Abiel Hovey Lord (1802 - 1890)

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Birthplace: Windsor, VT, USA
Death: Died in OH, USA
Occupation: Physician
Managed by: Chuck Bury
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http://books.google.com/books?id=HREVAAAAYAAJ History of Logan County and Ohio

One amongst two or three of the very earliest permanently resident physicians of Logan County was Dr AH Lord. He was not only one of the earliest but one of the most prominent and active physicians in this portion of the State. It is therefore fitting that some biographical notice should be taken of him and his career. And it is believed that such notice under the circumstances will be more appropriate as a part of the medical history of the country than under the special department devoted to isolated biography. Dr Abiel Hovey Lord was born in Windsor, Vermont April 26, 1802. His father emigrated to Ohio with his family in 1806. He came as far as Wheeling by wagon then he entered a flatboat to proceed to his destination. On the third day out, the boat was sunk by a tree falling across it while tied to the shore during a storm. His child Abiel was saved by being carried to the bank on the back of a hired man but the contents of the boat were ruined. After raising their craft the journey was resumed and without further mishap was finally completed. At the age of thirteen Dr. Lord went to Brookville, Indiana under the patronage of Dr. David Oliver, a connection of the Spencer family well known in the pioneer history of Ohio. Here he went to school most of the time for four years. In 1819 he entered the office of Dr LA Waldo of Wayne County, Indiana where he remained one year. While visiting friends in Urbana, OH he became acquainted with Dr Joseph S Carter and entered the office of that gentleman pursuing his medical studies two years longer. In May 1823, Dr Lord located as a physician in Bellefontaine. The practice of medicine in those days and for many years subsequently in Bellefontaine occupied a large field. The nearest physician on the south lived in Urbana, the nearest upon the west was in Sidney, on the north none was to be found nearer than Perrysburg on the Maumee river, on the east Dr James S Crew was located in Zanesfield and the elder Dr Elbert was yet farther to the eastward.

Dr Lord practiced in all the counties bordering upon Logan namely in Shelby Hardin Auglaize Union and Champaign but his most common remote practice was in Auglaize and Hardin Counties and in Kenton. A good deal of the kind and style of practice of Dr Lord in that early period are described in the opening paragraphs of this subject. At that time there was an Indian reservation at Lewistown and also one on the Muehinippi. These Indians were a mixture of Shawnees and Senecas. Dr Lord had considerable practice amongst them until they were removed in the year 1832. The Doctor vaccinated 750 Indians as they were about to leave their reservations. This number included certain Indians from Wapakonetta and also certain ones from Shawnee village in Allen County. On one occasion Dr Lord was called to visit an Indian chief at Shawnee village. The doctor was not at home when the messenger came and he was compelled to make the trip alone and started late in the day. When about at the site of the present village of St John in Auglaize County his hat was knocked off by a branch of a tree. It was in a deep forest and it had become very dark It took some time groping about to recover the hat and during the search the Doctor had become bewildered respecting the points of the compass. Letting his horse take his own course it soon became apparent that the way was lost. Upon this discovery, the Doctor took off his saddle for a pillow and hitched his horse determined to wait for daylight. Soon, however, the call and answering cry of wolves admonished him that he had better move on. Saddling his horse he pushed on as best he could and after a considerable time came to an Indian hut about three miles from Wapakonetta. Getting upon the right way, he kept on till awhile after daylight. He arrived at the Shawnee village ten or twelve miles beyond Wapakonetta which was the point of his destination.

Such incidents might be multiplied indefinitely but this will suffice to afford some idea of the time the work and the man. Dr Lord was married the 27th day of May 1824 to Miss Letitia McCloud daughter of Judge William McCloud, then a prominent citizen of the county and one of the earliest and most reliable hunters and scouts. Mrs Lord died in August 1875. There were five children born to the doctor and his wife. Maria, the eldest, is the wife of LG More, now living near Bellefontaine. The second, Lucinda, is the wife of Dr TL Wright, The third, Minerva, married Mr George Hackinger, she died of consumption in 1876. The fourth, Richard S Lord, entered the Military Academy at West Point and graduated in 1856. He was stationed in the far West previously to the civil war. He served in the cavalry arm of the regular army throughout the war greatly distinguishing himself on many occasions. He was wounded at Gettysburg, and at the close of the war, was upon the staff of Gen Philip Sheridan. He died of consumption at his father's house on the 15th of October 1866. The youngest child of Dr Lord, Caroline died in early youth. Dr Lord was in the active practice of medicine in Logan County for over fifty years during which time he performed an incredible amount of professional labor. He was a prompt and efficient physician and in the days of his prime always had labor to perform fully up to his physical capacity and very often beyond it. He was justly popular with his patrons and universally kind and forbearing toward the poor. Dr Lord was Treasurer of the county for six years he having been elected to that office three different times. He is still living at the age of 78 years

