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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania


J. B. LAIDLEY, physician and surgeon, Carmichaels, Penn.—Among the best known physicians in Greene County is the gentleman whose name heads this sketch.  He is a son of Dr. Thomas H. and Sarah (Barclay) Laidley, and was born in Carmichaels, August 21, 1830.  Thos Doctor’s father was also a prominent physician, and practiced in Carmichaels and vicinity for over half a century.  His grandfather, Thomas Laidley, was a solder in the Revolutionary war, and his maternal grandfather, Hon. Hugh Barclay, was a member of t he Pennsylvania State Legislature in 1804.  The Doctor is the second in a family of twelve children, ten of whom are now living.  He received his education at Greene Academy, and subsequently studied medicine at the medical department of the University of Wooster, at Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated March 1, 1856.  He then returned to Carmichaels, where he has practiced continuously except during a part of t he years 1861-’62, when he served as Surgeon of the Eighty-fifth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers.  In 1859 he was united in marriage with Mary E., daughter of William Galbraith, who was for many years a prominent physician of Jefferson, in this county, where Mrs. Laidley was born.  They have three living children—William Galbraith, Edmund Wirt and John Collier.  Dr. and Mrs. Laidley are members of the M. E. Church, in which he has been an official member since he united with the church.  He has been school director for thirty years, and has been known as a friend ef [sic] education.  He is a member of the G. A. R., Post No. 265, of Carmichaels, Penn.


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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania

Samuel P. Bates

Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago. 1888


Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles

The Greene County, Pennsylvania Biographies Project –

Date of Transcription: 6 July 2007

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