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talents, and bade fair to take a leading position in the
profession, but he went down to an untimely grave at
the early age of twenty-five years. On a neat monu-
ment in the old graveyard at the "Straw" church,
in Greenwich, may be found the following ;

"John Sharp, M.D.,

Bora Miry 13, 1833,
Died Dec. 30, 1S5S."

Simeon S. Dana, a native of New Hampshire, born
about 1830, and a graduate of Jefferson Medical Col-
lege of Philadelphia about the year 1852, was soon
after located at Finesville, this county. The same
year he received a diploma from the Medical Society
of New Jersey. In 1854 he removed to Hunterdon
County (to Clover Hill), and there practiced the re-
mainder of his days. He died in 1860, while on a
visit to his native State, to which after his demise his
family returned, and where they are now residing.
He was a member of the District Medical Society of
Hunterdon County. His wife was Miss Julia, an
adopted daughter of Miss Ann Hall, of Somerset
County. He left several children.*

Redford Sharp, son of William R. Sharp, was a
native of Belvidere; read medicine and practiced sev-
eral years in his native town prior to the war of the
Rebellion, during which he served as an assistant sur-
geon in the Union army. After the war he located
in Texas, where he was married and died.

Luther C. Bowlby was a native of this county.
He practiced medicine at Finesville, Danville, and
Hackettstown, and died in early life. He was a mem-
ber of the Warren County Medical Society, joining in

William Kennedy, sou of Phineas B. Kennedy,
Esq., was born in Belvidere. He practiced at Dan-
ville; subsequently removed to Southwestern Mis-
souri ; was there at the breaking out of the late civil
war ; he joined the Confederate army as a surgeon, since
which time he has not been heard from. His widow
(a daughter of D. Van Buskirk), with an only child,
— a son, — now resides at Danville, in this county.


James C. Fitch, who has long been the Nestor of
the profession in Warren County, is a native of New

1 Dr. Bliinu's " Me<l. Itiut. of Hunterdon County.'



York City. His father was a sea captain, and with

his family subsequently removed from the metropolis
to Warwick, V V., where James studied with tin-
laic Dr. James P. Young, lie attended lectures at

the Geneva Medical College, and practiced medicine
four or live years at Warwick. Be removed to Hope

in L827, was licensed by the state .Medical Society,
and became a member of the County Society in 1829.
J >r. Pitch became a partner of the extensive practice

Of Dr. Leeds, and t'e>k an e<|Ual share of the Ion;.'

rides and hard labor of the district. Since Or. Leeds'

removal he ha- been eontii usly engaged, and is

now attending to bis practice, although he has reached
the advanced age of eighty-five years. The doctoi
was alway- a strict disciplinarian, neat in person,
wearing the traditional black broadcloth suit and
silk hat. Hi- reputation as an obstetrician i- high.
Be married a Miss Drake and had six children, of
whom three survive, the two Bons both being physi-
cians. The oldest,

GEORGE D. Fitch, was horn at Hope, April 7,
1888 ; received a classical education, and after reading
a medical course in hi- father's otiiee attended lectures
and was graduated al the I Diversity of New Ybrk,in
1800. He practiced with his father at Hope until the
spring of 1S(>5, when he accepted a commission a~
assistant surgeon in the Fifteenth Kcgiment New
Jersey Infantry Volunteers. At the close of the war
he settled in Philadelphia, where he -till practices.

I'ki.atiaii FlTCH, son of Or. James ('., was horn
in IslL' ; was graduated at Jefferson Medical College
in 1 sc.ii ; was assistant surgeon of the Tenth New

Jersey Volunteer Infantry. At the close of the war

he also settled at Philadelphia, where he still prac-
tices medicine ill connection with a drug-store.

Henry S. Harris. — His grandfather, isaac Bar-
ris, born in 1741, was educated in East Jersey. He
married Margaret Pierson, of Morris County, who
bore him four children, two daughters and two sons,

■ — Israel, a lawyer, and Isaac, who practiced medicine
in Wood-town. Salem Co., until his death, wdiich oc-
curred April 16, 1811, at the age id' forty. By his
second marriage he had one daughter and four sons,

one of whom, Samuel, practiced medicine in Camden

for Some thirty years prior to his death, in 1*30, at
the age of sixty -one.

