Dr. VERGNIES Francis[1]

Male 1747 - 1830  (83 years)


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  • Name VERGNIES Francis 
    Prefix Dr. 
    Born 1747  Bouischere, Ardennes, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 May 1830  Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • (died in the home of Paul Noyes.)
    Probate 1 Jun 1830  Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    • (testate. Left "to Enoch Noyes, eldest son of Paul Noyes, in whose family he boarded for many years ... certain promisory notes and securities. To Robert Noyes, another son, and to Sally and Patty Noyes, daughters of Paul Noyes, one hundred dollars each.)
    _UID 43EF64027EA245A7BE690BFDA4A70885AB4E 
    Notes 
    • He practiced in Guadaloupe for some time. According to Currier (1906), he moved to New England as France became unstable prior to its Revolution and came to reside in Newburyport in 1796 at Paul Noyes' house, from which he offered his services, as advertised in the "Political Gazette" of that year. This was at the same time that a fever afflicted many in the town (p. 117), Gould (1846) describes his ministrations:

      "He wended his way to the chambers of the sick, with a smile, a reverence, or a word of civility for every one he met. And, in his pleasantry and cheerfulness of spirit, he often carried to his patient 'medicine to minister to a mind diseased,' which was quite as efficacious as that which the vials in his pocket contained for the body, and ever made him a welcome visitor." (p. 25)

      "For several years previous to his death," Currier continues, "Doctor Vergnies was totally blind and seldom left the house ... but he is still remembered by his former friends and neighbors as a kind, careful, and skillful physician (ibid.) Gould (1846) elaborates:
      "That the life of the good physician I have described was beloved and his memory revered, may be believed, by the fact, that several highly respectable families in the town had each a son named after him. (p. 51)

      Paul Noyes' son Enoch, residing in the same house, named his second son Francis Vergnies Noyes.

      According to Howells (1941), it was while Francis Vergnies was boarding at the Noyes house that it was the locus for the first Roman Catholic Mass ever celebrated in the town (p. 114).
    Person ID I116202  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 15 Apr 2017 

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  • Sources 
    1. [S7094] Book-From Slate to Marble, p.152.

    2. [S299] Book-VR Newburyport, MA, 2:823.

    3. [S7100] Internet-Database-ancestry.com-Essex, Massachusetts Probate Records, 1648-1840, File Number: 28542.