Dr. Francis Henry Pope was born on the 29th of September, 1829 near Boston, Massachusetts. His parents were Thomas Pope who was born in Massachusetts and the former Emily Brown who was born in Rhode Island. His parents farmed and he was raised and educated in the United States.
Dr. Pope attended medical school at Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was listed in the catalogue of students between 1852 and 1853. He graduated M.D. from the Western Reserve College in Ohio in 1854.
Dr. Pope married Mary Lute on the 25th of April, 1858 in Saline, Michigan. At the time of their marriage, Mrs. Pope was living in Freedom, Michigan. She was born on the 16th of February, 1839 in Germany. She immigrated to Canada when she was 8 years old.
Dr. and Mrs. Pope had a daughter Elizabeth Choules Pope who was born on the 29th of June, 1859 in Illinois. According to the 1860 United States census, Dr. and Mrs. Pope were living in Saline, Michigan and he was a physician. They were living with his parents and with their daughter Elizabeth. Their son George Overton Pope was born on the 16th of April, 1862, in Michigan. Dr. Pope enlisted in the United States Civil War on the 15th of August, 1862 in Saline, Michigan and served with the 5th Calvary Regiment. According to his Record of Service he “mustered out” on the 4th of September, 1862.
Dr. Pope formalized his education in Canada and he graduated M.D. from The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1868. Upon his graduation, the family settled in Bothwell. Dr. Pope advertised his practice in the 1869 Province of Ontario Gazetteer and Directory under the subtitle of Dresden. He joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 26th of July, 1869. The family was listed on the 1871 Census in Bothwell. It is recognized that Dr. Pope opened the first drug store in Bothwell in 1872. It was located on Main Street. Dr. and Mrs. Pope had 5 more children born to them while they lived in Bothwell: William Greenleaf Eliot was born on the 12th of July, 1869, Francis Henry Jr was born on the 23rd of October, 1871, Mary Ritchie was born on the 3rd of March, 1874, Roy was born on the 10th of May, 1877 and Wayne was born on the 2nd of February, 1882. (Wayne died in 1892.)
Dr. Pope cared for the citizens of Bothwell, through the oil boom years and in the slumping years afterwards. He was listed in the 1885 Ontario Business Directory as practicing in Bothwell.
Mrs. Pope died in Bothwell on the 28th of October, 1910.
According to the 1911 census Dr. Pope was listed as a retired M.D.
Dr. Pope died on the 30th of July, 1912 in Bothwell. Dr. and Mrs. Pope are buried at the West Bothwell Cemetery.
*Their son George, became a doctor and practiced medicine in Illinois. Dr. George Pope died on the 25th of November, 1928 in Latham, Illinois and he was buried at the West Bothwell Cemetery.
*His grandson, Dr. Harry Overton Pope (son of Dr. George Greenleaf Eliot) is also featured on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.
Photo: Provided by the Pope Family.