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Flemming Carrow, M.D. (1852-1932)
Born in Kent Co., MD, medical practice in Bay City.

Biography. - Added Aug., 2011.

History of Washtenaw County, Michigan 1891


Although still in the dawn of the success which has attended his efforts in a professional way our subject has already given abundant evidence of the ability which qualifies him for a high place in the medical profession. Truly ambitious and with an ambition whose aim is pure and unsullied, there seems no reason why his unquestioned ability should not find full scope in relieving the pains which a suffering world is heir to. Flemming Carrow was born in Kent County, Md., August 14, 1852. His father, Joseph M., was a native of Delaware, to which State his great-grandfather had emigrated from Pembrokeshire, England. Our subject's mother, Henrietta (Hepbron) Carrow, was born in Maryland, here father, James Hepbron, came from Scotland, and Dr. Carrow thus has running in his veins that happy mixture of Scotch and English blood which seems to be productive of some of the rarest qualities demanded by our modern civilization.

Our subject's father being a farmer the son had not at home sufficient educational advantages to prepare him for college, hence he was sent away to school when twelve years of age to take a preparatory course. At the age of sixteen he entered Dickinson Seminary at Williamsport, Pa., and there remained for three years, soon afterward become a student at the National Medical College in Washington, from which he was graduated at the end of two years. Then followed a visit to Europe, during which he spent two years in continuation of his medical studies at Berlin. On his return home he was at once sent to Canton, China, in charge of a native hospital at that place. Here he remained for more than six years, gaining invaluable experience.

As a medical officer of the Government Dr. Carrow had an oversight of both French and English revenue service and during the last years of his residence in connection with his other duties represented the United States Government as Consul under President Garfield. His wife's health failing he resigned his post and returned to the United States, through which he traveled for some time, partly for pleasure and party in search of suitable place in which to make his home. In 1881 he made his residence in Bay City. Going there a stranger to all its people, even without an introduction to his medical brethren, he began the practice of his profession, devoting himself especially to surgery of the eye and ear. In a very short time he had gained the confidence of the best citizens of the community and won the regard of the members of his own profession. By the latter he was chosen President of the Bay County Medical Society and successfully healed the differences that existed in that body and helped to place it among the best medical societies of the State.

While accomplishing the above described beneficent work, our subject's practice had become lucrative and his growing reputation attracted the attention of the regents of the University of Michigan and by them he was appointed, in 1889, Professor of Ophthalmic and Aural Surgery and Clinical Ophthalmology in the Medical Department of that famous institution.

Dr. Carrow is a Republican in his politic and in religion an Episcopalian. He is likewise a member of the Masonic order and has attained the degree of Knight Templar. He was married October 24, 1875, to Miss Teresa England, a daughter of Lindley M. England, of Wilmington, Del. They had had one child, Herbert P. The position always attained by Dr. Carrow is a direct result of natural talents and acquirements. Personally he is a man of pleasing countenance, of medium height, robust in frame and erect carriage. He has a genial and friendly manner. His professional brethren in Bay City quickly recognized his rare ability in his special department and accorded him a cordial support. On departing from Bay City a banquet was tendered him by its physicians and it was attended by many representative men from other parts of the State. In response to a toast the expressions of regard for him as a man and a citizen and the appreciation testimonies to his excellence as a skilled surgeon together with the sentiment of regret at his departure, were the surest possible evidence of the high esteem in which he is held and of the irreproachable purity of his character. In his new and honored position Dr. Carrow is sure to secure laurels for himself and to confer distinction upon the institution of which he now becomes an important factor.

Comment: Subsequent to the date of this biography, Dr. Carrow became a professor at the University of Michigan until 1904, when he moved to Detroit and set up a medical practice. In addition to his residence in Detroit, he had a summer home in Traverse City. His wife, Teressa, died in 1898. He married a second time in 1912, to Kate W. Withington.

Additional Notes.

    1900 Census: Ann Arbor, Washtenaw, Mich.

  • Carrow, Flemming b. Aug 1852 MD widow.
  • P. Herbert, son b. Jul 1880 China
  • Fountain, Estelle, niece b. Oct 1880 MD

    1912 Michigan Marriages: Jackson, Jackson Co.

  • Date: July 31, 1912. Flemming Carrow 58, b. 1854, son of Joseph Carrow and H. Hepborn, marriage to Kate W. Withington, age 42, b. 1870, daughter of William H and Beebe Withington.

    1920 Census: Grand Traverse, Mich.

  • Carrow, Flemming b. 1854, MD, married

    1932 Genealogy: Descendants of Henry Stavely/Staveley.

  • Fleming Carrow was born August14, 1852, in Kent County Maryland, and died 1932 in Michigan. He married (1) Theresa England October 11, 1875. She was born in Wilmington, Delaware. He married (2) Katherine Withington July 31, 1912. She was born in Jackson Michigan. Child: Herbert Porter Carrow, b. abt 1875, China, d. New York, New York. Adopt child.
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Dr. Flemming Carrow

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People Referenced
Carrow, Flemming (subject)
Carrow, Herbert P. (son)
Carrow, Joseph (father)
Fountain, Estelle (niece)
England, Lendley M. (f-inlaw)
England, Teresa (1-wife)
Garfield, Pres.
Hepbron, Henrietta (mother)
Hepbron, James (f-inlaw)
Withington, Beebe Mrs. (m-inlaw)
Withington, Kate (2-wife)
Withington, Wm. H. (f-inlaw)
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Bay Co. Medical Society
Burlin, Germany
Canton, China
Detroit, MI
Dickinson Seminary
Jackson, MI
Kent Co., MD
Michigan, Univ. of
National Medical College
Pembrokeshire, England
Traverse City, MI
Washington, DC
Williamsport, PA
Wilmington, DE
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