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Patience Miller (Bacon), Dr.

Birthplace: Ipswich, Essex, England
Death: Died in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Bacon and Martha Bacon Bacon
Wife of William Miller
Mother of John Miller; Mary Nims; Rebecca Miller; Patience Nott; William Miller, Jr. and 13 others
Sister of Samuel Bacon; Elizabeth Allen (Bacon); Nicholas Bacon, Sr.; Elizabeth Allen and Samuel Bacon
Half sister of Andrew BACON; Henry BACON and Nathaniel Bacon

Occupation: Physician/Surgeon, Only female doctor in Northampton, first female physician/surgeon in America
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About Patience Miller, Dr.

Patience (Bacon) Miller was a physician and surgeon, the only doctor serving the towns of Northampton and Northfield. According to Cutter, she was the first and only woman physician of the time in America.

Died 29 Nov. 1716 "quite aged," per William Richard Cutter, Genealogical & Family History of the State of Connecticut, Vol. IV, (Orig. publ. NY, 1911; repr. by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1997), pg. 2056.



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  • Patience Miller (1623-1716), appears in records as the only physician and surgeon in Northfield, Connecticut. She is named in "The History of Northfield for 150 years", by Josiah Howard Temple and George Sheldon, Albany, New York, 1875: Page 68 - William Miller was at Ipswich in 1648; was a first settler at Northampton; a tanner by trade. His wife ... Mrs. M. was a skilful physician and surgeon, ... and the only doctor at Northfield during the first two settlements. Patience was born in Ipswich, England and died in Northampton, Connecticut 29 Novrmber 1716. She was the daughter of William Bacon (1593-1653) and his wife, Martha née Worcester ( -1666).
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  • Patience Bacon Miller
  • Birth: 1623, England
  • Death: Mar. 29, 1716 Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Daughter of William Bacon and Martha Worcester Bacon of St.Nicholas Parish, London, England.
  • Children: Mary Miller Williams Nims, Rebecca Miller, Patience Miller Nott, William Miller III, Mercy Miller Fowler, Ebenezer Miller, Mehitable Miller Dewey, Thankful Miller Alvord, and Abraham Miller.
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  • Spouse:
  • William Miller (1620 - 1690)*
  • Children:
    • Mary Miller Williams Nims (1652 - 1688)*
    • William Miller (1659 - 1705)*
    • Ebenezer Miller (1664 - 1737)*
    • Abraham Miller (1672 - 1727)*
  • Note: There is a monument in Bridge Street Cemetery erected to her and her husband in 1911.
  • Burial: Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 32523312
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  • BACON, Patience
  • b. 1631 England
  • d. 29 MAR 1716 Northampton, Hampshire, Mass.
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 3 MAR 1640/1 Northampton, Hampshire, Mass.
  • Spouse: MILLER, William
  • b. 21 MAY 1592 Bishops Stortford, Herts., England
  • d. Northampton, Hampshire, Mass.
  • Children:
    • MILLER, Mary
    • MILLER, Patience
    • MILLER, William
    • MILLER, Mercy
    • MILLER, Ebenezer
    • MILLER, Mehitable
    • MILLER, Thankful b. 25 APR 1669 Northampton, Hampshire, Mass. d. 30 MAR 1738 Northampton, Hampshire, Mass.
    • MILLER, Abraham
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Occupation Patience , wife of William Miller , was skilled as a physician and surgeon. She was the only doctor in Northampton and in Northfield, Massachusetts and was the first and only woman physician of the time in America 1683 Northampton, Hampshire county, Massachusetts Reason This Information Is Correct William Richard Cutter, Genealogical & Family History of the State of Connecticut, Vol.IV page. 2056 Modified | History 12 October 2013 by phlemery

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Patience Miller, Dr.'s Timeline

Ipswich, Essex, England
Age 19
Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA
December 24, 1653
Age 22
Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts
October 8, 1654
Age 23
Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA
September 15, 1657
Age 26
Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts
November 30, 1659
Age 28
Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA
February 8, 1661
Age 30
February 8, 1662
Age 31
Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA
June 7, 1664
Age 33
Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA