Dr. Joel Northrup

Male 1753 - 1807


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  • Name  Dr. Joel Northrup 
    Title  Dr. 
    Born  27 Jun 1753  New Milford, Litchfield Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  9 Feb 1807 
    Person ID  I1346  Seaver-Bilyeu-Lowell
    Last Modified  8 Sep 2010 

    Father  Amos Northrup, Jr.,   b. Abt 1713 
    Mother  Anna Baldwin 
    Married  16 Dec 1741  New Milford, Litchfield Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F432  Group Sheet

    Family  Mabel Sarah Bird,   b. Abt 1757,   d. 14 Feb 1835 
    Married  15 May 1777 
    Children 
     1. John Prout Northrop,   b. 10 Feb 1778, In camp during Revolutionary War Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Nov 1857, Berlin, Green Lake Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Mary Northrop,   b. 16 Mar 1779, New Haven, New Haven Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1803
     3. William Bird Northrop,   b. 9 Apr 1781, New Haven, New Haven Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1812, Lost at sea. Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Amos Bird Northrop,   b. 24 Apr 1784, New Haven, New Haven Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1812, SC Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Samuel Northrup,   b. 7 Jun 1786, New Haven, New Haven Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Joel Northrup, Jr.,   b. 30 Dec 1787, New Haven, New Haven Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1805
     7. Rodolphus Edward Northrup,   b. 7 Nov 1797, New Haven, New Haven Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1860
    Last Modified  8 Sep 2010 
    Family ID  F426  Group Sheet

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  • Notes 
    • 1776: Joel Northrop, the youngest child of Amos Northop, Jr., of New Milford, Connecticut, and brother of Amos (Yale 1762), was born on July 27, 1753. After graduation he studied medicine in Danbury, Connnecticut, and acted for a time as Surgeon's Mate at the Military Hospital in that town.

      While still residing in New Milford, on May 15, 1777, he married in New Haven Mabel Sarah, the eldest sister of his classmate Bird, and within the next two years he settled here as a physician and druggist. His reputation was unsavory, and although he was one of the original members of the Connecticut Medical Society, in 1792, he was expelled in 1804, for "making and vending nostrums contrary to the by-laws." He never had much general practice, and his practice as a specialist was hardly reputable. Much of his time was given to pecuniary speculations, but the large sums which these brought him were soon lost.

      In 1794 he had the yellow fever, and in 1796 he removed to Branford. He returned to the city after a few yers, but late in 1805 went beyond the town line on the Derby road, within the limits of Orange, where he occupied a stone house which he had just built. Here he died, after a brief illness, of lung fever, on February 9, 1807, in his 54th year.

      He had naturally a strong mind. His form was stout, and his muscular energy very great. It is remembered that he was an inveterate smoker, and had a strange passion for cats. Though hot-tempered and violent, he had strong domestic attachments. His only daughter died in child-bed in 1803, and one of his six sons in 1806. His own death seemed to be a result of these afflictions.

      Two sons were graduated at Yale, in 1804 and 1811, respectively. His widow survived until Feb. 14, 1835, having entered her 79th year.

      --Dexter's "Yale Biographies & Annals," v. 3 ("Third Series"), 1763-1778, pp. 625-6