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Biographical Sketch of Edward Augustus D'Arcy

Edward Augustus D'Arcy

Edward Augustus D'Arcy - was born in Hanover, Morris County, New Jersey, April 15, 1796. His father, John D'Arcy, was a physicain of eminent standing prior to the Revolution, in which war he was a surgeon of the 1st New Jersey Regiment, until appointed a member of General Washington's household. Dr. John D'Arcy married Phobe Johnes, daughter of a Presbyterian Minister of Morristown, New Jersey, Edward being one of their three children. His education was gotten from the Morristown schools and University of New York. He graduated from the New York Hospital, April 4, 1817, and entered practice when 21 years of age.

On October 22, 1821, he married Mary McEowen of Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Ann Caroline and Cathering M. were the only children. Ann Caroline became the wife of Hon. Fredric H. Teese of Newark, New Jersey, both now dead, leaving two daughters, Mary H., and Catherine M., neither of whom are married. Catherine M. became the... (note: the writing skips 2 pages, - missing part of biography - picks up at this next paragraph (KP)

During the many years that he filled the office of police magistrate, important cases gfrowing- out of the early antilicense struggle were frequently coming up in his court, and while the nature of these cases was such as to arouse the bitterest feelings of the contending factions, his decisions on points of law and on the merits of cases, submitted to the court, were such as to convince thoughtful men on both sides, that he always acted conscientiousl and most freqently, justly; so careful was he in this respect that it became the pride of his later years that not one of the numerous decisions rendered by him and taken upon appeal to the higher courts, has been reversed. Though somewhat gruff and positive in his address and manner of conversation, he was beneath all this, genial and sympathetic. It was not difficult to arouse his kindlier feelings, and to convince all that the best characteristics of the man were below the surface.

Source: [History of Jerseyville, Illinois 1822 to 1901, by Rev. Marshall M. Cooper, Jerseyville Republican Print. 1901]