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Melvin McGregor Sinton
8d 8mo 1862 in Evans or Angola/Brant, Erie County, New York, United States of America
21 December 1955 in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, United States of America
3 January 1956 in Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, United States of America [ s1049 s1321 ]
Born 12d 8mo 1820 - Died 14d 12mo 1914
Born 21 December 1823 - Died 28 May 1893
Born 27 March 1867 - Died 1 March 1956
29 July 1891 in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, United States of America [ s3335 ]
 Child 1
Born 24 June 1892 - Died 5 July 1970
 Child 2
Born 10 June 1894 - Died 19 April 1974
 Child 3
Born 31 October 1896 - Died 7 December 1980
 Child 4
Born 18 November 1899 - Died 3 March 1958
Ancestral View
Melvin M. Sinton family photo circa 1894
Melvin M. Sinton family, Colorado Springs, circa 1894
Melvin McGregor 1862 - 1955Marion (née Taylor) 1867 - 1956
Melvin Grant 1894 - 1974George Taylor 1892 - 1970
Photograph courtesy of Wilbur Sinton, grandson of Melvin McGregor

Melvin and Marion were married at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Smith Bartlett, 549 North Nevada Avenue. Mrs. Bartlett was the sister of Melvin's mother and Mr. Bartlett was a brother to Marion's mother. Her parents were of Lawton's Station, NY. She was born in the old Bartlett house built by her grandfather, March 27, 1867. Her mother was named for Melvin's grandmother Anne (Greeves) O'Brien, and Melvin's middle name (McGregor) was given him to commemorate his descent from the Clan McGregor, from whom the Greeves are derived (tradition).

Another bit is interesting - Margaretta Jane O'Brien, second daughter of Anne, married Seth Bartlett and died a few months later of Typhoid fever - Seth was a brother to John Smith Bartlett (LBS).

The following is from an undated newspaper clipping. "Melvin was 17 years old when he came to Colorado Springs with his sister, 3 April 1880. In August of the same year Sinton's father came here from Ithaca, NY, to establish his son in the dairy business by helping him build a barn on East Willamette Avenue. Sinton's 18-year-old cousin (Louis Azel Bartlett) joined him in the venture, starting with a small herd of 12 cows and a retail route of 44 customers. Sales averaged 50 quarts a day at 10 cents a quart. ...Sinton's cousin sold his interest in the dairy to George H. Sinton, and the dairy was known as Sinton Bros. ... in 1887 the Sinton dairy moved to the site of today's Sinton Co. offices at 419 South El Paso St. M.M. moved into his present home and two of his brothers and his father also settled in the same area, today's Hillside, then known as Sinton Hill. ... There were only one or two houses on the hill when we moved there and we had to run a water pipe 1200 feet to get water from the city. ..."

After a big flood in 1885 "He and his brother, Dr. W. K. Sinton, who joined horseback rescue parties, (as did George) found (a home owner) clinging to a raft late the night of the flood."

From his obituary, dated 21 December 1955: "He was a leader in El Paso County and Colorado Springs civic affairs for more than 50 years.... "Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Marian (sic) Sinton; three sons, Walter A., M. Grant and George T. Sinton, and one daughter, Mrs. Prudence S. Mick, all of Colorado Springs. Mr. Sinton, a former member of the Colorado Springs City Council, was one of the most active members of the El Paso County Pioneers Association, for which he had served as vice president. "He was a county commissioner when the County Court House was built from 1899 to 1903. His name appears on the structure's cornerstone as well as upon a plaque within the building. "Mr. Sinton was instrumental in establishing in 1937 the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum at 25 West Kiowa St. [1986 - now housed in the old County Court House, above]. This building now houses a large collection of historical items. "The present museum building formerly was owned by the Knights of Columbus. When Mr. Sinton heard it was to be sold, he put up a personal check to hold it until the city could arrange its purchase. "A member of All Souls Unitarian Church, Mr. Sinton was one of the founders of the Farmers Luncheon Club. He also was an honorary member of the Frances Willard Women's Christian Temperance Union, and was one of the founders of the Fountain Grange. "He founded the Sinton Dairy, which he operated for many years. He was a stockholder at the time of his death. "On his 90th birthday in 1953, he was honored by the El Paso County Pioneers Association, at the museum. At that time, he mounted a flight of stairs and, with little difficulty, blew out 90 birthday candles on his cake."

