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Name Samuel Brown
Born Jan. 30, 1769
Deceased Jan. 12, 1830
Notes Samuel was a medical doctor. He studied medicine with his brother-in-law Dr. Alexander Humphreys (his sister Mary’s husband) in Virginia and with Dr. Benjamin Rush. In 1792, Samuel went to Scotland to attend the University of Edinburgh and the University of Aberdeen, and received his medical degree from Aberdeen in 1794.

From 1799-1806, he was a Professor of Anatomy, Surgery, and Chemistry at Transylvania University, in Lexington. In 1802, he introduced the practice of vaccination for smallpox in Kentucky and inoculated 500 people. He returned to Transylvania University in 1819 as Chair of Theory and Practice in the Medical School, a position he held through 1825.

He married Catherine "Kitty" Percy in 1809. They had three children, Susan, James Percy and Catherine Anna. Kitty suffered complications after the birth of their last child and she died (and the child died also) in 1813.

Associated Records

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2016.02.0002 - Letter

Letter from Samuel Brown (Natchez, MS) to Margaretta Brown (Frankfort, KY). Samuel is describing the illness of his wife, Catherine (Kitty), during her pregnancy. Samuel tells Margaretta about the election of James Brown as U.S. Senator from Louisiana. Samuel also comments on the status of the country during the war (War of 1812). [Transcription] Natchez Dec 27th 1812 My dear Sister For a month past I have been confined to the chamber of my dear Kitty whose life has been in the most imminent danger. In the last month or six weeks of her pregnancy she was seized with a fever & vomiting & other symptoms so alarming that I had but too much reason to consider her as lost. I have now

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2015.02.0028 - Letter

Letter from John Brown (Frankfort, KY) to Samuel Brown (Lexington, KY). John discusses Samuel's son, James' upcoming "adventure," Margaretta's condition after a fall, updates on relatives and Frankfort and Lexington news. [Transcription] Frankfort 22nd Jany 1824 Dear Brother Inclosed [sic] you have three lottery tickets left with me last Spring & to which I presume you refer in your note of Tuesday last. Give my love to James & apprise him of my best wishes for his success in this adventure. Should he draw the highest prize tell him he must not for get the Patriots of Greece. Margaretta is reviving slowly from the effects of her fall. She shall suffer considerable pain in t

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2015.02.0016 - Letter

Letter from Orlando Brown (Tuscumbia, AL) to Samuel Brown (Nashville, TN). Orlando discusses the death of his Uncle Preston W. Brown. [Transcription] Tuscumbia, October 4th 1826 My Dear Uncle Let us who are at a distance from that scene of horror pour into each other's bosoms the little consolation we can gather. I think upon my deceased uncle as one who was dear to me in blood but still dearer in affection. I loved him for his kindness to me and for his many virtues. I can not go on any further. Poor Louisa-affliction awful affliction has overtaken her. Can my presence be consoling to her-if it can I will go to Nashville instantly. Your afflicted nephew, Orlando [Add

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2016.02.0003 - Letter

Letter from Samuel Brown (Natchez, MS) to Margaretta Brown (Frankfort, KY). Samuel Brown informs Margaretta Brown of the birth of his daughter, Catherine Anna "Nancy" Brown. She was born on January 4, 1813. He also discusses his fears for the health of his wife, Kitty, who has had a relapse of the illness that she suffered during her pregnancy. [Transcription] Natchez Feby 1 1813 A month has elapsed since the date of my last letter & my fear & anxieties for the safety of my dear Kitty are not abated. On the 4th ult. she was delivered of a fine daughter & for two days after the vomiting a fever abated so much as to have the most flattering grounds of hope. But since that time my mind

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2015.02.0026 - Letter

Letter from John Brown (Frankfort, KY) to his brother, Samuel Brown (Philadelphia, PA). John discusses his decision to send Orlando to Danville to be tutored by Kean O'Hara. He also discusses his brother Preston's plans and his numerous slaves. He discusses the crops, banks, and Transylvania University's new president, Holley. [Transcription] Frankfort 10th June 1818 Dear Brother I this morning by accident discovered your letter of the 1st June sticking up in Odens Tavern where it had been left for two or three days ago by some person whose name was unknown. Upon opening it I was greatly please to find that you had completed those necessary, the often perplexing arrangements, pre

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2015.02.0027 - Letter

Letter from John Brown (Frankfort, KY) to Samuel Brown (Lexington, KY) about James Percy Brown (Samuel's son) being in good health and attending school, (James stayed with John and Margaretta Brown for some of his schooling in Frankfort) Other topics include Preston wanting to visit Alabama, and John's interest in selling Bank of Kentucky stocks. [Transcription] Frankfort 16th March 1821 Dear Brother James has enjoyed uninterrupted good health since you left us & has attended his school regularly & now stands head of the Class. Your other relations here are well. Nothing new has occurred here worthy your notice. We shall expect you down in the course of the next week. Preston

