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A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

Dr. George Alva "Allan" Carson

Male 1822 - 1910  (88 years)

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  • Name George Alva "Allan" Carson 
    Prefix Dr. 
    Born 13 Feb 1822  , Prince Edward Co, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1853  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-129760 
    Died 3 Mar 1910  Whitby, Ontario, Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I129760  Generations
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2019 

    Family 1 Alma Vandusen,   b. Abt 1825,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 31 May 1855  Owen Sound, Grey Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2019 
    Family ID F22503  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth Amorilla Vanderwert,   b. 30 Apr 1834, of, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Aug 1853, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years) 
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2019 
    Family ID F32032  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Feb 1822 - , Prince Edward Co, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - doctor - 1853 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 31 May 1855 - Owen Sound, Grey Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • CARSON, GEORGE ALVA (ALLAN) was born February 13, 1822 in Prince Edward County, the son of a U. E. L. family. His educational history is obscure - one source says he "began his studies in the common schools, but is practically a self-educated man." (l) In 1852 he graduated from Central Medical College, Rochester, N. Y, and in June that year began to practice in Galt. At some time he attended McGill University, and in 1858 obtained his medical degree from Victoria University. He was not registered by the Ontario College until 1866.

      His introduction to Galt was by a typical eclectic notice:

      DR. CARSON

      Respectfully announces to the Public of the County of Waterloo and surrounding country that he has


      in the town, of Galt, second door west of the Bridge leading from Main Street where he will at all times be happy to attend to the calls of those afflicted with disease, either Acute or Chronic, and render them the most speedy Relief.

      From the experience of several years practice, and the success Dr. Carson has had, with the addition of all the Remedies of one of the best Medical Reform Colleges in the United States (of which Dr. C. is a Graduate) he feels safe in saying that his method of treating Diseases of the Lungs, Liver, Kidneys, Spine, Nerves and all Female Complaints cannot be surpassed by any in the country.

      He would also say he has obtained a thorough knowledge of the German Method of Practice, by which he arrives at a correct diagnosis in all Chronic cases and will prescribe the medicines accordingly. To those unacquainted with this system of Practice he would say, he examines the Urine to tell the disease. It should be brought in a clean vial holding from 2 to 3 ounces, the first in the morning is preferred. The name and age of the Patient are requested. No charge is made for examination or advice. Medicines for Chronic diseases are principally from the Vegetable Kingdom. To those afflicted with disease of the Eye, Cancers or Fever Sores Dr. C. warrants a cure or no pay.

      All diseases of a private nature kept in profound secrecy.

      All calls attended to in Town or Country. (2)

      In 1853 a card informed readers that he and James A. Whiting; an eclectic physician of Berlin, had formed a partnership in Galt. (3) Although later they inserted a notice in the name of the partnership, dated 1858, and giving their address as Greenbush, Berlin, (4), Whiting had announced by 1854 that he had returned to Berlin to practice. (5). Whiting's action probably indicated a breakup of the partnership, at least temporarily during Carson's absence from Galt.

      In June 1855 an account of a wedding refers to Carson as "late of Galt". He is listed in Brampton in 1857-8, (6) he probably was there earlier; another source, questionably, states that he practised in Whitby from 1856 (7). Any time he spent in Berlin with Whiting must have been brief. As a matter of interest, Whiting's infant son, born in May, 1856, was christened "George Alvey" - possibly after Carson.

      His final move was to Whitby where he resided until his death on March 13, 1910. He served on the town council, was coroner, surgeon to the Grand Trunk Railway, and a member of Council of the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons.

      A comment in a biographical sketch showed that he retained an interest, financial at least, in the eclectic medicine of his early days:

      His name is familiar to the public as the inventor and manufacturer of patent medicines, notably amongst these is his "Liver Tonic and Blood Purifier, " which is now probably one of the best and most widely known remedies on this continent." (8)
      1. Men of Canada
      2. Galt Reporter July 30, 1852
      3. Dumfries Reformer Oct. 5, 1853
      4. Berlin Chronicle Aug. 24, 1858
      5. Der Deutsche Canadier Sept. 28, 1854
      6. Smith's Canada (Past Present & Future)
      7. Kaiser History Ontario County
      8. Men of Canada.

      From: Doctors in Waterloo County 1852-1925 by Alexander D. Campbell

  • Sources 
    1. [S31] News - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Dumfries Reformer (1850-1892), 7 Sep 1853.
      Elzabeth Amorilla Carson died 30 Aug 1853 Wife of Dr G.A. Carson, Galt; dau of John Vanderwert, Belleville. 19y 4m.

    2. [S31] News - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Dumfries Reformer (1850-1892), 13 Jun 1855.
      CARSON, Dr. G.A. married 31 May 1855 to Alma VANDUSEN At Newark Mission, Owen Sound, by Rev S Fear. Dr Carson late of Galt; Alma, youngest dau of Rev C Vandusen.