Biography of Alfred Hamlin Chenoweth (1809-1887)
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co.,
1888), pp. 517-518.
Alfred Hamlin CHENOWETH, M. D. (deceased). One of the ablest
representatives of the medical profession with which Lincoln County has been blessed was
Dr. Alfred Hamlin CHENOWETH. Born of illustrious ancestry, he added the highest scholastic
training. His father, Rev. Alfred G. CHENOWETH, was born in Berkeley County, Va., in 1809,
and was a lineal descendent of the fourth generation from lord Baltimore, and of the third
generation from Oliver CROMWELL. He was a man of scholarly attainments and one of the
shining lights in the Methodist Episcopal Church. While stationed at Greencastle, Ind., he
was called to lay aside the burdens of life, dying in 1864. The Doctor's mother, Catherine
A. (PEEL) CHENOWETH, has Rockingham County, Va., as the place of her nativity, and 1812 as
the year of her birth. She lived to be sixty-nine, spending her last days in this county.
Their family consisted of six children, three sons and three daughters. The oldest son,
Bernard P., was a missionary to China, where he died while at the post of duty. William E.
was a captain in the Federal army during the late war. The Doctor, the youngest son, was a
native of Hampshire County, Va., born December 17, 1846. His literary education was
acquired at Asbury University, of Greencastle, Ind., from which institution he graduated
in early manhood. In 1863 he volunteered in Capt. OSBORN's Company. He served until the
close of the war, and after that struggle graduated from the medical department of the
University of Virginia. About 1868 he came west, graduated at the St. Louis Medical
College, and then located in Lincoln County, Mo. In 1869 he married Miss Ella,
daughter of Jonathan and Leah J. (DRYDEN) CRUME. She was born in this county in 1851,
though her father was a native of Kentucky and her mother of Maryland. To Dr. and Mrs.
CHENOWETH were born seven children, four now living. The Doctor was a Mason and an
active worker in the Methodist Episcopal Church, as is also his wife. He died
November 28, 1887. He was a skillful physician and one preeminently fitted for that noble
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