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2015.02.0031 - Letter

Letter from Preston W. Brown (Versailles, KY) to Samuel Brown (New Haven, CT). Preston writes about traveling with brother John Brown and his daughter Heinretta's sickness. Preston, a doctor, tells Samuel, also a doctor, about area surgeons, McDowell and Dudley. Preston's views of McDowell and Dudley are not flattering. [Transcription] Dear Brother, I have resolved to set out for Madison next Monday perhaps in company with my brother John who came up yesterday to consult with me on this subject. I will go down to Frankfort tomorrow and proceed from thence by the way of Bardstown. Nothing will prevent J.B., going but Orlando's delay in setting off for Yale college, which will o

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2015.02.0032 - Letter

Letter from Preston W. Brown (Frankfort, KY) to Samuel Brown (Philadelphia, PA). Preston has moved to Frankfort from Woodford County, and does not like Frankfort society claiming that all of the learned men are either lawyers or speculators or both. He feels that a Mr. Smith is the only learned man, and Smith's favorite topic is religious controversy. He complains about the medical community in Frankfort, and how they reject innovation and lack patients. He claims that there are less patients for all of the doctors in Frankfort than he alone had in Woodford County. He rejects an offer by Samuel to let Louisa stay with his family in Philadelphia. He discusses how Cincinnati banks have stopped

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2015.02.0033 - Letter

Letter from John Brown (Frankfort, KY) to Samuel Brown (Philadelphia, PA) that discusses Samuel's trip to Philadelphia, and Mason's studies at Yale. Brown had planned to go with Orlando to New Haven or Princeton, but his plans were disrupted by a visit from John Mitchell Mason, who was participating in an Ecclesiastical trial in Lexington. John Brown discusses the trial of Rankin. Rankin was charged by Mr. Bishop with perjury. John Mitchell Mason has convinced John to send Orlando to Princeton, where his own son Ebenezer also attends. Brown discusses James and Nancy Brown's trip to Europe, and his own desire to visit New Orleans and Mississippi. Brown discusses the corn and wheat crops i

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2015.02.0041 - Letter

Letter from Mason Brown (New Haven, CT) to Samuel Brown (Philadelphia, PA). Mason relates news from Professor Silliman at Yale regarding specimens and soapstone for a Mr. Otis. He also discusses Samuel Brown's appointment at a medical school in Philadelphia and is wary of it since many other doctors in the area also wanted the appointment. Mason reports having heard Susan Brown is well and wishes the best for James Percy. [Transcription] New Haven, July 16th 1819. Dear Uncle, I have written to you twice within the last three weeks, but as your letter of July 12th which arrived this morning does not acknowledge the receipt of any letters from me, I suppose they never reached you

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2015.02.0034 - Letter

Letter from John Brown (Frankfort, KY) to Samuel Brown (New Haven, CT). This is a letter of introduction and recommendation for Landon Thomas, a friend of Brown's sons. Landon is moving to Farmington to prepare himself to enter college at New Haven or Princeton. [Transcription] Frankfort 5th October 1818. Dear Brother The Bearer Landon Thomas sets out for the State of Connecticut with the intention of spending some time at Farmington to prepare himself to enter College at N. Haven or Princeton. As he will have no acquaintance in that quarter of the Country except Mason Brown I have offered him this letter of introduction to your friendly notice. He has long been the compani

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2015.02.0035 - Letter

Letter from John Brown (Frankfort, KY) to Samuel Brown (Philadelphia, PA). Brown discusses the banking bills being debated in the State Legislature, including issues relating to branches of the United States Bank in Lexington and Louisville. Brown writes about the efforts to tax these banks, as a means to encourage them to leave the state. Brown comments upon the affect of the banks on the economy of the area. Brown also discusses the legislative efforts to charter a state school (Centre College) at Danville, and the debate over Horace Holley's fitness for leadership of Transylvania. Brown discusses Holley's solicitation of funds for the new building at Transylvania University, and Holle

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2015.02.0036 - Letter

Letter from John Brown (Frankfort, KY) to Samuel Brown (Philadelphia, PA). John Brown discusses James Brown's arrival in New Orleans and the condition of James' plantation, and his election to the United States Senate. John discusses Orlando's and Mason's studies, and Orlando's dispute with his college roomate. Brown mentions the need for insurance for his home and recent fires in Frankfort. Brown discusses the debate in the State Legislature concerning the appointing of commissioners to help establish the line between Kentucky and Tennessee, and the surveying and selling of land in that area. Brown discusses navigation and dams on the Schuylkill River, and a similar issue on Elkhorn Cre

