Stephen Sibley of Sutton, Norwich, Great Barrington, West Stockbridge, Massachusetts and Grafton Ohio.

Stephen Sibley was born on November 10th, 1759 in Sutton, Massachusetts. His father was Col. Timothy Sibley, who served in the revolutionary war and his mother was Anne Waite. Stephen was one of fifteen children and served as a private in the revolutionary war. It is thought that Stephen was trained as a clockmaker by his older brother Timothy Sibley Jr. Timothy was a clockmaker and a silversmith and is recorded as having been trained in Grafton by the Willards. Stephen lived for a short time in Norwich, Connecticut and at the time was listed as a goldsmith. About 1782, he moved to Great Barrington, MA where is older brother John was a physician. It is recorded in the History of Great Barrington: (Berkshire County,) Massachusetts that Stephen was a brasier and a clockmaker. In 1785, his shop was located at the north-east corner of the new Town Hall ground – the corner of Main and Castle Streets. Here he also married Jemima Hopkins of Great Barrington and soon moved to West Stockbridge. Together they had 6 children. In 1795 when he advertised for an apprentice clockmaker. In 1816, the Sibley family moved to Grafton, Ohio. Stephen died there on April 21, 1829. A total of fourteen tall clocks are known and have been recorded. A signed example is currently in the Historic – Deerfield collection. It features a cherry case and an engraved brass dial that is signed by the Maker. The place location being Sutton, Mass. This suggests that it was made circa 1783. A signed tall clock is located in the Great Barrington Historical Society. Another can be referenced in Brooks Palmer’s book, The Book of American Clocks. It states that a tall clock made by Stephen Sibley in 1816 is in the Lenox, MA Library.

Stephen Sibley, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. A cherry case tall clock. Long, tall and slender.

This fine cherry case tall clock very narrow proportions and stands just over eight feet tall. The cherrywood selected for this… read more