The second physician to attend my great great great grandmother Timney P. Watts Warren Phillips during her final illness was Dr. William D. Hall.*
Mrs Timney Phillips
1863 To Wm. D. Hall Dr
May 20 To visit P. & med to MA** (3.00) 2 large Pl. must.*** & 4 small (1.00) 4.00
21 " visit " " " " morning & Evening 5.00
22 " visit " " " " ----- 2.50
22 visit " " " " ----- 2.50
June 12 visit P. & med to Self (5 pills Blue mass**** & opium 3.50
13 visit " " " " ----- ----- 3.00
Aug 17 Div. Pulv. (25) (19) visit P. & Med to Self (3.00) 3.25
mustard Plasters 50 --- .50
20 visit P. & med to self Am ---- must. Pl to back (50) 3.00
21 visits per day P. & med 5.00
22 visit P. & med P.M. 2.50
23 visit " " 2.50
24, 25 & 26 Quinine, mus 1. Laud. & morphine 2.00
Sept 1 mustard (1.00) 1.00
[Description : Estate Papers, Phillips, Nancy (Minor) to Piques, Sarah. Source: Ancestry.com. Alabama, Wills and Probate Records, 1753-1999 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Alabama County, District and Probate Courts.]
Amt forwarded 40.75
Med. a/c of 1862 $3.45
St[??] " " 1862 & 63 3.40
Dec 28th --- Received J.D. Phillips admt.
Forty Seven & 60/100 Dollars in full of the above
a/c, Wm. D. Hall
Allowed [probate court note]
State of Alabama
Personally appeared before
me, John L. Carmichael, an acting
J.P. in & for Sd. County, Dr. Wm. D. Hall, who being duly sworn
deposith & saith, that the above accounts are just &
true & that they have not been paid, nor any part of them.
Sworn to & subscribed before me on this
26th December 1863 Wm. D. Hall, M.D.
John L. Carmichael Justice of Peace
You may recall from my post about Timney's obituary in the Southern Christian Advocate that stated she died of "bilious fever" which could be a number of different diseases including typhoid or yellow fever.
It appears that Timney's final illness was serious enough that Dr. Hall, who had begun treating her on August 17th, felt the need to confer with her other physician, Dr. Hodnett, 6 days later. Thereafter both doctors made daily visits to their patient who died on September 2nd. The obituary ended with this:
From the commencement of her illness, she seemed conscious of her approaching dissolution, and often spoke of it with composure, expressing herself as willing "to depart and be with Christ," after admonishing those who came to see her as well as those around her, to prepare for death and the judgment.Since her death occurred nearly two months after the fall of Vicksburg which split the Confederate states along the line of the Mississippi River, it's unlikely that her oldest son J.T.S. Warren (my great great grandfather in Texas) would have been aware of his mother's illness and death for some time.
*I'm not certain which William D. Hall is referred to as I haven't been able to find a record of a doctor of that name in Macon County in the 1860s.
**Is this Martha Ann?
***You can read more about mustard plasters here.
****Blue mass was a laxative given in small doses with opium to counteract the constipating effects of the drug.
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