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Doctor's ledger and scrapbook, 1797-1861.
Duncan, Abel, 1772-1813.
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Vermont Historical Society Library  XMSC 29:7  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Duncan, Abel, 1772-1813.
Title : Doctor's ledger and scrapbook, 1797-1861.
Physical Description : 1 volume.
Summary :

A ledger kept by Dr. Abel Duncan of Dummerston, Vermont for the years 1797 to 1803 that has also been used as a scrapbook. Though the early pages and the last pages of the ledger are obscured, the middle section, pp. 47-123, is free of clippings. Some of the left hand pages early in the ledger are also free of glued news clippings. This ledger covers Dr. Duncan's early medical practice in Dummerston, before he married Lydia Miller in 1805.

Some years after her husband's death, Mrs. Duncan used this ledger as a scrapbook. The clippings begin about 1830, and likely represent when she began living with her daughter. The news items vary from songs and poems to birth/deaths/marriages to transcriptions of speeches to recipes. Examples include a speech about the Trail of Tears (1838-39), anecdotes about P. T. Barnum's exhibitions and John Fremont's explorations, popular songs and all of Mrs. Norton's published poems (originally published in 1833). The last item dates around 1861.

Biographical or historical data :

Abel Duncan was born in 1772 in Petersham, Massachusetts and studied medicine under Dr. Gould of Chester, Vermont between 1792 and 1798. In 1798, Dr. Duncan moved to Dummerston, Vermont and married Lydia Miller in 1805. The couple had three children: Charles M. (b. 1808), Fanny M. (b.1810) and Evalina (b. 1813). Abel Duncan died in 1813 at the age of 42 during the spotted fever epidemic (1812-1813). After her husband's death, Lydia moved in with her eldest daughter Fanny and husband, Joel Knight. She died in 1869, age 90.

Subject Term : Medicine Practice Vermont Dummerston.
Popular culture United States 19th century.
Geographic Term : Dummerston (Vt.) Archival resources.
Genre/Form : Ledgers.
Account books.
Occupation : Physicians
Added Author : Duncan, Lydia, d. 1869, comp.