FRANK E. DEWEY, M.D., a prominent physician of Madison County, residing in the village of Peterboro, is a worthy representative of the medical fraternity of this section of the country. He was born October 16, 1849, in the town of Lenox, being a son of Charles and Eliza (Crain) Dewey. The grandfather of our subject, Elijah Dewey, was born in Connecticut, and there grew to manhood and was married. After marriage he came with his wife to Madison County, settling in Stockbridge when it was a comparative wilderness. He was a mason by trade, and assisted in the erection of many of the earlier buildings of that place. Both he and his wife spent their last years in Chautauqua County, he living to be seventy-five years of age, and she rounding out seventy-six years. Both were members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and the husband was a Whig in his political views. They reared a family of nine children, four of whom are now living: Ralph, who resides in Cattaraugus County; Charles, father of our subject, who resides in Lenox; Sarah, Mrs. Wood, and Mary, Mrs. Sackett, who both live in Wisconsin.
The parents of our subject, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dewey, are natives of Madison County, where the father was born in February, 1823, and the mother in July, 1825. They are living in the town of Lenox, passing their last years in comfort and contentment at their pleasant home in the village. He was a boot and shoe maker, and followed that trade most successfully until his retirement from active business. Politically, he is a strong Republican.
Religiously, he is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, while his wife is a consistent member of the Baptist church. To them were born three children, namely: a son, Frank E.; and two daughters - Frances M., born January 18, 1851, and Florence I., widow of William Hughes, both of whom are now living with their parents.
Frank E. Dewey grew to manhood in the place of his nativity, attending the public schools, and receiving additional instruction in private schools. As soon as old enough to work he sought employment during his vacations, and, when fourteen years old, began working in the Oneida Community trap-shop, spending his leisure time thus for several years. Having a decided taste for the medical profession, when nineteen years of age he began studying with Dr. James More. In 1870 he entered the University of Buffalo, and after three years of steady application to his studies was graduated from the medical department of that institution with honors, receiving his diploma February 25, 1873. Six months later Dr. Dewey settled in Peterboro, and has since remained there, having built up a large practice in that and adjacent towns. Being the oldest physician in experience in the place, with a remarkable record for ability and sound judgment, he has won the confidence and esteem of a large circle of patrons and friends.
Soon after his graduation the Doctor was united in marriage with Ella A. Cowles, the wedding taking place April 16, 1873. She was born in Stockbridge in 1853, being a daughter of Caleb G. Cowles, a native of Adams, Jefferson County. She has two sisters, Emma and Mary.
Mr. Cowles learned the trade of carpenter and joiner when young, and has made that his life occupation. In politics he is a firm Republican. Religiously, both he and his wife are members of the Presbyterian church. The union of our subject and his wife has been blessed by the birth of one child, Emma R., born September 26, 1884. Politically, Dr. Dewey is a stanch Republican, and has served as County Coroner two terms. He is a member of the Medical Society, in which he has served as President, also a member of the Central New York Medical Association, and of Morrisville Lodge, No. 658, A. F. & A. M.
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