Name: Stubbins FFIRTH\FIRTH 1 2
Birth: 2 FEB 1782 in Salem Co., New Jersey, English Colony
Death: 4 JUL 1820 in Ffirthville, St. Paul's Parish, South Carolina, USA
Burial: AFT 4 JUL 1820 St George's Church Cemetery, Dorchester State Park, Summerville, South Carolina, USA
Occupation: Physician 1
FGR # 9
Reference Number: 26
From Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site, "St. George's Church Cemetery; A Self-Guided Tour":
Grave 14 Stubbins Ffirth (First husband of Mary Hutchinson Whitaker. A physician, Dr. Ffirth experimented on himself to prove that yellow fever was not contagious.)
"Sacred to the Memory of Subbins Ffirth, M.D. Who departed this life at Ffirthville, St. Paul's Parish S.C. On the 4th of July 1820 In the Thirty-Ninth year of his age. As a Husband and Father, he was Kind and affectionate, as a Master, he was just and indulgent As a friend, he was Sincere And true; as a Physician He was eminent in his profession Had an extensive practice Was prompt and ready to every call Whether proceeding from the poor Or the rich, as Thousands Can testify: As a Christina he was devout And at the same time liberal In his opinions. NEXT to him lies his Second Son Caspar Wistar. This monument is erected by his Only surviving Son, who revives His Memory."
From researcher Linda McDowell, via e-mail 6 Sep 2004:
3 ii. Mary Hutchinson7, born Abt. 1790; died Aft. 1820. She married (1) Stubbins Ffirth, M. D. February 02, 1814 in Charleston, SC7; born February 02, 1782 in Salem Co., NJ7; died July 04, 1820 in Ffirtthville, St. Paul's Parish, SC8. She married (2) Rev. Daniel K. Whitaker9 Aft. 182010.
Notes for Mary Hutchinson: FTM # 314 Census Index - selected US Counties 1820: Mary Frith, State: SC, County: Colleton Dist., Page #: 052, Census/Enumeration year: 1820, Age ranges in household: 110010-11121,
Notes for Stubbins Ffirth, M. D.: John Wistar discovered that Stubbens possessed more than common abilities & provided expenses for his education. Stubbens studied medicine under John's brother, Dr. Caspar Wistar of Philadelphia. ("The History and Genealogy of Fenwick's Colony by Thomas Shourds, pgs 450, 451) Note: This book says Stubbens died in middle age with no children which is in error.
FTM # 313 Census Index - Selected US counties 1810, Dr. Firth, State: SC, County: Colleton Dist., Pg 326, Census/Enumeration year: 1810
A biography at the Salem County (NJ) Historical Society, written by Joseph Waring, MD states: "Dr. Ffirth inoculated himself about twenty times in different parts of his body with the black matter discharged from the stomachs of patients in yellow fever, and several times with the serum of blood, the saliva of patients ill with that disease, without being infected by them: nor was he indisposed." His thesis was entitled A Treatise on Malignant Fever; with an Attempt to Prove its Non-contagious Non- Malignant Nature. This work was mentioned in the Medical Repository and quoted extensively in the Philadelphia Medical Museum of 1805. Some of his other writings dealt with the topics of "Batavia and the Source of its Unhealthiness". He also wrote "Some Account of the Diseases that occurred on board the Ship China, during a voyage from Philadelphia to Batavia, until her return to the Delaware" and three articles on tetanus. He was a member of the Medical Society of South Carolina in 1810 and lived in at the Hyde Park Plantation and was buried in the village on Dorchester." *
A project was undertaken by Dr. Joseph Waring in 1964 to replace and restore Stubbins tombstone, which was shattered into three parts ( 2 are missing). The project was abandoned when not enough money was raised. Dr. Waring died in 1977."
An article about Dr. Stubbins Ffirth in the JAMA Vol. 189, No. 4 pg. 319-320 July 27, 1964 states that his "contributions to the pathogenesis of yellow fever more than a century and a half ago were exemplary." The article states Stubbins was born in Salem, NJ and conducted experiments on the epidemiology of yellow fever while pursuing his medical training at the U of Penn. He presented his thesis at his graduation in 1804. He described 15 experiments he conducted ( some of which were written up further in the article) This section of the article concludes: "Ffirth was skilled in programming his experiments, in preparing his protocols, and in formulating conclusions for publication. The preface to the treatise reveals his skill in composition and style of presentation." Immediately after graduation he proceeded to sea and spent several years touring the world, and from his observations, submitted essays to the Medical Repository of New York. He eventually married into an aristocratic family and settled in Charleston.
Mary HUTCHINSON b: ABT 1790
2 FEB 1814
in Charleston, South Carolina, USA
- Caspar Wistar FFIRTH\FIRTH
- [--?--] FFIRTH\FIRTH
- Title: St George's Church Cemetery, A Self-Guided Tour
Author: Colonial Dorchester State (SC) Historic Site
Publication: Summerville, South Carolina, USA
Note: This is a hand-out prepared by the archaeology staff of Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site. It contains a diagram of the cemetery as well as transcriptions of the markers.
Note: 300 State Park Rd, Summerville, SC 29485
- Title: My Notes on Hutchinson and Firth Families
Author: McDowell, Linda
Publication: E-mail, 6 Sep 2004
Note: Printed copy including McDowell's sources located in "Hutchinson" family general file.