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Commemorative Biographical Records
Northwestern Ohio

including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams & Fulton.
Published at Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co.


  R. F. LAMSON, M. D.  Doctor Lamson has for nearly a third of a century been one of the most prominent and successful physicians and surgeons of Williams county. He is at present residing upon his farm in Bridgewater township, but expects in the near future to lay aside all business cares and remove to the city of Bryan, where he owns a pleasant residence.
     Doctor Lamson was born in Licking county, Ohio, February 20, 1838, a son of Andrew and Clarinda (Hughes) Lamson. The Lamson family is of English origin, and its first representatives in this country located in Vermont. Richard Lamson, grandfather of our subject, was a pioneer and one of the most prominent citizens of Licking county, Ohio, which he represented two terms in the State Legislature. He was one of the influential members and a leader in the Whig party, and was called upon to serve in several local offices. He married a Miss Morgan, whose ancestors were also from England, and were early settlers of-the Green Mountain State. Throughout his active business life Andrew Lamson, the Doctor's father, was employed as a saddler and harness maker: in politics he was first a Whig, later a Republican, and after the war he was a Democrat. He died in 1896 at the home of his son in Williams county at the ripe old age of eighty-one.
Mrs. Clarinda Lamson, who is still living in Bryan, at the age of seventy-seven, is a daughter of Jonathan and Lavina (Davis) Hughes, the former a native of Virginia, the latter of Licking county, Ohio, and is a grand­daughter of Elias Hughes. Her father was reared in Virginia, and early in life became an avowed enemy of the red men, as his father, brother and sweetheart were all killed by the Indians. So deep was his hatred that he was willing at all times to go to any part of the country to aid the white men in the Indian wars, and followed the frontier in hope of revenge. He became a noted Indian fighter, and was the last survivor of the battle of Point Pleasant, his death occurring in Licking county, Ohio, when he had reached the advanced age of ninety-eight years. During the early days when Ohio still maintained her militia companies, he became quite prominent in military circles, and was commissioned colonel of a regiment: and during the Civil war, although then eighty years of age, he shouldered his squirrel gun and joined the troops which checked John Morgan's raid through Indiana and Ohio.
     In the common schools of Utica, Ohio, Doctor Lamson commenced his literary education, later attended the Wesleyan University at Delaware, this State, and at the age of sixteen commenced teaching for the purpose of securing funds with which to complete his education. He successfully taught for a number of years, then fitted himself for the legal profession, but finally decided to take up the study of medicine and make its practice his life work. He began reading with Doctor J. H. Madden, and in the winter of 1860-61 attended a course of medical lectures. In the following year, however, he laid aside all personal interest, enlisting in the Seventy-sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and for two years he served with the army of the Cumberland, taking part in several important battles and the sieges of Fort Donelson and Vicksburg. Owing to ill health he was discharged at the end of that time and returned home, but when somewhat recovered, he entered the United States Military Railroad service in the South. After serving in that department for some time, his health again broke down, and for almost a year he was confined in a hospital at Nashville, Tennessee, being there at the time of Lee's surrender.
     In 1861, previous to entering the army, Doctor Lamson was married to Miss Elizabeth Wanzor, who was born in Madison county, Ohio, May 10, 1841, a daughter of Ransford and Elizabeth (Burt) Wanzor, the former a native of New York and of German descent, the latter of South Carolina and of Welsh extraction. Her father, who was a farmer by occupation, moved to Michigan later in life, and there died at the age of eighty-three years. He was a member of the Society of Friends, while his wife was a Baptist in religious belief. In their family were eight children, namely; Charles, a farmer and stock raiser of Kansas; Mrs. Eunice McCart, whose husband was a colonel in the Civil war; Mrs. Abigail Hartzel; John C, an engineer residing in Chicago; Elizabeth, wife of our subject; Mrs. Mary Barton; Ransford, a farmer of Kansas; and Sarah, who died unmarried. The Doctor and his wife have one child; Maud, who was born in 1868, and is now the wife of Charles Anderson, of Chicago.
     On his return from the war Doctor Lamson located in Bryan, where his father's family and his wife had removed in the winter of 1865-66. and after teaching for a short time he took up his residence in Bridgewater township, Williams county, in 1866. Here he commenced the practice of his profession, soon gained the confidence of the best people of the community and succeeded in building up a large and lucrative practice. In 1876 he entered the College of Medicine and Surgery in Cincinnati, and after his graduation resumed practice in Bridgewater township, where he remained until 1888. During the following six years he successfully engaged in practice in Bryan, but in 1894 he returned to Bridgewater to look after his farm and landed interests here. Many of his old patrons have again sought his services, but he is now planning to retire permanently to his pleasant home in Bryan, where after a useful and well-spent life he may enjoy the rest which he so well deserves. He is a strong adherent of Democratic principles, is one of the leading men of his party in Bridgewater township, and during President Cleveland's first administration was appointed pen­sion examiner. Socially he is an honored member of the Knights of Pythias, has filled all the chairs in his lodge, and also belongs to the Uniformed rank of that order. In religious faith his wife is a member of the Episcopal Church. Wherever known they are held in high regard, and have a wide circle of friends and acquaintances throughout Williams county.
Source: Commemorative Biographical Records of Northwestern Ohio including the counties of Defiance, Henry, Williams & Fulton.  Published at Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co. 1899  - Page 514
  DOCTOR J. V. LESNETDoctor J. V. Lesnet, medical practitioner, Montpelier, Williams County, Ohio.
Source: Commemorative Biographical Records of Northwestern Ohio including the counties of Defiance, Henry, Williams & Fulton.  Published at Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co. 1899  - Page  536





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