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Dr. THOMAS WILSON FLORER
Source: Medicine Men & Women by Karen Bazzani Zach
Thomas W. Florer was born near Waynesville, Ohio Nov. 25, 1822. He died at Corsicana, Texas May 10, 1907. At the age of 10, he removed with his mother and grandparents to Indiana, where he received his early education in the country schools. He began the study of medicine under a private preceptor, Dr. AS James of Brookville, Indiana. He graduated from the Ohio Medical College on March 5, 1850 and is found in the 1850 Ripley Township census with two older women, Nancy Florer age 56 b NJ and Mary Wilson age 83 NJ . These are assumedly his mother and grandmother. At this time, he practiced in the Alamo area, but later moved to Crawfordsville until he enlisted as a Surgeon in the 26th Indiana Regiment. He was on Lew Wallace's staff and it is said that the two were close personal friends. After his discharge in January 1866, he made his home near Meridian Mississippi and then moved to Waxahachie, Texas. He practiced there except for a few years when he served as postmaster. He aided in starting the Indiana State Medical Association and represented Montgomery County at Indianapolis with that task at hand. He was made one of the vice presidents and kept a record of the proceedings of the association for eight years. Later, he bound his records and gave the association that volume as a gift. In 1899, he attended the Golden Jubilee of the Indiana State Medical Association in Indianapolis, being only one of the four charter members living. He was a Methodist and Mason. He was buried at Waxahachie, Texas May 11, 1907. He had at least one daughter, Nena.
Source: Waveland Independent Waveland, Montgomery County, Indiana Sept 10, 1907 Dr. T.W. Florer, of the Medical College of Ohio, 1840, d. in Corsicana, Texas May 10 of paralysis aged 84 years 6 months. He was b. near Waynesville Ohio 1822. He began the practice of medicine in Alamo, In. From there he moved to Crawfordsville, where he resided until 1862, when he was appointed surgeon of the 26th Ind. He was on Gen. Lew Wallace's staff; was mustered out at Vicksburg, Jan 1866. After the war he moved to Mississippi and resided there till 1875 when he removed to Tx and settled in Waxahatchee where he lived and engaged in the work of his beloved profession till 1905 when he was stricken with paralysis since which time he has resided in Corsicana at the home of his son-in-law, MW McAfee. In 1849 he was a delegate to assist in the organization of the Indiana State Med. Soc; he represented Montgomery County and was made one of the V Pres. He kept a record of the proceedings for 8 years and had them bound in one volume, which he presented to the state Medical Assoc in 1886 in recognition of which gift he was elected an honorary member. In 1899 he attended the Golden Jubilee of the Indiana State Med. Soc held at Indianapolis, being one of the four living charter members. This was the crowning event of his long and useful life. He leaves 5 children: Mrs. Emma Elder and Miss Annie Florer of Sedalia, Mo; Mrs. Hattie Parsons of Red Oak and Mrs. Helen McAfee and Nena Florer of Corsicana, Tx.
Florer(Flora), Thomas Wilson Civil War Rank: Surgeon Civil War Regiment: 26th Place of Birth: Waynesville,Ohio Date of Birth: 1822 Place of Death: Corsicana Tx Date of Death: 5.10.1907(85) Other residence: Meridian, Mississippi till 1871 / Waxahachie Schools attended: Medical College of Ohio Year Medical Grad or Attendance: 1849-50 Political office or connection: Postmaster after war Career other than physician: farmer Wife: (No wife or child listed in 1850c)Harriet E. Stone / Sarah E. Aydelott / Cornelia E. Herbert Date of Marriage: 1849 / 1866 / 1869 Children: 1 / 6 / 2 Membership in Medical Orgz.: Perm. Member Indiana State Medical Society; Montgomery Co. Med. Soc.;Founder of ISMA Obit location: IMJ 17:12; V.25:500: JISMA v. 3;77(1910); T Indiana State Medical Society 1907:483 Journal of the American Medical Association 48:2202 Portrait: x Kemper Florer, T. W. Portrait. Ind. Med. J. v.17 #12 (1899) Fronts. Obit. Ind. Med. J. v.25;500 (1907) Obit. and P o rt r att. J. Ind. State Med. Assn. v.3;77 (1910) Violent death: 41 Length of Service: 24 m.o. Comm. Date: 11.10.1862 Final Date: 9.22.1864 Final Date of last commission: 1.1866 at Vicksburg County: Montgomery(Alamo / Crawfordsville / Waveland) Sources: 1850c $600 // He was on Gen Lew Wallace's Staff; was mustered out of service at Vicksburg, Miss Jan. 1866 'warm personal friend of Lew Wallace M / S Hist On Lew Wallace's staff until transferred to hospital in Vicksburg in 1862. v.10 701 #84 Binnamon A 26 IN Amputations in the shaft of the humerus 12.7,9.63 right;flap;by Surg. T.W. Flora [sic], 26th IN Disch'd 3.7.63 // v.12 p 468 Case # 172'Injuries of the lower extremities primary amputations of the leg' Dooley, H. C. Pt. C, 26th In age 27, 3.27.65 Right Surg. T. W. Flora, 26th IN Disc'd 6.2.1865 // v. 11 284 #281 Injuries of the lower extremities intermediary amputations of the thigh Frakes, W. Pt. B. 26th In age 19 12.7.1862 --; cir. SUrg. T. W. Florer, 26th In. Died 12.26.1862; pyaemia and pneumonia // v. 11 286 #441 Injuries of the lower extremities intermediary amputations of the thigh Steward, J Pt. C 26th In., age 22 12.7 / 22.1862 Left(gangrene); cir. Surg T. W. Florer, 26th Ind Died 12.24.1862; hemorrhage // Ibid 299 #412 Jay, J C. pt. K 19th Iowa age 18 12.7 / 11.1862 Left; cir. Surg. T. W. Florer, 26th Ind. Flap sloughed. Died 6.11.1863; pyaemia. 'Sulphate of Quinia'- thesis Hist of Ellis County (TX) Index Terms: Herron's D 1b 26 / / preceptor A.B. James of Brookville Record# 30411 in database 19th Indiana Century Physicians
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