Hr. Isaac I larri- in early life and manhood settled

near Quibbletown, Piscataway township, in the county
of Middlesex, where he practiced his profession. He
possessed an eleganl residence and farm, which was

purchased by the lather of Lewis Stillc, which the
latter afterward- I upied. Alter the -ale of his

place Or. Hani- relieved to Pittsgrove, Salem Co.,
about 1771, where he lived for many years, practicing
his profession with great success. For many years
his office was the resort of medical Btudents fir

Somerset County and elsewhere. He possessed a

good medical library and had a reputation as a prom-
inent man in his profession. Be Was among the first

who responded to the call for the formation of a med-
ical society, and was the sixth signer to the instru-
ment of association; he then resided in Middlesex.
After his removal to South Jersey, in November, 1771.
he gave as a reason for non-attendance at the meetings
of the society hi- distant residence, and requested that
he be considered a corresponding member. He was
elected president of the society in I7'.'l'. In tie-war of

177i> In- was commissi I surgeon in • ten. Newcomb's

brigade of State troops. It i- written of him that he

fulfilled with integrity and honor tin- various duties

of husband, parent, physician, patriot, and public
officer in the i Ihurch and in the state, crowning them
all with the virtues of an eminently Christian life.
He died in I so-, a t Oaretown, Salem Co., at the age
of sixty-eight. <>ne brother, Jacob Harris. W as a
surgeon throughout the Revolutionary war. and an-
other brother,] I - nj main, practi ted mi li: int m 1 itts-

grove, where he died in middle life.

Israel, son of Dr. Isaac Harris, born in 177o, was
graduated at Princeton College and studied law with
Gen. Frederick Frelinghuysen at Millstone, in Somer-
set Co., N. J. He subsequently turned his attention
to business pursuits, and became the possessor of sev-
eral hundred acres of land in Hillsborough township,
Somerset Co., and valuable personal property. He
resided for a time at Middlebrook, and spent the lat-
ter part of his life at Soincrvillc, where he died, in
June, 1816. In early manhood he took an active
part in politics as a member of the old Federal party,
and had influence in political circles. He served one
term as sheriff id' Somerset County. Had he followed
his profession, his energy and talent could not have
failed to give him rank with the most promini nt
lawyers of his time. His wife was Ah-tta. daughb c
of Hendrick Schenck, who was one of the founders
of the Dutch Reformed < Ihurch at Millstone, N. J., in
1766, and whose ancestors were of Dutch origin. She
died Aug. 9,1840, in her eighty-fourth year of age.
Their children are Dr. Henrj S.; Margaret, who

beet the wife of Abraham 0, V *hees, merchant,

of New Brunswick; and Gertrude F. Harris.

Or. Henry S. Harris, born at Weston, Franklin
township, Somerset Co.. Dec. f.. 17'.'". i- at the time
of writing this sketch in the eighty-fifth year of

his age Be has lived nearly one-half the time
since his Dative state was first Bet footuj by the

white man, and is aide now to portray in striking

contrast the present with three-quarters of a century
iking the changes and the introduction of
machinery to lessen labor of almost every kind, to
see schools, churches, and colleges built up and the
forest give place to highly-cultivated and produc-
tive fields, [lis curly education was confined to the
common BChool of his native place. At the age of
fourteen he began the study of the classics at the
Somerville Academy, in which he became quite pro-
ficient during three years of incessant study. At

the age of seventeen be began the study of medicine



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with his cousin, Dr. Henry Vanderveer, a prominent
physician of Bedminster township, and continued
his studies for four years, after whicli he attended a
course of medical lectures in Philadelphia. He passed
his examination before the medical board of Middle-
sex County, and in 1818 settled in practice at Milford,
Hunterdon Co., N. J., where he remained for seven
years. He was subsequently in practice at Marlbor-
ough, Monmouth Co., for four years, and in Bedmin-
ster for the same length of time. He then settled
in Allamuchy, Warren Co., where he successfully
practiced his profession until 1871, when his age
prevented him from the further active duties of his
profession, and he removed to Belvidere, where he
resides in 1880.

As a physician, Dr. Harris has ever been known as
skillful, prompt, intelligent, and well read in medi-
cine, and his counsel has been regarded by the medi-
cal fraternity as safe and judicious in complicated
cases. For a quarter of a century or more he at-
tended his patients on horseback, and it may be
truthfully said of him that the needy, when no money
compensation could be expected, always received his
care and treatment as well as the most opulent fami-

lies. He was esteemed for his urbanity of manners,
for his kindness of heart and sympathy for those
afflicted by disease, and especially for his leniency to
his hosts of debtors, many of whom never in any way
compensated him for his services. In Dr. Harris
young physicians always found a friend and adviser
in times of necessity, and all classes of society learned
to esteem him for his manly and Christian virtues.
During his entire practice of fifty years his success iu
obstetrics was almost unprecedented, as during that
long period he never lost a case.

