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AUCHMUTY, ROBERT, M.D., the son of Samuel Auchmuty, was born near Sunbury, Northumberland county, Pa., in the year 1785. He was descended from an old Celtic family of Scotland. Robert Auchmuty, the first of the American family of that name, an eminent lawyer, was in practice in Boston, Mass., as early as 1719. He died in 1750, leaving several children. Among these, Robert, who in 1767 became judge of Admiralty at Boston; SAmuel, who was rector of Trinity church, New York City; and Arthur Gates. The latter came to Pennsylvania as early as 1765, and located in then Lancaster county. In that year we find him commissioned as an Indian trader, "with permission to trade with the natives at Pennís creek, Shamokin, and such other forts as may by his Majesty or the Provincial authorities be established." He first settled at the mouth of Pennís creek, on the Isle of Que, and from thence removed to the opposite side of the Susquehanna, a few miles below Fort Augusta, in what is now Lower Augusta township, Northumberland county. During the war of the Revolution, Samuel Auchmuty, one of his sons and father of the doctor, entered the patriot army and was in the service from the winter at Valley Forge until the close of the war. The veteranís remains rest in the old burial ground at Millersburg unmarked, and the spot unknown. Dr. Robert Auchmuty received a good education, studied medicine, and began the practice of his profession at Millersburg about 1830-31. Apart from the duties of his profession he served many years as a justice of the peace, being first commissioned by Governor Ritner. He was an enterprising, active citizen, and a warm advocate of the common school system, when that noble measure was adopted, and was a gentleman beloved and respected by his fellowcitizens. He died at Millersburg in 1849, at the age of sixty-four, and is buried in the new cemetery at that place. He was the father of the late S.P. Auchmuty, of Millersburg.


Dorothy Bumbaugh

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