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Ambrose Earl Edgerton, son of Everett Eugene and Isabelle Anna (Seelye) Edgerton.                                                                      PHOTO

 

born:

May 11, 1889; Camden, Oneida Co., NY.  (NY State BC #17334) (SSDI) (DI CA) (WWI DRC – sic “May 10”)

died:

October 15, 1975; San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA.  (SSDI) (DI CA)

 

married:

August 19, 1916; Washington, District of Columbia.

 

Alice Faith Cameron, daughter of Colin and Alice Faith (Smith) Cameron.

 

born:

May 27, 1891; Tucson, Pima Co., AZ.  (SSDI) (DI CA)

died:

February 27, 1982; San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA.  (SSDI) (DI CA)

 

Children:

  1. Faith, b. February 10, 1919; Tucson, Pima Co., AZ.

 


Ambrose Earl Edgerton and his daughter, Faith, were recorded in the 1920 Federal Census of Tucson (Ward 1), Pima County, Arizona, residing in the household of his brother-in-law, Colin Cameron (dwelling #177; family #213; enum. January 8, 1920).  The household was enumerated as follows:

 

Name

Rel.

Age

Birthplace

Marital

Parents’ birthplace

 

 

 

 

Status

Father

Mother

----------------------------

--------

--------

-----------

----------

----------

----------

Colin Cameron

head

37

PA

S

PA

PA

Alice F.

mother

55

PA

Wd

PA

PA

A. E. Edgerton

b-i-l

28

AZ

M

PA

PA

Faith

dau.

10/12

AZ

S

NY

AZ

Henry Merr

gardener

50

KS

M

AL

AL

Elizabeth Williams

helper

47

TX

Wd

TX

AL

Nella Cameron

dau.

7

AZ

S

PA

NJ

 

The whereabouts of Ambrose’s wife, Alice (Cameron) Edgerton, at the time of this census is not known.

 

The household of Ambrose Edgerton was recorded in the 1930 Federal Census of Philadelphia City (Ward 27), Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania (pg. 212; family #232; enum. April 24, 1930), as follows:

 

Name

Rel.

Age

Birthplace

Marital

Parents’ birthplace

 

 

 

 

Status

Father

Mother

----------------------------

--------

--------

-----------

----------

----------

----------

Ambrose Edgerton

head

40

NY

M

NY

NY

Alice

wife

38

AZ

M

PA

PA

Faith

dau.

11

AZ

S

NY

AZ

 

At the time of this enumeration, the family was residing on Chestnut Street.  Ambrose’s occupation was listed as “physician – medicine”.  The enumeration also noted that Ambrose and Alice were aged 27 and 25 respectively at the time of their first marriage.

 

The following commemorative biography of Dr. Ambrose Earl Edgerton (written by David O. Harrington, M.D.) was published in the annual Transactions of the American Ophthalmological Society (Vol. 74; 1976; pp. 3-4):

 

“Ambrose Earl Edgerton died on October 15, 1975, in San Francisco, California, at the age of eighty-six.

 

He was elected to membership in the American Ophthalmological Society in 1942.  His candidate’s thesis was an exhaustive and definitive study of herpes zoster ophthalmicus.

 

Dr. Edgerton was born in Camden, New York.  He was graduated from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, in 1914.  He was a veteran of World War I where he served as a captain in the Medical Corps.  He was the recipient of a Master of Science degree and a Doctor of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania for graduate work in ophthalmology.  In the early 1930’s he studied ophthalmology in England, Italy, France and India.  He was certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1930.

 

He was active in his specialty organization and was a member of the San Francisco Medical Society, the California Medical Association, the American Medical Association, the Pacific Coast Oto-Ophthalmological Society, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology.  He was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the Association of Military surgeons, and an active Shriner and 32nd degree mason.  He was for many years the Chief of the Eye Department at both St. Luke’s and French hospitals.

 

Dr. Edgerton is survived by his wife of almost sixty years, Mrs. Alice Cameron Edgerton, and a daughter, Mrs. Carl H. Riesen.  There are two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

 

He was a gentle person who will be greatly missed by his family, his friends and his patients.  The American Ophthalmological Society extends sincere sympathy to his family.”

 


 

Original Source Documents:

 

World War I Draft Registration Card – Ambrose Earl Edgerton; Stockton, San Jose Co., CA.

1920 Federal Census – household of Ambrose Earl Edgerton; Tucson (Ward 1), Pima Co., AZ.

1930 Federal Census – household of Ambrose Earl Edgerton; Philadelphia City (Ward 27), Philadelphia Co., PA.