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  • ID: I1111
  • Name: John S. SAPPINGTON
  • Surname: Sappington
  • Given Name: John S.
  • Prefix: Dr.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 15 May 1776 in Havre de Grace, Harford Co., Maryland
  • Death: 1 Sep 1856 in Arrow Rock, Saline Co., Missouri
  • Burial: Sappington Cemetery, Arrow Rock, MO
  • _UID: E15E3C67AAD4DB11856F00055D43C347EFA4
  • Note:
    Good bio at

    Quote about alcohol: "Philanthropy and wisdom could cure alcoholism": "We are well aware of the fact that many unfortunate individuals have an ungovernable propensity for its [alcohol┘us] use. This state of things we can readily trace to two sets of prime causes; the one, the organization of the brain; and the other, the circumstance of education: both of which could be easily remedied by the united efforts of philanthropy and wisdom." Dr. John Sappington, 1844 First doctor in Nashville, Tennessee. Introduced quinine for treatment of malarial fever. Author of Sappington's Fever Book.

    BIOGRAPHY: Moved to Arrow Rock, MO in 1813 from MD.

    Dr. John Sappington (1776-1856), a prominent pioneer physician of Saline County, established this family cemetery in 1831. The two-acre cemetery contains 111 headstones and markers and is enclosed by a limestone wall and wrought iron fence.
    Dr. Sappington studied medicine in Kentucky and in 1804 married Jane Breathitt, the sister of Kentucky Gov. John Breathitt. In 1817, they came to central Missouri's "Boone's Lick Country" and by 1819 settled just west of Arrow Rock.
    A nonconformist, Dr. Sappington attacked the common medical practice of bloodletting to treat patients. In the 1830s, he perfected and mass marketed quinine in pill form to treat malarial fever, a major disease in the Missouri River valley. The St. Louis Medical Society denounced him as a quack, but his "anti-fever pills" quickly became the frontier's most famous prescription. In 1844, he wrote "The Theory and Treatment of Fevers," the first medical treatise published west of the Mississippi River.
    Dr. Sappington was also a business entrepreneur, agriculturist, land speculator and political confidant. He established an economic and political dynasty that included three Missouri governors. An inscription over his grave reads: "A truly honest man is the noblest work of God. He lay like a warrior taking his rest."
  • Change Date: 21 Aug 2013 at 15:20:32

    Father: Mark Brown SAPPINGTON b: ABT 1742/1746
    Mother: Rebecca BOYCE b: ABT 1755 in MD

    Marriage 1 Jane BREATHITT b: 13 Oct 1783 in Henry Co, VA
    • Married: 22 Nov 1804 in Russellville, Logan Co., KY
    1. Has Children Louisa Caroline SAPPINGTON b: ABT 1805 in Franklin, TN
    2. Has Children Eliza Whitsett SAPPINGTON b: 4 Mar 1806 in Franklin, TN
    3. Has Children M Lavinia SAPPINGTON b: 12 Sep 1807 in Nashville, Davidson Co., TN
    4. Has Children Erasmus Darwin SAPPINGTON b: 3 May 1809 in Franklin, TN
    5. Has Children William Breathitt SAPPINGTON b: 4 Jan 1811 in Madison, __ Co., TN
    6. Has No Children Jane Breathitt SAPPINGTON b: 1813 in TN
    7. Has No Children Susan Catherine SAPPINGTON b: 12 Dec 1816 in Franklin, TN
    8. Has No Children Sarah Margaret SAPPINGTON b: 1818 in Glascow, MO
    9. Has No Children Mary Ellen SAPPINGTON b: 27 Apr 1819 in Saline Co., MO
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