|Birth: ||Jun. 24, 1826|
|Death: ||Oct. 12, 1908|
Civil War Union Army Officer. Lieutenant Colonel of the 148th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.
Biography from the "Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania: Including the Counties of Centre, Clearfield, Jefferson and Clarion: Containing Biographical
Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Etc."
Chicago: J. H. Beers, 1898.
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD, page 85
GEORGE ASHBRIDGE FAIRLAMB, M. D., of Bellefonte, Centre County, one of the oldest and most highly esteemed medical practitioners of that section, was born June 24, 1826, in Chester county, Penn., where his ancestors in both the
paternal and maternal lines were early settlers.
The Doctor is of sixth generation in descent from Nicholas Fairlamb, of Durham, England, who brought to the Society of Friends at Philadelphia a certificate of membership from the Durham Monthly Meeting, dated June 13, 1700.
This Nicholas Fairlamb purchased a farm at Middletown. Chester county, and settled there in 1704. He was sheriff of the county 1717-1719; associate judge of the Court of Common Pleas 1715, and member of the Colonial Assembly 1704-5-11-12-13. In 1703 he was married to Catherine Crosby, daughter of Richard and Eleanor Crosby. John Fairlamb, a son of Nicholas, was born in Chester County,
and passed his life there, attaining an honorable, place in the history of his time. He was sheriff of the county in 1755-56, justice of the common pleas court in 1761 and 1764, and: member of the Colonial Assembly in 1764-65, his death occurring in 1766. He was married November 13, 1742 to Susanna Engle.
John Fairlamb (2), the grandfather of our subject, was born in 1759, and resided upon a farm near West Chester, Penn., where he died at a comparatively early age. His wife's maiden name was Susan Ashbridge. Their son, George A.
Fairlamb, M. D., our subject's father, was born in 1787, and died in 1829. He was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and became a successful physician at Downingtown, Chester County. His first wife was Thomasine Whelen. His second wife (our subject's mother) was Annette Miller, a descendant of a well-known family of Chester County, the first of the line coming from Cornwall,
England, in 1702. Her father, Joseph John Miller, a merchant in Philadelphia, died at Lyons, France, while collecting a claim against the French government for gunpowder furnished to Napoleon Bonaparte.
Dr. G. A. Fairlamb came to Bellefonte at the age of ten years, and he has ever since made that his home. After completing a course in the Bellefonte Academy he
entered the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1848 received his degree in medicine from that noted institution. Returning home, he engaged in practice;
but at the opening of the Civil war his patriotic spirit led him to join in the defense of the old flag. He raised Company H, 148th P. V. I., and entering as captain was promoted later to the rank of major, and after the battle of the Wilderness became a lieutenant colonel. He was wounded at the battle of Chancellorsville, and twice at Spottsylvania in the charge made in the early morning of the 12th by the Second Corps, his right elbow being shattered by a ball, necessitating a resection of th0e joint. He did not escape that worst of the fortunes of war, captivity, for the summer of 1864 he spent amid the horrors of Libby Prison. He was paroled September 12, 1864, at Annapolis, Md., and February 24, 1865, he was discharged from service on a surgeon's certificate of disability from wounds received in battle. No one can estimate the amount of strength and vigor which the sufferings and privations of those brief years consumed for each man who passed through them, and the heart of the nation beats warmly for those who made the sacrifice of energies which should have sufficed for years of ordinary effort. After the war was over Col. Fairlamb was surgeon at the Lazaretto below Philadelphia for two years, being appointed by Gov. A. G. Curtin.
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