From LBS notes: "And this was the frail, asthmatic son, who could never go to school, and for whom the whole family at various times moved to the west." Melvin married at the home of his Uncle John Smith Bartlett and Aunt Mary Bartlett (Kelley) Bartlett; 29 July 1891, in Colorado Springs, Marion Bartlett Taylor (born 27 March 1867, at Lawtons, Erie Co., NY) witnessed by Dale Bumstead and Jennie M. Candee, performed by W. R. G. Mellen, Pastor, All Souls Church, p. 59, Book D, El Paso Co.) The marriage was arranged by the parents of the couple. These families, Bartletts, Taylors, Kelleys and O'Brien/Sintons lived in the Collins area. The Bartletts and Kelleys - American Quaker families - had been intermarrying for generations in Vermont and Rhode Island; quite like the Quaker families of North Ireland.

1900 Census record taken on Friday, 1 June.
Residence - 507 South El Paso, Colorado, El Paso County, Colorado, USA
to head
or Race
1Melvin M. SintonHeadWhiteMAug 186237M9--New York
2Marion T. SintonWifeWhiteFMar 186634M944New York
3George T. SintonSonWhiteMJun 18927S---Colorado
4Melvin G. SintonSonWhiteMJun 18945S---Colorado
5Prudence L. SintonDaughterWhiteFOct 18963S---Colorado
6Walter A. SintonSonWhiteMNov 18996mS---Colorado
7Joseph SintonFatherWhiteMAug 182079W---New York
Year of
in US
Can Speak
1New YorkVermont---County CommissionerYYY
2New YorkNew York----YYY
3New YorkNew York---At SchoolYYY
4New YorkNew York-------
5New YorkNew York-------
6New YorkNew York-------
Enumeration District: 0028, Page: 12, Sheet Letter: A, Family Number: 269, Reference Number: 23, Film Number: 1240124, Image Number: 00101
[RFSS Mar 2011]

Article in the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph published on Thursday 4 April 1929 reads


Yesterday was the big anniversary in the lives of Melvin M. Sinton and Fred A. Sperry, pioneers here, and the anniversary was fittingly observed with a dinner at the Elizabeth Inn.

It was on April 3, 1880, that Mr. Sperry and Mr. Sinton came to Colorado Springs, making this their home. Mr. Sinton came from Ithaca, N. Y., and Mr. Sperry from Streetsboro, O., a little town near Akron.

As they sat down to their dinner, the two oldtimers, hale and fit, reminisced upon the day of their arrival here.

"The weather was about as it is today when we arrived," said Mr. Sperry, yesterday. "But I was nearly dead with asthma, and Mr. Sinton was far from well. We wondered if the climate would benefit us, and how much longrer we should live. I have lived long enough already to see 28 people from Streetsboro come to Colorado Springs. I got a milker for Mr. Sinton from there when he needed one badly. He was an uncle of mine."

The transcript comes courtesy of the Pikes Peak Library District's Special Collections

[RFSS Dec 2009]

Headstone of Melvin McGregor Sinton 1862 - 1955
Headstone of Melvin McGregor Sinton 1862 - 1955
Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado
The headstone photograph comes courtesy of Joy H. Jones, Colorado Springs
The location is Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA.
To view a map of the Evergreen Cemetery and the location of the grave, click on MAP
[RFSS Nov 2009]
Marriage performed by Pastor W. R. G. Mellen, All Saints Unitarian Church.
Witnessed by Dale Bumstead and Jennie M. Candee.

Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006
Name: Melvin M. Sinton
Event Date: 29 Jul 1891
Event Place: Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, United States
Age: 28
Birth Year (Estimated): 1863
Spouse's Name: Marion B. Taylor
Spouse's Age: 24
Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated): 1867
GS Film number: 001690134
Digital Folder Number: 005204202
Image Number: 03233
[RFSS Feb 2014]

Marriage Record Report of Melvin McGregor Sinton and Marion Bartlett Taylor
Marriage Record Report of Melvin McGregor Sinton and Marion Bartlett Taylor
[RFSS Feb 2014]
[ s1049 ] Cemetery Marker - Headstone - Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, United States of America - H1955-21-12-MMS 
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[ s1321 ] Cemetery Record - Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, United States of America burial of Melvin Mcgregor Sinton on 3 January 1956 in Block 0000L 000044 000000 0000EC - CR1956-03-01-MMS
[ s3335 ] Marriage Registration - Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006 - Marriage of Melvin M. Sinton and Marion B. Taylor on 29 July 1891 in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, United States of America - Page: ?, GS Film number: 001690134, Digital Folder Number: 005204202, Image Number: 03233, - MR1867-29-07-MMS-MBT
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