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William M Aitken
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Birth: Oct. 3, 1807
Washington County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Sep. 16, 1872
Franklin County
Kansas, USA

William Aitkins was the town doctor in Rural Valley. According to the 1883 History of Armstrong County, he also served as the postmaster for a while.

Education: Bef 1839 Canonsburg, PA
Note: Attended Jefferson College.
Education: Bef 1839 Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA
Note: Attended Jefferson Medical College.
Event: Land Purchase 9 Nov 1839 Rural Valley, Armstrong Co., PA
Note: Purchased Lot #13 from Alexander Foster, for $47.56-1/4.
Event: Election Bef 23 Mar 1842 Rural Valley, Armstrong Co., PA
Note: Identified as a trustee of the Rural Valley Presbyterian Church on its incorporation charter dated 23 Mar 1842.
Event: Moved 1866 Mt. Union, OH
Event: Moved 1870 Williamsburgh, Franklin Co., Kansas

He built the house at 817 Main Street which has been the residence of several generations of Tottens and Stewarts. The room which is now used as a living room has a separate entrance, and it served as Dr. Aitkins' medical office. When William moved west with his second wife and family, he sold the house to his former father in law, Hamlet Totten. See notes on Lydia Jane Totten for more information about the house.

Obituary of William Aikins found in the bible of Mary Craig Totten in the home of Maxine E. Stewart, Rural Valley, Pa.
William Atkins, M.D. died at Williamsburg, Kansas, September 16, 1874. He was born in Washington County, Pa., October 3, 1807, of pious parents, and was by them trained up according to the useages of the Presbyterian Church. He was educated at Jefferson College, Canonsburgh, Pa., having study medicine at Nobelstown, Pa., also attended lectures at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia,m he commenced practice in Rural Valley, Armstrong County, Pa. in 1839, where, having acquired a large patronage, he remained for twenty-seven years. In 1866 he removed with his family to Mt. Union, Ohio and in 1870 to Williamsburg, Kansas. He was first married in 1846, to Lydia J., daughter of Hamlet Totten Esq. of Rural Valley. She died in 1852, leaving two little boys. In 1853 he married Rebecca, daughter of Richard Caruthers, by whom he had six children, two of whom died in infancy. From early life he was taught to love the house of God, and the Sabbath School, both of which he cherished through life;
but not until about fifteen years ago did he make a profession of a saving knowledge of Christ, when he united with the M.E. Church at Rural Village, then under the pastoral care of Rev. I. M. Pierce. From that time until the close of his life he continued to be a consistent member of the Church, and then wherever his lot was cast, made it a point to attend upon all the means of grace. Through his last sickness (dysentery,) he was calm, peaceful and happy, talking much of the love of Jesus, and the power of his grace, and especially of what he had done for him. He delighted much in the Word of God, many passages of which he had treasured up in his memory, and now, in his sickness proved as fountains of water gushing forth to refresh his fainting sole. He often spoke of his home in heaven and frequently had his friends sing "Home of The Soul." He said, "Tell my friends to meet me in heaven." a few hours before he died, waking from sleep, he said, "the end drawing nigh; all is well." To his friends and family said: "Watch! Watch! Watch!" Finally, after being fixed in bed, he said "All is bright ahead; let me rest now," and immediately passed away.
Rev.Richard Alexander Caruthers

Family links: 
  Lydia Jane Totten Aitkins (1827 - 1852)*
  Rebecca C Caruthers Aitken (1827 - 1888)*
  Emma Aitkins*
  William Totten Meigs Aitken (1851 - 1918)*
  Hannah Ellen Woods Aitken Owen (1856 - 1934)*
  Virginia Vashita Aitken Besgrove (1861 - 1940)*
*Calculated relationship
McPherson Cemetery
McPherson County
Kansas, USA
Maintained by: Dana Caruthers Norton
Originally Created by: KChaffeeB
Record added: Jun 10, 2010
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William M Aitken
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William M Aitken
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William M Aitken
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- Dana Caruthers Norton
 Added: Jan. 19, 2016

- Dana Caruthers Norton
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