Clinton County,
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Biographical Sketch

 

Dr. Francis J. D'Avignon

ANOTHER OF THE DISTINGUISHED PATRIOTS OF 1837. IMPRISONED- CONDEMNED TO DEATH- MARVELOUS ESCAPE- REFUGEE TO THE UNITED STATES- U.S. SURGEON IN THE WAR OF THE REBELLION- PRISONER AT LIBBY PRISON.

Nearly all the older inhabitants of our Adirondack country can recall the cheerful, benevolent countenance, the foreign accent, the polished manners, the sparkling wit, the unvarying kindness, patience and skill of their pioneer physician and surgeon, Francis Joseph D'Avignon.

Dr. D'Avignon was born August 5th, 1807, at Point Oliver, Lower Canada. His parents, names were Victoire VauDaudigue and Joseph D'Avignon.

He was a physician and surgeon of rare skill and had a wide practice in Canada previous to the Canadian rebellion, in which he took a very active part. He was twice imprisoned, and the last time sentenced to be executed, but marvelously escaped.

As a successful practitioner at Ausable Forks he is well remembered. His brave and faithful service as a surgeon in the Union Army are a matter of record. He died at Ausable Forks at the age of 59 years. Dr. F. J. D'Avignon, of Ausable Forks, is his son.

 

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