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22 September 2010

Dr. Robert H. Baskin, a Biographical Sketch

Source: Georgia and Florida Biographies [database on-line].
Original Data from Biographical Souvenir of the States of Georgia and Florida,
Containing Biographical Sketches of the Representative Public, and many
Early Settled Families in These States
. F. A. Battey & Company, 1889.
Transcribed by S. Lincecum 2005.

Dr. Robert H. Baskin, of Byron, Ga, was born in Houston County, near Perry, June 17, 1835. His father, James G. Baskin, was born in Abbeville District, SC, in 1792. He removed to Georgia with his parents when young, and settled in Wilkinson County, but afterwards removed to Houston County, where he followed farming until his death, which occurred in 1856. He was for many years before his death a deacon in the Baptist Church, and a firm supporter of its principles. His wife, Sarah (Goode) Baskin, was born in Wilkinson County in the early part of this century. She bore her husband thirteen children, of whom the subject of this sketch is the seventh. He was brought up on the farm in Houston County, and educated in the common schools. In 1857 he commenced the study of medicine with Dr. M. W. Havis, of Perry, Ga, and graduated from the Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia in 1859. He then commenced practice in Dooly County, remained there a short time, and then removed to Quitman County and practiced there until 1860, when he returned to Houston County, and in May, 1862, joined the Confederate army as a private in Company G, of the Sixty-second Georgia cavalry. He was soon afterwards promoted to lieutenant, and served until 1863, when he resigned, was appointed assistant surgeon, and was hospital surgeon until the close of the war. He then resumed the practice of medicine in Houston County, and in 1876 removed to Byron, where he has been in the practice and also the mercantile business ever since. October 1860, he was married to Muss Lucy F. Darden, a daughter of Edmond B. and Mary (Swift) Darden, of Jasper County, Ga. This union has been blessed with two children -- Mary K. and John H.

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