|Dr. Martha J. Peebles in her World War I uniform.|
SOURCE: Barbara Lydon Brown, Friendswood, Texas 2015
When Martha Jane Peebles was born on December 28, 1869, in Ridgefield, Connecticut, her father, James, was 34 and her mother, Martha, was 34. She had nine brothers and three sisters. She died on January 24, 1957, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, at the age of 87, and was buried in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania (2).
The following chronology of documents tells the fascinating story of a woman who devoted her life to equal opportunity, education, medical hygiene and healing. This is a great case study for the use of internet search engines and newspaper sites for illustrating a family history. I hope you enjoy reading these documents. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for corrections, additions or future topics.
There is a family story that she gave anaesthesia to the troops in the trenches of France. The family has a document that shows she was dispatched with an anaesthesia unit from September 3, 1918 to April 20, 1919.
|A recent picture of Dr. Peebles home in the Poconos. 256 Washington Street, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. |
|Gravestone in Prospect Cemetery, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania|
If you have gotten this far you may have noticed that the information on the death certificate conflicts with some of the newspaper articles especially regarding her place of death. In this case, I would lend more credence to the death certificate than the newspapers.
Please let me know if you have any suggestions for corrections, additions or future articles.
(1) U.S. National Library of Medicine, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20894
(2) This paragraph was created with the new life story feature at Ancestry.com
(3) Most of the documents above came from Google Books, Newspapers.com or Ancestry.com as shown on the images. Other book search sites that I use are Archive.org, Hathitrust.org and Family Search Books.