that far from the place where the family once lived.”

Philip and Mary Sidener settled in Madison County in 1777 in Deercreek Township. The Sidener’s son, Jacob, started a family of his own and had 13 children and Jacob’s son, Wesley, had eight children. This trend of large families continued through the years, eventually producing a wide family tree for the Madison County residents.

“My family had a farm along Route 142 between London and West Jefferson,” Boydston said. “Some of us have moved away through the years, but some of us are still there.”

She currently lives in Dayton, but comes back every year to hold the reunion.

“I left for a job and I got to where I was missing seeing my family,” she said. “So I started organizing these get-togethers as a way to see everybody. It just brings the family together.”
West Jefferson serves as host

By Michael Williamson

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