DR. LEVI P. GREENWOOD, one of the most eminent physicians of the town of Nelson, Madison County, now deceased, was born September 26, 1816, in the town of Lebanon, Madison County, N.Y., son of Paul and Betsey (Brigham) Greenwood, who were natives of Massachusetts, where the father was born in 1767, and the mother in 1777. About the year 1800 Mr. and Mrs. Greenwood settled in Lebanon, and, being among the first comers there, endured the various trials and hardships of pioneer life. They had ten children, as follows: Jonas, Lucy, Eli, Sally, Marion, Erastus, Ira, Levi P., Cornelia, and Roxanna. Mrs. Greenwood died February 9, 1839. Her husband, surviving her nearly three years, died November 17, 1841.
From his early years fond of books and learning, the youth Levi was enrolled as a pupil at Hamilton Academy until he had qualified himself for teaching, and thereafter taught school a few terms, subsequently beginning the study of medicine with Dr. P. B. Havens at Hamilton, Madison County, N.Y., in whose office he continued for some time. He also attended lectures at Fairfield, Herkimer County, N.Y., and was graduated from the Physicians' and Surgeons' College there, with the degree of M. D., in February of 1840. On May 1 of that year Dr. Greenwood formed a partnership with Dr. John Heffron, settling in Erieville, Madison County, N.Y., remaining there until 1863, when they separated; and our Doctor took in for his new partner Dr. W. M. Carpenter, a former fellow-student, they working together until Dr. Carpenter was elected to the Assembly, and his place here was filled by Dr. C. H. Ransom. Dr. Carpenter was born in Erieville, August 2, 1839. He was brought up on his father's farm, and assisted his father until he was a young man. He entered the State University at Ann Arbor, Mich., and was graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons there in 1868. In 1869 he was elected to the Assembly of the State of New York by the Republican party, and served one term. He died in New York City, at the age of fifty years.
On September 13, 1845, Levi P. Greenwood, M.D., married Miss Susan J. Blair, daughter of the late Jeremiah Blair. She was born September 21, 1822, and died at the age of fifty-eight years, leaving no children. On May 29, 1892, Dr. Greenwood married for his second wife Miss Marion Norton, a native of Georgetown, Madison County, daughter of Jerome A. and Phebe (Atwood) Norton. Her father was born in the town of Cazenovia, N.Y., September 21, 1821, and was a merchant in Georgetown for about twelve years, dealing in general merchandise, and for about fifteen years a farmer in the town of Nelson. His wife died in August of 1889; and he now resides with his daughter, Mrs. Greenwood, the only surviving one of his three children. Dr. Greenwood practised medicine in Erieville for more than fifty-two years, making a record for himself second to that of no other physician in Madison County. He died at his home on December 25, 1892, after a brief illness of five days, mourned by a large circle of friends and acquaintances, and grieved over by the poor to whom he had been a benevolent friend, cheerfully giving to them his time and services.
Having been prepared by thorough study for his chosen profession, to which he was untiringly devoted, and gathering wisdom by daily experience, winning his way to the confidence of the people, his practice became large and widely extended. He was frequently called in counsel by his medical brethren of the neighboring towns, and his judgment was always considered exceedingly valuable.
A Methodist in religion, Dr. Greenwood died happily, steadfast in faith. In politics he was a Democrat, and served as Supervisor for one term. Mrs. Greenwood, his widow, still resides in her pleasant home at Erieville, a lady of intelligence and cultivation, highly appreciated in society, and an active and valued member of the Methodist Episcopal church.
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