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nership was dissolved Feb. 14, 1816. He was a well-
read and skillful physician and surgeon, and had
attained no little reputation in his profession when
his promising life was cut short at the early age of
twenty-five, Oct. 28, 1819. His wife was Eliza M.,
daughter of John Johnson, Esq. ; she died in 1826.
He left two sons, — Samuel J. and George W. He
was a member of and an elder in the Presbyterian
Church of Newton.

Dr. Hopkins died in the house which he built, on
Newton green, now occupied by Dr. Miller, and was
buried in the old graveyard, as was also his wife.

Harvey Halleck was a son of Israel Halleck, of
Mount Hope, Orange Co., N. Y., where the doctor
was born in 1802 ; followed in early life the vocation
of a school-teacher. He subsequently studied medi-
cine with Dr. Newkirk, of Unionville, and afterwards
with Dr. Stephen Hedges. He became a successful
practitioner. He followed his profession for a short
time at Middletown, N. Y., Marksboro', N. J., Hills-
boro', Pa., Johnsonsburg, N. J. ; then went to Pitts-



burgh. Pa., in 1*42, returning to this State in the
spring of 1847, when he located in Newton, X. J.,
with his office and residence :it Mrs. Met 'a iter's, op-
posit* the Presbyterian church. But he suffered for
Pears from chronic aeuralgia, which finally caused
liim to relinquish his profession and take charge of
the Newton Academy. He had discharged the duties
<rf principal but a lew months when he was taken ill
of jaundice. His malady had a fatal issue; he .lie. 1
.lime 21, 1852.

•'I>r. llalleek was a man of extensive acquirements
and line abilities." He was made an honorary mem-
ber i the Diotriil Medical So t tyi i Sussex Ciunty,
April Ho, 1846. He married Eleanor McCarter, who
was a daughter of John McCarter ("Old .Man of the
Mountains"), of Morris Co., N. J.: she is still living

in Newton.

Daviu Mi;i.an< iiion Sayhe was horn March 26,
1807, at Hanover. Muni- Co., N. J. ; lie was of Eng-
lish descent. At an early age he began the study of
medicine with the late Dr. John S. 1 >arcy, of -Newark,
but then at Hanover. In 1829 he took charge of
tin' practice at Sparta, vacated by Dr. S. Halsey.
While practicing at Sparta be attended lecture-, and

received his degree of M.D. from the College of Phy-
sicians and Surgeons, New York, in 1836. In 184.3
he went to Hanover, and there for a short time was
a partner of Dr. Kitchell. A year later he returned
to Sparta (1844), "at the urgent solicitations of it-
citizens." He practiced there until 1863, when he
went to the Hanover homestead farm ; but, having
little taste for an agricultural life, in February, 1X65,
he moved to Newton and entered into partnership

with l»r. Stuart and G. L. Smith in the drug-firm of
J. R. Stuart & Co. The following year he withdrew
from the business, opened an office, and resumed pro-
fessional labors, although for a few years prior to bis
demise he had given up general practice. He died
suddenly, of heart disease, Aug. "., 1870.

Dr. Sayre was in some respects a peculiar man. He
never married, nor was he in any degree fond of
children. Fortune smiled upon him in a pecuniary
-en-, . for he became quite wealth} , yet was a- gener-
ous and liberal as the majority of his brethren or

fellow-citizens. His gift of five thousand dollars to
the Newton library is proof of this. He was a mem-
ber of the District Medical Society, joining it in 1884.
" lie was honest, imbued with self-respect," very am-
bitious, had a great love lor the sciein f medicine,

of which lie was a life-long -Indent ami distinguished
representative. His professional career was a succi —
fill one, in all respect-.

DR. D'AtJBIGNE was a native of Waterford. Ire-
land, and owned a large property there. Having
been an active participant in the Irish Rebellion, he

was compelled to flee. He sold his property ami em-
barked for America, landing in New York, some lime

I' i I 1809, with fifty-three thousand guineas in

gold. He invested forty thousand dollars in the first

cotton-factory established in Paterson, which was en-
tirely destroyed by lire iii lso'.l. He came to Sparta,
this county, from Milton, N. J., in 1818, In 1821 he
moved to Pennsylvania, and about three years later

died at Bethany, Pa., in the almshouse. He was a

remarkably benevolent man.

THOU i- Byekson, son of Judge Thomas C, and
grandson of Martin ByeiBOn, was Hurn at Myrtle
drove, Sussex Co., Feb. 18, 1821. He was graduated
at Lafayette College in 1840; studied medicine with
I »r. I [edges ; was graduated at the College of Physi-
cians and Surge, his. New York City, in 1844. He im-
mediately commenced the practice of medicine at Bel-
videre, Warren Co., although he remained but a short
time, removing thence to Newton, Aug. 22. 1846. At
this place he has since resided and practiced for a
period of over thirty-live years. He is the prominent
physician oi the county. He was president of the
State Medical Society in 1857, — the only Sussex
County physician who ever enjoyed that distinction
He-id,- being a t'.llow ,,f that organization, he lu-
lu-en a prominent and official member of the medical
society of this county. In 1878 lie became a member
of the American Academy of Medicine, then recently
organized. In 1866-67, at the outbreak of Asiatic
cholera, he was appointed by Governor Ward a mem-
ber of the sanitary commission which instituted the
first measures for securing general and local health
boards for this State.

Dr. Ryerson's contributions to the literature of his
profession may be found in the published "Transac-
tions" of the State Society. He took a very promi-
nent part in the raising of troops in Sussex County
during the late war of the Rebellion, — services which
he gladly rendered gratuitously, ami for which he is
justly entitled to a large meed of praise. He was also
medical examiner for recruits and exempts under the
lirst draft. In I860 he led to the altar Margaret
Matilda ISrouwer. of New York City; has one son,
Henry 0., a druggist in Newton. Mrs. Ryerson died
in January, 1878. Dr. Kyerson is a member of the

1 r i -lerian I htirch of his town, uniting with it in
1846, and often has been its representative in the Pres-
bytery and Sy 1, ami in 1876 in the General Assem-
bly which met at Xew York City.
Joseph 8. Beembb was a son of Joseph and Phcebe

Keener. He was horn at Keemerville, May 9, 1820.
He began the study of medicine with Alexander Linn,

and was graduated at Jefferson College, Philadelphia,

about the year 1842. He commenced to practice the

healing art at Hamburg, where he remained for

eight yean, after which he removed to liecmerville
(WykertOWnf) and practiced, but one year later he
died, — May 14, 1861. He wa- buried at Mccnierville.
May II. 1848, he married Miss Catherine A. Lewi-.

of Pleasant Valley, Sussex Co., N. J. He associated

himself with the County Medical Society in 1-1,;.

J,, iin Ni,wr"\ Hii: was a native of Connecticut,

but was formerly a resident of Sussex loiinty, of



whose medical society he was elected a memher in
1856. He also practiced at Marksboro', Warren Co.,
and died there, May 22, 1857, of phthisis pulmonalis.
A monument was erected to his memory by the Dis-
trict Medical Society of Sussex County.* He read
medicine with Dr. John Miller.

Samuel Marshall was of Irish nativity. He
came to Newton in 1820, and established himself in
the office of the late Dr. Hopkins. He practiced in
Newton until 1835, when he removed to the AVest,
where he was soon after shot by some unknown party
while seated in the sheriff's office. He was one of the
first members of the Sussex County Medical Society.
His wife was Jane T., only daughter of Dr. Berret
Havens, of Wantage; she died Sept. 17, 1833, in her
twenty-third year.

Dr. Marshall was a practical and successful practi-
tioner, a leader in the profession during his stay in
this county, much consulted, and greatly esteemed
both in and out of the medical fraternity.

John Miller.— Andrew Miller, grandfather of Dr.
Miller, was of German descent, came from Pennsyl-
vania, and settled in Harmony township, Warren Co.,
N. J., during its early history, and there carried on
farming until his death. He was the owner of con-
siderable real estate, and was one of the builders of
the Harmony Presbyterian church, of which he was
a member. He was also engaged in the French and
Indian war. Of his children, William, seventh son,
was an electropathic physician in New York City,
and accumulated a large property by his practice ;
Joseph was a surveyor, and remained on the old home-
stead, near the Harmony church.

There were seven sons altogether, of whom Peter,
father of Dr. John Miller, was born in Harmony, and
married Margaret, daughter of Tunis Smith, of the
same place. For several years he was connected with
the Presbyterian Church of Harmony, but subse-
quently became one of the pioneers of the Methodist
Episcopal Church in that locality. He belonged to
the Jefferson ian school of politics, and became a mem-
ber of the Eepublican party upon its organization.

His children are John, Tunis, Levi De Witt, Asa,
Christiana (wife of William Kimple, of New York),
and Sarah (wife of Henry Woolever, of Harmony).

