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was a graduate; and if Dr. D'Aubigno, of Sparta, waB, it must havo
been of a foreign school. At that date (1819) but few attended more
than one course of lectures, and were licensed to practice by censors. —
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house. " Like most young physicians, Dr. Hedges
found his path to success tedious and difficult, but his
kindly qualities of mind, united to professional skill,
won him firm and fast friends," by which he gained
an extensive practice throughout the county, and held
the same until his death from typhoid fever, Aug. 10,
1845.

The memory of Dr. Hedges needs no further record
than the fact of the well-sustained recommendation
given by the board of censors, by which he was in-
troduced to the county. In 1824 he was married to
Rachel Ann, daughter of Jonathan Baldwin, of New-
ton, where she is still living. At the time of his
death he left seven children, — Elizabeth, Sarah, Jo-
seph, Mary, Frances, Julia, and Emma. The son,
Joseph, is a practicing physician at Branchville;
Sarah, now deceased, married Theodore Little, a
prominent lawyer of Morristown ; and Elizabeth, also
deceased, was the wife of George H. Nelden, the pres-
ent clerk of Sussex. The remaining children sur-
round the fireside of their mother's home, where,
mourning their bereavements, they still remain a
united family.

Alexander Linn, son of Hon. John Linn, was
born at Harmony Vale, Sussex Co., July 17, 1811.
He married Julia, a daughter of the late Horace Vib-
bert, in 1845. He was a graduate of Union College,
1831 ; began the study of medicine under Dr. R. By-
ington at Johnsonsburg, N. J. ; attended lectures at
Jefferson Medical College, 1833-36, receiving his
diploma from that institution in March, 1836. In
1837 he located at Deckertown, where his skill and
earnest devotion to his calling soon gave him com-
mand of a large practice, which he retained until
prostrated by his last illness. He formed a partner-
ship with W. H. Linn, May 1, 1849, which was dis-
solved in April, 1856. He was a great student, and
possessed a remarkable memory. Became a member
of the Sussex County District Medical Society in
1840, and his associates looked up to him " as the
most brilliant star in their circle." He was a mem-
ber of the State Medical Society, and was twice
elected as one of its vice-presidents. After months
of great suffering he died, May 12, 1868, leaving a
widow and four sons, together with a large circle of
warm friends and patrons, to mourn the loss of one
who, had he cared less for theirs and more for his
own health, might have yet been spared ; but such
was not his conviction of duty.

John R. Stuart was born in Newton, N. J.,
March 11, 1809, and died there Jan. 15, 1873. He
was adopted, reared, and educated by his uncle,
Daniel Stuart; his educational advantages were of
the best. In 1827 he was graduated from Rutgers
College, and began the study of medicine in his na-
tive town with the late Stephen Hedges, then one of
the most popular physicians of the county. He at-
tended lectures at the College of Physicians and Sur-
geons, New York, and was licensed to practice in the



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lull of 1881. He ;ii once commenced lii- labors al
Ifewton, and in the following spring united himself
with the District Medical Society, which he Berved
fci several years as an efficient secretary, and in 1849
was elected its president. His interest in the society
was maintained throughout his life.

In February, 1843, he went to Sparta to take the
[practice left vacanf by Dr. D. M. Sayre's removal to
Morris County. Soon after this change Dr. Hedges
died, and Dr. Stuart (in L845) returned to Newton,
when- he established an extensive practice, which he
pursued with energy for ten or twelve years. After
twenty-five years of active professional life he gradu-
ally withdrew from practice and devoted mosl of his
time to the sale of drugs, in which business he was
engaged at the time of Ms death. His confidential
friends, Judge D. S. Anderson, of Newton, and Sec-
retarj ofState Henry C. Kelsey, ofTrenton, were his
executors.

Dr. Stuart was well known as an excellent physician
and a courteous gentleman, of fine hospitality, gener-
ous to the poor, and much heloved by his patients and
friends. His social qualities were remarkable. As a
physician he was guided more l>y the cautions expe-
i [eni e of an observing mind than l>y medical theories;
busting much to the curative efforts of Nature, he was
content to be her ministering servant, finding his chid'
employment in removing the obstructions which im-
peded her wise course to returning health.

JOBK TlTSWOKTH. — The first of the name to set-
tle within the limits of Sussex County was William
Tit-worth, one of the first settlers of the township of
Wantage. He came from the Neversink settlement
during the French and Indian war. driven thence by
the hostilities that then prevailed, and located on the
tract of land near 1 leckcrtown on which his descend-

ant- have since resided, lie- was the great-grand-
father of l»r. Titsworth : died March 4. 1791.

