MEDICAL DOCTORS IN LAWRENCE COUNTY, KY

Listed in Approximate Chronological Order of Dates of Practice in Lawrence County

Compiled and donated to KYGENWEB by Frankie Perry

March 18, 2003

 

        1830’s

DR. REUBEN BIGGS or RUBIN BOGGS, born about 1802 or 1803 in Kentucky. A "Reubin Bigs" is listed in the 1830 Lawrence County Census, age 20-29 with wife in the same age group, and two boys under four years. There is an "R. Biggs" in the 1840 census. Dr. Biggs is listed as "Rueben Biggs, 68, KY, Physician" in the 1870 Lawrence County, Kentucky, where is age is given as 68, with (probably) his wife Sarah J. 40 VA, and seven children ranging from age 4 to 21 years, all born in Kentucky. He is listed as "Rubin Boggs, 77, KY, widowed, doctor" in the 1880 census of Lawrence County, with two children at home. Since the father was born in Kentucky and mother born in Virginia is most likely the same as the DR. REUBEN BIGGS listed in 1870 Lawrence County Census.

1840’s

DR. NICHOLAS MCGUIRE was about 1798-1799 in Virginia of parents born in Maryland. He is listed as a farmer in the 1840 Lawrence County, Kentucky census and in the 1850 and 1870 census. Dr. McGuire was listed as a physician in the 1880 Lawrence County, Kentucky Census, at age 81 with his wife Eliza, age 76 born in Virginia, and two sons: John age 48 born in Ohio and George age 26 born in Kentucky. Children include Ruth Ann, John, Mary J., James, Elizabeth "Lizzy", James, Catharine, Luke and George. He practiced in Fallsburg and was "only practicing physician who served public night and day for many miles," according to Dan H. Cooksey in "A Short History of Fallsburg", as printed in "The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 54, T67.

 

 

1850’s

DR. Z. CUSHING, born about 1803 in New York, is listed as a doctor in the 1850 Lawrence County, Kentucky Census, age 47, with his wife Nancy A., age 29, born in Virginia. They have three daughters under the age of 10 years, all born in Kentucky.

DR. ROBERT J. DODD JR, born about 1827 in Pennsylvania, is listed as a 23 year-old doctor in the 1850 Lawrence County, Kentucky Census. In the household is Mary –presumed to be his wife- age 23, born in Pennsylvania and Rebecca Dodd, age 63 born in Pennsylvania, who may be his mother or grandmother.

DR. ERNEST LINDER, born about 1819 in Germany is listed as a physician in the 1850 Lawrence County, Kentucky Census, age 31, with his wife Caroline age 26, son Charles age 5 born in Ohio, and daughter Mary L. P. age 3 born in Virginia. His name is listed as "Dr. Ernest Lender" on transcriptions of some birth records of the era.

DR. PERES RANDALL, born about 1804 in Maine, is listed in the 1850 Lawrence County, Kentucky Census as a doctor, age 46, with his (presumed) wife Mahala, age 30 born in Kentucky. Children listed are Delutha 17 M NY, George Ann 10 F KY, Peres M. G. 1 M KY.

DR. ANTHONY HAMPTON is listed in Lawrence County Birth Records as the doctor delivering at least one child in 1852.

DR. P. L. TANER (TANNER?) is listed in Lawrence County Birth Records as the doctor delivering at least one child in 1852.

DR. FLOYD SEE is listed in Lawrence County Birth Records as the doctor delivering at least one child in 1853.

DR. STROTHER J. YATES, born about 1816 or 1817 in Virginia, was listed as a physician in Louisa in the "1879 Kentucky State Gazetteer", as reprinted in the "Kentucky Explorer", June 2000, p. 54. From data recorded in the1850, 1870 and 1880 Lawrence County censuses, he was married about 1843 to Ellen R., who was born about 1826. Her birthplace is given as New York in the 1850 census, but as Ireland in 1870 and 1880. The Yates had at least three daughters, the oldest of whom was born in Virginia or West Virginia (1850, 1870 census says Virginia, 1880 says WV, probably indicating a change in state boundaries), the others in Kentucky.