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"Memoirs of the Miami valley, Volume 1" edited by John Calvin Hover, Joseph Daniel Barnes http://books.google.com/books?id=STwVAAAAYAAJ

p.186 ff

"Joseph Gordon well known as an early post rider for the army and mail carrier in the settlements erected the first house, a log cabin at the west end of the lot at the northwest corner of Cincinnati and Chillicothe streets. He lived in this house and soon after built a larger one on the corner with a low attic story above which he sold to Anthony Ballard who kept a tavern there for a year or two. Robert Paterson then occupied it for a time as a store and residence while buying and building elsewhere and Dr. Lord also lived there and had a small office building adjacent. On the southeast corner of the same streets where the Dowell block stands, Dr. Lord erected in 1830 a frame building which he rented for tavern purposes, different tavern keepers of the times running the place which went by various names. Walter Slicer and Patrick Watson are said to have been hosts there."

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p.234 ff

"Dr. Abiel Hovey Lord, born in Windsor Vermont in 1802, came to Bellefontaine in 1823 the only practicing physicians nearer than Urbana at the time being Drs. Elbert and Crew. Dr. Lord's field of practice covered not only all of Logan county but all of the counties touching it, including a great deal of work among the Indians, seven hundred and fifty of whom he vaccinated just before they were taken to the west in 1832. Dr. Lord married Letitia McCloud, daughter of Col. McCloud, in 1824. Their residence in Bellefontaine was a large house built of logs and stood on the northwest corner of Main and Chillicothe streets. The building afterward became a place of mercantile business and finally degenerated to the base purpose of a saloon and latterly a pool room, being finally removed in 1913 to make room for the erection of the beautiful Canby building the pride of latter day Bellefontaine. It was at that time the oldest known structure in the town and remembering its former honorable estate the logs were purchased for preservation by Prof. Thomas Hubbard Jr. who presented them to the city. They were later built into a log cabin in Rutan Park northeast of the city at the expense of the late Miss Mary Powell granddaughter of William Powell one of the founders of Belle Fontaine. Mrs Lord died in 1875 while Dr Lord's active career ended in 1882 after nearly sixty years in practice.

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Abiel Lord's Timeline

1802
April 26, 1802
Windsor, VT, USA
1824
May 27, 1824
Age 22
Auglaize, OH, USA

Ohio County marriages 1790 - 1950

Name: Abeal H. Lord
Event Date: 27 May 1824
Event Place: Logan, Ohio
Spouse: Letitia Mccloud
Reference Number: v A p 21
Film Number: 534836
Digital Folder Number: 4701451
Image Number: 34
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Name: Abal H. Lord
Event: Marriage
Event Date: 27 May 1824
Event Place: Logan, Auglaize, Ohio
Spouse: Letitia Mccloud
Reference Number: Page 33
Film Number: 534835
Digital Folder Number: 4016819
Image Number: 22
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Also recorded in "Gateway to the West
By Anita Short" http://is.gd/D8TNvy but not available in free preview

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1850 Census:

Name: A K Lord
Residence: Lake, Logan, Ohio
Age: 48 years
Calculated Birth Year: 1802
Birthplace: Vermont
Gender: Male
Race (original):
Race (expanded):
Death Month:
Death Year:
Film Number: 444697
Digital GS Number: 4204490
Image Number: 00284
Line Number: 7
Dwelling House Number: 103
Family Number: 103

Name: Letitia Lord
Residence: Lake, Logan, Ohio
Age: 45 years
Calculated Birth Year: 1805
Birthplace: Ohio
Gender: Female

Name: Minerva Lord
Residence: Lake, Logan, Ohio
Age: 20 years
Calculated Birth Year: 1830
Birthplace: Ohio
Gender: Female

