John Humphreys 
Location served:
Duart, Louisville  
Years in Practice:
1830 to 1845
Area of Specialization:
Family Medicine  


Dr. John Humphreys was born about 1774 in Manchester, England. Dr. Humphreys’ was the eldest of 6 children born to Edward Humphreys and the former Sarah Gee.  His siblings were; Elizabeth (1777), Margaret (1779), William (1781), Evan (1783) and Peter (1789).

Dr. Humphreys graduated from a Royal Naval College of Surgeons in January of 1801 and he was required to fulfil 21 years of service to the Navy following his graduation.

Dr. Humphrey married Jane Warren in Ireland in 1829.  Mrs. Humphrey was born in Wexford, Ireland in 1803. Soon after they married they immigrated to Canada. Dr. and Mrs. Humphreys had 7 children born to them in Canada.

In 1837, Dr. and Mrs. Humphreys and 4 of their children, set sail from London, Ontario on a raft down the Thames River.  The raft broke apart near Louisville and the decision was made by Dr. and Mrs. Humphreys to stay and settle in Louisville.

Their children were; Charlotte Orelia Humphreys born in 1830 in Brockville, Ontario, Mary Jane Humphreys born in 1831, John Humphreys born in 1833, Elizabeth “Eliza” Humphreys born in 1835, Mariah Humphreys born in 1840, Joshua Humphreys born in 1843 and William Humphreys born on the 17th of January 1845. Their last 3 children were born in Louisville.

Dr. Humphreys fell on a patch of ice on the 17th of January, 1845, severely injuring his head. Due to his injury, Dr. Humphreys wasn’t able to continue in the medical profession.

Dr. Humphreys died on the 15th of July, 1870.  Mrs. Humphreys died in Zone Twp (Chatham-Kent) on the 22nd of May 1893.  Dr. and Mrs. Humphreys were buried at the Duart Cemetery in Duart.