Biography of Dr. William M. Michel
Round Valley Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





William M. Michel, M. D. Born in Tazewell county, Virginia, October 1, 1839 His father was an artist. When but a child they moved to Charleston. And after a residence of about two years here they moved to Washington, D. C. Here the subject of this sketch was educated at the Rugby Academy. At the age of sixteen he entered the Virginia Military Institute, at Lexington, which he attended two years. He then commenced the study of medicine in the office of Dr. Johnson Elliot, where he graduated in March, 1860; after which he joined the rebel army and served about five years, taking an active part in drilling soldiers. He was taken prisoner at the battle of Sailors Creek, and was held prisoner for four months. Was captured about four hours before Lee surrendered. Was released after the close of the war, and went at once to Eastville, Virginia, where he commenced practicing medicine, which he continued about one year. He then returned to his native county (Tazewell), where he practiced for about two years, when he was appointed surgeon on a Pacific mail steamer, and came to San Francisco, and was transferred to the Golden Age and went to China, and remained in China and Japan about two years. He then returned to California, and after practicing in Nevada county, Knights Landing, Yolo county, Elmira, Solano county, St. Helena, Napa county, and Ukiah, Mendocino county, he finally, in October, 1877, settled in Covelo, Round valley, where he is engaged in active practice of his profession. Married in 1867, Miss Lucy Dennis, a native of Virginia. They have five children: H. Maynard, Genevieve, Lizzie, Miriam, and Lucy.

From:
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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