1870’s

DR. JOHN J. "J. J." GAMBILL, born about 1843 in Kentucky, was a physician in Blaine as listed in the "1879 Kentucky State Gazetteer" reprinted in the "Kentucky Explorer", September 1998, p. 55. Research of Lawrence County, Kentucky censuses for 1850, 1870, and 1880 indicate that this Dr. J. J. Gambill is the son of William and Jemima Gambill or Gamble. As a brother to Leander Gambill, he is the uncle of DR. JOHN J GAMBILL and DR HENRY H. GAMBILL.

DR. JOSEPH FRANCIS HATTON was born October 18, 1837 in Lawrence County, Kentucky, son of Jonah Hatten II and Sarah Smith. He died August 25, 1925 at Buchanan, Lawrence County, Kentucky. Kay Wallace Lemaster in "Hatten Family" as printed in "The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 460-461, F391, reports that, "Dr. Hatton was a physician" and "one of the three Physicians practicing in Buchanan in the 1880’s, gave up his practice to operate a store." Dr. Walter E. Hatten reports in "Dr. Joseph F. Hatten" on p. 462 of the same book, that Dr. Joseph Francis Hatton was a community leader and ran mercantile business at Buchanan for about 65 years.

DR. THOMAS W. HUDGINS was a physician and merchant in Webbville as listed in the "1879 Kentucky State Gazetteer", as reprinted in the "Kentucky Explorer", June 2001, p.53, where he is listed as "Hudgis, T W, physician and general store." Correct name provided by Eleanor Brewster.

DR. G. W. MURRAY, born about 1832-1833 in Kentucky, was listed in the 1870 and 1880 Lawrence County, Kentucky Census, as a physician age 38 in 1870 and 47 in 1880, with his wife Alice or Allice F., age 24 in 1870 and 32 in 1880, and two daughters. A son born in August 1869 is listed in the 1870 census, but not in the 1880 census.

DR. NELSON T. RICE, born about 1847, was a physician in Blaine as listed in the "1879 Kentucky State Gazetteer", as reprinted in the "Kentucky Explorer", September 1998, p. 55. The 1850 Lawrence County Census shows Dr. Rice to be the son of William and Mary Rice. By the 1870 Census he was married Cyntha A. Holbrook, born about 1854, the daughter of W L. and Elizabeth Holbrook. In the 1880 Census, Dr. Nelson, wife C A and son Conrad (born about 1875) are living with Cyntha’s parents. He may have still practiced in the Blaine area in the early 1900’s according to Charlie Gambill in an interview by Edward McCurly in 1978, printed in "The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 278, T206.

DR. HEZEKIAH WEBB, born about 1826 in Virginia, was listed in the 1870 and 1880 Lawrence County, Kentucky Census. In the 1880 census, as a physician age 54, with his wife Martha age 52, also born in Virginia.

DR. G. W. WOOTEN, born about 1838 in Maryland, was a physician in Louisa, and listed in the "1879 Kentucky State Gazetteer", as reprinted in the "Kentucky Explorer", June 2000, p. 54, as "DR. G W WROTEN". Birthdate is based on the 1870 and 1880 Lawrence County, Kentucky Census which lists him as age 32 in 1870 and 42 in 1880, with wife Mary age 19 in 1870 and 29 in 1880, and two daughters. In 1880, a son, a niece and an aunt A. Vaughn 70, are listed, both born in Maryland.

 

1880’s

DR. H. P. BANFIELD, born about 1841 in Kentucky of parents born in Kentucky, was listed in the 1880 Lawrence County, Kentucky Census as a physician, age 39 and single.

DR. J. F. BURTON, born about 1853 in Virginia of parents born in Virginia, was listed in the 1880 Lawrence County, Kentucky Census, as a physician, age 27 in the household of his uncle and aunt, J. P. and Phoebe Burton.

DR. WILLIAM H. D. DAVIS, born about 1836 in Pennsylvania of parents born in Pennsylvania, was listed in the 1880 Lawrence County, Kentucky Census, as a physician, age 44, with his wife Nancy, age 49 born in Kentucky and seven children ranging in age from 19 to 2 years, all born in Kentucky.

DR. JACOB N. HULL, born about 1835 in Virginia of parents born in Virginia, was listed in the 1880 Lawrence County, Kentucky Census, as a physician, age 45, with his wife Margaret A. age 36 born in Missouri of parents born in Kentucky. Six children, including a stepdaughter, are in the household with ages ranging from 15 to 2 years. The children are born in Missouri, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, and Virginia, giving a hint of the family’s travels.

