15 March 2013

Ruffin T. Kendrick, M.D., a Biographical Sketch

From Memoirs of Georgia, Volume II by The Southern Historical Association, 1895.
Transcribed by S. Lincecum about 2006.

Ruffin T. Kendrick, M. D., was born in Twiggs county, Ga., Jan. 15, 1832, and is of Scottish ancestry. He attended the common schools of Houston county, and afterward, in 1857, his father, William Kendrick, having removed to Baker, now Dougherty county, of which he was one of the pioneer settlers, the son went there also and read medicine under the instruction of Dr. W. L. Davis at Albany. In 1854 young Kendrick entered the medical department of the university of New York, graduating in 1855. Locating in Dougherty county he practiced there six years, removing thence to Calhoun county, where he practiced seventeen years. In 1862 he entered the army as assistant surgeon of the Thirty-second Georgia regiment, but in 1863, a substitute taking his place, he returned home to Calhoun county, where he always gave his professional services to soldiers' families free of charge. After this he practiced for two years at Ty Ty, Worth Co., and then in 1879 he removed to Allapaha, Berrien Co., where he has since remained. Dr. Kendrick, by his skill and experience, has won a high rank in his profession. In 1869 he became a member of the State Medical association, and has been chairman of the committee on surgery from his district for a number of years. In 1874, when the association met at Atlanta, Dr. Kendrick was orator of the society and responded to speeches of welcome by Gen. Garlington and Dr. Alexander. The doctor's worth has been recognized among his neighbors in various ways. For four years (1875-79) he held office of treasurer of Calhoun county. In the masonic fraternity he has held the highest offices in his lodge and chapter, Eureka Lodge No. 313, and W. T. Gould chapter. Moreover, for a number of years he held the office of second and third grand steward, and for eleven years that of first grand steward in the grand lodge of the state. Dr. Kendrick is a leading member of the Baptist church. Politically he is an uncompromising democrat. He has a brother, John P. Kendrick, a prominent merchant of Gainesville, Tex. Dr. Kendrick has been twice married; the first time to Miss Eliza D. Helms, daughter of Chas. Helms, formerly of North Carolina, later of Baker county, Ga. She died in August, 1882, and he afterward married Mrs. Fannie A. Fryer, widowed daughter of Col. John Turner of Berrien county. The doctor's eldest son, Winburn A., born 1856, is a planter in Claiborne county, Tex., where he has lived since 1879. The second son, Charles W., born 1858, married Miss Mamie Ferguson of Savannah; is now chief clerk in the transportation office of the Brunswick & Western R. R. Dr. Kendrick's daughter, Electa B., born in 1867, is the wife of James T. Maud of Tifton. The second daughter, Mattie D., born 1872, is the wife of E. R. Matthews of South Carolina.

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