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Dr. Joseph Carrier
Male 1820 - Yes, date unknown

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  • Prefix  Dr. 
    Birth  CA 1820 
    Gender  Male 
    Occupation  1855  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation  May 1858  , Essex Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    associate coroner 
    Residence  1859  Amherstburg, Essex Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-35281 
    Died  Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID  I35281  Generations
    Last Modified  3 Mar 2019 

  • Notes 
    • CARRIER, JOSEPH had his introductory card in the Dumfries Reformer June 13, 1855:

      Dr. Carrier Graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Licentiate of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Lower Canada, Begs to inform the inhabitants of Galt and surrounding country that he has settled permanently in town. Dr. Carrier has taken Mr. Lowell's house, near the English Church, where he can be consulted at all times on the various branches of his profession.

      The Dumfries Reformer of March 12, 1856 carried an expanded notice extolling his training and abilities, saying that he:

      Begs to inform the people of Upper Canada that he has made arrangements which will enable him to pay monthly visits to Toronto, Hamilton, Naigara and other places in the Province in order to give advice to those who may be desirous to consult him on diseases of the heart, Lungs, Stomach and Liver.

      Dr. C. has devoted several years to the study of these diseases, in the first Universities of Europe and America.

      Amongst the numerous professors under whom the Doctor has studied, he may mention Dr. Bennet of the University of Edinburgh, allowed by all to be the first authority in Europe on Oscultation (sic) and Percussion.

      In 1848 Dr. Carrier wrote a treatise on diseases of the chest, which won him a public compliment in the University of Edinburgh.

      The Doctor invites public enquiry into his Mixtures for diseases of the heart, as well as his Lotion for eruption of the skin.

      Scrofula, Female Diseases and Fever and Ague particularly attended to.

      During the two or three days of the Doctors absence each month from Galt a competent person will be left in charge of his practice.

      Anyone wishing to see his credentials can be satisfied by calling at his residence at Mr. Lowell's house near the English Church.

      Extending his practice throughout Upper Canada was an ambitious project, but his expectations failed to materialize, His last notice appeared on August 5, 1857; by May of 1858 he had been appointed associate coroner for Essex County.

      The next news of him appeared on December 21, 1859, when the Dumfries Reformer presented the story for the edification of its readers.


      Our readers in Galt and vicinity will regret to learn that Dr. Carrier formerly resident here, has deserted his amiable wife and children, and eloped with one of his patients. Since he left Galt Dr. Carrier has been residing in Amherstberg, a village near Windsor, and we are told was doing well. What could have induced the man to leave his family and bring upon himself such disgrace, we cannot imagine. His unfortunate wife is, we understand, some relation if Sir David Brewster, the eminent Philosopher, and when in Galt was universally esteemed. The following particulars are from the Windsor Chronicle:

      "Dr. Carrier, a well known medical practitioner in Malden, has committed the unpardonable offence of inducing one of his patients - a young woman belonging to a very respectable family- to elope with him. The doctor on the day preceeding the departure, drew a heavy bill for medical attendance upon the father of the girl, the principal portion of the amount being for attendance upon the young woman herself. He leaves a wife behind him to deplore the misfortune which united her to a man who could while acting professionally, seduce his patient, and thereby bring such heavy affliction upon two families. The morals of the gentlemen connected with the medical profession in England stand higher than that of any other class of men. (the clergy not even excepted), and we are sorry to record this act of villany in connection with a profession which is generally understood to be like Caesar's wife "beyond reproach". "

      The story of the required retribution appeared in the Detroit Free Press and was quoted by the Galt Reporter of March 30, 1860 under the heading "Detection of Dr. Carrier. "

      ". . . . . The pair went to Illinois, where the Doctor endeavored to get into practice, but suspicion rested upon them from the mere disparity in their personal appearance and general conduct, and the confidence of the public was withheld to such an extent that they were in very reduced circumstances, and at one time actually suffered from want. The locality of their sojourn finally became known to the deserted wife, who had been left in Malden, and she went thither some weeks since, causing the immediate arrest of her faithless husband on a charge of adultery. With a kindly feeling toward the deluded young lady she gave her some good advice, which led to a correspondence between herself and her parents, and effected a reconciliation. The result of the matter was, that Miss Doughtery returned to her parents, arriving home yesterday morning, and the recreant villain who had caused her ruin was suffered to go at large by the indignant and uncompromising wife, who very properly refused any communication with him. She intends to return to Scotland to her relatives taking her children with her. "


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