DR. B. F. JOHNSON, born about 1830 in Virginia, was listed in the 1880 Lawrence County, Kentucky Census, as a "practicing physician" age 50, with his wife Mary Ann age 32 born in Ohio, and four children ranging in age from 15 to 2 1/2 years. The children were born in Virginia except the youngest was born in Kentucky.

DR. LEE MARION, born about 1846, may have practiced in Lawrence County. He married Sarah Diamond, born about 1852, in Lawrence County, Kentucky on February 6, 1877. It was the second marriage for both.

DR. EDMUND OSBORNE, born about 1824 in Kentucky, was listed in the 1880 Lawrence County, Kentucky Census, as a physician, age 46, with his wife C. Nancy, age 44 born in Virginia and seven children ranging in age from 20 to 3 years, all born in Kentucky. Dr. Osborne practiced ca 1920 in Blaine area, about same time as the Gambills, and later moved to Ashland, according to Charlie Gambill in an interview by Edward McCurly in 1978, printed in "The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 278, T206.

DR.WILLIAM PRICE, born about 1811 in Virginia of parents born in North Carolina, died after 1880. He was listed in the 1880 Lawrence County, Kentucky Census, as a physician at age 69 with his wife Angeline age 40, two sons and a daughter. The children were all under age 10.

DR. J. LEVI SPARKS, born about 1831 in Kentucky, was listed in the 1880 Lawrence County, Kentucky Census, as a physician, age 49, with his wife Mary, age 43 born in Kentucky of parents born in North Carolina, and eight children ranging in age from 20 to 6 years all born in Kentucky. Also living in the household was "Susan Gamble, age 50, born in Kentucky of parents born in North Carolina", indicating a possible tie to the Gambill -Gamble families living the county? Dr. Sparks practiced in Blaine area about same time as Gambills but did not stay long according to Charlie Gambill in an interview by Edward McCurly in 1978, printed in "The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 278, T206.

DR. H. S. SWETNAM, born about 1818 in Kentucky, was a physician in Louisa as listed in the "1879 Kentucky State Gazetteer", as reprinted in the "Kentucky Explorer", June 2000, p. 54. According to the 1880 Lawrence County Census, he was age 62, born in Kentucky of parents born in Virginia. In the household are his wife Mary J., age 53, born in Virginia; a son age 16 and a daughter age 8, both born in Kentucky.

DR. JOHN W. SWEATNAM, born about 1851 in Kentucky, was listed in the 1880 Lawrence County, Kentucky Census, as a physician, age 29 with his wife Alice, age 24, and daughter Mary, age 2. The census lists Kentucky as the birthplace of his father and Virginia as the birthplace of his mother. An ancestry.com search shows that John W. Swetnam was married to Louisa Allice Burgess on May 2, 1872 in Lawrence County, Kentucky.

DR. HENRY WATKINS, born about 1826 in Virginia, was listed in the 1880 Lawrence County, Kentucky Census, as a physician, age 54 with his wife Deresa, age 53, born in Kentucky, daughter Frances age 14, daughter Josephine age 11, stepson George Clevinger age 12 and three grandchildren surnamed Clevinger.

DR. ALF WORKMAN, born about 1836 in Kentucky, was listed in the 1880 Lawrence County, Kentucky Census, as a physician age 44, with his wife Mary age 22 also born in Kentucky, and six children ranging in ages from 18 to 2 years, all born in Kentucky. The children’s ages indicate that Mary was his second wife.

DR. C. B. WRIGHT of Blaine, born about 1875 in Kentucky, may have practiced in Lawrence County. He married Sophia Skaggs of Martha, born about 1885 in Kentucky, on January 6, 1907 in Lawrence County, Kentucky. It was the first marriage for both. Wright’s occupation was listed as "doctor".

