| Obituary of Dr. John Bosley
of Marion Co., Mo.
This short obituary was found in the "Palmyra Whig" newspaper in Marion Co., MO
Departed this life on Friday the 24th instant, Doctor John Bosley, of this county, in the 70th year of his age. The deceased was visited by an attack of cholera morbus on the Tuesday prior to his death, about 2 o'clock, a.m., and after the employment of the most skillful medical attention, and a painful illness from that time till about 8 o'clock on Friday night, he expired. An extended notice of the deceased is in course of preparation, and will be presented next week.
Obituary found in the "Palmyra Whig" newspaper in Marion Co., MO
A painful duty was discharged in the last number of this paper, by the announcement of the death of Doctor John Bosley, late of this county. A promise of a more extended notice of the life and character of the deceased then given will now be redeemed.
Dr. Bosley was a native of Maryland, and descended of one of the most ancient and honorable families of that state. A numerous connexion of his family continue to reside in the city of Baltimore and its vicinity; while other branches emanating from the parent stock passed at an early age into Kentucky, and grew up with the country and became extensively allied.
Doctor Bosley received the advantages of classical education, after which he was induced by his friends to turn his attention to the science of medicine.
At the close of nearly three score years and ten, the deceased still continued to speak with delight of the scenes and transactions of his youthful devotion to a profession with which his mind was charmed from the beginning, and whose charms had never ceased to captivate. The professional education of Dr. Bosley was conducted under the superintendance of the late Dr. Benj. Rush, of Philadelphia, of whom it has been well remarked by his biographer, "a greater or better man never adorned this country." The pupil of Rush afterwards graduated, and received the degree of Doctor of Medicine in the University of Pennsylvania. I think it may be safely said, without the suspicion of adulation, that Dr. Bosley's professional career was not unworthy of the distinguished advantages he enjoyed in perfecting his education. He was subsequently licensed to practice by the Board of Examiners of the State of Maryland--an institution established by law, as the writer is informed, and intended to protect alike the medical profession and the community, against the evil influences of quackery and imposture. In Maryland the deceased commenced his practice, and speedily acquired an enviable reputation for a young man, in the treatment of disease. He then emigrated to Kentucky, and made his home near Harrodsburg, in the now county of Mercer. It was there that his fame, both as a Surgeon and Physician, reached its height. In neither of these important departments, while he continued to be actively employed in practice, was he surpassed in reputation by any gentleman in Kentucky. Long before the writer was old enough to form an opinion of professional merit, Dr. Bosley had acquired a handsome fortune by his profession, and ceased to labor in it for gain. But the writer had the amplest opportunity of learning from others who were familiar with he facts, upon what elevated ground his reputation was placed. At what time Dr. Bosley removed from Maryland to Kentucky, the writer has not ascertained with certainty, but believes it to have been between the years 1800 and 1806. In the year 1804, the Doctor was married to Miss Sarah Trapnall, an intelligent and amiable lady, who like himself had sprung from a Maryland family. She was the sister of Dr. Philip Trapnall, an eminent physician of Mercer county, Kentucky. With this lady Dr. Bosley lived in conjugal peace and happiness till the year 1827, when with a large family of children, he was called to mourn her departure from life, while yet the strength and vigor of middle age gave hope of many future years of earthly bliss.
In 1831 Dr. Bosley removed from Kentucky to Marion county, Missouri, and purchased and improved the farm on which his family now reside, about eight miles west of Palmyra. In 1833 he married his second wife, a daughter of the late Thomas Wood, of Danville, Kentucky. This estimable lady has lived to survive her husband, and to feel in her desolation the responsibility of nurturing and educating a young and interesting family of children, whom this unhappy event has thrown upon her hands. May he "who tempereth the wind to the shorn lamb," and who "heareth the young raven when they cry," remember the widow and orphan in their bereavement.
It has already been intimated that for many years past, Dr. Bosley had ceased to practice medicine for pecuniary considerations. Yet he never failed, when occasion offered, to give his time, and skill, and medicine to the sick, free of reward. Indeed, the writer may say on his own personal knowledge, there has been very rarely a period, if ever, in the last twenty years, when Dr. Bosley was not engaged to a greater or less extent in ministering professionally to the relief of neighbors and friends afflicted with disease, without fee or reward, or other hope of compensation than that which springs from the consciousness of performing generous deeds, and the acknowledgements of grateful hearts. Nor was this the only way in which he displayed the evidences of a noble and exalted nature. Whoever was in want, and applied to Dr. Bosley for relief, received it; and such as were in circumstances of necessity, received unasked "of his abundance" as soon as their condition was known. In him his family have lost a parent whose heart was filled with a more than common parent's or husband's love; his neighbors part, one who among them all, was always the most willing to do even more than a neighbor's part; and his friends have lost a friend, that, take him all in all, it may be long before they "look upon his like again." His friendship once pledged, was safely trusted; for it was of that rare and precious quality which prefers another to itself; a thing much talked of among men, but seldom seen. But he has passed away from the scene of earthly action; and his place is vacant, and will not soon be filled. Many tear of grateful sorrow has been dropped upon his tomb; and many a one will yet pay this silent homage to his memory, as these lines are read far away; and many a one will call back in years to come, the memory of his kind and noble deeds.
Palmyra, Aug. 31, 1849
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