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Veterinary school ca. 1860 & marriage & birth record

Veterinary school ca. 1860 & marriage & birth record

Posted: 975931200000
Classification: Query
Edited: 994495568000
Surnames: Lawrence
My husband's ggg-grandfather, Hesekiah/Hezekiah/Hezceka Lawrence, b. 1830, is said to have attended veterinary school in Wisconsin before moving back to Iowa. He was originally from Iowa. Can you speculate or tell me which veterinary school(s) were open around 1850/1860, and is there any way to inquire into their records?

Also, he had a son, William Robert Lawrence, in 1860. All we know is that he was born in Wisconsin; we don't know the county. We also don't know if Hesekiah married his wife Mary before or after moving to Wisconsin. Is there a way to locate the birth record for William?

Thank you very much.
Melanie Lawrence
Benicia, California

Veterinary Schools in WI

Posted: 976017600000
Classification: Query
Edited: 993749523000
The University of Wisconsin - Madison was founded in 1848, but its College of Veterinary Medicine was not established until the early 1980's (!). Until very recently, anyone interested in becoming a veterinarian had to attend an out-of-state program.

Requirements for completion of any type of earlier program would, no doubt, have been vastly different in those times, but anyone with formal credentials would certainly have had to attend school outside of Wisconsin until the last 20 years or so.

Strangely, Wisconsin (known as "America's Dairyland") relied entirely on out-of-state training for its veterinarians for almost 150 years.

Re: Veterinary school ca. 1860 & marriage & birth record

Posted: 1364778716000
Classification: Query
This location has the headstone of Hezekiah Wynkoop Lawrence, born 1830; died 1906 in Iowa. Your relative?

Madison Township Biographies p 956-7Lawrence, Hezekiah - Farmer and Vetinaery Surgeon Section 4, PO Haven, Tama County, Iowa. After receiving his education he engaged in farming until 1855, when he moved to Wisconsin and there continued to farm until 1863. when he moved to Iowa and settled in Winneshiek county and again engaged in farming until 1867, when he moved to Tama County and again farmed for 2 years; then he came to Madison where he owned 97 acres of well-improved land. His wife was 16 when they married.

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Re: Veterinary school ca. 1860 & marriage & birth record

Posted: 1364780121000
Classification: Query
In the 1850s and 1860s, there were four known veterinary schools, in Philadelphia, Boston, New York, and Chicago. As well, your ancestor may have apprenticed to a veterinarian somewhere in Wisconsin, which was an acceptable way of gaining an education at the time. There also may have been private schools which advertised in rural communities, but were not known to the general community.
Also, before 1849 (when your ancestor was 19 years old), Wisconsin was a territory that included the eastern portion of what is now Minnesota. So, for example, Saint Paul MN was in Wisconsin Territory. Your relatives would likely have referred to that as "Wisconsin", but not the state as we know it. This may affect where you look for his records.
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