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Dr Abraham McCune Hawes
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Birth: Feb. 9, 1813
Clinton County
Ohio, USA
Death: Sep. 10, 1897
Vermilion County
Illinois, USA

Page 520

Dr. A. M. C. Hawes, who came here in 1836, is now next to Dr. Fithian, the oldest practician physician in the Co.. He was educated at La Fayette, Indiana, where he studied with Dr. O.L. Clark. Previous to this, however, he had traveled through this state, looking over the central and northern parts of it. Early in life he had entered a printing-office, and, after graduation in that school, which gives to its pupils abreadth of education not found in any other, became any editor of the La Fayette "Journal" at its starting, nearly fifty years ago. After preparing himself tp practice medicine, he came to Georgetown and at once grew into a wide and successful practice, all over the southern part of this Co., and in Indiana, Edgar and Champaign counties in this state. Being a great student, and having and investigating turn of mind, he has kept abreast with the times, never retaining an old theory or practice because it was old, or adopting a new one because it was new. After more than forty years' practice, he is still found fully up with the times, and wears well. He was one of the early promoters of better educational facilities, and a friend of liberal education. He was one of the originators of the Co. Medical Society, and was its first president, and was selected as its annalist to prepare. For the Society the history of the profession in this Co., -- a work from which much is expected. It is rare, indeed, that a man of Dr. Hawes' analytical turn of mind, -- one who sees so much in what is daily going on around him, and has so good a faculty of retaining for use that which he sees, and can put it to so good use, has such excellent opportunities for studying, during a daily practice of almost half a century, the great questions which are his chief delight, and which pertain [?] physical interests of man. The wealth of information -- knowledge is a better term -- is not easily contemplated.

Page 541

A.M.C. Hawes, Georgetown, physician, the subject of this sketch, was born in Clinton Co., Ohio, on the 9th of February, 1813, where he lived until he was fourteen years of age. He then went to Wilmington, and apprenticed to the printing trade in the "Argus" office. When the latter was moved to Lafayette, and appeared as the "Lafayette Free Press and Tippecanoe Journal," he accompanied it, and was connected with same until 1835, working at his trade and acting as assistant editor. In the winter of 1830-1831 he went to Indianapolis, and set type for the 1st Blackford Reports of Indiana. In 1833 he began to read medicine with Dr. O. L. Clark. In 1835 he went to Ohio, and on the 15th day of March, 1836, he came to Georgetown, and has practiced here since. With the exception of one, he has practiced longer in this Co. than any other physician. On the 15th day of May, 1837, he married Miss Wilmouth Walters. She is a native of Barren Co., Kentucky. They had twelve children, ten of whom are living: Marquis De La Fayettee, Albert S. W., Cassius M. C., Marshal H., William B., Victor L., Amanda M., Alice M., Lorie O. And Kate.

Source: H. W. Beckwith, History of Vermilion County (Chicago: H.H. Hill, 1879), 520 and 541.
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  Abraham Hawes (____ - 1847)
  Albert Simpson White Hawes (1843 - 1921)*
  Cassius MacCune Hawes (1845 - 1880)*
  William Hawes (1852 - 1883)*
*Calculated relationship
Georgetown Cemetery
Vermilion County
Illinois, USA
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Record added: Nov 26, 2012
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Dr Abraham McCune Hawes
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