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Dr William Gager

Death 20 Sep 1630 (aged 44–45)
Burial Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 15147648 · View Source
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William was born in Suffolk, England and passed away in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He was the son of William Gager and married Hannah Mayhew. He had one surviving child, John Gager.

In the early spring of 1630, Dr. William Gager, along with his son, began preparations to leave his ancestral home and medical practice to go to New England with the Massachusetts Bay Company. The voyage was to be under the leadership of his friend and neighbor, John Winthrop. They were to sail on the flagship Arabella, Captained by one Peter MIlbourne.

Dr Gager and his son settled in Charlestown, a section of the newly found Boston. While there he was keeper of the "powder".

Dr William Gager never fully recovered from the ill effects of the voyage from England, and died of a fever September 20, 1630.

The following is from Dr. Snow's History of Boston, printed in 1828.

"In the midst of these afflictions, Dr Gager died. He was their principal, if not their only, physician and surgeon. He is represented as a man of skill in his profession. And we have seen that the soundness of his faith and the purity of his life have promoted him to the office of a Deacon in the infant church. He was considered a public servant; and the same court which provided for the salaries of the ministers ordered that a house should be built for him against the coming spring, and that he should be furnished with a cow and be paid 20 pounds for his first year. And afterward have 30 pounds per annum at the common charge."

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Dr William Gager (1585–20 Sep 1630), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15147648, citing Saint Francis de Sales Cemetery, Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by KRW (contributor 46517473) .