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Dr. Patience Miller (Bacon)

Birthdate: (85)
Birthplace: Of Ipswich, Essex, England
Death: November 29, 1716 (81-89)
Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Bacon, of London and Unknown Bacon
Wife of William Miller
Mother of John Miller; Mary Nims; Rebecca Miller; Patience Nott; William Miller, Jr. and 8 others
Sister of Nicholas Bacon, Sr.

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

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.



  • Women in medicine
  • Pioneers
  • 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).
  • From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_medicine


NOTE: In The American Genealogist of January 1981, Volume 57, page 105-107, the antecedents of Samuel Bacon are limited to his parents, William and Ane (last name at birth Unknown). Martha Worcester is disproved as wife of William Bacon. In Colonial Families of Philadelphia and in Bacon's Adventure, the English branch of the pedigree was quoted from the work of Gustav Anjou of New York, whose work has been thoroughly discredited. Those works have been widely reproduced and cannot be relied upon for the ancestry of Samuel Bacon. The New England branches of those biographies were not tainted - just the part that quoted Anjou. [1]

1. Elizabeth, Nathaniel, and Samuel Bacon of Barnstable, Mass., TAG vol 57, page 103 - 108


  • 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.
  • Family links:
  • 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
  • From: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=miller&GSfn=patience&GSby=1623&GSbyrel=in&GSdyrel=all&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=32523312&df=all&


  • 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
  • From: http://www.genealogyofnewengland.com/f_a8.htm#104


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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Dr. Patience Miller's Timeline

Of 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