Dr. John, eldest son of Peter Miller, was born in
Harmony, in 1816. His early education was obtained
in the schools of his native place. At the age of six-
teen he became a clerk in his father's store at Har-
mony, and about the same time began the study of
medicine with Dr. Wilson, of Pennsylvania. Here
he remained for five years, and for four years he was
engaged in mercantile business near Blairstown, N. J.
He completed the study of medicine with Dr. Albright,
Paulina, a physician of some prominence in New Jer-
sey, with whom he practiced for some time. After
attending two courses of lectures he was graduated at

* Sco sketch in medical chapter of Warren County, in this work.

the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York,
and in the spring of 1846 settled at Andover, Sussex
Co., N. J., where he has since resided, remaining in
continuous practice.

Dr. Miller became a member of the Sussex County
Medical Society soon after his settlement at Andover,
was for one year its president, and was also one of its
board of censors. For several years he has acted as
reporter for the society. He is also a member of the
Medical Society of New Jersey, and of the American
Medical Association.

As a physician Dr. Miller is skillful, judicious, and
successful, and his long and varied experience has
given the people comprising his large ride full oppor-
tunity to judge of his ability as a physician, which
they hold in highest esteem.

Dr. Miller's location at Andover, in near proximity
to the mines, where frequent and serious accidents
occur to the employees, has given him a great oppor-
tunity for the practice of surgery, with which he is
said to be so familiar that during his entire practice
of thirty-four years, in nearly every case his opera-
tions, although often difficult, have been skillfully
and successfully performed.

Dr. Miller is a supporter and earnest advocate of
the most successful mode of treating traumatic tetanus,
and he acted as consulting physician in the Smith
case, attended by Dr. Cook, — a case which attracted
considerable attention and was reported. In this case
Dr. Miller's advice was followed and the man cured.

In many instances Dr. Miller has undertaken, with
successful results, — even to saving life, — surgical op-
erations thought impracticable by other attending
physicians. One very difficult and peculiar case was
his removal of a malignant tumor from the face of
the late Robert Slater, of Andover ; another, the suc-
cessful extraction of a malignant tumor, of the size and
form of a hen's egg, occupying the space between the
angle of the jaw and the parotid gland, crowding the
carotid artery and jugular vein, and covered in part by
the facial artery and vein, .without the necessity of ligat-
ing a single blood-vessel. The patient was a Miss
Syckles, aged fourteen.

Characteristic of Dr. Miller is his great care for and
sympathy with those whom he treats, and his atten-
tion is devoted none the less to those from whom he
expects no remuneration besides good will than to
those who are obliged to make no sacrifice to pay him
for his services. His wife was Rhoda, daughter of
Christopher and Elizabeth Sharp, of Harmony; they
have an only child, — Frank.

Dr. Levi De Witt, third son of Peter Miller, was
born Feb. 22, 1836, and received his preliminary edu-
cation at the common school and at the Belvidere
Classical Academy. He began the study of medicine
with his brother, Dr. John Miller, at Andover, in
1852, attended lectures, and was graduated from the
College of Physicians and Surgeons, in New York, in
1855. He established himself in practice at Lafay-




Btte, Sussex Co., immediately after his graduation,
and there remained until 1862, when he was appointed

assistant surgeon of the First Kcgiim-iit New Jersey

Volunteers, and lor two years he was the only surgeon

ef that regiment in the Army of the Potomac. To

history of Dr. Miller's career in the army would

i rate the battles, marches, privations, and suf-

I rings cf In regiment during the entire time ol its
service, in which his skill as a surgeon was fulls de-
veloped and proved successful in dillieult operations.
Returning from the army, Dr. Miller settled in New
fork ( lity, where he carried on a drug-store and also
practiced his profession tor three years. In 1858 he
settled in Newton, V .1.. and has remained in the
continuous practice of his profession since, l>r. Mil-
ler has been a member of the Sussex County Medical
Society, and has served as secretary of the society for
several years. His wife is Mary E., daughter of Wes-
ley Cummins, of Lafayette, whom he married Sept.

80, 1858. Their children are Fred Sherman and

>a\ re Wesley (deceased i.

