Reuben Saunders1,2,3

ID# 1925, (1808 - 1891)
FatherJames Saunders4
MotherJane Bartlett5

Key Events:

Birth: 9 Jun 1808, Frankfort, Kentucky6,7,8
Marriage: Adeline S. Roberts9
Marriage: Rebecca [surname unknown]10
Death: 13 Dec 18916
Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky11

Spouse: Adeline S. Roberts (about 1822 - 2 Sep 1852)
     Children:

Spouse: Rebecca [surname unknown] (about 1830 - )
     Child:

  • Tighlana Saunders17 (abt May 1860 - )

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     
Dr. Reuben Saunders
photo courtesy Anthony Silva
Reuben Saunders was born on 9 Jun 1808 in Frankfort, Kentucky.6,7,8 Reuben was worked for a newspaper in Frankfort for two years as a teenager. He would probably have become a farmer like his father but he caught the attention of Ira Julian, a local citizen, who agreed to lend him the money for medical school.12 He attended schools in Alabama and South Carolina before receiving his degree from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia in 1836 in Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia.13
     Reuben married first Adeline S. Roberts.9
     He practiced first in Alabama, then returned to Kentucky, settling in Paducah in 1847.14,15,16 Reuben and Adeline S. Roberts appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky, enumerated 2 Aug 1850, reporting real estate valued at $5200. Their children John, Laura, Lewis and Mary were listed as living with them, as was 21-year-old Eliza Roberts, presumably a relative of hers.1
     His wife died on 2 Sep 1852.11
     Reuben married second Rebecca [surname unknown].10
     Reuben and Rebecca appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky, enumerated 17 Jun 1860, reporting real estate valued at $1600 and $1700 in personal estate. Their son Tighlana was listed as living with them, as were his children by his previous marriage, John, Laura, Lewis, Ellen, Mary and Manie.17
     Paducah was subject to repeated outbreaks of cholera, spread by transients from other river ports. The world-wide epidemic in 1873 was especially severe in Paducah. While treating his patients there he discovered that the hypodermic use of morphine-atropine was helpful. He was the first to advocate fresh air for pneumonia and tuberculosis, and was honored by Medical Associations in both the United States and Europe.18,19
     Reuben appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky, at Locust St., enumerated 12 Jun 1880. His daughter, Ellen was listed as living with him, with her husband, Emmett W. Bagby and their son Emmett, as was his daughter Manie, her husband, Joshua Clark Cobb, and their children, Reubie, Irvin and John. There was also a 19-year old nurse and a 38-year-old cook in the household.2
     Reuben died on 13 Dec 1891 at age 83.6 He was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky.11

Citations

  1. [S1074] Reuben Saunders household, 1850 U.S. Census, McCracken Co., Kentucky.
  2. [S1669] Reuben Saunders household, 1880 U.S. Census, McCracken Co., Kentucky.
  3. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #5858371, Reuben Saunders.
  4. [S1977] Cobb, Exit Laughing, pg 28.
  5. [S1977] Cobb, Exit Laughing, pg 29.
  6. [S2314] Oak Grove Cemetery, list of burials, S burials 1800 thru 1999, pg 3, shows date.
  7. [S1042] Connelley and Coulter, History of Kentucky, pg 497, shows year, as 1800, town, and state.
  8. [S1074] Reuben Saunders household, 1850 U.S. Census, McCracken Co., Kentucky, shows age 41 and state.
  9. [S1074] Reuben Saunders household, 1850 U.S. Census, McCracken Co., Kentucky, shows them apparently living as husband and wife.
  10. [S1673] R. Saunders household, 1860 U.S. Census, McCracken Co., Kentucky, shows them apparently living as husband and wife.
  11. [S2314] Oak Grove Cemetery, list of burials, S burials 1800 thru 1999, pg 3.
  12. [S3064] Lawson, Irvin S. Cobb, pg 3, citing Robert H. Davis, Over My Left Shoulder (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1926), pp 222-6, and Fred Gus Neuman, Irvin Cobb: His Life and Achievements (Paducah: Young, 1934).
  13. [S3064] Lawson, Irvin S. Cobb, pg 3.
  14. [S3064] Lawson, Irvin S. Cobb, pg 3, shows locations of his practice.
  15. [S1074] Reuben Saunders household, 1850 U.S. Census, McCracken Co., Kentucky, shows occupation as physician.
  16. [S1673] R. Saunders household, 1860 U.S. Census, McCracken Co., Kentucky, shows occupation as physician.
  17. [S1673] R. Saunders household, 1860 U.S. Census, McCracken Co., Kentucky.
  18. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #5858371, Reuben Saunders, shows occupation, and cites accomplishments, and has attached a photo of historical marker at the cemetery gate reciting similar accomplishments.
  19. [S3064] Lawson, Irvin S. Cobb, pg 3, describes cholera epidemics.
  20. [S1969] Elizabeth Saunders Austin, Certificate of Death.
  21. [S1073] "John Bartlett Saunders."
  22. [S1074] Reuben Saunders household, 1850 U.S. Census, McCracken Co., Kentucky, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  23. [S1673] R. Saunders household, 1860 U.S. Census, McCracken Co., Kentucky, shows them apparently living as father and child.
  24. [S1310] Manie S. Cobb, Certificate of Death.
  25. [S1950] Battle, Perrin and Kniffin, Kentucky - A History of the State, pg 291.