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2015.02.0037 - Letter

Letter from John Brown (Frankfort, KY) to Samuel Brown (Philadelphia, PA). John discusses the financial assistance given by Samuel to his sons. Brown discusses the economic problems caused by the shortage of United States bank notes in circulation, including the effect on prices and the inability to pay court judgments, debts, or sending money to his sons. Brown writes of his upcoming trip to Ohio to sell property. Brown comments on the recent United States Supreme Court decision about banking and insolvency laws involving the states and Dartmouth College. Brown discusses the admittance of Florida to the Union, and the territory west of the Mississippi. Brown discusses the health of Prest

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2015.02.0038 - Letter

Letter from Mason Brown (New Haven, CT) to Samuel Brown (Philadelphia, PA). Mason writes to inquire about Samuel's son James. He is worried about James' indisposition. [Transcription] Yale College Feb 16th 1819 Dear Uncle, A letter that I have just received from Orlando has placed me under painful solicitude relative to the health of my interesting little cousin James. From Orlando's letter I fear that his indisposition has been dangerous, and from your silence, that it continues so. Do then my Dr. Uncle write to me immediately and free me from my present suspense, which I assure you is painful. My best love to cousins and my respects to your friend Mrs. Phillips. Your af

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2015.02.0039 - Letter

Letter from Mason Brown (New Haven, CT) to Samuel Brown (Philadelphia, PA). Mason writes of Samuel's professorship of anatomy at Transylvania University. He also notes with frustation that the Kentucky Legislature will not fund Transylvania but wishes to create four new colleges. He also writes about Yale medical students exhuming a body (without premission) in order to dissect it. [Transcription] Dear Uncle, I congratulate you upon Cousin James' recovery from his late indisposition and I sincerely hope he may continue to enjoy that share of health to which his amiable disposition and manners entitle him. Indeed the little fellow made friends of all the students who saw him a

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2015.02.0040 - Letter

Letter from Mason Brown (New Haven, CT) to Samuel Brown (Philadelphia, PA). Mason discusses travel plans for he and his brother Orlando and his joy to be in Orlando's company. He also discusses exams at Yale and Professor Silliman's Journal of which Samuel has wrote a notice to be included within. Mason also mentions that John Brown is selling land. [Transcription] New Haven, April 25th, 1819 Dear Uncle, I am favored with a few spare moments and have determined to employ them in writing you a few lines. Orlando arrived in this place several days ago, and will remain in Connecticut until our vacation commences (8 days) when I shall accompany him to New York and probably to Pri

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2015.02.0042 - Letter

Letter from Orlando Brown (Princeton, NJ) to Samuel Brown (Philadelphia, PA). Orlando comments on Samuel's children: James' recovery from an illness and Susan's accomplishments. He also discusses life at Princeton; he comments on professors and students and his studies that have become more extensive. Orlando also discusses Preston Brown's career (he was a doctor) in Frankfort. [Transcription] Princeton, NJ., Feby 25th 1819 Dear Uncle I commence this letter with the expectation that in return for it you will give me a sound scolding for not answering your friendly notice of me in your last, but my reason for neglecting is such that you will readily accept and that is "want of

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2015.02.0043 - Letter

Letter from Orlando Brown (New York, NY) to Samuel Brown (Philadelphia, PA). Orlando writes a humorous letter to his Uncle Sam in order to borrow money, so that he may return to college at Princeton after being on vacation. [Transcription] New York - May 13th. 1819 Dear Uncle Your letter inviting me to spend my vacation in Philadelphia, was received in New Haven and, owing to the disturbed faculties of a student during "holidays," I did not intend answering it until my return. But as necessity frequently sobers the most dissipated she has compelled me to collect my thoughts in the form of a petition & inform my uncle that I am in this wide city with a pocket drained of all that

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2016.02.0004 - Letter

Letter from Orlando Brown (Princeton, NJ) to Samuel Brown (Philadelphia, PA). Orlando is attending Princeton and writes to his Uncle Sam telling him he needs less money than he thought. He also discusses seeing Nott, a Presbyterian minister, give a sermon, and how impressed he was with Nott. Orlando mentions that Nott has previously spoken about Alexander Hamilton. [Nott used Hamilton's death to draw attention to the evils of dueling]. Orlando also writes that Christopher Greenup is attending Princeton. [this was probably the son of Governor Greenup who died in 1818] [Transcription] Princeton, N.J., May 18th, 1819 Dear Uncle, Yours arrived this morning and I hasten to inform you t