Dr. George Chamberlain was born in Trafalgar Township in Halton County in 1828 to Dr. Milo Chamberlain and the former Druscilla Havens. He was the second of 12 children. His siblings were Joseph, Elizabeth, Charles, Hiram, Mary, William, Osker, Albert, Rebecca, Lydia and Joel. His father was a physician.
Dr. George Chamberlain graduated M.D. from the Eclectic Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1868. (This university operated from 1850 until it closed its doors in 1880). According to the 1872 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Chamberlain joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 3rd of July, 1869. He opened his office in Wheatley, that same year.
Dr. Chamberlain married Sarah Jane Fox on the 13th of June, 1877 in Mersea Twp, Essex County. Mrs. Chamberlain was born on the 25th of February, 1854 in Mersea Twp, the daughter of Richard Russell Fox and the former Jane White. Her parents were farmers and she was the 5th of 12 children. Her siblings were; Charles, George, Frances, Ellen, Agnes, Mary, Phebe, James (who died at the age of 3), Thomas, William and John.
Dr. and Mrs. Chamberlain had 3 children all born in Wheatley. Milo Henry was born on the 19th of January, 1881, Eva Aletta was born on the 8th of March, 1883 and Nina Beatrice was born on the 18th of August, 1889.
Dr. Chamberlain was listed in the 1885, 1886 and the 1893 Ontario Business Directory as a physician in Wheatley.
Dr. Chamberlain died on the 31st of March, 1893 and he was buried at the Erie Cemetery in Wheatley. Mrs. Chamberlain was listed in the 1901 census as living in Wheatley and working as a dress maker. She moved to Leamington, Ontario in 1902. She died there on the 1st of June, 1937 and she was buried beside her husband at the Erie Cemetery. At the time of her death, she resided at 28 John Street in Leamington.
*Dr. Chamberlain’s brother Dr. Charles Chamberlain also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.
Photo: Courtesy of a family member.