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WYMAN PHYSICIANS OF SOUTH CAROLINA

Some repetition was necessary in this paper on account of the same names appearing through the generations, For example, there are several Joel, Holbrook, Hastings, and Frampton names to explain.

The Line of Descent of the Francis Wyman Association

In the late 1630's -therefore early in the life of the Massachusetts Bay Colony the two founders of the Wyman family in America came to the town of Woburn - Francis Wyman and John Wyman, immigrants from West Mill, Herts, England.

Francis Wyman built the first tannery in Woburn, and he probably lived in the center of that town most of 08 life. He died in 1699 at the age of 82. In 1633 he paid 50 pounds for 500 acres of land in the part of Woburn which is now the town of Burlington. There, some years later, perhaps as early as 1666, the Francis Wyman House was built. The descendants of the Francis Wyman have formed what we called "The Francis Wyman Association.'' Records show 181 Wyman's served in the Revolutionary War.

Joel W. Wyman was the original Dr. Wyman of the South Carolina physicians. He was born in Worchester, Massachusetts, December 6, 1800. He was of the 6th generation descended from Francis Wyman who was baptized in England, May 2, 1617.

My grandfather, Joel W. Wyman, as I have said, was of the 6th generation in America, and he was the first Wyman to come to South Carolina. We now have in South Carolina five generations of Wyman physicians who are direct descendants from Joel W. Wyman. This makes the youngest Wyman physician in the State the 11th generation that descends from the original Wyman immigrant, Francis Wyman.

The original Joel W. Wyman of South Carolina, graduated from Amherst College in 1825. (With first honors?) He was also awarded a Master of Arts degree from Amherst in 1828. He moved to Boiling Springs, Barnwell County, South Carolina, in 1825 and was the principal of the Boiling Springs Academy,

I am exhibiting a letter from Joel Wyman in South Carolina written to a brother in Massachusetts, This letter was written apparently fairly soon after his arrival in South Carolina to commence his work as a teacher in this State. This letter not only gives insight to the man, Joel W. Wyman, but also throws some light on the people with whom he lived and worked. You note in this letter that he received $1,000 a year as salary, and he had to pay only $100 a year for room and board. He evidently considered this a most satisfactory position, (Read letter.)

Dr. Joel Wyman graduated from what was probably the first class of the South Carolina Medical College in 1831 and was awarded a silver urn, which is on display, for having written the best thesis. The inscription on the urn shows that the thesis was written in Latin, and won for him the highest honors of his class.

He practiced medicine in what is now Hampton County; at that time it was known as "Prince William Parish, Beaufort District " He became blind in 1865, blindness caused by cataracts. But he continued to give medical advice as long as he lived.

He died at the home of his son, Dr. H. Hastings Wyman, in Brunson, South Carolina, in 1883.

Dr. Joel Wyman married Catherine Clementine Hay, a daughter of Lewis S. Hay of Boiling Springs, Barnwell District, in 1832, Mrs. Wymans father, L. S. Hay, was from Haverstraw, New York and was the grandson of Col. Hay, aide-de-camp of Gen. George Washington. Six sons and three daughters were born to Joel and Clementine Wyman. Lallah, the eldest daughter, married Walter D. Smith, an attorney at law, who died while serving as a cavalry lieutenant in the Confederate Army. William Hutson Wyman, graduate of the South Carolina Medical College in 1858 and whose thesis subject was "The Blood in Its Relationship to the Solids", was a surgeon in the Confederate Army, and died at the age of forty, Benjamin Wyman graduated from the South Carolina Medical College in 1869. He served in the Confederate Army as Captain of Company F, Eleventh South Carolina Regiment, Hagood's Brigade, E. Holbrook Wyman was a second lieutenant in the Southern Army and also served as captain. Hampton Hay and Harry Hastings Wyman, twins, entered the Southern Army in 1861 before they were sixteen years old. These twin boys, Hay and Hastings, were in the Aiken Military Academy, and ran away from school to join their older brothers in the Army of Virginia, Hay was mortally wounded in one of the engagement around Petersburg, Virginia in 1863. My father, H. Hastings Wyman, the surviving twin, served with the Confederate Army until the end of the war. He always stated that he never surrendered and never took an oath of allegiance against the Confederate States. After the war, Hastings continued his studies. He actually had a book in his hand while he was plowing. He and all of his brothers were constant readers. Back in the horse and buggy days, I personally remember two of the Wyman brothers driving by each other on a country road, absorbed in their reading, probably grunting salutation, as they did to every passerby, and not realizing that they had passed each other until they returned to their office. My father, Hastings, was graduated from the Medical College of South Carolina in 1875, and wrote a thesis on "Consumption of the Lungs," The thesis is being exhibited at this meeting. He received first honorable mention of his class for this thesis.

Another child of the original Joel W. Wyman, was a daughter, Gertrude, who married Howard E. Vincent. They had one pharmacist son, Howard, Jr., but no physicians Another daughter, Harriet Wyman, married Louis Frampton, and they had one son' who is a physician, Dr. James Frampton of Mount Pleasant, S. C.

The youngest son, J. Frampton Wyman, graduated from South Carolina Medical College in 1881 and practiced medicine in Hampton County and Aiken, S. C.

The first automobiles used by the Wyman physicians were called "Brush" cars. These cars had one upright engine with a powerful low and weak high gear. On one occasion Uncle Frampton had a boy driving him, and they were proceeding very laboriously up a sandy hill when someone shot a gun to the rear of Uncle Frampton, and he told the boy, "Throw it in high, throw it in high." The poor little car was doing its best to move in low so Uncle Frampton had his life spared, not by the car's speed, but because probably no one was after him.

