Biography of Dr. J. D. Van Wirt
Rensselaer County, NY Biographies





Van Wirt, J. D., M. D., born in Ancram, Columbia county, N. Y., August 8, 1858, is a son of Rev. Nichols and Mary P. (Campbell) Van Wirt, he a native of Johnstown, Fulton county, N. Y., and, she of Schoharie county, N. Y. The grandfather of Dr. Van Wirt was Daniel Van Wirt, a native of Johnstown, N. Y., where he lived and died. The father of Dr. Van Wirt was a Lutheran minister who was educated at Fairfield Seminary and took a theological course at Hartwick Seminary and the Theological college at Gettysburg, Pa, from which he was graduated about 1863; he taught seven languages and had many private students; he came to Rensselaer county in 1877 and settled at Melrose, N. Y., for about five years; then went to Montgomery county and, engaged in the mercantile business at Palatine Bridge and Conajoharie, N. Y., until 1894, when he came to live with Dr. Van Wirt at Johnsonville, where, October 14, 1895, he passed to the land beyond. Dr. Van Wirt was reared at Sharon Springs and Stone Arabia, Montgomery county, and educated at Hartwick Seminary, Fort Plain Seminary, and Troy Academy; he was graduated from Albany Medical College in 1883 and went to Ketchum's Corners and Quakers Springs, N. Y., where he practiced five years, thence removed to Boyntonville, N. Y., and was there until December, 1891, when he came to Johnsonville, where he has a successful practice. He was first married in 1883 to Mary I. Bonesteel of Melrose, who bore him one son, J. Purcelle. His wife died in April, 1892. at Johnsonville. September, 1894, he was married to Mary Esther Herrington of Johnsonville, N. Y. He is a Republican and justice of the peace; he is a member of Victor Lodge No. 680, F. & A. M., and Johnsonville Lodge No. 411, I. O. O. F. The family attend and support the M. E. church. October. 1894, he also engaged in the drug business in Johnsonville, N. Y. Dr. Van Wirt is a member of the Medical Association of Troy and Vicinity.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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