Name: R Y C Lord
Residence: Lake, Logan, Ohio
Age: 17 years
Calculated Birth Year: 1833
Birthplace: Ohio
Gender: Male

Name: Abigal L Wright (presumably daughter of Lucinda Lord Wright)
Residence: Lake, Logan, Ohio
Age: 3 years
Calculated Birth Year: 1847
Birthplace: Ohio
Gender: Female

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http://books.google.com/books?id=HREVAAAAYAAJ

Dr Lord was married the 27th day of May 1824 to Miss Letitia McCloud daughter of Judge William McCloud, then a prominent citizen of the county and one of the earliest and most reliable hunters and scouts. Mrs Lord died in August 1875. There were five children born to the doctor and his wife. Maria, the eldest, is the wife of LG More, now living near Bellefontaine. The second, Lucinda, is the wife of Dr TL Wright, The third, Minerva, married Mr George Hackinger, she died of consumption in 1876. The fourth, Richard S Lord, entered the Military Academy at West Point and graduated in 1856. He was stationed in the far West previously to the civil war. He served in the cavalry arm of the regular army throughout the war greatly distinguishing himself on many occasions. He was wounded at Gettysburg, and at the close of the war, was upon the staff of Gen Philip Sheridan. He died of consumption at his father's house on the 15th of October 1866. The youngest child of Dr Lord, Caroline died in early youth.

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http://is.gd/WMiHzK "The Hovey Book: describing the English ancestry and American descendants of Daniel Hovey of Ipswich, Massachusetts"

Abiel Hovey, born April 26, 1802, in Windsor [VT]; was a physician in Bellefontaine, O.; was three times elected treasurer of Logan county [OH]; married Letitia, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Boswell) McCloud May 27, 1824, in Bellefontaine; she was born in Green county, O, Feb. 14, 1805; and she died in Bellefontaine Aug. 22, 1875. Doctor Lord was living and in active practice at Bellefontaine in 1879. They had four children.

1825
April 23, 1825
Age 22
OH, USA
1828
July 2, 1828
Age 26
OH, USA
1830
April 15, 1830
Age 27
OH, USA
1832
September 25, 1832
Age 30
Bellefontaine, OH, USA
1834
December 15, 1834
Age 32
OH, USA
1890
May 15, 1890
Age 88
OH, USA

After 1880

on the 1880 Census he was living with the family of F.S. & Clara Case. Clara could possibly be a granddaughter?

Name: A. H. Lord
Residence: Bellefontaine, Logan, Ohio
Birthdate: 1802
Birthplace: Vermont, United States
Relationship to Head: Other
Spouse's Name:
Spouse's Birthplace:
Father's Name:
Father's Birthplace: Vermont, United States
Mother's Name:
Mother's Birthplace: Vermont, United States
Race or Color (Expanded): White
Ethnicity (Standardized): American
Gender: Male
Martial Status: Widowed
Age (Expanded): 78 years
Occupation: Physician
NARA Film Number: T9-1041
Page: 63
Page Character: D
Entry Number: 584
Film number: 1255041

1890
Age 87
Bellefontaine, OH, USA

http://logan.ohiogenealogy.info/cem/label.html

Logan County, Ohio Cemeteries

Lake Township - Bellefontaine Cemetery

Lord, Abiel Hovey, Dr., d 15 May 1890, ae 88y 19d (husband of Lettitia Lord; father of Col. Richard S.C. Lord and Caroline Lord)

Lord, Caroline, d 24 Dec 1843, ae 9y 9d (daughter of Dr. Abiel Hovey & Lettitia Lord)

Lord, Lettitia, d 22 Aug 1875, ... (wife of Dr. Abiel Hovey Lord; mother of
Col. Richard S.C. Lord and Caroline Lord)

Lord, Richard S. C., Col., d 15 Oct 1866, ae 33y 11m 20d (son of Dr. Abiel Hovey & Lettitia Lord; 1st U.S. Cav.)

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http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=21818976

Dr Abiel Hovey Lord

Birth: unknown
Death: May 15, 1890

Note: aged 88y 19d

Burial:
Bellefontaine City Cemetery
Bellefontaine
Logan County
Ohio, USA