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 father was a physician but his parents also farmed to support their large family. Dr. George Chamberlain’s siblings were; Joseph, Elizabeth, Charles, Hiram, Mary Ann, William, Osker (died at the age of 1), Albert (died at the age of 6), Rebecca, Lydia and Joel.
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 medical 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 in Mersea Twp on the 25th of February, 1854. She was the 5th of 12 children born to Richard Russell Fox and the former Jane White. Her parents were farmers and her siblings were; Charles Henry Fox, Frances M. Fox, Ellen Fox (who died of typhoid fever at the age of 22), George R. Fox, Celena Agnes Fox, Mary Ann Fox, Phoebe Emmeline Fox, James Russell Fox (who died at the age of 3), Thomas, William Fox and John Wesley Fox.
Dr. and Mrs. Chamberlain had 3 children; Milo Henry Chamberlain was born on the 19th of January, 1881, Eva Aletta Chamberlain was born on the 8th of March, 1883 and Nina Beatrice Chamberlain was born on the 18th of August, 1889. All of their children were born in Wheatley.
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. He was buried at the Erie Cemetery in Wheatley. Mrs. Chamberlain was listed on the 1901 census as living in Wheatley with her 3 children 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.
**Dr. Chamberlain’s brother William Chamberlain married his wife’s sister Mary Ann Fox in Mersea Twp on the 31st of July, 1879.
***Mrs. Chamberlain’s youngest brother Dr. John Wesley Fox practiced medicine in the United States.
Photo of Dr. Chamberlain: Courtesy of a family member.