DR. L. H. YORK was born January 3, 1851 in Yorksville -now Glenhayes, West Virginia, and died September 1935 in Louisa, Lawrence County, Kentucky. "Riverview Hospital Established in 1902 by Dr. L. H. York" was the headline on a "Tri-River Advertiser" article later published in "The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 35, T43. His son-in-law, Dr. A.W. Bromley, joined him in this endeavor. A "noted physician and surgeon" from "the late 1800’s" until his retirement, Dr. York was "one of the leading doctors in the Fort Gay and Louisa area" where he practiced medicine "for 55 years". Dr. Norman Edwards in his account of "Lawrence County Doctors", "The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", page 34- T41, credits Dr. York with performing the first major surgery in area at Queen’s Creek, West Virginia "at the dining room table with benefit of lamp and other crude paraphernalia".

DR. J. G. YOUNG of Overda, Kentucky, born about 1874 in Kentucky, may have practiced in Lawrence County. He is listed as marrying Hala Carter of Cherokee, born about 1884 in Kentucky, in 1906 in Lawrence County, Kentucky. It was the first marriage for both. Young’s occupation is listed as "doctor".

 

1890’s

DR. W.A. RICE, born about 1860 in Kentucky, was described as a "practically life long" resident "of what had become over the many years the booming town of Fallsburg," by Dan H. Cooksey in his "A Short History of Fallsburg" printed in "The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 54, T67. Dr. Rice is believed to have been practicing in Fallsburg circa 1892 - 1915 and before. Dr. Rice is listed in the 1920 Lawrence County Census, in the Cooksey Fork area, as being a doctor, age 60, with wife Rilda age 56,and nephew age 13, all born in Kentucky. Dr. Rice is believed to have died about 1922. [4]

 

1900’s

DR. OSCAR E. BAILEY, born about 1891 in Kentucky, was also in the Blaine area before 1930, according to Dr. Norman Edwards in his listing of "Lawrence County Doctors", as printed in "The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 34, T41. Dr. Bailey is listed in the 1930 Lawrence County, Kentucky Census as a physician, age 46, with wife Blanch age 31 and two sons 11 and 9; all born in Kentucky.

DR. A.W. BROMLEY in 1890 married Mary York, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. L. H. York. He joined Dr. York in "the operation of" Riverside Hospital some time after it was established in 1902, becoming the proprietor after Dr. York’s death, according to "Riverview Hospital Established in 1902 by Dr. L. H. York" the "Tri-River Advertiser" article later published in "The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 35, T43. Dr. Bromley was an honorary pallbearer at the 1937 funeral of Christina Swetnam Carter, wife of Dr. J. E. Carter. [Carter, Joseph E. Jr., "Dr. Joseph E. & Christina (Swetnam) Carter"; "The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 391-392; F211.]

DR. THOMAS D. BURGESS, born about 1870 in West Virginia, was practicing in Louisa in 1920 and before. Patty Sweet reports that the 1920 Lawrence County, Kentucky Census lists a Dr T.D Burgess age 50 in Louisa KY with wife Willie age 50, daughter Elizabeth 17, son Cornelius 13 and daughter Julia June 10. Research done by Sweet seems to indicate that Dr. T. D. Burgess was the son of James Burgess (born ca 1837 VA) and Elizabeth (born ca 1840 VA). In the 1880 census, this family was living in Jefferson, Kanawha County, West Virginia. Other references to a "Dr. Burgess" were found in "Lawrence County Doctors; p. 34 -T41, by Dr. Norman Edwards, and in the 1978 Charlie Gambill interview by Edward McCurly, ", p. 278 -T206 in "The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky".

 

DR. _______ CONN is remembered by Charlie Gambill in the 1978 interview by Edward McCurly printed in "The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 278, T206, as having practiced in Blaine area but moved to Louisa. (Could this be Dr. Conrad "Con" Baker Rice, son of Nelson T. Rice?)

DR. LESLIE SCOTT HAYS (or HAYES), born about 1885 in Kentucky, cousin to Dr. Will Hayes according to Robert P. Carter, was in Louisa area before 1930. He is listed in the 1930 Lawrence County Census, age 45, with his wife Bertha and daughters Dorothy and Pearl, all born in Kentucky. Dr. L. Scott Hayes helped establish Louisa General Hospital 1930 that they operated until 1948 when they retired. [Edwards, Dr. Norman, "Lawrence County Doctors", p. 34, T41; Carter, Robert P., "Louisa General Hospital", p. 34-35, T42. Bays, Lois, "Tri-County Residents Pay Tribute to Beloved Doctor", p. 71-73; T83: "The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky".]

