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Dr John L. Wakefield

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Dr John L. Wakefield

  • Birth 25 Apr 1823 Connecticut, USA
  • Death 17 Feb 1874 Shakopee, Scott County, Minnesota, USA
  • Burial Shakopee, Scott County, Minnesota, USA
  • Plot The grave and marker are located in the northeast part of the cemetery.
  • Memorial ID 58147870

NOTE:
I lived in Shakopee, MN, near Valley Cemetery, in the 1980s. At that time, the Wakefield marker was barely visible because the sod had nearly overgrown it. More recently, the marker is maintained and trimmed, and is easier to find and view. I have attached a photo of the marker that I took in 2002. The obituary below is from the St. Paul Pioneer Press newspaper. Bill Cox

OBITUARY
DR. J.L. WAKEFIELD OF SHAKOPEE
The intelligence of the death of Dr. J.L. Wakefield, which occurred at his residence in Shakopee on Tuesday morning was received with regret. The immediate cause of the Doctor's death is attributable to an over dose of an opiate. It appears that he returned home, and shortly after retiring requested his wife to call him at a specified hour. A short time after, the attention of his wife was attracted by his breathing, and upon attempting to arouse him found herself unable to do so. Assistance was called, but to no avail, and he expired soon after.
Dr. Wakefield was one of the old settlers of the Minnesota Valley, having located in Shakopee in 1854, at which place he has resided ever since, except while absent as Indian physician with Major Galbraith. He and his family were at the Agency at Yellow Medicine at the time of the outbreak in 1862. His wife and children were taken prisoners, but he escaped with the party that the Indian, John Otherday, brought away in safety. His family remained captives until released by Gen. Sibley. He was a physician of experience and ability, and a graduate of Harvard College; and a brother of Hon. James B. Wakefield, now of the Jackson Land Office. He was well known, and leaves many friends to mourn his death.


Family Members

Spouse
Children

Inscription

Wakefield
John L.
1823-1874
Sarah F.
1830-1899


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  • Created by: Bill Cox
  • Added: 3 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 58147870
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr John L. Wakefield (25 Apr 1823–17 Feb 1874), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58147870, citing Valley Cemetery, Shakopee, Scott County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Bill Cox (contributor 47178385) .