Lewis Westfall, son of Matthew Westfall, Esq.,

of Wantage, this county, was horn in thai township,

19 L839; pursued his earlier medical studies at

Cambridge, N. Y., under the direction of Dr. Henry

and was graduated at the College of Physicians

and Surgeons, in the city of New York, in March,

1868. In the same month he was appointed acting

III Surg i in the United Stales navy, and was

ordered to duty in the West, on the United States
gunboat "Queen City." He was a faithful officer,

and admired and respected h\ his shipmates. At the
battle of Clarendon he was wounded; after a few
months' ahsctice on sick-leave, he returned to iluty
on the United States steamer "Siren," from which he
w.is transferred to the United State, hospital " l'inck-
ney," at Memphis. Ilonoraldy discharged Nov. (i,
1865, with especial commendations from his superiors
i:i the medical department, he returned to his home,
resting and recruiting his impaired health until 1867,
when the late Dr. Alexander Linn invited him to
harge of his wide practice. He entered upon
the work with zeal, hut his strength was unequal to
the task. In February, 1869, he was compelled to

relinquish practice, and on the 29th of May iii the

-: ■ year he died, greatly regretted by all, leaving a

young wife, to whom he had been united hut a few
mouths. lie was a physician of attainments and

promise, and as a man and a citizen won deserved


Jonathan Havens is the son of James C.
Ravens, of Deckertown, grandson of Dr. Berrel

Havens, of the same place, and great-grandson ol

I'r. Jonathan Havens, of Hartford, Conn, lie was
horn Aug. 16, 1840, tit Deckertown, this county;
educated at Flushing Institute, Long Island, at New-
Ion Collegiate Institute, New Jersey, and at Deck-

&tkinaon'a " Phj itctaiu nnd Surgoona of iho United St*iw," p. 376.

ertown Classical School. He studied medicine with

Iir. Alexander Linn at Deckertown, and at the Col-
lege of Physicians and Surgeons. New York, grad-
uating therefrom in 1862. For some time after



graduating he served 8S assistant physician at the

Nursery Hospital and House of Refuge, on Randall's

Island. He settled at Sparta in 1868; removed to
Deckertown in lxtil, and in lStjli to Newton, which
has si M ee been his residence. He is a member of

the American Medical Association and of the Dis-
trict Medical Society of Sussex County, serving as

Becretary, president, and historian of the latter, lie

has written i siderable on medical topics, — notably,

an article contributed to tin I 1/ /

in I si;:; ,■ "Puerperal Tetanus," and various re-
ports and mortuary notices to the New Jersey State
Medical Society, since September, 1875, he has held
the position of United State- examining Burgeon for

The doctor i- possessed of considerable literarj
ability, with quite a taste for historical and anti-
quarian research, and may justly be considered the
historian of the profession in Sussex County. In
January, 1871, he married Margaret L, daugh
the late John II. Nelden, Esq., of Newton, and Bister
of Dr. C. B. Nelden. his professional partner at that
time. Dr. Havens is now practicing alone.

Edward s. Bell was born in New York City,

Ma\ 6, 1816; removed with his parents early in life

to Mansfield, Ohio, at which place he received his

education and commenced the Study of medicine.



He completed Ins studies with Dr. John B. Beach,
of Branchville, Sussex Co., N. J., during the winter
of 1837-38 ;. attended the University of New York,
College of Physicians and Surgeons, and received
his diploma as M.D. June 7, 1839. He married, in
1838, Catharine L., daughter of his preceptor, Dr.
Beach. Resided at Stillwater from June, 1838, to
April, 1839 ; at Lafayette until 1849, at which time
he removed to Stanhope, where he followed his pro-
fession until his death, Oct. 23, 1844. He left a
widow and one son, Theodore, who now reside at
Paterson, N. J.

Isaac S. Hunt, for many years a resident practi-
tioner of Sandyston township, and well known
throughout Sussex County, was horn near Newton,
in the year 1818. He was literally a self-made man,
and whatever prominence he acquired in the profes-
sion of his choice may be mainly attributed to his
studious course in early life. He established himself
at Sandyston in 1846, and secured a large practice;
he there married, in 1848, Sarah Ann, daughter of
Joseph Fleming. Dr. Hunt was eminently successful
in his treatment of the celebrated " Finch fever," — a
species of typhoid, which so disastrously raged in that
section years ago, counting its victims by the score, —
and was eventually taken down by the same disease,
barely recovering from the baleful effects of the
scourge. He removed in 1865 to Port Jervis, N. Y.,
which was his residence up to the time of his death,
Nov. 23, 1875, at the age of fifty -seven. He left- two
sons and three daughters, all living, — Dr. J. Halsey,
Victor, Mrs. Ella Gallup, Stella, and Rebecca.

Dr. Hunt was a skillful physician, and gained not
only fame, but a reasonable competency. He was a
prominent member of the Masonic order.