Dr. WILLIAM A. "WILL" or "WILLIE" HAYES, born about 1878 in Kentucky and a cousin to Dr. L. Scott Hayes, was in Louisa area before 1930. He is listed in the 1930 Lawrence County Census as age 52 with his wife Monnie (?) and children. Dr. Willie Hayes, along with his cousin, built Louisa General Hospital 1930 which they operated until 1948 when they retired. [Edwards, Dr. Norman, "Lawrence County Doctors", p. 34, T41; Carter, Robert P., "Louisa General Hospital", p. 34-35, T42; "The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky".]

DR. HARRY H. GAMBILL was born February 23, 1874 in Kentucky and died May 9, 1936. Harry was a twin to John J. and the son of Leander C. Gambill and nephew to Dr. J. J. Gambell. He married Lyda Mae Swetnam who born April 24, 1875 and died August 6, 1966, the daughter of Milton Franklin Swetnam and Lydia Ann Botner. Harry’s wife Lyda Mae Swetnam, was a sister John’s wife Melvina Molly Swetnam [Childers, Carolyn Carey, "Swenam-Botner"; "The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p.684, F909]. Harry practiced in Blaine area with an office on Rt. 201 and then in a little two-story building by the bank" and "was in a company of many doctors" according to his son Charlie Gambill, in the 1978 interview by Edward McCurly printed in "The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 278, T206. In the 1930 Lawrence County Kentucky Census, the two brothers, age 56, and their wives are sharing a household and living with them are Charles age 31 and Anna L. age 20, the children of Harry and his wife. The value of home was listed as twenty-five thousand dollars. This home in 2003 is located in Blaine on top of the hill at the intersection of Rt. 201 and Rt. 32 and is a popular bread-and-breakfast business.

DR. JOHN J. GAMBELL, born February 23, 1874 and died January 11, 1934. John was a twin to Harry H. and the son of Leander C. Gambill. He married Mary Melvina "Molly" Swetnam, born April 8, 1877, died January 16, 1978, the daughter of Milton Franklin Swetnam and Lydia Ann Botner, and sister to Lyda Mae Swetnam, who married John’s twin brother. [Childers, Carolyn Carey, "Swenam-Botner"; "The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p.684, F909] John J. also practiced in the Blaine area and in 1930 shared a household with his twin brother Dr. Harry H. Gambell.

DR. ESCOMB MOORE was another physician in the Blaine area before 1930 and "was from the Shirt Tail Branch of the left hand fork of Little Blaine" according to Dr. Norman Edwards in "Lawrence County Doctors"; "The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p.34, T41.

DR. JAMES OLIVER MOORE, the son of Wesley Thomas Moore (1837-1905) and Ledocia Victoria McKinster (1840-1908), was born November 26, 1874. He lived near Blaine, Lawrence County, Kentucky. At Blaine, he studied with Professor Elam, "qualified, and taught school a couple of years". Moore then attended Jefferson Medical College in Kansas City, Missouri. After graduating with honors in 1901, he was licensed to practice medicine. He returned to Kentucky to practice at Mattie and then at Ledocia for 34 years before his death October 6, 1935 of leukemia. He married first Ida Hays (1885-1918) and second to Stella Mae Shannon (1884 - after 1935). Dr. Moore was a member of the Kentucky Medical Association. [Ball, Mrs. Gwendoline M., "Dr. James O. Moore", p. 551, F590; "The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky".]

DR. L. G. (L. S.?) NICKELL (or NICHOLL) was a family doctor with office in Webbville for short while, circa 1911 until after 1918, having left Webbville before 1936. His office, a two-story, white clapboard- called weatherboard- box-shaped building, and home, located at end of Webbville Bridge beside Rt. 201, are pictured on p. 70 of "; "The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 66-71, T81, as part of "Webbville- A Small Town with a Big History" by Lois Bays. Also see references in Bays, Lois, "Country Doctor Stirs Fond Memories in Webbville, p. 292-294; T218. [NOTE: The above references use the name "Dr. Nicholls" and "Dr. Nicholl", but a copy of a death certificate in my possession bears his signature which appears to be either "L. G. Nickell" or "L. S. Nickell".]