Stephen Titsworth, son of the first William, was
horn on April 8, 1784, and early occupied land in
Wantage township, near that of his father, lie mar-
lied ( latharine Coykendall, and had children.— Sarah,
horn Nov. 5, 1752, died March 14, 1777; William,
horn Aug. 12, 1758; Henry, horn Dec. 8, 17<i4; and
Jcfliah, horn Feb. 28, 177 I. Stephen Tit-worth died
April 17. 1777, and his wife on Nov. 17, L805.

William Titsworth, lather of the doctor, wa- horn
in Wantage township, on the dad' indicated above,
and occupied the ancestral acres of his lather and

grandfather. I >ver one hundred years ago he erected
the stone house -till standing on the < 'lose road, in
Wantage, near the residence of his grandson, Wil-
liam ; this wa- hjg dwelling-place for life Besides

1 ; i r: . •: thrifty and industrials farmer, owning a
large tract of land, he Operated B grist- and saw-mill
on the Clove stream, mar by. He took an active in-
terest in church all'airs, was one of the signers of the

original petition for forming the Olove Church, and
was for many years an elder in that body. Ilis wife



was Margaret Middaugh, born Oct. 8, 1757, and the
children were .lane, horn March 24, 1780 (married
Dr. Berrct Havens, an old and prominent physician
of Wantage), died dan. 9, 1807; Stephen, born July




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24. 1788; Amos, horn June 28, 1787, died Feb. 19,
1859; John, horn April 19, 1793, and the subject of
this sketch. William Titsworth died March 8, 1837,
and his wife, Margaret, on March 81, L841. His
property was divided between his son- Amos and
John, and is still occupied by their descendants.

Dr. John Titsworth was born in Wantage township
on April 19, 1798. His early life was spent on his
father's farm, where he passed through the usual rou-
tine experience- of a farmer's -on. When about four-
teen yean of age he left home for school at Chester,
in Morris County, where he received the benefits of
careful academic instruction, and subsequently at-
tended the academy at Ncwburg. N. V. Being
thoroughly fitted, he entered Yale College, at which
institution he was graduated in the class of 1818.
Among his classmates were Samuel B. Buggies. Dan-
iel Lord, Theodore Ihvight, Joshua l.eavitt. William
1.. Stores, and others who have since become favor-
ably known in connection with the public affairs of
the country.

After graduation 1 >>-. Titsworth pursued the study of
medicine in New Haven, and attended full courses of
lectures in both New York and Philadelphia. Dpon
being duly licensed as a physician he commenced
the practice of his profession in New Haven, and
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that city. He continued in active business life at
that place until the year 1826, when, owing to failing
health, he removed to his native township and settled
on the old homestead. A few years later he erected
the present residence of his son, William Titsworth,
where he passed the remainder of his life.

For many years he practiced as a physician in
Wantage, and was recognized as a learned and skill-
ful practitioner. Possessed of an inquiring mind, he
studied his cases carefully, and brought to their con-
sideration the most exact and scientific treatment.
He kept abreast with the discoveries of the times, and
carefully avoided the grooves and routine habits of his
medical brethren. He was frequently called into con-
sultation by other physicians, and his skill was greatly
appreciated by them. In his later days he somewhat
relinquished his practice, and devoted his time to
reading, study, and scientific investigation, which
was more congenial to him than the details of prac-
tice, as well as less wearing on his somewhat weak-
ened constitution. He took daily exercise in his
garden, and was greatly interested in horticultural
affairs. In politics he was a Whig, and was also one
of the main pillars of the Clove Presbyterian Church,
of which he was for many years a trustee and an
elder. He was a man of generous impulses, of warm
and liberal spirit, of strict integrity, and a prompt con-
tributor to the various benevolent and philanthropic
enterprises of his day. After a long life of useful-
ness and honor he passed away on Feb. 1, 1873, and
was laid to rest with his fathers in the neighboring
cemetery.

Dr. Titsworth 's wife, whom he married on May 31,
1819, was Abigail, daughter of Deacon Nathan and
Mary Beers, of New Haven, Conn. She was born
April 10, 1795, and died Dec. 27, 1863. The children
of the union were Barret Havens, born July 25, 1822,
died April 1, 1837 ; William, bom July 12, 1824 (re-
siding on the old homestead) ; Margaret M., born
May 27, 1828 (wife of Mahlon Cooper, of Warwick) ;
and Mary P., born Dec. 12, 1829, died July 26, 1830.
Jacob Hornbeck, third son of Philip Hornbeck,
was born in Kochester, Ulster Co., N. Y., about the
time of the Revolution. He studied medicine in his
native town with Dr. Abram K. Dewitt, completing
the course in October, 1800, after which he removed
to Montague, Sussex Co., N. J., then known as the
Minisink Valley. He was licensed to practice in this
State, Oct. 5, 1802. The next year he married Es-
ther, only daughter of John I. Westbrook. As a cit-
izen he was honored and respected. He served one
term in the Legislature (elected in 1820) with great
acceptance. He was a physician of decided abilities,
and sustained a high reputation among his professional
brethren. In his early practice he rode for miles
into the wilderness of Pike Co., Pa., and for a great
distance over the hills of Sussex, encountering dan-
gers unknown to the present day. He continued in
active practice until a few years before his death.



