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Eagon Flint Smith Yancey

Obituary of Sampson Eagon, Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Sampson Eagon, one of the most prominent physicians of the South, died at his home, in Dallas, Tex., January 30, 1915. He was born in Staunton, Va., seventy-nine years ago, and his forebears were among the early settlers of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, taking part in the colonial wars and the war for American independence, It was said of his paternal grandfather the "he was one of the first martyrs to the cause of American liberty." His father Dr. John Eagon, was once mayor of Staunton. His mother was Mildred Yancey, daughter of Col. Charles Yancey, of Yancey Mills, Va., who was a colonel in the War of 1812. His grandfather served many years in the Senate of Virginia.

Dr. Eagon was graduated from the University of Virginia at the age of twenty-one and then took a postgraduate course in the College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York City, at the same pursuing a special course of study under Dr. Austin Flint. From New York he went to New Orleans, where he lectured in the New Orleans School of Medicine, now Tulane University. During the war he had charge of the Trans-Mississippi Hospital of the Confederacy. He was a stanch Confederate. After the war he moved to Louisiana and from there to Jefferson, the most flourishing of East Texas towns, where he earned a reputation as one of the foremost surgeons and general practitioners. He went from Jefferson to Sherman and from there to Dallas some thirty years ago.

Dr. Eagon married Miss Elizabeth Smith, daughter of Dr. Robert Smith, of Louisiana. She died shortly after their removal to Dallas, A ripe scholar, he was very broad and very generous in his views and one of the best-read men of the day. He was noted for his real charities. The poor loved him, and the unfortunate were never turned away from his door. He was a splendid type of the old Virginia gentleman, and in his home true hospitality was dispensed to all who entered its portals. Two daughters and one son survive him.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, June, 1915.

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