DR. CONRAD "CON" BAKER RICE, son of Dr. Nelson T. Rice and Cyntha A. Holbrook Rice, was born about 1875, probably in Lawrence County. This Dr. Rice may be the "Dr. C. B. Rice" who was an honorary pallbearer at the 1937 funeral of Christina Swetnam Carter, wife of Dr. J. E. Carter. ["The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 391-392; F211.]

DR. ____ ROBERTS practiced in Blaine area, about same time as Drs. Gambill. Charlie Gambill, son of Dr. (Harry H?) Gambill, remembered that Dr. Roberts "didn’t practice much after Charlie’s father started to practice" [ "The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 278, T206.] which would probably be around 1900.

DR. (C.E.?) SKAGGS practiced in Blaine area about same time as Drs. Gambill, but did not stay long according to Charlie Gambill. A "Dr. C. E. Skaggs’ is listed as honorary pallbearer at the 1937 funeral of Christina Swetnam Carter, wife of Dr. J. E. Carter. (Is one or both of these the same as "Dr. Ernest Skaggs" who joined Dr. A. O. Carter in the Paintsville Clinic practice?) ["The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 278, T206; p. 391-392; F211.]

DR. DAVID JESSE or D. J. THOMPSON was born May 12, 1874 at Lick Creek, Lawrence County, Kentucky, the son of Martin Van Buren Thompson and Elizabeth Webb; he died June 25, 1942. Dr. Thompson married Lena Louise Walters of Blaine on December 25, 1899. He studied at Louisville School of Medicine (KY) then practiced in Webbville area 1903-42, except for year 1911, and was "the only doctor in Webbville until Dr. Nicholl came" just circa 1911. He made house calls in Lawrence, Carter and Elliott counties riding horseback "with German Police dog trotting along at the heels of the horse" and later with Model T Ford. Dr. Webb is buried in the Webbville Cemetery. The two-story former residence (pictured p. 292) of Dr. Thompson is located beside the Webbville Post Office, on KY Highway 1. [See the following "The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky" articles by Lois Bays: "Country Doctor’s Office Reveals Treasure Trove of Well Kept Secrets", p. 291 -T217; "Country Doctor Stirs Fond Memories in Webbville", p. 292- T218; "Webbville- A Small Town with a Big History", p. 66- T81 and "Country Doctor Stirs Fond Memories in Webbville’" p. 292- T218.]

 

DR. CURTIS L. THOMPSON was a dentist. He was born at Webbville, Lawrence County on October 23, 1878, the son of Martin Van Buren Thompson and Elizabeth Webb Thompson, thus the brother of Dr. D. J. Thompson. In 1905, he married Amanda Maud Walter who was born August 20, 1892 in Blaine, Lawrence County, Kentucky and died 1970. Dr. Thompson died March 23, 1944. Dr. Curt Thompson practiced part-time in Webbville in the "medical building" of Dr. D.J. Thompson, according to Lois Bays [NOTE: Lois Bays states erroneously in "Webbville- A Small Town with a Big History", "The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 69, that Curt Thompson is the son of Dr. D.J. Thompson.]

 

1930’S

DR. C. O. BENNETT, who may have practiced in Lawrence County, was an honorary pallbearer at the 1937 funeral of Christina Swetnam Carter, wife of Dr. J. E. Carter. ["The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 391-392; F211.]

DR. ALAN (or ALLEN) BURGESS CARTER, son of Allen O’Dale Carter and Rosa Belle Burgess Carter, was an older brother to Dr. George Phillip Carter. Dr. Alan Carter practiced in Fleming-Neon, Letcher County, KY and operated the Paintsville Clinic, Johnson County, KY with Dr. Ernest Skaggs [Carter, Robert P., " Carter Family"; "The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 384- F195]

DR. J.E. or JOSEPH E. CARTER SR was born 1904 in Morgan County, Kentucky, the son of Asa Carter and Barbara McClure Carter. He married Christina Elizabeth Swetnam (1907-1937) of Lexington, Kentucky, daughter of Dr. Elmer Swetnam and Lula Perry Swetnam. He studied at Berea, University of Louisville and interned at the United States Hospital on Ellis Island and Bellevue Hospital in New York City. Dr. J.E. Carter opened his medical and surgical practice in Lawrence County, Kentucky in 1930. In partnership with Dr. August M. French, he reopened Riverview Hospital in September 1932. He was listed as the senior member on the "new" Riverview Clinic in 1968. Dr. J. E. Carter Sr., who died in 1979, is buried in the Pine Hill Cemetery, Lawrence County, KY [Carter, Joseph E. Jr., "Dr. Joseph E. & Christina (Swetnam) Carter", p. 391-392, F211; Edwards, Dr. Norman, "Lawrence County Doctors", p. 34, T41; "The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", Curtis Media Corp. Dallas TX, 1991]

