James Noble Betts

James Noble Betts

Male 1822 - 1892  (70 years)

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  • Name James Noble Betts 
    Born 1822  East Greene, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 Mar 1892 
    Age 70 years 
    Person ID I46464  Tree2020
    Last Modified 3 May 2021 

    Father Silas Betts 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Janette Wheeler 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F17589  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Maria Burrows
              b. 1824, Coventry, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 14 Jul 1895  (Age 71 years) 
    Married: 2x1. George William Betts
              b. 4 Oct 1858
              d. 18 Apr 1917  (Age 58 years)  [natural]
    Married: 1x2. Albert F. Betts
              b. 9 Sep 1844
              d. 28 Sep 1917  (Age 73 years)  [natural]
    Married: 1x3. James Harvey Betts
              b. 2 Feb 1853
              d. 16 May 1928  (Age 75 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 3 May 2021 
    Family ID F17580  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • March 19, 1892 ~ James Noble Betts, age 69 years, 11 months, 18 days, Physician and Surgeon, born in East Green, New York, Son of Silas Betts and Janette Wheeler, died in Pulaski of heart disease.
      Newspaper Obituary - Thursday, March 24, 1892 Pulaski Democrat - Pulaski, New York - Died - In In this village, March 19tht, 1892, Dr. James Noble Betts, aged 70 years. An obituary notice of this leading and highly respected citizen of Pulaski, appears in another column of this paper.
      Newspaper Obituary - Thursday, March 24, 1892 Pulaski Democrat - Pulaski, New York - Death of Doctor J. N. Betts - On Sunday morning last the sad announcement was made that one of our most prominent citizens, physician and surgeon, was dead. While not wholly unexpected, he having been ill for months, still the blow came like a shock for which the community was not prepared. The death of Dr. James N. Betts occurred just before midnight of Saturday, March 19th. After a sound and refreshing sleep earlier in the evening he awoke and arose, sitting on the edge of his bed. Attempting to arise, he could take but one step and fell to the floor. With the assistance of his devoted wife and attendant he was helped to the bed. At once he remarked to Mrs. Betts, "I am dying," and in a few seconds ceased to breathe. Thus passed away at the age of 70 years, one of the truest friends and most able supporters of the village of Pulaski ever had. James Noble Betts was born at East Greene, Chenango County, New York, April 23, 1822. His parents were Silas and Jenette Betts, both deceased. Of the family there were in all, three brothers and one sister, Mrs. Jane E. Kindsman, of Binghamton, being the last survivor. The subject of this sketch passed his boyhood days in a district school and later on completed his education at Gilbertsville and Oxford academy. For several years subsequently he taught school. His medical studies were prosecuted at Syracuse and later on at Worcester, Massachusetts, and at Philadelphia. From childhood he had known Sarah Marie Burrows and the friendship of those days ripened into mutual love in succeeding years. The two were happily married December 24, 1843, in Chenango County. Dr. Betts first settled as a physician in Carthage, where for a short time he was in partnership with Dr. Baker, a school chum of his. Soon after he became the owner of a drug store in Syracuse in which city he was also engaged in the practice of his profession. Not feeling satisfied as yet with his situation, he effected an exchange of property with Dr. Chaplin, then of this village, and settled here in practice as physician and surgeon in 1855, thirty-seven years ago. In a very short time he commanded an immense practice and the amount of business he did could only have been performed by a man of iron constitution and indomitable will power. His fame as a surgeon was equally widespread with his reputation as physician and his work in these lines soon yielded him an ever increasing competency. His accumulations were all or nearly all invested in Pulaski real estate and after some years he became the heaviest taxpayer in town. He was rarely if ever known to find any fault with this part of his expense account, and he paid his quota cheerfully, always rejoicing in whatever tended to build up and beautify Pulaski. He owned and built the largest block in town, in which is a beautiful opera house, the pride of the village. He was frequently heard to say that he lived in the handsomest and healthiest village in the State. In politics he was democratic and has represented his town, which is strongly republican, on the board of supervisors, showing his friendly relations with the voters. He has also repeatedly been chosen president of the village and president of the Board of Education. He has also been president of the State Medical Society, of which he was an active and leading member. Nominated by his party as a candidate for Member of Assembly, he ran over 1,000 votes ahead of his ticket and came within about fifty ballets of an election. Early in life he united with the Baptist church at Page Brook, Chenango County, and subsequently with his wife transferred his membership to the Pulaski Baptist church. Although broken of his rest continually during his active practice, he still made it a point to attend church regularly on Sunday, although called from his pew by frequent summons to the bedside of the sick. He was very generous in the support of his church and will be greatly missed in every way. Besides a bereaved and devoted wife, he leaves behind him three sons, all grown to manhood and residents of this village. The eldest, A. F. Betts, a well-known clothing merchant, is president of the village. The second son, J. H. Betts, is unmarried and has resided with his parents, looking after the real estate and farming interests of his father. The youngest, Dr. G. W. Betts, a graduate of Ann Arbor and New York medical colleges, is and for a number of years has been a medical practitioner in this village. Dr. Betts will be greatly missed, not only in family and church where he is best known, but by the community generally, in most of the families of which he has been received as a trusted and highly respected physician and friend. The funeral was held on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., his pastor, Rev. J. N. Steelman conducting the services. Rev. R. Paul offered the prayer, and Rev. L. Muzzy delivered the memorial address.