The first son physician of Dr. Joel W. Wyman, as I have said, was Dr. William Hutson Wyman who graduated from the South Carolina Medical College in 1858. Uncle William had one son, Dr. Joel Wyman, who graduated in the same class with his uncle, Frampton Wyman, from the South Carolina Medical College in 1881. Uncle William and his son, Joel, died at relatively young ages in the practice of medicine.

From the daughter, Lallah, through the marriage of her daughter, Helen Smith, to Dr. C P. Vincent, who graduated from the South Carolina Medical College in 1885, was born Dr. C. P. Vincent, Jr. His son, Dr. C. P. Vincent, III, is a great-great-grandson of the original Wyman and graduated in Charleston in 1943, and now practices in Camden, South Carolina. From the first Dr. Vincent we have another great-great-grandson, Hugh Vincent, who is a junior in the South Carolina Medical College at the present time From Dr. Benjamin Wyman, who graduated from Charleston in 1869, we have another great-greatgrandson, Dr. Wallace D. McNair of Aiken. The first Dr. Ben Wyman had a daughter named Florence who married Mr. Dan Crossland, who in turn had a daughter, Mary, who married W. D. McNair, Sr., and from this marriage we have Dr. W. D. McNair, Jr., the physician of Aiken, South Carolina.

The original Joel Wymans next son was Holbrook Wyman, who was not a physician, but had three physician sons and six physician grandsons. Joel's grandson, Dr. Holbrook Wyman, Jr. graduated in Augusta in 1890, had two physician sons, Dr. Hugh E. Wyman of the South Carolina Medical College in 1925, and Joel W. Wyman of the South Carolina Medical College in 1943. Hugh and Joel were great grandsons of the original Joel Another son of the first Holbrook Wyman was Dr. Joel Wyman of Denmark who did not have any physician children. A third doctor son was Dr. Lacy Wyman of Lena, South Carolina, who had a son, Dr. Edward Wyman, who graduated from the South Carolina Medical College in 1931. He now lives in Burlington, New Jersey. A daughter of Holbrook Wyman and Catherine, who married Rev. F. D. Jones had two sons, Dr. Dudley Jones ( U. S. Army) and Dr. Parker Jones (Beaufort). Dudley and Parker Jones, as you can see, are Great grandsons of the original Joel Wyman.

Dr. H. Hastings Wyman, graduate of the South Carolina Medical College in 1875, son of the original Joel Wyman, had three sons who were physicians, Dr. Harry H. Wyman of Aiken, a graduate of the South Carolina Medical College in 1897; Dr. Ben Wyman of Columbia, a graduate of the South Carolina Medical College in 1915; the third son being M. Hay Wyman of Columbia, a graduate of the South Carolina Medical College in 1910; and a great grandson, Dr. Ben Wyman, Jr., a graduate of the South Carolina Medical College in 1950.

Harriet, daughter of the original Joel, married a Mr. Frampton of Charleston. They had a son, Dr. James Frampton of Mount peasant, S. C. Dr. James Frampton had a sister, Mary, who married a Mr. Freeman, and they had a son, Dr. Courtenay Freeman, who is now interning at the Columbia Hospital. You will note that Dr. Freeman is a great grandson.

The youngest son of the first Joel Wyman, Dr. Frampton Wyman, had a son, Dr. H. Hastings Wyman, Jr. of Aiken, who in turn had a son, Dr. Dibble Wyman, a graduate of the South Carolina Medical College in 1951. Dr. Frampton Wyman had a daughter, Virginia, who had a son, Dr. Frampton Wyman, Jr., who is now practicing medicine in Milwaukee. You will note that Dibble and Frampton are both great grandsons.

There is one little amusing incident about the Wyman's in addition to Uncle Frampton's automobile scare; it was an experience of Dr. Holbrook Wyman. While he was in his buggy, he was stopped by a patient, who requested hem to pull a tooth. As some of you know, Cousin Holbrook was a very large man, and he did not want to get out of the buggy to extract the tooth, so he applied his tooth pullers on the man's tooth while he was still sitting in the buggy. Of course the man started yelling and the horse ran away. But when the excitement was over, Cousin Holbrook still had the tooth pullers with the man's tooth in his hands.

You will note that from the original Joel W. Wyman there are four physician sons, William, Benjamin, Hastings, and Frampton; there were nine grandsons, Joel, son of William; Holbrook; Joel, son of Holbrook, Sr.; Delacy, Harry, Ben, Hayboy, James Frampton, and Hastings; there were ten great grandsons, C. P. Vincent, Hugh, Joel, Edward, Dudley Jones, Parker Jones, Ben, Jr., Dibble, Frampton, and Courtenay Freeman; there were three great great grandsons, Charles Vincent, III, Hugh Vincent, Jr., and Wallace McNair. This makes a total of 26 physicians, all descendants of the original Joel W. Wyman of South Carolina.

Note: Joel W. Wyman came to South Carolina and married a Miss Hay. Later a sister of Joel's, a Miss Wyman from Massachusetts, visited South Carolina, and carried a South Carolina husband named Mr. Hay back to Massachusetts where their descendants reside to this day. We now have South Carolina Hays in Massachusetts and Massachusetts Wymans in South Carolina.

How did the Northern and Southern Wymans and Hays feel during the "War between the States"? I don't know, but it was about half a century after the war before they knew much about each other.

The first Joel Wyman had five of his sons on the Confederate side and one of his sons, Hay, gave his life to the Southern cause.

I doubt if any of the members of either family were ever hanged for horse stealing.




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