DR. AUGUST (AUGUSTUS) (A. M.) FRENCH, born about 1902 in Lawrence County, KY, the son of Tobe French. A surgeon, he went to school at Berea and University of Louisville Medical School. He and Dr. J. E. Carter leased and reopened Riverview Hospital in 1932. Dr. French practiced in Louisa, Lawrence County, Kentucky, and in Logan, West Virginia. ["The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p.443-444; F346; p. 36 T44; p. 34, T41]

DR. M. D. GARRED, who may have practiced in Lawrence County, was an honorary pallbearer at the 1937 funeral of Christina Swetnam Carter, wife of Dr. J. E. Carter. ["The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 391-392; F211.]

DR. ______ LESTER is listed as one of the "Lawrence County Doctors" by Dr. Norman Edwards, p. 34, T41 of "The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky".

DR. JOHN MCNABB practiced in Lawrence County according to Dr. Edwards in his listing of "Lawrence County Doctors", [p. 34, T41]. A ‘Dr. J. W. McNabb’ was an honorary pallbearer at the 1937 funeral of Christina Swetnam Carter, wife of Dr. J. E. Carter [p. 392]. All references from "The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky".

DR. F. A. MILLARD, who may have practiced in Lawrence County, was an honorary pallbearer at the 1937 funeral of Christina Swetnam Carter, wife of Dr. J. E. Carter. ["The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 391-392; F211.]

DR. ERNEST SKAGGS, a "native of Lawrence County" according to Robert B. Carter, son of Dr. George Philip Carter and who, with Dr. A.B. Carter brother of Dr. G.P. Carter, operated Paintsville Clinic. ["The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 34-35, T42] [NOTE: "Dr. Ernest Skaggs" may be the same as "Dr. C. E. Skaggs" listed previously.]

DR. ______ WRAY is listed as one of the "Lawrence County Doctors" by Dr. Norman Edwards. Dr. Wray’s practices included the community of Summitt before 1940 ["The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 34-35, T42; p. 66, T79]

 

1940’s

DR. FRANCIS ELAM BURGESS was born May 11, 1914, the son of Malcom L. Burgess (1867-1936) and Victoria Elam (1875-1966) according to Beulah Lemaster Greene in an article published in "The History of Lawrence County, KY", p. 368- F158. Dr. Burgess practiced 1939-1951 in Martin County, and in Paintsville, Prestonsburg, and Louisa. He retired about 1951 but still lived in Lawrence County. He may have married after 1950. Dr. Burgess has also published one or more books of poetry.

DR. GEORGE PHILIP CARTER, son of Allen O’Dale Carter and Rosa Belle Burgess Carter, was the younger (eleven years) brother of Dr. Alan Burgess Carter. He married Alice Joy Scott, daughter of Captain Oscar Oliver Scott and Lillie Mae "Dolly" Tackett Scott. Dr. G. Philip Carter opened his Lawrence County practice in 1945. In 1950, with Dr. F. F. Sheley, Dr. George Philip Carter bought Louisa General Hospital, reopened and operated it about 1979 when the hospital closed and the new Louisa Medical Clinic opened. Then came Extendicare, Inc. and Humana Hospital Louisa of which he was a staff physician. (Photo, p. 386) ["The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 34-35, T42]

DR. FOREST FRANKLIN SHELEY, a friend and medical school classmate of Dr. George Phillip Carter, with whom he bought Louisa General Hospital, reopened and operated it from 1950 until he left Lawrence County about 1964 for his "native" Campbellsville, Taylor County, Kentucky. ["The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 34-35, T42]

 

 

1960’s

DR. LLOYD M. L. BROWNING was born about 1940 probably in Viper, Perry County, Kentucky. Dr. Browning was a 1960 graduate of Berea College with a degree in Biology according to his college yearbooks (1959, 1960). After he completed his medical training (University of Louisville Medical School?), Dr. Browning joined the Riverview Medical Staff and the practice of Dr. J.E. Carter Sr. July 1967. He married Marcella Chambers who was born in Louisa and delivered by Dr. Carter "at the old Riverview Hospital". Marcella is the daughter of James Edward Chambers and Nola Wilson Chambers. ["The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 34-35, T42; p. 742, F1036]

DR. GEORGE CAIN also "played a prominent part in the operation of the (Louisa General Hospital) beginning around 1959" according to Robert P. Carter, son of Dr. George Philip Carter. Dr. Cain died before 1991. ["The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 35 T42.]

