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whom he came in contact. His life throughout was
that of an elevated Christian character. Nor will he
be soon forgotten: "he left an impression upon many
minds that will not easily be effaced, and a fragrance
in many hearts which will not be lost." He was a
magnificent representative of one of the oldest and
most honorable families of Warren County.*

Little Christie Osmun, son of Daniel and Cath-
arine, was a native of Warren County ; born at Broad-
way, October, 1809 ; died in Washington, this county,
in July, 1873, and was there buried. He was a pupil
in medicine of Dr. Jacob Sharp, of Washington, and
attended lectures in Philadelphia. His first location
was (1836-37) near Richmond, Northampton Co., Pa.,
next at Pittstown, Hunterdon Co., N. J. (1837-43) ;
he then removed to Washington, this county, near his
old home. After seven years' practice there he re-
moved (1850) to Virginia, where, in Prince William
County, he prosecuted a large practice until the break-
ing out of the Rebellion ; he then took charge of a
military hospital for a short time. After the war he
returned to his home in Virginia, where he continued
in practice until within three years of his death, and
was then compelled to relinquish it by a stroke of
paralysis. A short time before his death he came

* Dr. J. H. Griffith.

North, and lived among his relatives until his de-
mise. His first wife was Miss Margaret Johnson, of
Washington, N. J., by whom he had one child, which
died young. His second wife was Rachel Lair, of the
same place ; the result of this union were a son and a
daughter, the former, Charles Osmun, M.D., residing
at his father's former location in Virginia. Dr. L. C.
Osmun was a tall, spare man, was in his later years
very venerable in appearance, possessed a genial na-
ture, and was generous to a fault. He was an uncle
of Drs. L. C. and L. M , who in many respects resem-
ble him.f

William Paterson Clark was a son of the
Rev. Joseph Clark, D.D., pastor of the First Presby-
terian Church in New Brunswick, N. J., and brother
of the late Col. Peter I. Clark, of Flemington, N. J.
His mother's maiden name was Margaret Imlay.
William was born at Allentown, N. J., Jan. 21, 1796;
was graduated at Rutgers in 1818. He studied medi-
cine with Dr. Moses Scott, of New Brunswick, N. J.
After receiving his medical education he practiced at
Hunt's Mills (now Clinton), N. J., and at Wilkesbarre,
Pa., removing from the latter place in 1825 to Belvi-
dere, where he followed his profession as long as he
lived. He died Sept. 4, 1857, of dysentery, after a '
short illness, and was buried in the Belvidere ceme-
tery. He never married. He was a successful prac-
titioner, stood high with the profession, and was one
of the founders, a regular attendant, and an officer of
the District Medical Society of Hunterdon County.
His medical standing was solid,! and in later years
his services were required in consultation over nearly
the whole of Warren County, and often in the adjoin-
ing county of Northampton, Pa. He enjoyed the es-
teem of his fellow-practitioners, and took a prominent
part in the medical societies, read the first essay deliv-
ered before the District Medical Society of Hunterdon
County, of which he was one of the founders ; he was
also one of the original members of the District Medi-
cal Society of this (Warren) county, of which he was
president for ten years, and until his death. In 1836-37
he was a vice-president of the State Medical Society.
He was a public-spirited citizen, and for a long time
a director in the Belvidere Bank. He was a religious
man, as was to be expected from his early parental
training, and.was a regular attendant and liberal sup-
porter of the church. In person he was of medium
stature and rather portly, with a ruddy countenance
and a martial bearing.fi

Roderick Byington was, born at Stockbridge,.
Mass., Oct. 27, 1799, and died at Belvidere, N. J.,
Aug. 18, 1872, in the seventy-third year of his age.
He read medicine with the late Dr. David Green, of

t Dr. J. H. Griffith's notes.

$ Dr. Geo. B. Wood, in hie " Practice of Medicine," has recorded a case
of deBperate abdominal dropsy in a female in which Dr. Clark, after
tapping, injected a decoction of DwopyrUB Virginiana into the cavity of
the abdomen and effected a permanent cure.

g Dr. J. C. Johnson's MSS.





nohnsonsburg, N. J., spent some time in the office of
tin- late Professor I reorge McClellan, of Philadelphia,
ami was graduated al Jefferson Medical College. He
Egan i" practice in March, 182"). After spending
six months at Richmond, Pa., he returned to John-

BOllslmrg, ami -^i i • ■< ■■ •••■ I. ■■ 1 Dr. (ircen in tin- care of a

large practice. In October, 1841, he removed to
Belvidere, where he labored until within four years
of his death. Or. W. P. Vail, a contemporary, says
of him, —

