JAMES HIGGINS WHALEY, M. D.
Dr. James Higgins Whaley maintains his offices at No. 212 North Washington street. His birth occurred at Verona,
Oneida county, New York, on the 18th of October, 1861, his parents being James Snow and Charlotte (Higgins) Whaley.
His paternal grandfather, Dr. Alexander Whaley, was born in Montville, Connecticut, on the 24th of March, 1780,
read medicine with Dr. Turner of New London, Connecticut, and in 1800 was licensed to practice. At this time great
interest was taken in the sale of lands in what was known as the Oneida Indian Reservation, and Dr. Alexander Whaley
joined the tide of emigration, reaching this county in the fall of 1801. The next spring he took up his abode at
Verona and began the practice of medicine, following his profession for about fifty years. On the 30th of January,
1805, he wedded Miss Abigail Snow, by whom he had nine children. Their home was maintained in the same house at
Verona for a period of fifty three years. His demise occurred in Rome on the 28th of April, 1871, and thus the
county lost one of its most respected and honored pioneer physicians.
Dr. James Snow Whaley, the eldest son of Dr. Alexander Whaley, was born at Verona, Oneida county, on the 4th of
March, 1806. After completing an academic course in the Fairfield Academy he began the study of medicine with his
father and subsequently attended a full course of lectures in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Western
District, New York, receiving his degree from the regents in February, 1831. He began the work of his profession
in association with his father, who afterward retired and turned the practice over to him. Dr. James S. Whaley
practiced at Verona for thirtyone years and in June, 1863, removed to Rome, where he followed his profession for
about twelve years. On the 6th of May, 1846, he wedded Miss Maria Louise Enos, whose natal day was August 25, 1813,
and who was the daughter of Judge Enos. She passed away on the 29th of April, 1850, and on the 8th of January,
1857, Dr. Whaley was again married, his second union being with Miss Charlotte C. Higgins, of Higginsville, who
was born at Canajoharie, New York, July 11, 1820. Dr. Whaley was called to his final rest on the 24th of September,
1886, when eighty years of age. His demise was the occasion of deep and widespread regret, for he had gained an
extensive circle of warm friends during his lifelong residence in this county.
James H. Whaley, whose name introduces this review, is the Mth representative of the family to follow the medical
profession. He was graduated from the Rome Free Academy with the class of 1881 and won the degree of B.S. from
Cornell University in 1885. In preparation for the practice of medicine he attended the Bellevue Hospital Medical
College, completing the prescribed course of study in 1888. Locating for practice at Rome, he has here remained
continuously since and has enjoyed a gratifying and remunerative patronage. He has served as health officer and
also as city physician of Rome. His comprehensive study and research have brought him wide and accurate knowledge
and his judgement is seldom, if ever, at error in his application of scientific principles to the needs of his
patients. He is a member of the New York State Medical Society and the Oneida County Medical Society.
In May, 1895, Dr. WIaaley married Miss May Penfield, a daughter of Peter Demilt and Antoinette (Brodock) Penfleld,
of Rome. Their union has been blessed with two children, James Higgins, Jr., and Celeste Elizabeth.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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