Baxter, James MacGregor

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                             PEOPLE FROM THE PAST
                           James MacGregor Baxter 
James MacGregor Baxter was born in Truro, N.S. in 1845. He was the son of Rev. John I. Baxter and Jessie Gordon..

Jessie Gordon was the daughter of Peter Gordon who settled at St. Peter’s Bay, P.E.I., where Jessie was born. When she was an infant her father died and her mother married Rev. Dr. McGregor of Pictou, N.S. Rev. and Mrs. Baxter had nine children. Robert Gordon became a doctor and practiced in Moncton for twenty years until his death in 1890. David became a dentist and moved to Quebec. Eliza married Hugh Dunlap of Stewiacke, N.S. Jessie married James Fraser of Margaret Bay, N.S. Mary and Sarah did not marry. Ellen married Charles Hart Baddeck of N.S. Caroline married Rev. Isaac Simpson of Canton, Ill.

James MacGregor was educated at Truro Grammar and at the Presbyterian Seminary at Truro. He then attended Dalhousie College at Halifax. He decided on a career in medicine and studied for awhile under Dr. Foye, the Boston City Coroner. Following that he began the formal study of medicine at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pa. He later attended Harvard Medical College. Following his graduation from Harvard in 1871, Dr. Baxter set up practice in Chatham. While in Chatham he served as surgeon-major of the Seventy-Third battalion of Chatham from 1889 to 1900.

by Andrew Fraser

Source: Northumberland News – June 01, 1983

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