ADAM DENNISON WEAVER, M. D.
ADAM DENNISON WEAVER, M.D., who for fifty-seven years was actively engaged in the practice of medicine and for many years was senior partner of the drug firm of Weaver & Kendell, at Covington, at the time of his death, on January 10, 1908, was the oldest practicing physician in Miami County. Dr. Weaver was born October 31, 1822, in Augusta County, Virginia, and was a son of George and Jane (Moffet) Weaver.
The parents of Dr. Weaver came to Montgomery County, Ohio, in 1823, and on that pioneer farm, ten miles west of Dayton, and situated on the banks of Wolf Creek, the ambitious boy grew to manhood. His educational opportunities up to that time had been more or less limited, but from childhood he had cherished the desire to become a physician. He then made his way to Canton, Illinois, where he read medicine under Dr. H. Martin, with whom he remained until 1847, having many hardships to overcome in pursuing his medical studies. He completed his reading under Dr. C. Gish, at Salem, Ohio, and in 1849 managed to accumulate enough capital to enable him to attend medical lectures at Cleveland. Thus fortified, in the spring of 1850 he began practice with Dr. Gish and continued with the older physician for two years. He then came to Miami County, in 1852, locating at North Clayton, where he practiced until 1863, when he settled permanently at Covington. For ten years he was associated in practice with Dr. R. E. Cable, after which he was alone. Few medical men had more trying experiences than had the late Dr. Weaver and few retained their mental capacity, professional skill and physical health into advanced age as did Dr. Weaver. In encouraging younger physicians he very often told them of the hardships he had faced in the days of his early practice, when the only possible way to get over the country was on horseback, a large portion of the land being yet uncleared, and many of the streams unabridged. On many occasions he had been obliged to swim with his sturdy little pony through seven streams in order to reach his patients; on others he had been compelled to tie his horse and take his saddle bags containing medicine and surgical instruments under his arm and push his way through mud and ice on foot; and there were times when, lost in the woods, he had to await daylight in order to go on his way. Naturally, Dr. Weaver thought lightly of the situations which some of his younger contemporaries believed serious obstacles. Dr. Weaver was eighty- five years of age when, after a call upon a patient and his return to his office, apparently in his usual health, he was found reclining lifeless in his armchair. This was just as he would have desired, a quiet passing after a life of intense usefulness, with all his powers undimmed. His loss was deeply felt, for he had been physician, friend and counselor to so many for so long a period.
Dr. Weaver is survived by his widow and other relatives. He was married July 30, 1856, to Miss Barbara Whitmer, who was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and was three years of age when brought to Miami County, Ohio, by her parents, who were Samuel and Barbara (Brubaker) Whitmer. To Dr. and Mrs. Weaver were born two children, a son and a daughter, namely: Isaac Newton, who died a victim of diphtheria when aged four years; and Amrina Jane, who is the wife of H. W. B. Routson, of Covington. Mr. and Mrs. Routson have three children, Paul Weaver, Ruth and Martha Belle. The eldest grandchild of Mrs. Weaver, Paul Weaver Routson, married Miss Hettie Bachman, who was born at Piqua, Ohio, and they have one son, who bears the name of his grandfather, Henry Ward Beecher Routson. Ruth resides at home. Martha Belle is the wife of Lester Lee Falknor, a farmer, of Newberry Township.
In 1866 the late Dr. Weaver united with the Christian Church and up to the time of his demise was active in its work and liberal in its support. On many occasions both professional and political offices were tendered Dr. Weaver, but none of these ever appealed to him, the good he could do in his private practice and its reasonable emoluments satisfying his ambition. He will long be remembered.
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