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John C. Nottingham, M.D. (1842-1911)
Born in Muncie, Indian, Civil War veteran, practiced in Bay City.

1892 biography. (Added June, 2010)

History of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan 1892


We here present a brief biography of the most prominent physician and surgeon of the Homeopathic School in Bay City, who is also President of the Saginaw Valley Medical Society, and worthy of honor as an old soldier of the Civil War. He was born in Muncie, Ind., February 5, 1842, and his father James, was a native of Portsmouth, Ohio, and descended from Lord Nottingham of England.

James Nottingham early learned the trade of a cabinet-maker, and came to Indiana when a boy, locating in Muncie, where he married and afterward engaged in the manufacturing business. In 1852 he removed to Grant County, Ind., where he located on a farm until he retired from active life, and for the education of his children made his home in the village of Joneboro and there spent the remainder of his days, dying at the age of seventy-six. He was an earnest member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and his wife, Nancy Russell, was a Baptist by faith. Her father, O. M. Russell, was a Welchman who became a pioneer in Muncie, and died there at the age of ninety-eight. His daughter died at Muncie, and Mr. Nottingham was subsequently married again. Our subject was the child of the first marriage, and his brother, Owen P., belonged to the Fifty-fourth Regiment Indiana Infantry, and served for three years in the Civil War.

Having had his early training in Muncie, John Nottingham at the age of ten, entered the Muncie Academy, and his youth was spent upon the farm, and in the best private schools which that part of the State afforded. At the age of eighteen he enlisted in August, 1861, in Company A, Eighth Indiana Infantry, and was sent to Missouri where the regiment engaged in raiding and skirmishing until March, 1863. This young solider took part in the engagements at Pea Ridge, Cotton Plant, Port Gibson, Champion Hills, Jackson, Big Black, Vicksburg, Jackson, Ft. Esperanza, Harper's Ferry, Winchester, Fisher's Hill, Cedar Creek, and other points. He received more than one wound, and at both Winchester and Cedar Creek was in command of his company, being then Orderly Sergeant. He spent some time in the hospital and was taken prisoner and kept for four weeks at Van Buren, Ark., after which he was exchanged. During that short imprisonment he suffered the pangs of hunger and was almost starved. He had to take a march of one hundred and fifty miles, and after his return to the Union forces, the ball which had lain in his left hand through all that time of trial was extracted by the surgeon, and he went home on furlough. His most serious wound was at Cedar Creek, when a ball broke the bones of his arm, but owing to his own determination and the skill of his surgeon, the arm was saved.

This brave soldier returned home in July, 1865, in a terribly worn and exhausted condition, and after recuperation he entered the Purdy Commercial College at Indianapolis, from which he graduated, and then returned home, and was elected County Treasurer in 1866. After two years service in that office he took up the study of medicine, which had been his choice from boyhood. After studying by himself he entered in 1871 the Bennett Medical School of Chicago, and graduated therefrom in 1873. Dr. Nottingham took up the practice of medicine in Marion, Ind., until 1879 when he moved to fill his current position.

He now belongs to the U. S. Grant Post here, and is also a Free and Accepted Mason, and a Knight Templar of the thirty-second degree. He is prominent in the State Homeopathic Medical Society, and also a member of the American Institute or Homeopathy. His political views bring him in active alliance with the rank of the Republican party, and he is influential in this direction.

1902 time in Colorado. (Added June, 2010)

Pacific Coast Journal of Homoepathy, Vol. 19, 1908.

Dr. John C. Nottingham, of Bay City, Mich., who has spent several years in Denver, Colo., to look after business interests and to regain his health, is reportedly thoroughly recovered, and has returned to his old haunts, from which he must have been sadly missed.

1911 death notice. (Added June, 2010)

Journal American Medical Association, March 11, 1911.


John C. Nottingham, M.D. Bennet Medical College, Chicago, 1873; a veteran of the Civil War; at one time treasurer of Delaware County, Ind.; a charter member and one of the organizers of the Saginaw Valley Medical Society; died at his office in Bay City, Mich., February 26, from heart disease, aged 69.

Additional Notes.

  • Dr. Nottingham is buried at Elm Lawn Cemetery, Bay City, Mich.

    1880 Census: Marion, Grant, Ind.

  • Nottingham, John C. - b. 1842 Ind.
  • Mary, wife b. 1840 Ohio
  • George O., son b. 1867, Ind.
  • Mary L., dau., - b. 1874, Ind.
  • Nancy F., dau., - b. 1880, Ind.

    1893 Michigan Marriages: Bay City.

  • Date: Jun. 14, 1893.
  • Groom: John C. Nottingham, b. 1842 Ind., parents: James Nottingham & Elizabeth Russell.
  • Bride: Julia F. Scofield Wright, b. 1836 Canada, parents: father Scofield.

    1900 Cenus: Bay City, Mich.

  • Address: 302 Washington Ave.
  • Nottingham, John b. Feb. 1843 Ind., widow
  • Mary, dau. - b. Apr. 1875 Ind.
  • Florence, dau. - b. Feb. Mich. 1880

    1901 Ohio Marriages: Lucas, Ohio

  • Date: Jul. 26, 1901.
  • Groom: John C. Goodfellow, b. 1879 Saginaw, Mich., parents: John R. Goodfellow & Emma Wheeler.
  • Bride: Florence Nottingham, b. 1880 Bay City, Mich., parents: John C. Nottingham & Mary Duling.

    1902 Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Nottingham, John C., Physician & Surgeon, 213 5th Ave., bds. The Fraser.
Related Notes & Pages

Related Pages:
Bay Co. Civil War
People Referenced
Duling, Mary (1-wife)
Goodfellow, John C.
Goodfellow, John R.
Nottingham, Geo. O. (son)
Nottingham, James (father)
Nottingham, John C. (subject)
Nottingham, Lord
Nottingham, Mary L. (dau)
Nottingham, Nancy F. (dau)
Nottingham, Owen P. (bro)
Russell, Nancy E. (mother)
Scofield, Julia (2-wife)
Wheeler, Emma
Subjects Referenced
8th Ind. Inf. 54th Ind. Regiment
Amer. Inst. of Homeopathy
Baptist Church
Bay City, MI
Bennett Med. College
Chicago, IL
Civil War
Delaware Co., IN
Denver, CO
Fraser House, Bay City
Grant Co., IN
Homeopathic Sch. Bay City
Indianapolis, IN
Joneboro, IN
Marion, IN
Methodist Epis. Ch.
MI Homeopathic Med. Soc.
Muncie, IN
Muncie Academy, IN
Purdy Commercial Col. IN
Saginaw, MI
Saginaw Valley Med. Soc., MI
US Grant post
Internet References
Dr. Nottingham appeared in many different medical publications (Google Books), which includes the following articles he wrote:
  • [Predisposing Cause of Croop] 1892
  • [Sexual Errors] 1895
    Further history on John's relatives in Indiana is provided in the Centennial History of Grant Co., Indian.
  • [Google Books]
  • WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.