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 Arthur David “Doc” Dempsay

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Arthur David “Doc” Dempsay

  • Birth 27 Apr 1812 Ireland
  • Death 17 Jul 1895 Washington County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Perry County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 38965892

Family lore states that Arthur, from Dublin, was studying for the priesthood as a young man in Ireland. But, when he immigrated to America around 1830, he was already married to Mary Ann Smith. They eventually settled in Pilot Knob/Three Mile Prairie in Washington County, Illinois, where he was a farmer and a medical doctor. His first known land purchase there was in 1839. He was first licensed as a doctor in 1877, as that is the year that Illinois instituted licensing. At that time, he stated that he'd been practicing 30 years, which would give him a start date around 1847. He had a medical log with entries until 1895, the year he died at age 83. Many payments for his medical services were made through a barter system.

Some say the name was probably O'Dempsay at one time in Ireland. Some of Arthur and Mary's descendants spell the name differently: Dempsey. Arthur's parents are unknown.


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  • Maintained by: Donna Fontana Watson
  • Originally Created by: Luv Big Red From IL
  • Added: 1 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 38965892
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Arthur David “Doc” Dempsay (27 Apr 1812–17 Jul 1895), Find A Grave Memorial no. 38965892, citing Chapman Cemetery, Perry County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Donna Fontana Watson (contributor 47875682) .