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Cossitt, Henry D. La.

Henry D. La. Cossitt grew up in Trumbull county, Ohio, and received his education at the Mercer Academy. He began reading medicine with his brothers, Epaphroditus and James S. Cossitt, then practicing physicians of Mercer. After the former went west he continued under his brother, James, who finally removed to New Castle. Pennsylvania. Dr. Cossitt attended his first course of lectures at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Fairfield, Herkimer county, New York, in the class of 1824-25. He afterward attended lectures at Geneva, New York. He was married at Winfield. Herkimer county, New York, June 9, 1825, to Miss Lydia Crandall, a native of Plainfield, Otsego county, New York, born September 23. 1803. In August succeeding his marriage Dr. Cossitt opened an office in Greenville, where he practiced his profession for more than half a century. Seven children were born to him of this union: Harriett J.; Isaac (deceased); Lydia A.; Sarah E. (deceased); Henry D. La. (deceased); Julia E. (deceased), and one died in infancy. In August, 1826, Dr. Cossitt was commissioned by Governor Shulze, captain of the Greenville Infantry: was commissioned major of the regiment by Governor Wolf, in March, 1830, and in August, 1835, lieutenant-colonel. In July, 1833, Dr. Cossitt was appointed justice of the peace, by Governor Wolf, for Salem and West Salem townships, including Greenville, but he never exercised the duties of the office except at weddings, and usually returned the fee to the bride. His wife died September 25, 1857, and he was again married, July 22, 1858, to Miss Elizabeth, daughter of William and Margaret McClimans, of Salem township. Mrs. Cossitt was born in that township March I, 1831, and is the mother of six children: Henry D. La.; Sarah Elizabeth; William Epaphroditus; Duran Shepard ; Fred Silas: and Carrie Julia.

Dr. Cossitt became a member of the Rush Medical Society of the Willoughby University, of Lake Erie, Ohio, now Starling Medical College of Columbus, Ohio, February 17, 1845, and on the 25th of the same month that institution conferred upon him the degree of M. D. He became a member of the State Medical Society in 1871, and in 1872 was elected its vice president. He joined the American Medical Association in 1872, and was also a member of the Mercer County Medical Society. Dr. Cossitt was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church from boyhood, and one of the early supporters of the Greenville congregation. He was a life-long Democrat, and in 1862 was the choice of his party for the Legislature, and, though defeated in a strong Republican county, he polled a very large vote.

From the time of locating in Greenville up to within a few days of his death he continued his professional duties with unabating vigor, except a few years while engaged in mercantile and coal business. His name was familiar to the people of every part of Mercer county, and he was recognized as one of the most successful medical practitioners of this section of the state. After practicing alone for about ten years he formed a partnership with Dr. R. E. Breiner, which continued until August, 1842, when he entered into a partnership with Dr. D. P. Packard. This existed until the fall of 1857, when he took in Dr. Fielding Donaldson, yet a practicing physician of Greenville. This business relation was severed after about two years, and Dr. Cossitt continued alone until 1874, when he formed a partnership with Dr. B. E. Mossman, which existed up to his death. He died at his home southwest of Greenville, where he had been residing for about twenty years. Dr. Cossitt was a man of deep convictions and strong individuality, but always courteous and generous toward his fellow men. He possessed wonderful energy and enterprise, was generous and charitable to the needy, and stood high, both as a citizen and a physician. Ever kind and affectionate in his home relations, his death was an irreparable loss to his family, to whom he left a handsome estate, the legitimate savings from more than half a century of professional toil.

To the above is now added a brief sketch of the heirs of the Cossitt estate: Dr. Henry D. La. Cossitt, son, received his literary education at Thiel College, Greenville, and afterward matriculated at the Western Reserve University Medical College, Cleveland, Ohio, from which he received his professional degree. In 1897 he was married to Miss Auretta Pomeroy Truesdale, of North Monroeville, Pennsylvania, daughter of J. Truesdale, a retired farmer and capitalist of that place. One child has been born to the doctor and his wife—Henry D. Truesdale Cossitt.

Sarah Elizabeth Cossitt is a graduate of Thiel College, and on April 26, 1888, married Dr. J. A. Doyle, of Homestead, Pennsylvania. Her husband is a son of J. A. Doyle of the well known firm of Brice, Higby & Company, proprietors of one of the great glass works at Homestead, Pennsylvania. They have two children—Joseph A. and Sara Elizabeth Cossitt.

Epaphroditus J. Cossitt, unmarried, is also a graduate of Thiel College in which he completed the course in 1885. After leaving school he located on the present Cossitt farm and is now managing the entire estate in connection with the operation of a dairy farm. The latter is the largest in Mercer county and the "Croton Farm." on which the dairy is established, has been a landmark of Mercer county for the past century. Mr. Cossitt has taken an active part in local public affairs, having served the township as tax collector and member of the school board.

Duran Shepard Cossitt, A. M., M. D., graduated from Thiel College, Greenville, in 1887, and after attending Pennsylvania State University for a year entered the Western Reserve University, where he completed the medical course and received his degree of M. D. Thiel College conferred the degree of A. M. after he received the degree of M. D.. He is now engaged in practice at Conneaut, Ohio. He married Miss Maud Gertrude Hamblin, her father being a proprietor of a large machine shop at Greenville, Pennsylvania. Dr. Cossitt and his wife have become the parents of three children—Charlotte, Elizabeth and infant.

Fred Silas Cossitt, A. M., M. D., was a graduate of the Thiel College, Greenville, Pennsylvania, and the Western Reserve University Medical College of Cleveland, Ohio. The degree of A. M. was conferred by Thiel College, and the Medical University gave the degree of M. D. He was engaged in practice at Greenville until his death in 1903. He married Gertrude Monroe Grimm, daughter of David W. and Elizabeth Grimm. One daughter was born to their marriage—Marian Adell.

Carrie Julia Cossitt, who attended Thiel College, Greenville, Pennsylvania, has resided with her brother and assists him in the management of the family estate.

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