Charles Tozer 
Location served:
Blenheim, Cedar Springs  
Years in Practice:
1852 to 1861
Area of Specialization:
Family Medicine  


Dr. Charles Tozer was born in Malahide Township (Elgin County), near Aylmer, Ontario in 1826.  Dr Tozer was the 3rd of 11 children born to Charles Gustaves Adolphus Tozer and the former Phoebe Teeple.  His parents were farmers and his siblings were; William Silas Tozer, Alexander Treadwell Tozer, Elizabeth Tozer, Hannah Tozer, Frances Mary Tozer, Mahlon B. Tozer, Emiline Tozer, Sarah Ann Tozer and George Washington Tozer (who died in infancy).  Dr. Tozer’s mother died in 1861 at the age of 64.  She was buried at the Aylmer Cemetery.  His father married Abigail Smith on the 28th of February, 1866 in Elgin County.

Dr. Tozer graduated from The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1852 and set up his medical practice in Aylmer.

Dr. Tozer married Elizabeth Leticia Stevens in Chatham, Ontario on the 8th of November, 1854.  Mrs. Tozer was born in Durham County (Ontario) on the 8th of March, 1834.  She was the 2nd of 12 children born to Enoch Stevens and the former Clarissa Hall.  Her parents were farmers and her siblings were; David Stevens, William L. Stevens, Emma Stevens (who did not survive childhood), Ezra M. Stevens, Nathan Howard Stevens, Ira T. Stevens, Clarissa Stevens (who did not survive infancy), Sarah Stevens (who did not survive childhood), Phebe J. Stevens (who died of tuberculosis at the age of 20), Matilda Jane Stevens (who died of typhoid at the age of 17) and Mary Frances Stevens (who died of phthisis pulmonalis at the age of 15).  Her family moved to Harwich Twp (Chatham-Kent) around 1853.  Mrs. Tozer’s mother died on the 12th of October, 1869 and her father married Alecia McMichael on the 20th of April, 1870.  Three more siblings were born; Edith Alfred Stevens, John Wesley Stevens and Nina Winnifred Stevens.

After his marriage, Dr. Tozer moved his medical practice to Cedar Springs, (Chatham-Kent).  He was the first physician to set up a medical practice in Cedar Springs and he saw patients from the surrounding area, including Blenheim.

Dr. and Mrs. Tozer had 4 children;  Phoebe, Matilda,  Clarissa, and Elizabeth.  Matilda and Clarissa died in childhood and they were buried at the Craford Cemetery in Cedar Springs.

Dr. Tozer died in 1861 and he was buried at the Craford Cemetery.  After the death of Dr. Tozer, Mrs. Tozer married Jeremiah Donovan on the 31st of December, 1866 at the First Presbyterian Church in Chatham.  They had a daughter Clarissa Donovan born to them in Seguin, Michigan on the 11th of October, 1867.

Mrs. (Tozer) Donovan died on the 8th of November, 1868.  She was buried at the Craford Cemetery.  Clarissa Donovan died in London, Ontario on the 21st of April, 1932 and she was also buried at the Craford Cemetery.  Jeremiah Donovan married Ann McKenzie on the 19th of January, 1871.  He died on the 14th of February, 1904 and he was buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham.

*After the death of her parents, Elizabeth Tozer went to live with her maternal grandfather Enoch Stevens.  Elizabeth became a school teacher.