PETER B. HAVENS, M.D. Among the native-born citizens of Madison County who have risen to distinction in professional life is Dr. Peter B. Havens, who is well known in this part of the State, and is recognized as one of our ablest
physicians. He was born in Hamilton, April 17, 1824. His grandparents, Peleg and Martha
(Bessey) Havens, were born either in Rhode Island or Massachusetts, and emigrated from New England to
New York, being early pioneers of Westmoreland, Oneida County. They made the journey overland with an
ox-team, the long and tedious trip occupying many days. Mr. Havens bought a tract of land which was yet in its primitive condition, and at once built a log house and began the labor of clearing a farm. There were neither railways nor canals for many years afterward, and no markets very near, the people being obliged to subsist on the products of their land or the game, which was abundant. As soon as he had enough land under cultivation to raise a surplus of grain, he was obliged to haul it to Albany with teams, to dispose of it for needful merchandise. He improved a good farm, and resided there until his death, having ably done his part toward the building up of the town and the county. Dr. Peter B. Havens, Sr., son of Peleg and father of the subject of this sketch, was
born in Westmoreland, Oneida County. He was born in the rude log cabin of his parents, and attended the pioneer schools of his native town. Being unusually fond of his books, his father gave him the advantages of a good education, and, after he had turned his attention to the study of medicine, sent him to a medical college in New York City, from which he was graduated in 1812. He commenced practice in Hamilton, and met with such good success that he remained there until his death, in November, 1860. The maiden name of his wife was Martha Clark. She was born in Erie County, New York, and died in Hamilton in 1857, having reared four
children--Marcia, Hannah, George, and Peter B.
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