Dr. Barnabas Binney

Dr. Barnabas Binney

Birth
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 21 Jun 1787 (aged 35–36)
Burial
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Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section E, Plot LXXVIII
Memorial ID 11323652 · View Source
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DR. BARNABAS BINNEY.
Barnabas Binney, a Surgeon in the Revolutionary War, was a native of Boston, and born in the year 1751. His father was Barnabas Binney, a merchant of Boston; and the family name of his mother,—a lady of high intellectual culture,—was Ings.

Dr. Binney graduated at Rhode Island College, in 1774, afterwards known as Brown University. The institution was then under the presidency of the celebrated James Manning, D.D., and the pupil acquired much of the mental accomplishments of the principal. His medical education was obtained in London and in Philadelphia, and he considered himself as belonging to the latter city. In 1776, he entered the public service of the United States, as Hospital Physician and Surgeon, settled in Pennsylvania, and married a native resident of Philadelphia, in 1777, and continued in the service till the army was disbanded, in 1783; he was distinguished for skill, the uniform bearing of a gentleman, and unfaltering kindness to his patients, though of the most humble description. An extraordinary instance of his success as a surgeon, occurred in the treatment of a seaman, who, while in the round-top of the Monk, in her fight with the Hyder Ally on the Delaware River, was shot through the body, the musket-ball entering
the left groin, and passing through the intestines and lungs, and emerging under the right shoulder-blade. This man, after his recovery, was so grateful that he visited Dr. Binney annually during his life. A case of Dr. Binney's hospital practice shows the refined and honorable tone of his moral nature, as well as his professional skill. It was the case of the romantic and heroic Deborah Samson, who entered the army in Massachusetts, in October, 1778, as a private soldier, and continued to serve with credit until disabled by a wound, which brought her under Dr. Binney's care. Being supposed to have died, Dr. Binney, in searching for the pulsation of the heart, discovered her sex; and, taking her to his own house, most honorably concealed the fact until her discharge was obtained from General Washington. The life of this brave woman is given in Mrs. Ellet's "Women of the Revolution."


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  • Created by: DeLoss McKnight III
  • Added: 9 Jul 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11323652
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr. Barnabas Binney (1751–21 Jun 1787), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11323652, citing Christ Church Burial Ground, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by DeLoss McKnight III (contributor 46605619) .