Dr. Harris has ever been interested in all questions
of local and State legislation, and, following in the
line of his ancestors, he is a Republican, having for-
merly been a member of the old Whig party. He
was one of the founders of the Hunterdon County
Medical Society, and was for many years a member of
it. Upon his retirement from practice he became a
member of the Warren County Medical Society. His
wife, Amelia, is a daughter of Edward Stout and
granddaughter of Moses Stout, who mai'ried a sister
of John Hart, one of the signers of the Declaration
of Independence. She was born May 4, 1801. Their
children are Israel, cashier of the Belvidere National



Bank, one of whose sons, Henry 8. Hani-, graduated
ai Princeton in the class of 70, is a lawyer at Belvi-

dero, Ulld Was fli -i- to I to Congress ill I hi' I'm II ul' I SXII ;

Catharine L.; Henry Vanderveer, deceased; Hen-
rietta T. ; Ocrtrude 1' i- • I i 1 1 _rln i_\ -■ u . wile of John
Brookfield, of Belviderej Emma R., deceased ; Fran-
ces Eureka, deceased, who was the wife "I .). Flavcl
McOee, a lawyer of Jersey City.

Wm.i.iam P. Vail was born in Morris County in
1803. His early life was passed on bis father's farm,
and his education derived from the common Bchools
of his neighborhood. He began the study of medi-
cine with his brother Charles. He attended medical
lectures at Rutgers ( 'ollegc, ami was licensed by the
State Medical Society at the same session with the
late Dr. David M.Sayre,— in June, 1828. He came to
Johnsonsburg and took charge of Dr. Byington's
practice during the winter of 1828 29, alter which

time In- beca his partner, - ntinuing until 1881,

when he settled at Paulina. In 1838 he removed to
Stroudsburg, but returned to Johnsonsburg in l s i7.
lie resided there nearly thirty years, when be relin-
quished the practice of medicine. His residence is

now near Newark, N. J.

As a practitioner he was conservative and success-
ful. Noted for his extended researches in general and
local history, well versed in theology, an elder of the
Presbyterian Church of the Yellow Frame, and an
;irdent advocate of temperance, his deafness and par-
tial loss of sight do not prevent him, in the decline
of life, from still taking a lively interest in whatever
i- for the good Of men.

Tin: h:i: Cham: is a son of Ross and Margaret

(Shafer) ( Irane, and was born at I [ackettstown, N. J.,
Dec. 5, 182!). His father, Ibi-s Crane, was a native
of We-tiield, N. J., and one of the earlj prominent
residents of Hackettetown. He was a skillful mill-
wright, and followed that put-nit for a number of
years, lie also engaged in the mercantile business at
I [ackettstown for many year-, and owned and operated

a ilouring-mill there. He was appointed by the Leg-
islature as a director of the Belvidere Bank, and filled
that position for a long time. In all the walks of life
be sustained the character of an upright man, valu-
able citizen, and consistent Christian, and enjoyed the
respect and esteem of the community in which he
dwelt. He was a liberal contributor to the various
benevolent and philanthropic enterprises of bis day.
ami a prom i inn i member of the Presbyterian Church

of I lacked stow ti, of which he wa- one of the trustei -.

He die I iii L867, at the age of seventy-one.

Dr. Crane, after a preliminary educational training
at the Hackettetown Academy, entered Princeton Col-
lege in 1847, and was graduated from that institution

in ibe class of 1 850. He soon after commenced the
study of medicine with Dr. Lewis C. Cook, of Hack-
ettetown, and subsequently studied with Drs. Du Hois
and Crane, of New Utrecht, I,. I. I le attended a full
course of lectures at the College of Physicians and

Surgeons, in New York City, and was graduated with
the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1856. Hi at
once established himself at Hackettetown, where he
is still in active and successful practice. JR enjoys


the reputation of an upright and honorable man, and
of a skillful and intelligent physician, and is uni-
formly respected in the locality in which he resides.
He is a member of the Slate and County -Medical So-
cieties, and of the I'resbyterian ( hurch of Hacketts-
town. Though a Democrat in politics, be has never
been an aspirant after place, but bas filled the im-
portant position of freeholder for two years. He has
also been one of the town trustees of 11 ackettstown

Academy. He was married, in 1858, to Emma E.,

daughter of .lame- Sbotwell, of Haekettstown, and

has -e\ en children living.
.Iciiin s. Cook is the fifth son of Dr. Silas C. ( look,

a sketch of whose life appears elsewhere in this work.

