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History of Greenbrier County
J. R. Cole
Lewisburg, WV 1917
GEORGE A. GILCHRIST, M.D.
On the 20th of October, 1917, Lewisburg lost a valuable man and a physician
of the first rank.
Dr. Gilchrist was of Scotch descent and a native of Monroe county, where he
was born in the Gap Mills community on June 15, 1867.
His parents both died when he was a mere boy, since which time he and his
brother, now Dr. T. L. Gilchrist, educated themselves for teachers, taught
school many years, and then together completed a four years' medical course,
in three years' time, taking the degree of Doctor of Medicine from the medical college at Richmond, Va., in the spring of 1896.
George and his wife, Jean McClaggan Gilchrist, the ancestors of Dr.
Gilchrist, came from Scotland in 1800, and after living ten years in Rockingham moved to Gap Mills, in Monroe county. Their son, Alexander
(1812-1816), married Virginia Powell, and the children by this union were
George A., Thomas L. and Maud Virginia.
Dr. Gilchrist first opened an office for the practice of his profession in
Asbury, this county, but about six years ago he came to Lewisburg, where he
had an extensive practice since that time. He had a wide circle of devoted
friends, ministered tenderly to the sick and was greatly admired for his many
fine qualities of head and heart. His large practice was the best proof of
the confidence and esteem of these people, and his death was sincerely mourned. He was always polite, courteous, kind, and accommodating.
On October 28, 1897, Dr. Gilchrist married Miss Anne Hedrick, daughter of the
late William Hedrick, who survives him, with four children: Carl, student at
Washington and Lee University, Willie A., Nellie E., and George A., Jr.
The doctor was a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal church, Lewisburg.