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Dr Henry C. Barrell
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Birth: Sep. 11, 1841
New York, USA
Death: May 19, 1877
Sangamon County
Illinois, USA

The community was startled, as rarely before, on Saturday afternoon, at the intelligence of the sudden death of Dr. Henry C. Barrell at his office. Th sad announcement rapidly obtained circulation, but not as ready credence. There were few indeed who could conceive of the sudden death of one so vigorous and robust; in the prime of life and to all appearances assured of a long career of usefulness and eminence in professional and social life. The doctor had been making a professional call and returning about 3 p.m. was so indisposed that he felt it necessary to ask assistance in reaching his office. He also dispatched a messenger to Mr. Beck the druggist, and to him complained of an oppression about the chest. When he went out to summon a physician, as well as to procure such remedies as promised temporary relief, Mr. Beck met Mr. Manning and asked him to remain with the doctor in the meantime. Mr. Manning complied, and found Dr. Barrell in great pain, in so much so that he was especially solicitous for the early arrival of medical aid. The pressure about his chest became very great, and its rubbing vigorously by Mr. Manning seemed to afford but slight relief. Unfortunately, Dr. Lord, as also Dr. Griffith and other physicians, possibly, were absent as Mr. Beck hastened to their offices. And meantime Dr. Barrell's sufferings greatly increased. Until Dr. Griffith arrived, a few moments later, Mr. Manning did not know that he was watching by the dead. So indeed it proved; one but so lately more than ordinarily robust had passed away.

No death could more generally shock the community; none be more generally regretted. A young man of brilliant promise; one who, though young in years, had already distinguished himself in the profession of his choice. Successful in its practice, a deep student and to his profit, Dr. Barrell had already become eminent, and especially so in surgery, to a degree very seldom attained so early in life. To his ability he added social qualities which endeared him to an acquaintance extended beyond that of many in the profession; and this even though his habits of study and devotion to his profession, as well as the claims of a large practice, necessarily prevented much exercise of purely social traits.

Dr. Henry C. Barrell was born in Brooklyn, New York, and in early boyhood came to Springfield with his parents. Adopting the study of medicine, he graduated at Rush Medical College in 1861. At the outbreak of the war he became connected, in a medical capacity, with the 7th Illinois Infantry. In August, 1861, he became Assistant Surgeon of the 27th regiment, and later was promoted to Surgeon of the 38th Illinois. He was detached and became Medical Purveyor upon the staff of Gen. Thomas, and at the close of the war was Medical Director of the Military Department of Texas. When mustered out, or shortly after, he went to New York, and studying with Dr. Jas. R. Wood, of New York, perhaps one of the most eminent physicians in the Nation, he attended and graduated from Bellevue Hospital College, New York, where he won the friendship of Prof. Wood, of that institution. Upon his return to Springfield he became a partner with Dr. R. S. Lord and so constinued up to a year or two ago, when he opened the office in which he died. His very brief illness - scarcely half an hour - and his symptoms, lead to the belief that immediate cause of his death was embolism.

His loss will be regretted by the entire profession, and he leaves a place which, in no disparagement to his late associates, it may be said will be hard to fill. He was in his 37th years - 36 last October - and leaves parents, three sisters, the eldest being Mrs. C. L. Conkling, and two brothers, to mourn an irreparable loss. The funeral will take place this afternoon from the First Congregational church, South Fifth street. IL State Journal, Springfield, IL 5-21-1877 
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  George Barrell (1809 - 1894)
  Ann Douglas Barrell (1821 - 1893)
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Sangamon County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Block 7,89
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Originally Created by: Charles W Brown
Record added: Jan 08, 2008
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Dr Henry C. Barrell
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Dr Henry C. Barrell
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