Samuel Kennedy

Samuel Kennedy

Birth
Death 1 Jul 1804 (aged 58–59)
USA
Burial Frelinghuysen Township, Warren County, New Jersey, USA
Memorial ID 11728866 · View Source
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B.B. Edsall speaks of this gentleman as being "the first practicing physician we have any record of" in what was then Sussex, but is now Warren County. A sketch of Dr. Samuel Kennedy, Junior, is given in the recently published, "Transactions of the New Jersey Medical Society, 1766 to 18O0," page 24, the data of which, as well as Edsall’s account, are corroborated by the appended sketch, which has been procured from a daughter of B.S. Kennedy, a son of Dr. Samuel by his second wife, who is said to be still living at White House, Hunterdon Co., N.J., over eighty years of age. Her letter is as follows:
"My grandfather, Dr. Samuel Kennedy, belonged to an old and well-known Scotch family. He was born, it is supposed, in Scotland, or on the Atlantic while his parents were on their way to America. His father, Rev. Samuel Kennedy, was pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Basking Ridge, Somerset Co., for forty years.(10*) His oldest son, Dr. Samuel, was born about the year 1740; was married to Elizabeth Beavers, Oct. 8, 1768. By her he had nine children who reached mature life. His wife died in 1790. He was again married, in 1791, to Anna, daughter of Peter Schaffer,(11*) of Stillwater, by whom he had five children. Dr. Kennedy died in 1804, and is buried at old Hardwick (now Yellow Frame) church, in Sussex County.

"He was educated for a physician by his father, who was a physician as well as minister. He settled at Johnsonsburg, and had a very extensive practice. From papers of his in possession of the family I judge that his education was superior to that of most gentlemen of his time. He was a firm believer in the political tenets of Jefferson, was of a mirthful disposition, and possessed of the remarkable (Scotch) gift of second sight. He was a deeply religious man, a member of the Presbyterian Church."

There is no doubt but that Dr. Kennedy’s professional reputation was very high. He is described, by the very few persons now living who knew him, as having been short and stout, but of fine personal appearance. His residence was a stone house, still standing, upon the Van Horn farm, half a mile from Johnsonsburg, on the road to Allamuchy. He was also a judge of the Sussex County courts, and a member of the Assembly in 1780. Achilles, a son by the first marriage, studied medicine and located at Hackettstown for a year or two about 1800, but left on account of his health, and died of consumption at his father’s house. Another son, William, became a physician, and practiced in Middle Smithfield, Pa. The inscription upon his tombstone, in the cemetery of the Yellow Frame church, is as follows:

"In memory of
Doctor Samuel Kennedy Esquire,
who departed this life
July 1st, 1804,
in the 59th year of his age."


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  • Created by: Gregory Speciale
  • Added: 11 Sep 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11728866
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel Kennedy (1745–1 Jul 1804), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11728866, citing Yellow Frame Church Cemetery, Frelinghuysen Township, Warren County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Gregory Speciale (contributor 31762373) .