Alfeed Wykee, another physician, who was a
native of this county, was born in Frankford town-
ship, July 12, 1827. His parents were Henry and
Mary Wyker, well-to-do farmers. His schooling was
obtained at Deckertown and Mount Retirement ; he
then began the study of medicine with Dr. Alexander
Linn, at Deckertown. Two years later he entered
Jefferson College, Philadelphia. In 1852 he com-
menced to practice in Beemerville. In 1856 he emi-
grated to the West, and from Niles, Mich., in 1862,
entered the Fourteenth Michigan Volunteer Regi-
ment, as assistant surgeon. Weakness and poor
health, induced by overwork, caused him to resign
his commission, May 19, 1863. He returned to Michi-
gan and commenced to practice in Ionia, but, his
health becoming poorer, he returned to New Jersey,
where he died, at the residence of his father, Nov. 24,
1864. In 1852 he married Julia Frances, daughter
of Thomas I. Ludlum, deceased. They had but one
cliild, a son.

Dr. Wyker was a Presbyterian, joining the church
of that denomination at Branchville, N. J., at the
early age of fifteen.

A. W. HAIGHT made his advent at Lafayette about

1837, as would appear from the following advertise-
ment, published in the newspaper at that time :

"Physic and Surgery.
"Alvan W. Haight, M.D., Graduate Columbian Medical Institute, of
the city of New York, a member of the Delaware Medical Society, <£c,
tenders his professional services to the public. Particular attention paid
to all chronic complaints, ami diseases of the chest, Ac. Residence at the
house of Lewis Peters, near Lafayette.

" A. W. Haight.
"Lafayette, Feb. 6, 1837."

Caelos Allen, a member and president of the
Sussex County Medical Society, is a native of Ver-
mont. He was born at Huntington, Sept. 18, 1814.
The academies of Richmond and Williston, Vt., fur-
nished his preparatory education ; he then entered the
Medical Department of Dartmouth College, and was
graduated thence M.D. in November, 1837. During
the ensuing five years he practiced his profession at
Richmond, Vt., from 1842-46 at Deckertown, N. J.,
and since the date last given has been established
at Vernon, in this county, where he is at present
practicing. In 1877 he had the operation performed
upon himself for Dupuytren's finger contraction, ac-
cording to the method of Prof. Busch, as described
by Madelung. The operation was successful, and the
benefits derived from it were so great that he is a
strong advocate of it. He married, Nov. 15, 1838,
Arvilla Browning, of Richmond, Vt. ; she died in
May, 1867. Three years afterwards he married Susan,
daughter of Maj. William Simonson, of Vernon, Sus-
sex Co., N. J*

Theophilus H. Axdeess, son of Hampton and
Martha E. Andress, was born Jan. 19, 1841, in
Stillwater township, Sussex Co., N. J. Having ac-
quired his academical education, he chose the profes-
sion of medicine, and entered the office of Thomas
Ryerson, A.M., M.D., of Newton, where he remained
until he entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons
of New York. After attending his first course of lec-
tures, he served as medical cadet in the United States
army for one year. Returning to the College of Physi-
cians and Surgeons, he remained there until he was
graduated, in March, 1864. In the following May he-
located at Sparta, in his native county, taking the
clientUe of Dr. David M. Sayre, one of the leading-
physicians of the State. He at once entered into full
practice with all the ardor and enthusiasm of one in
love with his profession, and with a determination to
succeed. The following year he married a daughter
of the late Dr. Cutler, of Morristown, and grand-
daughter of Judge Vail. The year following he moved
to the city of Newark, but after six months' residence,
at the urgent solicitations of his many friends, he
returned to Sparta, where he has ever since remained
in full practice, enjoying the confidence of his patrons
and the esteem of his professional brethren.

The doctor's taste or speciality has been more par- I
ticularly surgery, and being surrounded by the great

* Atkinson's " Physicians and Surgeons of the United States," p. 437.. I


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Lining interests of the county, more opportunities to
practice thai branch of the profession have been af-
forded him than many of the profession in thecountry
cnul'l enjoy, in emergencies he is cool and collected,
prompt in bis decisions; and, having decided what
jjourse to pursue, he is firm and undaunted in his op-
erations, bul not foolhardy, and always willing to listen
and give due respect to the suggestions and opinions
bf others. He never stoops to the little acts thai
bring forward little men, bul stands fairly on his
i,n -rils for his professional success; and now, at the
age of forty, in the prime of life and full vigor of
manhood, he is actively engaged in his professional

Franklin Smith, son of John T. and .Mary Smith,
mj- born in Newton, May 18, 1820. His parents came
from Philadelphia and .settled at Newton about tin-
year 1812. His father died in 1822, and in 1826 his
mother became the wife of Dr. Francis Moran, with
whom Franklin studied medicine. He commenced

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