Dr. Kirkman's and Dr. Brower's Ledger

The Country Doctor Museum Manuscript Collection, CD 01.99
Brower, Daniel C.; Kirkman, George
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0.06 Cubic Feet
Preferred Citation
Dr. Kirkman's and Dr. Brower's Ledger (CD 01.99), The Country Doctor Museum, at The William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
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Ledger belonging to Dr. George Kirkman and Dr. Daniel Brower.

Biographical/historical information

George Kirkman was born 1809 February 13 in Guilford County, North Carolina to Leven and Martha (Swift) Kirkman. He married Alvey Coble and they had Mary, John Calhoun, William Preston Revere, Wiley Prentice, George Edmund Badger, Henry Clay Bascom, Levin Eli, Martha Pandora, Margaret Alvey, Lucius, Annette Caroline, and Thomas Alvey. During the Civil War, Kirkman lost four sons; two killed or mortally wounded on the first day of the battle at Gettysburg, one was wounded and later contracted pneumonia and died in Gettysburg hospital, and the fourth son was wounded, captured, and sent to a federal prison camp at Point Lookout, Maryland where he died of scurvy a month before Appomattox. Kirkman studied medicine and practiced medicine as long as his health allowed, eventually losing his sight in his later years. He died 1901 May 28 in Chatham County, North Carolina.

Daniel C. Brower was born in February 1809 in Randolph County, North Carolina. He married Elizabeth Albright Clapp. He died 1847 September 5 in Randolph County, North Carolina.

Scope and arrangement

Ledger covering the period 1837 to 1856. The first page has the official agreement between D. C. Brower and Geo. Kirkman who "doth agree to enter into a copardnership in the Practice of Medacine." In 1837, Brower agreed to furnish a shop and medicines and to do an equal part of the practice, while Kirkman agreed to visit the shop regularly and to do one half of the practice for one-third of the profits. The rest of the ledger contains records of visits, what was prescribed, and the costs. In 1838, the agreement was revised to require that each doctor furnished one half of the medicines, one half of the practice, and equal proportions of the profit.

Administrative information
Custodial History

2015 May 7: 1837 doctor's ledger from Randolph County. Gift of Harold Watson, Lewisburg, N. C.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Harold Watson

Processing information

Processed by Ashley Williams, 2016

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Related material

Related artifacts held at The Country Doctor Museum, Bailey, North Carolina.