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Dr. Joseph Munroe (13 June 1757 - 24 February 1798), Hepzibah’s first cousin and therefore mine (1C7R). Born, like her, in Billerica. Grandson and namesake of Corporal Joe Munroe, youngest son of William Munroe the Immigrant of Lexington. As far as I’m aware, the first of William’s many distinguished descendants to be known as “Doctor.”

”He studied medicine with Dr. Francis Kittredge, of Tewksbury, Mass., and settled in Hillsborough, N.H. near the Centre on the Dunbar Place around 1784. He was the second physician in the town. Doctor Munroe had an extended practice reaching into the adjoining towns. He made call upon call among his patients at a time when sickness was exceptionally prevalent for three successive days without rest or sleep until the unusual exertion brought on the brief illness which resulted in his death at an early age.”*

Early indeed: Dr. Joseph died aged 40, before the 14th anniversary of his marriage to Azubah Henry.
*Munroe, Richard S. History and Genealogy of the Lexington, Massachusetts Munroes. Florence, Massachusetts:1966, p. 67.

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