Caleb Winslow

(Perquimans County)

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Caleb Winslow

General Map of the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, Showing the Theatre of Operations of the Burnside Expedition, Harper's Weekly, March 1, 1862

Courtesy of the Museum of the Albemarle

Caleb Winslow was born in 1824 in Perquimans County, North Carolina. As a child, he attended the Academy at Belvidere and possibly also the Friends’ Boarding School in Providence, Rhode Island. He graduated from Haverford College, Pennsylvania in 1842 and from the University of Pennsylvania in 1849 with a degree in medicine. Winslow set up a practice in Perquimans County gaining prominence in the region as a noteworthy Quaker physician. On January 14, 1852, he married Jane Paxton Parry, with whom he produced eight children, only three of which survived into adulthood. There is little information concerning the doctor during the War, only letters from various patients, a receipt for $100 excusing him from the draft, and a copy of the September 1863 safeguard that granted Quakers rights to their properties. After the war, in 1866, Winslow moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where he set up another medical practice, though he was often called back to North Carolina to tend to patients. Winslow practiced medicine in Baltimore and died there in 1895.