NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people and the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
The Hutchings family is identical with the Hutchins and the surname is derived from a place name. It is an ancient and distinguished English family.
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(I) Charles Hutchings was born near Petersburg, Dinwiddie county, Virginia, about 1754, a descendant of an early colonial family of this name. The census of 1784 in the state of Virginia shows that the name was borne by a score or so of families in Virginia at that time. He was a tobacco planter, dealer and exporter, and a citizen of substance and standing in the community. He served in the army in the revolution.
He married Martha (Jones) Green, a widow. They had two sons, Robert and Edward.
(II) Robert, son of Charles Hutchings, was born in Dinwiddie county, Virginia, 1780. In 1791, when he was a boy of eleven, his father moved to Georgia. At that time the movement southward was strong, whole colonies being formed and traveling together in six-horse wagons to the promising cotton fields of the south. Robert Hutchings and his neighbors located in Jones county, Georgia, and he followed the business of cotton planter the remainder of his days.
He married Drusilla, born 1784, daughter of Richard and Frances Bonner.
1. Charles, born 1802; married Eliza Ann Southwick, of North Carolina.
2. Matilda, 1805; married Philip Catchings.
3. Emily, 1807; married Joseph Winship.
4. Elbert, 1809; married Martha Comer.
5. Ellen, 1812; married Levi Singleton.
6. Lucetta, 1814; married David Pinckney Brown.
7. Richard Henry, 1817; mentioned below.
8. Robert Rufus, 1821; married Rebecca King.
(III) Richard Henry, son of Robert Hutchings, was born in Jones county, Georgia, Nov. 9, 1817, died July 1873. He was a cotton planter and general merchant. Before the civil war he was a member of the Georgia legislature, known as the secession legislature, but resigned in 1861 to accept the appointment of judge of Jones county. He was keenly interested in public affairs and was a prominent and influential citizen. He was a Free Mason, and a member of the Methodist church.
He married, July 28, 1853, Cornelia Greaves, born May 11, 1834, of Jones county, Georgia.
1. Sarah, married Robert E. Steed, secretary and treasurer of the Dunlap Hardware Company of Macon, Georgia; children: Philip, Cornelia, Annie Lou and Frank Dunlap.
2. Alice, married Dr. Felix Johnston of Waldon, Georgia; children: Marwood, Richard and Eleazer Johnston. 3. Annie (deceased), married Thomas J. Smith, a farmer of Smithborough, Georgia; children: Cornelia and Chloe Smith.
4. Robert, died young.
5. Charles, died young.
6. Richard Henry, mentioned below.
(IV) Dr. Richard Henry (2), son of Richard Henry (1) Hutchings, was born at Clinton, Georgia, Aug. 28, 1869. He attended the Middle Georgia Military College, from which he received a certificate in 1887. He took a special course in the University of Georgia in 1887-88, and then entered upon the study of his profession at Bellevue Medical College, New York City, receiving his degree as M.D. in 1891. In 1891-92, he was a house physician at the alms-house and incurable hospital on Blackwell's Island. In 1893, after a competitive civil service examination for the position, he was appointed fourth assistant physician in the St. Lawrence State Hospital for the Insane at Ogdensburg, New York. He had been an interne in this institution for a time. Later in the year he was promoted to place of third assistant; in 1895 was made second assistant, and in 1896 first assistant.
Since 1903 he has been superintendent of the asylum. He is a recognized authority in mental diseases and in the treatment of the insane. He is a lecturer on mental diseases in Syracuse University, and a frequent contributor to current medical literature upon this subject. Dr. Hutchings is a leading specialist in mental and nervous diseases, and has made a lifelong study of methods of caring for the insane, of the prevention of insanity, and of methods of nursing the insane and training nurses for the work. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Medicho-Psychological Association, and of the Medical Society of the State of New York. He belongs to the Century Club of Ogdensburg. The family attend St. John's Episcopal Church.
He married, 1893, at Milledgeville, Georgia, Lillie Beall, daughter of Charles W. and Emma (Bass) Compton. They have a summer home near Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks.
1. Richard Henry, born Sept. 19, 1894.
2. Charles Wyatt, Aug. 21, 1899.
3. Dorothy, May 4, 1909.
[Transcriber's note: this material was published in 1910, so if there were any children born after that year, they aren't listed.]
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