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Dr. George Dillingham

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Dr.  George Dillingham

From a 1957 Garvin County History Book



Read the Charles W. Dillingham, son of George
and Nancy Pace Dillingham, Indian Pioneer Interview

Dr. George Dillingham practiced in Garvin Country around 1889.

Born:1826, Bowling Green, KY Married: 29 Dec., 1850 to Susan F. Pace
Died: 14 June, 1902, Siloam Springs, AR

He is listed in: 1850 Census 10th Dist. Jefferson Co., Illinois,George Dillingham 25 yrs old, Susan Dillingham 20,  in household of Joseph Pace and in 1900 Census - Hico Twp. Siloam Springs, Benton Co. Arkansas,
George E. Dillingham b. Mar 1831 b. ILL, Susan A. Dillingham b. Dec. 1834 b. KY, Lettie Abernathy (step-dau) b. Feb 1876 MO (Apparently Susan F. Pace was his second wife?)

He was also in the civil war: 49th Illinois Infantry Non-Commissioned Staff DILLINGHAM, George E Hosp. Steward Jefferson Co Oct 19, 1861 Dec 30, 1861 Mustered out Jan 9, 1865 from Roster of Field and Staff 49th Illinois Infantry  1890 Census Census Union Veterans and widows, Oklahoma and Indian Territory. #463/477 - George E. Dillingham, P. O. Norman, Oklahoma. Disability - Heart disease Rank - Hospital steward Co K, 49th Illinois Regt. Infantry. Enlisted 9 Oct. 1861; discharged Jan. 1865; 3 yrs. 4 mos.

His father was William Dillingham a slaveholder in Ky.

He married Mourning Newman Smith - who was part Native American. The family myth (altho it comes from several sources including outside the family so I might sort of believe it) was that Mourning knew about healing herbs through her Native American ancestry. The story is that George learned this from his mom and felt that was good enough to call himself Doc. More likely is that his Doc prefix has something more to do with his experience as a hospital steward in the civil war. Either way, I'm sure the AMA would have something to say about it today.

A daughter of George is Lily Dillingham, who married Sam Houston Dellinger. A daughter of that marriage is my Grandmother Nelle Pace Dellinger. My wedding ring (so the family history goes) is actually from Dr. George. It is inscribed "Dr. George E. Dillingham, Norman, Indian Territory" I got it through my Grandmother.

Submitted by Eric Frohmberg Readfield, ME

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