DR. JOE EVERETTE CARTER JR., son of Dr. J. E. Carter, was born October 2, 1929 and married first Bonnie Hatcher and second Teresa Matovich. He was a dentist in Louisa before and after 1991. ["The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 386-387; F201]

DR. ROY CLEMENS joined the (Riverview Medical Clinic?) practice of Dr. J.E. Carter Sr. in the 1960’s ["The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 34-35, T42]

DR. NORMAN EARL EDWARDS was born in Harlan County, Kentucky in 1938. He married Sue Taylor. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and the University of Louisville Medical School in Louisville, KY. Following an internship at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Edwards spent "two years in the Air Force at Montgomery, Alabama, where he practiced general medicine and pediatrics". "While in Medical School, Dr. Edwards met his life-long friend and partner in medicine, Dr. Lloyd M. L. Browning." In 1967, he and Dr. Browning joined Dr. J.E. Carter and the Riverview Medical Staff. ["The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 34-35, T42; p. 437, F327]

DR. WILLIAM J. "BILL JIM" MCNABB joined the practice of Dr. George Phillip Carter and Dr. Forest F. Sheley about 1960. Dr. McNabb’s grandmother Emmaline Carter Chaffins was Dr. Carter’s great-aunt according to Robert P. Carter, son of Dr. George Philip Carter, who further stated, "Dr. McNabb worked with Dr. Carter until 1979, when his heart ended Dr. McNabb’s career by failing." ["The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 34-35, T42]

DR. ARTHUR RICHARDS joined the Carter, Sheley and McNabb practice about 1963. At the time the article was written, circa 1990, he was "practicing with Dr. Mark Workman, who is a Fort Gay, West Virginia resident" according to Dr. Norman Edwards in his listing of Lawrence County doctors, ["The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 34, T41; p. 34-35, T42]

DR. MARK WORKMAN "is a Fort Gay, West Virginia resident" circa 1990 according to Dr. Edwards. Dr. Workman may have practiced in Lawrence County because of proximity. ["The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 34-35, T42]

 

1980’s

According to Dr. Norman Edwards, "Lawrence County Doctors", p. 34, T41; "The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", the following doctors were on staff at Humana Hospital circa 1989-1991:

DR. ALI

DR. DOMIGUES

DR. EDGE

DR. MASON

DR. C. ORTINES

DR. ROSS

DR. B. K. SINGH

DR. N. SINGH

DR. SOLO.

DR. L. E. BENHAM was the Lawrence County coroner and jail doctor in 1995.

DR. TOM BRIZENDINE joined Drs. Carter, Browning, and Edwards on the Riverview Medical Staff. ["The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 34-35, T42]

DR. MARK KINGSTON joined the Riverview Medical Staff circa 1980-1990. ["The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 34, T41]

DR. JOHN LANGFELD joined Drs. Carter, Browning, and Edwards on the Riverview Medical Staff. ["The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 34-35, T42]

DR. JAMES M. ROUSE joined Drs. Carter, Browning, and Edwards on the Riverview Medical Staff. ["The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 34-35, T42; p. 36, T45]

 

Others:

DR. R0SCOE C. (ROSS or R.C.) MOORE, Veterinarian, was born May 19, 1882, the son of Garland J. Moore and Mary Woods Moore. He died April 16, 1949. Following attending the School of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State University where he "graduated as a veterinary surgeon in 1916". He returned to Lawrence County before 1918 and set up a practice. His first marriage ended in divorce and Dr. Moore then married Annie Vanhorn in 1918. Dr. Moore operated a dairy farm, was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1922, and as Lawrence County Judge in 1924 and 1930. ["The History of Lawrence County, Kentucky", p. 551, F592]

 

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