Dr. Francis Jacob Bernays

Dr. Francis Jacob Bernays

Mainz, Stadtkreis Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Death 20 Jan 1894 (aged 75)
Sainte Genevieve, Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri, USA
Burial Sainte Genevieve, Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 29911007 · View Source
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Civil War Veteran
Side: North
Surgeon, Medical Corps, Hospital #14
Rank: Surgeon

Civilian Occupation: Doctor

Dr. F. J. Bernays died at his residence in our city last Saturday, January 20th, 1894, at 11:55 P. M. after an illness of three weeks, at the age of seventy-five years, seven months and two days. Dr. Bernays was born in Germany, at Mainz on the Rhine, and came to America settling at Highland, Ill., in 1854. In 1865 the doctor moved to Ste. Genevieve with his family and has been a resident of our city ever since. A wife and three daughters, Mrs. Dr. M. Andre and Miss Annie Bernays of Ste. Genevieve, and Mrs. C. B. Fischer of St. Louis, are left to mourn his loss. The remains were interred in the Valle Spring Catholic cemetery on Monday at ten o'clock. The funeral was one of the largest ever witnessed in our city and the J. Felix St. James Post G. A. R. of which Dr. Bernays was a member, attended the funeral in a body.

Source: stegenevieve.net

Obituary Ste. Genevieve Herald, January 27, 1894
Bernays:--At his residence in the city of Ste. Genevieve on Saturday, January 20, 1894 Dr. F. J. Bernays at the age of 75 years and 7 months. The deceased had had several attacks of uraeraim, the last, more severe than any he had sustained before, seizing him on 1st of January last. He was treated by his son-in-law Dr. M. Andre, assisted by Dr. A. Bernays, of St. Louis who did all to their power to check the malady but soon found that all they could do was to alleviate the patient's sufferings, and on Saturday night a few minutes before midnight, he passed away. The funeral took place in the Catholic cemetery at Valle Springs on Monday morning and was attended by a large concourse of mourning friends, headed by the J. Felix St. James Post, of which the deceased was an honored member.
Francis Jacob Bernays was born on the 18th of June 1818, in the City of Mainz, on the west bank of the Rhine—a romantic spot on the most romantic of rivers.
In his early childhood his parents removed to Oggersheim situated a few miles west of Mannheim, where they had come into the possession of a fine estate, and being in easy circumstances they gave him the best education attainable. He with his brothers received his first education in the Catholic public school locate at his home under teachers of distinction, besides enjoying the instruction of a private tutor engaged for the family. Later he studied at Heidelberg and Wuertzburg. In the studies of his youth he developed that love of the beautiful in nature which characterized the man. Quick of perception, of thought, of speech, as we all knew him, there was nothing in the wide world that could so soon attract and so securely hold his attention as beauty. Thus, though a chemical scholar and replete with general knowledge and many sided attainment, his favorite study remained nature in all its forms. With like enthusiasm he committed to memory the best productions of Lession, Goethe and Schiller, drank deep at the rich fountains of the arts and sciences and devoted himself with the ardent constance of a lover to the study of botany and chemistry in particular and several forsook his favorite pursuits till the end of his life. In his later years he loved to watch the growth of a rare plant or gather the fossil remains of the life that existed before our rocks were formed.
At the age of 27 he married Miss Amalie Adelmann, a native of Baden, who bore him three daughters—Clementine (Mrs. M. Andre), Annie, and Helen (Mrs. Chas. B. Fischer). In the year 1854 Dr. Bernays came to this country and located in Highland, Ill. where he practiced medicine until the war broke out, when he was appointed physician and surgeon in the Union army. During the war he was also at one time professor at the Humboldt Medical College. In 1865 he moved to Ste. Genevieve, and purchased the residence in which he died. He was the last of six brothers and has a sister living in Frankfort.
He was eminent in his chosen profession as a medical practitioner and highly esteemed as a man and citizen. Never courting publicity, and being naturally of a quiet and studious disposition, he was much devoted to his home life and found his richest regard in the love an veneration with which he was regarded by his family. May he rest in peace.

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