Dr. Hornbeck was a man of extreme modesty and
reserve ; he eschewed politics, and, with one excep-
tion, held no public office. He died Sept. 12, 1859,
at the residence of his son-in-law, Archibald Drake,
in Frankford, and was buried at the Reformed Dutch
church of Montague, in the neighborhood of where
he had for fifty-nine years labored to alleviate and
minister to the ills of the people. His daughter,
Sarah, became the wife (in 1854) of Dr. Cornelius
Stillwell, of Caroline, Tompkins Co., N. Y. His son,
Jacob E., is a miller at Deckertown, this county.

Jacob T. Sharp, son of Edward Sharp, of Ham-
burg and Newton, and Martha Thomson, daughter of
Mark Thomson, of Marksboro', was born at Newton,
N. J., May 16, 1802, graduated at Princeton, and stud-
ied medicine in Philadelphia with Thomas C. James,
professor of obstetrics in the University of Pennsyl-
vania, from which he obtained a diploma in 1825, at
the age of twenty-three. Not long after this (about
1826) he commenced practice at Newton, where he
remained about one year, and then went to Washing-
ton, Warren Co., where he practiced for three or four
years. He thence removed to Philadelphia, and three
years later to Salem, N. J., where he practiced fifteen
years ; then relinquished his business to his son, Ed-
ward S. Sharp, M.D., and removed to a large tract of
land at Port Elizabeth, Cumberland Co., N. J.

Seymour Halsey was born at Monroe, Morris
Co., N. J. He studied medicine with Dr. John B.
Johnes (?) at Morristown. In 1824 he began the
practice of medicine at Sparta, and was one of the
original members of the District Medical Society. In
1829 he left Sparta and went to New York, where he
attended a course of lectures at the College of Physi-
cians and Surgeons, graduating in 1830. Through
the influence of his intimate friend, Dr. John R.
Rhinelander, he afterwards entered one of the city
hospitals, in which he served until after the season of
cholera. He then went to Newark, N. J., where he
remained but a few years, being persuaded by his
friends to go to Vicksburg, Miss. While there he
was married to a widow, with whom he lived but a
short time before his death took place. He was a
surgeon in the Mexican war.

Francis Moran was born in the county of Leitrim,
Ireland, Sept. 29, 1793, and died in Newton, of
an affection of the heart, Dec. 24, 1854. He com-
menced his medical education in Trinity College,
Dublin, and after coming to this country continued
his studies with Dr. Young, of Amity, N. Y., and at-
tended a course of lectures at the College of Physi-
cians and Surgeons, New York. He commenced the
practice of medicine in this county about 1821, at
House's Corner, where he remained but a few months,
when lie came to Newton. He became a member of
the District Medical Society of Sussex County, Aug.
22, 1829. As a physician and surgeon he stood at the
head of the profession, combining high scientific
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only mature age and u life devoted to the practice of

the professi mii achieve. Not only medicine, but

philosophy, mineralogy, chemistry, agriculture, and
other kindred topics, shared in his studies and inves-
tigations, lie was not alone the friend, hut the con-
sistent advocate, of temperance. His death was sin-
Berelj mourned bj the whole community in which he
had li\ ed.

David Hunt was a son of Richard Hunt, of Hard-
wick. Mis early life was one of toil and privation,
and whatever prominence he acquired in the profes-
sion to which he was so ardently attached maybe
mainly attributed to liis studious course in early life.
Hi- tutor was Thomas C. Teasdale, then principal of
Newton public school. lie followed Teasdale to the
South, and finally commenced the study of medicine
at Vale College. lie afterwards entered the ollice of
l>r. Linn, and at the time of the latter's death they
were partners. For about a year 1 1X15-1H) he was a
partner of Dr. George Hopkins. He lived on the hill,

in the old Johnson house, now owned by Chester L.
Teel. He died in Newton, and is buried in the old

cemetery, where the inscription on his tombstone

reads:

