Sacramento in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Charles Duncombe, M.D. (1787 – 1862)
Dr. Duncombe was the first physician on record to come to Sacramento. A Native of Stanford, Connecticut, he moved to Upper Canada (now Ontario) to become a landowner and member of Parliament. Ontario’s first medical school, the Talbot Dyspensary at St. Thomas, was established by Dr. Duncombe and a Dr. Rolf. Both Dr. Duncombe and Dr. Rolf became leaders in the William Lyon Mackenzie Rebellion of 1837. This group of reformers tried unsuccessfully to unseat the system wherein the British Government and appointed administrators could overrule the elected Assembly. The rebels were hunted down as traitors and many found their way to the United States. Dr. Duncombe’s escape was described as follows:
“Dr. Charles Duncombe who had rallied a rebel force at Scotland, South of Brantford, spent one night hidden in a bed between a farmer and his wife. Another night, after friends put him to bed dressed as “Grandma” he received a respectful good nights from a posse tramping through the house in search of Dr. Duncombe. After a four week flight he reached his sister in London, Ontario. Disguised as “Aunt Nancy”
Dr. Duncombe found his way to Sacramento about 1843, although he apparently did not practice medicine until 1851. He was active in Masonry, in fact he was one of its founders in Upper Canada. Upon his death his friends erected a special monument with the inscription “A Friend of Liberty.” This monument can be seen in the Old Masonic Section of the Old City Cemetery in Sacramento. His wife Lucy is buried beside him. Far away in Scotland, Ontario, is a plaque commemorating Dr. Duncombe, who rallied a rebel force at that location December, 1837. Near St. Thomas, Ontario, his old house has been made a museum displaying medical equipment.
Erected by Sacramento City Cemetery.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. A significant historical date for this entry is December 9, 1837.
Location. 38° 33.737′ N, 121° 30.011′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker can be reached from Broadway. Marker and Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Broadway, Sacramento CA 95818, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Bigler (a few steps from this marker); Sacramento Turn Verein (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Masonic Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Theodora Tiffee Purkitt, M.D. (within shouting distance of this marker); Veteran of Foreign Wars Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The G.A.R. Memorial Plot (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Odd Fellows Plot (within shouting distance of this marker); Luella Buckminster-Johnston (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
Also see . . . Biography of Dr. Charles Duncombe. (Submitted on December 4, 2008.)
Additional keywords. William Lyon Mackenzie Rebellion of 1837
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