On hiH

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right ,

led an active and Inborlotu 1 ■ r. - . The Held which he occupied
ninth shared by Ave additional men at different polnti

iil,i Bolivar, 1 u bii horse wus callud, with well-cram t saddlo-

ii : i > Jog along early and late, without i b regard to weather

■, worn and tired, sleeping bj the way. With him a summons

[>erutlTo. Ha was what was termed at that Umi

lion then was what would now be considered, and justtj

dlcatlons. But ho kept a Mhurj. eye "ii ;.ll tint wai - olng on [n

ncoufmodlolno. Outside ol hi- ■ ailing he was no neutral i barn •

i ;iii guestionnthat related to society lie would stndy tie

ml wrong, and, having settled which was right, there he would


He was :i firm supporter of the cause of i imon

Schools, and an earnest advocate of temperance and
if every other measure affecting the cause of God
anil humanity. He was a ruling elder in tin Second
Presb\ terian ( Ihurch of Belvidere, and a most zealous
member of the local and State medical societies : his
Ready attendance and encouragement to the younger
members wen- noticeable. Of such men a< Dr.
Byington we may, truly say the world is the better for
their having lived in it.

Edwin Byington was horn at John8onsburg,
Warren Co., July 15, 1833. In October, 1841, he re-
moved to Belvidere with his father's family, and after
a careful course of preparatory study entered Williams

poll where he was graduated in 1S.">:{. lie then

entered his father's office as a student of medicine,

ami after attending a i rse of lectures at Jefferson

Medical College was graduated in medicine at the
University of New York, in March, L856. His Drat
Held of professional labor was at Oxford Furnace,

but altera few otlis he removed to Belvidere and

associated himself in business with his father. His
■access was beyond the anticipations ol himself and
his friends ; but, regardless of his prospects, be
yielded in 1 sijn to the call of his country and entered
the Eleventh New Jersey Volunteer Regiment, where
he served with credit. The tributes to bis memory
hpon hi- decease attest his moral worth, his intel-
lectual ability, and his devotion to hi- profession.
William Rea. -His great-grandfather, Alexander

Ilea, a Scotch-Irishman, horn near Tolerant, in the

North of Ireland, about 1695, landed in Philadelphia,
Pa., about I7h', and his family followed soon after,
ami settled upon the property purchased by him in
Hunterdon Co., V J. To reach this they went up the
river a- far as Trenton in a boat, thence in a wagon
drawn by a yoke of oxen until they reached their

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future home, where Alexander Rea died in March,

Of their large family of children was George, horn
Sept. 12, 1786, married Ann Clover, who was horn
July 19, 1749, and died in 1828; George Rea died
Nov. 18, 1813. ' >f their children, Samuel was father
of our subject, horn Nov. 16, 177'.. married Sarah

Mi Kinney, who was horn Nov. 2, 1782, and died Aug.

1, 1842. He removed at an early day to Hackettstown,
N. J., where he followed the trade of a silversmith.
lie w.i- a prominent and influential citizen of that
place, and there resided until his death, which oc-
curred Feb. 12, 1849. His son Georgi studied the

professi f the law, and was a leading mber oi

the bar of New York < Sty.

l'r inently identified with the growth and devel-
opment of the village of Hackettstown for many
year- was I »r. William Rea, who was born at < rerman-
town. N. J., on dune 13, 1804. He was the oldest of
the two children of Samuel and Sarah (McKinney)
Rea. Hi- earlier years were passed at home, where
..| the benefits of such an education as the

common scl 1- of hi- locality afforded. Subsequently

he attended the academy at Basking Ridge, N. J., and
-till later eoninie id the study of medicine with Dr.

John W. < 'raig. of that place.

In the -ea-on of 1828-29, Dr. Rea attended a full
course of medical lectures tit Geneva College, Rut-
gers Medical Faculty, in New York City, and was
licensed to practice by the State board of censors of
New Jersey on Julj 18, 1829. In June, 1831, he
located in practice at Hackettstown, where he contin-
ued to reside until his death, on June 18, 1863.

\- a physician, I>r. Rea was recognized as skillful

and expert in the treatment of his cases, and his ser-
vice- were often in demand by his professional coin-
peers. He enjoyed for many years a large and ex-
tensive practice. During the later years of his life
his health failed him, and. feeling the need of assist-
ance, he associated with him in practice the late Dr.