" To commemorate departed worth, ' f . i -t i« erected boci ed t.. the

in. in., iv ol Dr. 1'iej.l Unlit, i.y lie aflTectionute daughter*, He diud
March 2, 1831, nged ol iv.m

111 I IS L'HOMMEDIETJ, oneof the original menibers
of the District Medical Society of Sussex County at

' < lion, in 1829, was born in 1794; commenced

practicing at Hamburg in 181i>. .May L'lith, that
year, he announced bis advenl by an advertisement,
in which he slated that he had " taken hoard at James
I lorton's Inn," and would punctually attend the calls
of all who should favor him with their patronage.
Bdsall & l/l lonimeilieii operated iron-works in Ham-
burg for a number of years. He was appointed
"judge and justice" in I *•'!_, and again in ls:',7, serv-
ing for ten year-. He appear- to have retired from
active practice, for an advertisement dated Newark,

N. J., April 1, 1846, associates him ("late of Ham-
burg") with John Y. Baldwin in the wholesale
grocer} and commission business, lie died at his

residence, in Wesl I'd tfield, July 28, 1858, in the

fifty-ninth year of hi- age. He was a popular man,
a successful physician, and worked faithfully and hard
while he practiced, hut the later years of his lite were

• l.M.ted largely to commercial enterprises.

J icon L. Van Df.iskn was of Holland descent.
Jacob Lansing Van Deusen was hom at Albany.

V ST., Jul} IV. 1785. Alter a classical education at

the Cambridge (N. Y.) Academy, he chose and com-
menced the stud] of medicine, under Dr. W hull".

of Ubany. In 1806 he received hi- degree from the
University of the State of New York. He then at-
tended lectures in Philadelphia, under the celebrated

Drs. Rush and Physick. In 1808 he married Nancy
I., daughter of Sanford Clark, Esq., of Ubany, and

there he practiced for twelve year-. After lour yean



more -pent at ( ieiie-ee, N. Y.. he changed hi- abode
for the last time, settling at Montague, among the
healthful hills of " old Sussex." There he completed
the faithful work of a life, and there, where he expe-
rt need 111 M IXltudeS and tn J-, a- well as com-
forts and joys. In- ended hi- day-. Be wa- happily
devoted to his profession, pursuing it with bis whole
heart. He wa- much interested in educational mat-
ters.

Dr. Van Deuseu's specialty in surgery was in di —
eases of the eye, he being quite successful in operation-
tor the relief of cataract. About 1860 he relinquished
his practice. He died Sept. 25, 1867. Of bis eight
sons, six are living and engaged in pursuits clo-ely
allied to that of their father, five being drug
For thirty-live years and until hi- decease he was a

useful member of the Reformed Church of Montague.
JniiN Jordan Lindebman, an eminent physician

of his time (born L791; died July 19, 1*7:11, soon
after completing his medical studies, in 1818, settled
at the " Brick House," now Montague, Sussex Co.,
where he successfully practiced for a year or more,
and then removed to Pike Co., Pa. During his long
residence al the last-named place hi- services were
frequently sought and rendered in the region from
Flatbrookville to Tuttle's Corner. During 1846-47
he and his son Dr. Henry R. late director of the
United States Mint i had an extensive practice in
Sandyston anil Montague during an epidemic of
bilious fever with decided typhoid tendency. Hia

successful treatment of this ela-s of ailments won for
him an eminence which he maintained during the
continuance of his professional career.

Dr. Linderman, when he settled at the Brick House,

was associated with Dr. Jacob Hornbeck, or took his

practice.

David Euen. — It is stated that Dr. Euen was a

native of Elizabeth, N. J. ; his parent- \\ ere William
and Margaret Euen, of that city. He received a
thorough medical education, and was a skillful phy-i-
cian and surgeon. He studied medicine with Dr.
Treat, of New Vork City. It is also related that he
was a surgeon on an English vessel before the Revo-
lution. The time of his advent in Sussex is not
known. He was a bachelor, and eccentric in In-
habits. He lived in an old. unfinished hoii-c. which

Si 1 where is now David Poster's residence. II

died on his birthday, June :!, 1 S 1 4, aged sixty. It is
-opposed he was buried in Newton. The second wife
of Dr. R. Byinglon i deceased), of Belvidere. i- his
niece.*

Hi-: ma n \ i i i:s, youngest son of Elisha Allen. was
born at Williston, \'t., July 4, 177'.'. lie commenced
hi- medical studies with hi- elder brother, Elihu, con-
tinued them with Dr. Phillips, of l'hillip-burg. I h
attended lecture- in Columbia College during the
winter of 1800 <•. and clinical lectures in New York

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Hospital. He was examined and licensed to practice
in New York State in 1807, and settled in Unionville,
Orange Co. From thence he removed to Deckertown,
this county, about 1820, and followed his profession
there for twenty-five years. It is said that for forty
years he suffered frequent attacks of pneumonia, from
one of which he finally died, Dec. 22, 1859. He was
buried in the yard of the First Baptist church of
Wantage, now known as " Deckertown Cemetery."

