Ruth's Genealogy

“I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” -Abraham Lincoln

I have been researching the offspring of John Kennedy of Sumter County, Alabama. Of his eight children, 3 became physicians and served in the Civil War, and a fourth child, a daughter named Jane, married a physician. Now that’s a lot of free healthcare!
I have been able to find a lot of data on the 3 physician-sons, but am really struggling with the physician son-in-law, E. T. Easley. I have found several references to a Dr E. T. Easley, from Little Rock, Arkansas. This Dr. Easley went to Memphis, Tennessee to work during the Yellow Fever outbreak of 1878, and succumbed to the disease and is said to be buried in the Calvary Cemetery in Memphis. I have also found several medical articles written by a Dr E. T. Easley of Dallas, Texas. These were all in the 1870’s and none after 1878 (that I can find, anyway!). I also have an 1870 census entry for E T Easley in Yazoo City, Yazoo, MS, which is believed to be the death county for my E T Easley, according to the information in N. B. Kennedy’s (his brother-in-law) files. The census lists him as a store clerk, not a physician.
So, how many Dr. R. T. Easleys were there in the 1860-1870’s? Is the Dr Easley of Little Rock, Memphis, Dallas and Yazoo one in the same?
Well, I just found the “death certificate” (as it were) for the Memphis Dr Easley online, not a certificate, but a Register of Deaths in the City of Memphis entry. He died at age 28, which would put his DOB in 1850. That would make him mighty young to be the correct Dr Easley! Maybe his son?
And what of Jane, his wife? I guess I’ll keep searching…

3 thoughts on “A family of physicians

  1. Kathryn Doyle says:

    Ruth,Have you consulted “Directory of Deceased American Physicians 1804-1929: a genealogical guide to over 149,000 medical practitioners provideing brief biographical sketches drawn from the American Medical Association’s Deceased Physician Masterfile”? I found this book just this week in the CGS library and found my John Campbell FLEMING. His entry included his death date and a vol. and page number for his obituary in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association)! Who knew they used to print obits?! I believe that I have seen a FHL microfilm for this book or something similar.Kathryn


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