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Adams, Cephas Gardner


Age: 0, credited to Charleston, VT
Unit(s): Civilian Surgeon
Service: Surgeon assigned to special service by Surgeon General of VT; Fredericksburg and Washington (May 1864), among a contingent of Vermont doctors who volunteered their services to care for Vermonters who were wounded in the battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania C.H.

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Birth: 03/13/1829, Morgan, VT
Death: 04/12/1901

Burial: Derby Center Cemetery, Derby, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: UVM 55 (Med)
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Derby Center Cemetery, Derby, VT

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News was received here last Friday of the death of, at Portland Me. of Dr. Cephas G. Adams, a former resident of this town. He was born in Derby in 1830, and after attending common schools and academy he studied medicine with Dr. Hinman, late of Charleston, who was a man of very strong, but latent knowledge and force. After his local studies, Dr. Adams attended medical lectures, and in one way or another acquired good general and medical education. Being a man of quick perception, keen observation, and being exceedingly aggressive, he started in the practice of medicine in this town. , after having practiced for a while in Charleston, and soon commanded the business along the line of the Grand Trunk Railway, which was opened for traffic about the time he came to this town. .

He was well fitted to a primitive community like what existed here at that time. He was somewhat proficient in music, was a ready conversationalist, even to the point of being intrusive almost, but lively, sarcastic, and intelligent. He had a taste for literature, kept up with the times current events of the day, was familiar with the details of all local matters, took a lively interest in the domestic affairs of the town and community, and was soon in the confidence of the people, and in control of the business in his line. He was industrious, kept to the front in medical literature, and in a knowledge of new developments in theory and practice. He was one of the best medical witnesses in the country, and was universally conceded to be one of the best physicians in the country. He had energy, push and confidence to execute.

He was exceedingly jealous of his reputation and fierce in its defence. He had come to be a valuable physician in this community, the individual members of which were not, as a rule, wealthy, and the young doctors charges were alway reasonable.

In the midst of his success he was elected in 1880 a member of the Vermont Legislature. About that time he had formed some acquaintances in Portland and some professional relation with patients there, among them were two or three influential men and families, who easily persuaded him that the opportunities here were limited, and that he could maintain himself in a larger field of operation. ;and so he removed to Portland, where he has been in a successful practice the last 20 years; successful not only in his professional career,, but financially.

About two years ago, as he was crossing Portland bridge, with his horse and buggy, a powerful two horse team broke from a funeral procession and ran into the doctor's carriage, demolishing it with violence, injuring him seriously, one of his ribs penetrating the lung in such a manner it could not be restored to position, and rendering him an intense sufferer up to the time of his death.

He visited Island Pond last summer, was fully conscious of his condition; cooly talked to his friends about it, calculated the time remaining to him, pleasantly and patiently received the greetings of his many old friends and customers, and returned to Portland, with th expectation of soon taking his final departure.

The burial was held at Derby, Monday, the 15th, Inst. A wife, two sons and a daughter survive him.

Essex County Herald, April 19, 1901

Courtesy of Deanna French.

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