Celia Dayton

"First Woman Doctor In Kansas"

Celia Dayton was the daughter of Samuel Hebert of Herkin County, New York. She was born in Herkin County, June 24, 1815 and became the first woman doctor in Kansas. She began the study of medicine with Dr. John E. Todd of Baldwinsville, N. Y. She also took a partial course at Casselton University, Rutland, Vermont.

She began the practice of medicine in 1849 at Baldwinsville, Onondaga County, N. Y. From there she went to Butler, Branch County, Michigan and practiced medicine nearly five years. She was also a practicing doctor in Rutland County, Vermont and St. Albans. In January, 1859 she came to Spring Hill, Kansas and was successful as a doctor in this community.

In 1831 she was married to Amos A. Dayton and had one son, Dr. Hiram E. Dayton. Her son was killed at Blue Springs, Missouri Jan 27, 1862 while acting as a Civil War scout against Quantrill's men.

Dr. Dayton died on Nov. 18, 1895 and was buried in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

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