Gurdon Beriah Hotchkin MD was born on 12 November 1830 at Clinton, Oneida County, NY, USA. He was the son of Beriah Bishop Hotchkin DD Rev and Elizabeth Alice Fitch. He was baptized at Utica, Oneida County, NY, USA, on 16 January 1831. At the 1st Presbyterian Church.. Gurdon Beriah Hotchkin MD was graduated on 31 March 1855 from Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA, USA. He received a Doctorate Degree in medicine. He married Sarah Jane Cochran at Media, Delaware County, PA, USA, on 15 November 1855. Gurdon Beriah Hotchkin MD appeared on the census of 1860 at Media, Delaware County, PA. The census lists the family as: Hotchkin, G. B., 29, 1830, NY; Sarah J., 26, 1830, PA, living in home of Ann Cochran, 57, and daughter Violette, 25.. He was a Asst Surgeon, and served in Co F, 1st PA Reserve Cavalry, during the Civil War. He appeared on the census of 1870 at Saxton, Bedford County, PA, USA. The census lists the family as: Hotchkin, G. B., 39 (1839), NY, Way Master; Sarah J., 37 (1832), PA, keeping house; Elizabeth A., 6 (1863), PA; William R., 2, PA; male infant, 1/12, born PA; Ann Cochran.. He appeared on the census of 1880 at Huntingdon, Huntingdon County, PA, USA. The census lists the family as: Hotchkin, Gueden, 49 (1831), NY, Physician; wife Sarah, 46 (1834), PA, keep house; dau Elizabeth, 16 (1864), PA, at school; son William, 11 (1869), PA, at school.. He appeared on the census of 1900 at Altoona, Blair County, PA, USA. The census lists the family as: Gurdon B. Hotchkin, Nov 1830, 69, widow, born NY, father born NY, mother born VT; medical doctor; dau Lizzie A., Sep 1863. 36, single, born NY.. He appeared on the census of 1910 at Huntingdon, Huntingdon County, PA, USA. The census lists the family as: Gurdon B. Hotchkin, 79 (1830), wd, NY, daughter Elizabeth A., 47, PA.. He died on 12 March 1915 at Altoona, Blair County, PA, at age 84. Died at age 85 after a fall in which he broke his right hip. The obituary says that he served as a surgeon though out the Civil War.
In the NEHGR, Vol 85, William Rowland Hotchkin, writes that Gurdon was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in 1855 and received his MD degree from that University. He served as the chief physician and surgeon of the First Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry at the outbreak of the Civil War, and later chief surgeon of that regiment until the end of the war. Gurdon was active in religious and temperance work and wrote a number of books which are listed in the footnotes. William Rowland Hotchkin says that, “He was an organizer and teacher of a Sabbath School for Negroes.” The family moved to Saxton, PA after the close of the Civil War.1
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