Lewis C. Cook, wh'o proved an able and valuable


Dr. Rea, still later, retired & practice altogether,

■ ■ted his energies to his genera] business pur-
suits. As a man and a citizen he proved not less
Useful and valualde to the community in which he

dwell than as a physician. He was ever prompt to
relieve the want- of the distressed, and was a liberal
and willing contributor to the various benevolent
enterprises of his day. A Democrat in politic-, be
was never a seeker after place, although he repre-
sented Warren County in the Stale Senate for three
j ear-. I le was active in procuring the charter of the

Hackettstown Hank while in the Senate, and at the

organization of that institution he became its presi-
dent, and filled that position with great acceptance

until hi- demise. He was an attendant upon and

supporter of the Presbyterian Church, though not an
actual member of any religious body. He was a man



of positive convictions, of unquestioned integrity,
and one who was deservedly popular with all classes
of people.

Dr. Rea was married, on June 16, 1842, to Mary,
daughter of Judge Caleh H. Valentine, of Hacketts-
town, and left a number of children. Samuel Rea is a
druggist in Hackettstown, and a director in the bank
at that place ; Robert M. is a practicing physician at
Minneapolis, Kan. ; Margaret is the wife of Casper
B. Shafer, of Washington, D. C. ; Mary resides in
Hackettstown with her mother ; William E. is in the
drug business in the same place ; George M. and
Caleb V. S. are in the mercantile business, — the
former in Brooklyn, and the latter in New York

Silas C. Cook. — The Cook family, of which the
late Dr. Silas C. Cook, of Hackettstown, was a mem-
ber, was of English origin. The first of the family
in this country was (1) Ellis Cook, who settled at
Southampton, L. I., about 1640. He had three sons :
(2) John, Ellis (2d), and Abiel, following down in
the line from which Dr. Cook descended. Abiel
Cook had two sons: (3) Abiel (2d) and Josiah.
Abiel (2d) had six sons: (4) Ellis (3d), Matthew,
Abiel (3d), Zebulon, Samuel, and Elemuel. Ellis
(3d) moved from Southampton to Hanover, in
Morris Co., N. J., in 1747. He had five sons :
(5) William, Ellis (4th), Jonathan, Epaphras, and
John (2d). Ellis -(4th) had five sons: (6) Zebulon,
James, Jabez, Ambrose, and George Whitfield.
James Cook moved from Hanover to Succasunna,
Morris Co., where he resided for many years. He
had one son, (7) Silas C. Cook, the subject of the
present article.

The family has grown to be a very large one. Many
of the descendants of John Cook (2) still reside at
Southampton, and the genealogy of it is pretty fully
written out in Howell's work on "The Early History
of Southampton," though some of that branch of the .
family came to New Jersey. Of the six sons of Abiel
(3), there were five who came to New Jersey, — Ellis,
who settled in Hanover ; Matthew, probably in New
Brunswick ; Abiel and Zebulon, in Upper Freehold ;
and Samuel, in Shrewsbury. Of the sons of Ellis (4),
there are descendants from all of them still resident
in and about Hanover.

Most of the family have been farmers, though some
members of it are to be found in the various branches
of mechanical, manufacturing, and commercial in-
dustry, and a few have entered professional life.
There are two in the ministry, two in the law, and
as many as thirteen from the family of Ellis (5) have
been practitioners of medicine.

The tracing out of the various branches of this
Southampton " Cook family" involves a great deal of
labor, and at present it is very incomplete.

Dr. Silas C. Cook, son of Col. James and Ruth
(Pierson) Conk, (if Succasunna, Morris Co., N. J.,
was born on Christmas Day in the year 1791. His

mother died when he was but four years of age, and,
his father marrying again, young Silas was adopted
by the estimable wife of Judge Condit, of Morristown,
N. J., by whom he was reared. He enjoyed the ben-
efits of a common-school and academic education,
and upon attaining manhood commenced the study
of medicine with Dr. Lewis Condit, a leading physi-
cian of Morristown, and a man prominent in the
counsels of the State and nation. He remained under
the tuition of Dr. Condit for four years, during which
time he attended a course of lectures (in the season
of 1812-13) at the University of Pennsylvania, in
Philadelphia. On Sept. 13, 1813, he was licensed to-
practice the profession of a physician by the State
board of censors of New Jersey, and soon after com-
menced practice at Hughesville, Warren Co., N. J.,
in partnership with old Dr. Hughes, one of the early
practitioners of Northern New Jersey.

After one year Dr. Cook removed to Stewartsville,
Warren Co., where he remained until 1828. In that
year he transferred his business to Hackettstown,
N. J., where he engaged in successful practice until
1842, when he removed to Easton, Pa. He remained
at Easton until the year 1857, when he again located
at Hackettstown, where he closed a successful profes-
sional career with his death, which occurred in 1873.