Hull Allen, a native of Westport, Conn., and
licensed at Newark, N. J., came to Sparta about 1820,
but remained only a few months, as Dr. Vail, who
came about the same time, paid him to surrender the
field to him. Dr. Allen then went to Sugar Loaf, but
subsequently returned to Connecticut, to Milford,
where, after over fifty years' professional labor, he was
still located in June, 1875.

Jonas Koe was born in Orange Co., N. Y., Aug. I
26, 1792. The vicinage of his birth and the correla- :
tion of dates incline us to think he was a brother of
Drs. Jacob D. and Thomas Roe. He was graduated i
from the University of New York, and received a di-
ploma or license from the " Medical Society of the
Eastern District of State of New Jersey." Married,
in 1817, Matilda Hopkins; commenced practice near
Orangeville, Pa. ; in 1820 was located in Sparta town-
ship, and removed to Beemerville about 1825; died
at Bristol, Elkhart Co., Ind., May 12, 1870, of pulmo-
nary consumption. His wife died in 1859, and was
buried at Bloomsburg. He practiced about fifty
years in Sussex County and vicinity. He ranked
among the first as a physician, and was no less suc-
cessful in operative surgery, among other cases being
several difficult operations for cataract.

Charles Vail was born in Morris Co., N. J.,
Sept. 25, 1793 ; commenced the study of medicine
about the year 1817, under Dr. John S. Darcy, then
of Hanover ; subsequently attended lectures in New
York, and was admitted to practice by the censors of
the medical society of Morris (or Essex) in 1821, and
immediately entered upon his medical career in
Sparta, Sussex Co. In 1824 he removed to Dauphin
Co., Pa., and the next year to Stroudsburg, where he
married and remained until his death, Jan. 19, 1836.
He left one son, a member of the Philadelphia bar.
His widow still survives. " He was an intelligent,
conscientious, devoted, and most faithful physician.
While he lived he enjoyed the confidence and esteem
of those who knew his worth. Dying, he left no
stain upon his name."

Thomas Eoe was the son of Benjamin and Drucilla
Van Kirk. He was born in Frankford township,
N. J., Dec. 13, 1807. He died of heart disease at
Sandyston, Oct. 23, 1878. Licensed to practice by
the president of the State Medical Society, Sept. 29,
1832; married Susan Smith in Sandyston, March 22,
1834; commenced practice in Milton, Morris Co., in
1832, and about fifteen months subsequent removed
to Sandyston, where he followed his profession until



his death. He was an early member of the District
Medical Society of Sussex County. In a letter which
he wrote to the secretary of the society, July 1, 1869,
he says, " I believe I am one of the three oldest of
the present members of the society."

Jacob D. Roe, an elder brother of the above, born
at the same place, Dec. 21, 1795 ; attended lectures
at College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York,
in winter of 1819-20; licensed by State society, May
3, 1820; commenced practice at Milton, N. J. ; came
to Beemerville in 1836-37 ; in 1820 married Cynthia
Headley, and had six children ; died of typhoid fever
at his home, in Frankfort township, Nov. 11, 1857,
and was buried at Beemerville. He was of good
standing in the profession, and was a modest, unas-
suming, upright man. A sound judgment, united
with indomitable energy, made him a successful prac-
titioner.

David Cook was born in the year 1795, at Han-
over, N. J. ; his parents' names were William and
Elizabeth. He was a graduate of the New York
Medical College, and received his diploma in 1818.
He studied with Dr. Darcy ; commenced his practice
at Milford, Pa., in 1818, and the following year was
married to Sarah, daughter of Henry Beemer. Soon
after, he located at Beemerville, and for ten years
was a physician and surgeon there, until his death
(1830), caused by internal injuries resulting from
being thrown from his carriage. His wife was born
1799; died in 1873. Of his six children, two are
deceased.

George Hopkins was born Nov. 23, 1794, on Long
Island. His mother was a Woodhull, related (how
nearly is not known) to Gen. Woodhull, of Revolu-
tionary fame. He read medicine and attended lec-
tures in New York (College of Physicians and Sur-
geons) ; came to Newton in 1815, and was for a short
time associated with Dr. David Hunt. The copart-



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