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Charles Delucena Meigs (1792 - 1869)

Dr. Charles Delucena Meigs
Born in Saint George, Saint George, Bermudamap
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Husband of — married 15 Mar 1815 in Augusta, Columbia, Georgia, USAmap
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Died in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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Dr. Charles Delucena Meigs (February 19, 1792 – June 22, 1869) was an influential American obstetrician of the nineteenth century who is remembered for his opposition to obstetrical anesthesia and to the idea that physicians' hands could transmit disease to their patients.

Charles Meigs was born Feb. 19, 1792 in St. George, Bermuda, to Josiah and Clara (Benjamin) Meigs. [1] He married Mary Montgomery. They were the parents of:

1). Montgomery Cunningham Meigs (may 3, 1816-January 2, 1892). Brigadier General, Union Army. Quartermaster General of the United States Army during the Civil War.
2). Charles Delucena Meigs Jr. (July 23, 1817-September 11, 1893)
3). John Forsyth Meigs (October 3, 1818-December 16, 1882)
4). William Montgomery Meigs (December 31, 1819-March 21, 1824)
5). Henry Vincent Meigs (June 19, 1821-August 31, 1897)
6). Emily Skinner Meigs (September 29, 1824-November 22, 1905). Married Jonathan Williams Biddle on April 16, 1846.[2]
7). William Montgomery Meigs II (April 16, 1826-September 6, 1897)
8). Samuel Emlen Meigs (July 16, 1828-September 14, 1917) Captain, US Volunteers, Quartermaster Department, Civil War.
9). Franklin Bache Meigs (November 10, 1829-December 25, 1881)
10). Mary Craythorne Meigs (August 19, 1838-February 16, 1917). She was married to Harry Carlton Hart on June 20, 1865,[3]

He passed away June 22, 1869 and was buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

From Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania:

Mr. Cadwalader married, November 26, 1873, Christine, daughter of J. Williams Biddle and his wife Emily, daughter of Professor Charles D. Meigs, M.D.;


  2. "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 10 December 2014), Charles D. Meigs in entry for Emily M. Meigs Biddle, 22 Nov 1905; citing Lenox, Massachusetts, v 55 cn 171, State Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 2,070,884.
  • Jordan, John W. Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania (Lewis Historical Pub. Co., New York, 1915, Vol. 1, p. 485-488)
  • Wikipedia
  • Find A Grave: Memorial #49772930
  • "Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 9 December 2014), Charles Delucena Meigs, 22 Jun 1869; citing , Philadelphia City Archives and Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; FHL microfilm 1,994,329.
  • Record of the Descendants of Vincent Meigs who came from Dorsetshire England to America about 1635. by Henry B. Meigs, 1901, p.42 [1]
  • The Hosmer Heritage: Ancestors and Descendants of the Emigrant Thomas Hosmer Author: Ronald Longaker Roberts Publication: South Lake Tahoe, CA: 1984 Italicized: Y Paranthetical: Y
  • wikipedia[2]


  • WikiTree profile Meigs-227 created through the import of OsmerBook.ged on May 20, 2012 by Tami Osmer.

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