He was born at Stewarteville, N. J., on June 19, L827,
and aftei a preliminary academic training at Hack-
ettetown, N. J., entered Lafayette College, Baston,
Pa., in 1848. In 1846 he entered the senior class of
1 nion College, Schenectady, V Y., whence he was

graduated in I s|7. •

Soon after graduation Dr. Cook commenced the
study of medicine at Baston, Pa., with hi- father,

with whom he remained three years. During this
period he attended two courses of lectures at the Med

ical Department of the University of Pennsylvania,

in Philadelphia, and wa- graduated from that insti-
tution with the degree of Doctor ol Ml dicini



He at once entered upon the practice of his profession
at Hackettstown, N. J., where he has since remained,
a portion of the time heing in partnership with his
brother, the late Dr. Lewis C. Cook.

Dr. Cook is the oldest practicing physician of
Hackettstown, and enjoys a large and remunerative
practice. He is recognized as an intelligent and able
practitioner, of good judgment, careful in diagnosis,
and skillful in the application of remedies to meet the
requirements of his cases. He justly holds high rank
in his profession, is a member of the county and State
medical associations, and was president of the latter
in 1879. His address on "The Problem of Life," de-
livered at the session of the State association in that
year, was recognized by his professional brethren as
an able and valuable paper, and was printed in pam-
phlet form for distribution.

As a man and a citizen Dr. Cook enjoys the respect
and esteem of many friends. He has never been an
aspirant after political place, though identified with
the Republican party. He is genial in manner, liberal
in his views and with his means, in active sympathy
with all movements of a progressive or elevating char-
acter, and a leading spirit in the social fabric of which
he forms a part.

Dr. Cook was married, in 1855, to Georgiana,
daughter of Richard and Mary A. Lewis, of Worth-
ington, Ohio, and has had eight children, of whom
seven are living, — namely, Helen B., Richard L., Silas
C, John C, Mary, William F., and Catharine P.
George died in infancy.

Lewis Mackby Osmun is the third son of Joseph
and Elizabeth M. Osmun, and was born in Independ-
ence township, Warren Co., N. J., on the second day
of November, 1835. In the spring of 1848 his parents
moved to Prince William Co., Va., where they con-
tinued their former avocation of farming, the subject
of this sketch diligently assisting them in all that per-
tained to the labor of the farm. In the mean time
he attended an academic course of instruction at Ma-
nassas Junction, after which he entered Columbia Col-
lege, in Washington, D. C, where he took a partial
course and commenced the study of medicine with
his uncle, L. C. Osmun, M.D., in his adopted county,
in the year 1856. After a due course of study with
his uncle he entered the National Medical College, a
department of Columbia College, Washington, D. O,
and after taking two full courses of lectures he grad-
uated, in the spring of 1860. He soon after came
North and located at Bushkill, Pike Co., Pa., where
he continued three years in an active practice, when,
feeling a strong desire, in common with so many
young surgeons of the North, to render all the as-
sistance possible in putting down the late Rebellion,
he offered his services to the War Department at
Washington, and was immediately assigned to a po-
sition as assistant surgeon at Methodist Church Hos-
pital, Alexandria, Va. After remaining here about
four months he was transferred to Emery Hospital,
Washington City, D. O, where he rendered very ef-
fective service until August, 1865, when he again
("inic North, located at Phillipsburg, Warren Co.,

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J., and there he still continues in a large and lu-
crative practice of medicine ami Burgerj . The latter
■ranch he lias made a specialty from the i'u-t. ami is
It the present time surgeon for the Central Railroad
K New Jersey, a- well a- the Morris ami Essex <li-
vi-inn of tin; Delaware, Lackawanna ami Western

Railroad at this place. 1 li- success as a sui i

Indoubted. His treatment of a case is conservative
ratlin- than radical, ami the best results follow aearly
all of his operations. His rank a- a surgeon for the
pasi fii'iccn yi'ars has ], I ared him among the leading
medical men of this portion of the State. Il>- is
lighlj appreciated by his fellow-practitioners in
medicine, and is a working member of the District
Medical Society for the county of Warren. His
lenerosit: is I the hrsl order gvr.ng freely f In
Beans to-every humane and worthy purpose. Hi
firm in his decisions, but kindness and benevolence
arc seen in all his actions, especially among the poorer
■ass of his patrons.

