He was born in Aberdeenshire, the son of English parents, and came to Upper Canada with his parents in 1824. He became the first reeve of Gloucester Township in 1850 and served a second term as reeve in 1865. Sieveright was also captain in the local militia and justice of the peace. In 1858, he married Isabella P. Smith.
The memory of James Sieveright remains in the name of a road in that township, in an area formerly rural but now part of Ottawa's Hunt Club suburb.
- Historical Sketch of the County of Carleton (1971) - originally published in 1879, reprinted by Mika Press, Belleville, Ontario
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