Dr. Cook was widely known as a safe, able, and
conscientious physician. He diagnosed his cases
carefully, and kept abreast with the advanced ideas
and discoveries of his profession. His bluff and
frank manners made him a welcome visitor to many
homes, and he enjoyed a large and lucrative practice.
Characteristic of him were his attachment to friends,
his unqualified disapproval of dishonesty, his strong
opposition to those who differed with him in action or
theory, his integrity in all his business relations, and
his social and genial qualities at home. He had a
large heart, and contributed liberally of his means to
all worthy objects. His was an industrious and busy
spirit, and when not occupied with the duties of his
profession nothing pleased him better than to be build-
ing something, and to hear the click of the hammer
in the hands of industrious laborers around him. By
Ids energy and taste he did much to develop and beau-
tify the village of Hackettstown and to add to its
architectural attractions.

Dr. Cook was a consistent, humble Christian, with
a full belief in divine revelation, and was for many
years an elder in the Presbyterian Church of Hack-
ettstown. He ever denied to his fellows the right to
prescribe a standard of etiquette imposing upon him
the obligation to be less than a man or a Christian
because he was a doctor. An expanded feeling of
humanity and liberality characterized his course as a
physician and a citizen. He never sought political
honors, but was one of the few early Whigs of Hack-

In the year 1816, Dr. Cook was united in marriage
to Mary, daughter of James Hyndshaw, a prominent




Resident of Stewartsville, \. J., and formerly Bheriff
If Sussex County. A large family of children blessed

fee union, of \vl several died young. Thosi who

Bached mature years were James II.. who was a lead-
i ii ^r merchant of Easton lor many years, and who died
in 1880; Lewis C, a practicing physician of Hack-
tttstown for niiiiiy jv:ii'-. whip -li.il in 1 '7 I : Silas C,
Jr., a ] >r<.ni i n.Tit lawyer of Easton, who died in 1864;
.li.hn 8., a leading physician of Hackettstown at 1 1 1 1 —
fcriting; ami Joseph S., a prominent physician at
Washington, N. J. Mrs. Cook died in 1872.

Joseph S. Cook was bom at Hackettstown, N. .1.,
on March 26, 1830. Hi- earlier educational training
fcaa obtained at tin- model school of Lafayette Col-
foe, Easton, Pa., and in 1847 In 1 entered the latter
Institution a- a stiiilnit, where In- remained one year.
IT subsequently engaged in the study of law in the law-

fchool at Easton I'm- a period of eightei o iths, a in I

in Januan . 1 852, entered I fni 'ollege, Sclienectady,

N. Y., whence he was graduated in 1853. Boon after

lir commenced the studj of licine « iili hi- father,

Dr. Silas ( '. ( look, at Easton, ami was graduated with
he degree c I Doctor "i Medicine at the I Diversity
r . t* Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, in March, 1856. The
lir-t year after graduation was passed bj the doctor in
attendance upon tin- hospitals of Philadelphia, being
resident Burgeon of St. Joseph's Hospital for several
Knonths, ami in assisting his father at Easton.

In the spring of l*-",;, Dr. Cook entered into part-
nership with hi- brother, I >r. .IipIiii S. ('.ink. at llaek-
itt-town, in the practice of his profession, and after
twn years he located at Washington, N. J., where he
has since remained in active ami successful practice.

Dr. Cook, in September, 1862, was appointed ami
Commissioned first assistant surgeon of the Thirty-
tir-t Regiment of Nen Jersey Volunteers, bj tin'
iln-n Governor, Charles S. Olden. In 1865, upon
tin' recommendation of the faculty, the corporation
ui' Lafayette College conferred npon him the second

degree of the instituti that of Master of An-.

On Sept. II. 1877, he was elected n> a fellowship in
tin' American Academy of Medicine, organized Sept.
ti. 1876, in Philadelphia.

Lev i- C. < ''» iK, son of Dr. Silas C. Cook, was born
at Stewartsville, Sussex (now Warren) Co., N. .1.. in
I ii •i-innliiT, lsis. Shortly after, hi> lather removed

with his family to Hackettstown, where I

in the practice of his profession, and where hi- son
Lewis was prepared to enter Princeton College. Hi
was graduated in 1838. (Vfter reading medicine with
his father he received the degree of M.D. from the Med-
ical Department of the I 'ni versify of Pennsylvania in
1842. He succeeded hi- father in his practice, and
ijoon after entered into partnership with Dr. William
lira, which was continued until the latter retired
from the active dutiesofthe profession, in 1850, when
lir was succeeded by JohnS. rook. M.l>. This part-
nership continued until 1857, when Dr. Cook removed
tn Chicago, III., where he pursued hia professional

labors until 1861, when the declining health of bis
I'amilv compelled him to return to the Cast ; he then
renewed the partnership with his brother at ll
ettstown, and continued in this connection until pros-
trated by his last illness. In March, l^'iii. Dr. Cook
married Mrs. Janel Pierson, by whom he leaves
an only son. His wife's 'hath preceded his own by
several years. He never remarried, but devoted his
leisure hour- to the education of his son. and to so-
bhe declining days of an aged and honored
father. Jan. 11. 1874, be passed away. He was a
worthy inhir of the Presbyterian Church.