Through careful and close attention to business he
ha- a. ■'■lunula! id a competency. He is a thinker,
ami mil afraid to express his opinions at all times.
At present he is a member of the Bchool board of
Phillipsburg, and is deeply interested in the cause
nf education. No man in his profession enjoys a

.! i better than he; and he can be found, « hen
business permits, at the different entertainments in

tin- town, laughing and joking with all with wl

be comes in contact. With all classes he is a general
pvorite, and particularly so with the children, who
Ere always happy to gain his friendship. He lias
Ei arried.

Sami el S. Clark was born at Flemington, Hun-
terdon Co., V J., Nov. s, L826. He is a son of the
Rev. John F. Clark, and a grandson of the Rev. Jo-
seph Clark, D.D. The latter served during the Rev-
olution on Washington's staff. Gen. John Maxwell,

of Revolutionary me ry, was I>r. Clark's

bncle. Samuel S. rei eived his preparatory education
at the school of the Rev. John Vanderveer, of Easton,

1 in I s 1 1 was admitted to Lafayette I lollege. After

remaining there two years he entered the junior i lass
at Princeton, and was graduated in L845. In 1848
be was graduated from the Medical Department of
ihr University of New York, and the same year es-
tablished himself in practice at Belvidere, V.I. at
first in partnership with his uncle, Dr. W. P. Clark,
phich continued until the batter's death), where he still
resides and practices his profession. He is e member
nf the American Medical Association, and of the
pen Jersey Stair and Warren County Medical So-
cirti.'s, joining the latter in 1849, and was it- presi-
dent in I si;.. In 1879 he was appointed b) Governor
Meridian one of the managers of the State Lunatic
asylum, at Muni- Plains. In 1854 he married Jane

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it. in mid Somoreol CouuUo ' mtki - Dr. Clarke birth occui In 1846. It
Bould road is:,.


('., daughter of James C. Kennedy, M.l>.. of Warren


.Ions Couse Johnson, son of William H. and
\i,M, M.Johnson, was born at Lewisburg, Wantage
township, Sussex Co., N. J., Oct. 21, 1828. In 1880
his father removed to Newton, where John C. spent
his youth, and at the schools of which place he re-
ceived his education. In April. |s)r,, he entered the
office of the late Dr. J. R. Stuart, of Newton; at-
tended two courses of lectui liege of Phy-
sicians and Surgeons at New York, r living his

diploma in March, 1850. June '■'■, I860, he settled at
Blairstown, and imm menced the practice

of medicine, which he lias continued through all the

ening years. He married, in January, 1862,
Miss Vim I.. Howell, of Blairstown, and has had one
child, a daughter. Dr. Johnson joined the District
Mclieal Societj for Warren Countj in 1852, and has
held various official station- in the same, being at the
presenl time a member of its historical committee.
He is a member and a fellow of the Medical Society
of New Jersey, having served as its president in 1867.
The doctor's contributions to medical literature are
to be found in the published transactions of the
State Medical Society, and as one of the historical
committee of the medical society of this county he

has gathered, compiled, and written much that will

be of incalculable value to tin- profession in the


JOHN I». MILL8 was located for a time near Wal-
nut Valley, in the township of Blairstown, probably

from 1-11 to 1X47. when lie removed to Stanhope,
where he practiced lor many years. Asa practitioner

he was noted tor hi- frequent and great use of vene-
section a- compared with the present idea- of thera-
peutic-. Heseemed to use it very successfully in an
epidemic of scarlel fever, probably of a congestive
character with brain i iplication. He .-till resides

at Stanhope, l.iu i- not in practice.

John Albright practiced medicine at Paulina
from 1887 to 1855. He was a native of Madison,

Morris t ',,.. N. . I., where his lather was a merchant.

lie was \ery- essful and had a large practice. His

mind was intuitive, which, coupled with industry

and promptness, gave him the confidence of his pa-
trons. Bui the toils of hi- extensive ride were

great for his strength, and he retired from practice in
I 355. He removed to his old home in Madison, and
ha- -ie aged in business in New York.

Richard Pattos Cooke, a native of Freling-
huysen township, this county, and a graduate of the
University of \, > w York, practiced a t\\\ months at

Hope, War:, ii (',,., hut, as the labors of a countiw

physician were ie ■' congenial to hi- tastes, he resumed
the practice of dentistry, and has for a long time t n-

joyed a lucrative business of that kind ill the city of

, ork.1

f Dr. J. C Johnson's nolo*.

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