Almon (family)

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William James Almon (1754-1817), son of James and Ruth (Hollywood) Almon, was born at Providence, R.I. and apprenticed as a physician and surgeon in New York prior to arriving in Halifax as a Loyalist. In 1785 he was appointed surgeon to the Halifax Alms House. In the same year he married Rebecca Byles, daughter of Rev. Dr. Mather Byles. Almon was later appointed surgeon-general of the military forces at Halifax and established a private practice as a physician and apothecary. His son W.B. (William Bruce) (1787-1840) graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1809 and succeeded him as physican and surgeon of the poor house. He also had a private practice as a physician and apothecary, served as medical health officer for Halifax, and was a founding member of the province's first medical board. He married Laleah Johnston (1789-186-?). Their son William Johnston (W.J.) (1816-1901) also entered the medical profession and became a member of the House of Commons in 1872 and senator in 1879. He married Elizabeth Lichenstein Ritchie (d. 1886) of Annapolis in 1840. Their son Thomas Ritchie (1843-1901) was the fourth generation Almon to practice as a physician in Halifax. He and his wife Frances Egan (1845-1942) of Quebec had a daughter and two sons. Their son Cotton Mather (1846-1883), married Ellie Dodd (d. 1906) in 1873; they had three children, William Bruce ("Bruce") M.D. (1875-1940), Susanna (d. 1958), and Caroline. William Bruce, (1875-1961), second son of Thomas and Frances, was a lieutenant-colonel in the Royal Canadian Artillery and private secretary to the lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia. He married Mary Hill Dickey in 1908 and had four children.

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