Dr. Samuel Gardner Wolcott, who passed away in Utica on the 3d of June, 1883, was for about a third of a century
engaged in the practice of medicine here, gaining eminence as a surgeon. His birth occurred at Hanover, Massachusetts,
on the 1st of January, 1820, his parents being Rev. Calvin and Sally (Gardner) Wolcott. The father was a native
of this state and a clergyman of the Episcopal church. On the paternal side the Doctor was descended from Henry
Wolcott, who came from England and first settled in Connecticut. The Doctor's mother was a native of Danvers, Massachusetts.
Dr. Wolcott attended Phillips Andover Academy and was graduated from Trinity College at Hartford, Connecticut,
in 1847. Having determined upon the medical profession as his life work, he studied with Dr. Winslow Lewis of Boston
and in 1850 was graduated from the medical department of Harvard University. Locating for practice at Utica, New
York, in the fall of that year, he soon gained eminence as a surgeon and throughout the remainder of his life was
numbered among the able representatives of the profession in this city. He was one of the corps of auxiliary surgeons
appointed during the Civil war and later was an examining surgeon for the United States pension department. In
line of his profession he was connected with the New York State Medical Society, acting as one of its censors for
the middle district. He was likewise a member of the Oneida County Medical Society and the American Medical Association.
Dr. Wolcott was also identified with financial interests as a trustee of the Utica Savings Bank. He was a great
lover of horticulture and his conservatory contained one of the finest collections of ferns and orchids in the
Dr. Wolcott was twice married. In 1854 he wedded Miss Caroline Hubbard, a daughter of Thomas H. Hubbard, of Utica,
and to them were born four children: Mary H., Sarah G., Alice D. and Frederick Hubbard. Mrs. Wolcott passed away
in 1867 and on the 10th of December, 1871, the Doctor was again married, his second union being with Miss E. J.
Pierrepout, a daughter of William Constable Pierrepont. The latter gentleman was a son of Hezekiah Beers Pierre
pont, of Brooklyn, Long Island, from whom Pierrepont Manor takes its name. Dr. Wolcott was for many years a vestryman
of Grace Episcopal church. His widow, who resides at No. 308 Genesee street in Utica, enjoys an extensive and favorable
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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