In Cool was a man of fine personal appearance,
graceful address, and lively and social temperament.
He was an active member of the medical society of
the county, and frequi atly represented it in the State
body. He was modest and frugal, a man of genuine
truth and incorruptible integrity, benevolent to the

I r, inflexible in his friendships, and in every way a

limn of intrinsic worth, commanding the entire con-
fidence of the community in which he lived.* .

sun 1 1 W. Fell was born in Wilkesbarre, Pa.,
in 1788. He married Lydia, daughter of Maj. Henry
Dusenberry and Lydia, his wife, of Mansfield, War-
ren Co. During the war of 1812 he commanded the
"Washington Greens." He afterwards practiced
medicine at New Hampton, N. J., and at Belvidere,
this county, where he died, July 11, 1824, aged thirty-
six \. us three month and fifteen days. Hi wifa
died March is. is:::', aged forty-eight years, four
months, and thirteen days. Their only son, I'r. Jesse
W., studied medicine under Dr. McClenahan, and
after graduation wont to England, where he was for
a time conspicuous as a cancer doctor. The smiur
Fell lost his speech some time before his death, either
by exposure to camp-life or by fox-hunting, of which
he was M-ry fond. He was buried in the Mansfield
ry.-f He had quite a reputation as a surgeon,
and with success performed the operation for strangu-
lated hernia upon the late Dr. E. Everett, of Sussex
( lounty. In person he was short and handsome.

IIakvky Halleck:, son of Israel Halleck, of
Mount Hope, was a native of < (range 1 ',,.. V Y.. horn
in 1802. II' studied medicine with Dr-. Newkirk
and Stephen Hedges. At the close of his preparation
he located at Marksboro', but remained only a brief

period, re ring to Pittsburgh, Pa. In Isii he

purchased the real estate of the late Dr. R. Byington
:it Johnsonsburg, and there engaged in a good practice
until 1847, when he returned to Newton, where he
died, June 21, 1852, in his fifty-second year. He was
buried at the Yellow Frame Cemetery. He was
I a member of the District Medical Society of
Warren County, and in L846 was made an honorary
member of the District Medical Society of Sussex
County. He married Eleanor McCarter daughter of
the celebrated " < lid Man of the Mountain" , who is

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still living in Newton. Dr. Halleck was a man of
extensive acquirements, a physician of rare abilities.

David Green, a member of the Green family of
Greensville, Sussex Co., was a practitioner at John-
sonsburg, — probably coming after Dr. Fell. He built
the stone residence which was occupied by his suc-
cessors until sold about 1876 by Dr. Vail. Id. 1826,
when be was followed by Dr. R. Byington, he went to
New York City, where he lived in Pearl Street, kept
a drug-store, practiced medicine, and died there. He
was a brother of Dr. George Green, one of the found-
ers of the Warren County District Medical Society ;
and, although his own name is in the warrant for the
county society, it does not appear that he was present
at its first or any subsequent meetings.

William B. Dey was bom in the village of Hope,
of a family somewhat prominent at that time, about
1810. His literary education was received from Rev.
C. Dunn, of Newton ; he was graduated from Rutgers
College, and attended medical lectures in New York.
He was associated for a time with Dr. Leeds at Hope,
but afterwards located at Columbia, opposite the pres-
ent village of Portland, Pa. His reputation for native
talent was good, and his promise of being a successful
practitioner bright ; but after a few years' practice he
died May 23, 1849, in his thirty-ninth year. His wife
was a Miss Ramsay.*

Alexander H. Thomson, a descendant of Hon.
Mark Thomson, was born at Changewater, Warren
Co. ; received a classical education at Trenton ; was
graduated in medicine at the University of Pennsyl-
vania. He practiced but a short time, soon after en-
gaging in farming and milling. He died at his
residence, in Marksboro', Sept. 10, 1840, of gastric

Dewitt C. Wilson, a native of Wantage township,
Sussex Co., came to Warren County about 1840, and
taught school in the village of Paulina. At that time
he read medicine in the office of Dr. John Albright,
and afterwards attended lectures at the College of

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