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Charles Duncombe, M.D. (1787 – 1862)

 
 
Charles Duncombe, M.D. (1787 – 1862) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, December 3, 2008
1. Charles Duncombe, M.D. (1787 – 1862) Marker
Inscription. 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” he was taken by sleigh to the border post at Sarnia. Militia guards escorted him across the St. Claire River to the American shore – whereupon “Aunt Nancy” shouted, “go back and tell
Charles Duncombe, M.D. (1787 – 1862) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, December 3, 2008
2. Charles Duncombe, M.D. (1787 – 1862) Marker
your Commander you have just piloted Dr. Duncombe across the river!”

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.
 
Location. 38° 33.737′ N, 121° 30.011′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker can be reached from Broadway. Touch for map. Marker and gravesite are located in the Old Masonic Cemetery at the Sacramento City Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Broadway, Sacramento CA 95818, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Bigler (a few steps from this marker); Old Masonic Cemetery (within shouting
Charles Duncombe, M.D. (1787 – 1862) Marker and Gravesite image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, December 3, 2008
3. Charles Duncombe, M.D. (1787 – 1862) Marker and Gravesite
distance of this marker); Sacramento Turn Verein (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); The G.A.R. Memorial Plot (within shouting distance of this marker); J. Holland Laidler Camp No.5 Plot (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bennett Brothers (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ontario’s Provincial Plaques: Dr. Charles Duncombe 1791 – 1867. (Submitted on December 4, 2008.)
2. Biography of Dr. Charles Duncombe. (Submitted on December 4, 2008.)
3. Dr. Duncombe and the 1837 Rebellion. This link shows the Historic Marker, in Scotland, Ontario, giving information about Dr. Charles Duncombe and the 1837 Rebellion (Submitted on August 17, 2010.) 

4. Dr. Charles Duncombe - Pioneer, Patriot, and Traitor. Biography of Dr. Charles Duccombe as told on tours of the Sacramento City Cemetery. (Submitted on January 28, 2011.) 
 
Additional keywords. William Lyon Mackenzie Rebellion of 1837
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,564 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 4, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
 
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