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Who are the parents of Eliza Ludington Lathrop Weed?
DR. GEORGE LUDINGTON WEED
Catskill, N. Y. was his birthplace, 30 Jan. 1800; his father was Joseph Weed. At the age of ten, he had to go to work after but two years’ schooling. When sixteen he joined a Presbyterian Church and started its Sunday School, -- a novelty then. In 1819, long consideration ended in the decision to be a missionary and he came to the Mission School in October 1820. He was here advised to study medicine and for that went to Salisbury to be taught by Dr. Ticknor. He then took two courses of lectures in Pittsfield, and another in 1824 in Boston, where he was in Dr. Evarts’ family. In 1824-5, he practiced medicine in Hartford and Ellington In 1825, he married Eliza Huntington Lathrop of Pittsfield, and started in May on their eleven weeks’ journey to the Cherokees. Two years later he became missionary physician to the Osages, among whom he started a s Sunday School and gave refuge to a party of traders, some of their number having been killed. In 1832, he went with others to found a Mission to the Creeks. There his health gave out, and he returned, in 1834, to Indiana, where he went into business at South Hanover. In 1836, he took charge of the Cincinnati office of the American Board, also of the Home Missionary rooms and Tract. Sunday School, and Bible depositories, and with these, he kept a Theological book-store. After twenty-seven years, he had a shock of apoplexy at the age of sixty-tow, and went to Toledo to live with his children. There he died, 27 Mar. 1873, and his widow, aged eighty-eight, followed him in 1888. The loss of his property occurred in his old age. There were seven children, of whom George L. Weed, Jr., has been an author and teacher. (H. 399, Memorial Vol., Mss.)