Edwin J. Fraser M.D. (1830 – 1918)

“FRASER,EDWIN J., M.D.,  of San Francisco, Cal., was born in Haldemand, Canada West, August 14th, 1830.  He is a descendant from the old Scottish Fraser family.  His great-grandfather emigrated to this country prior to the revolutionary war, and settled in Massachusetts.  The family subsequently removed to Jefferson county N. Y., where Zebina Fraser, the father of the doctor, was born.  He, in turn, emigrated to Canada West.  The family have always maintained a reputation for morality, integrity, and a steadiness of purpose so peculiar to their ancestral stock. Dr. Fraser, however, always venerated his intellectual and Christian mother with a devotion far above all other family consideration.  Early in life he possessed an intense thirst for knowledge and a desire to practice the healing art.  He availed himself of the best educational advantages at his command, which to him were insufficient and unsatisfactory; so much so, that he emigrated to Ohio at the age of twenty.  After three years of diligent study at Beria and Oberlin, his health failed, and he was obliged to abandon his classical course.  After resting a few months he took a course of commercial study in Cleveland, after which he went to Iowa and filled an engagement of two years as a clerk and book-keeper in the banking house of Greene, Wean & Benton, at Council Bluffs.  Too diligent an application to business again made inroads upon his health, and he was obliged to leave the bank for more active out-door employment.

In 1856, he married Miss Hattie E. Ware, only daughter of John H. Ware, of Chillicothe, Ohio.  Successes and reverses followed in Council Bluffs and Kansas City, Mo., until 1860, when he went to Chicago, determined to carry out his original intentions and impulses to become a physician.  In 1862, while yet a student of medicine, he wrote a pamphlet, entitled ‘Medical Electricity,’ which was published and sold b Mr. C.S. Halsey, of Chicago.  He graduated at Hahnemann Medical College, Chicago.  In the spring of 1864, and immediately entered upon an active practice in that city.  The following year he was induced to go to Erie, Pa., and take the practice of Dr. N. Seymour, who, owing to the death of his only child, had temporarily abandoned a large practice.  During his five years’ residence in Erie he enjoyed a large and lucrative practice, and drew around him a large number of warm friends.  In the spring of 1870, he sold his property and practice and removed with his family to San Francisco, and immediately and diligently went to work and was active in the organization and maintenance of the San Francisco County and California State Homeopathic Medical Societies, the first societies from their beginning to the present time.  He is also a diligent worker in behalf of the San Francisco Medical and Surgical Free Dispensary, and much of its success depends upon his efforts.  His diligence and industry have brought their just reward in the form of a very large and rapidly increasing medical and surgical practice.  Being a man of actions rather than words, he is better known at home than abroad.   Very few physicians, however, have secured the ardent devotion of their friends in a greater degree.  He has written but very few articles for the medical press, but those have been noted for their terseness and perspicuity.”

Source:  Cleaves’ Biographical Cyclopedia of Homeopathic Physicians and Surgeons, by Egbert Cleave, Galaxy Publishing Co., Philadelphia, 1873, page 393








Harriet Emma Ware Fraser

“FRASER – In this city, January 27, 1896, Harriet Emma, beloved wife of Dr. E. J. Fraser, and mother of Edwin W. and Emma Fraser, a native of Ohio, aged 59 years and 9 months.”

The San Francisco Call”, Jan 28, 1896, P. 15

Harriet “Hattie” Emma Ware, her father is John Hanson Ware Sr. (d. 1887) and her mother Eliza Jane Harper (d. 1901) and they both died in Nodaway, Missouri.

Source information from descendant, David Woodward

John Hanson Ware Sr.
Birth: 1808
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Aug. 10, 1887

Unlisted/linked daughter: Harriet Emma Ware Fraser

Family links:
Hugh Wear (1774 – 1817)
Rebeccah Hanson Wear (____ – 1843)

Eliza Jane Harper Ware (1817 – 1901)

Hanson H. Ware (1839 – 1886)*
John H Ware (1842 – 1907)* died in San Francisco 
Samuel T Ware (1844 – 1906)*

Catharine Wear Thomson (1806 – 1893)*
John Hanson Ware (1808 – 1887)
Jesse Corfield Ware (1812 – 1879)*
William Keys Ware (1814 – 1867)*
Dinah Ware McManus (1816 – 1894)*

*Calculated relationship

Ohio Cemetery
Burlington Junction
Nodaway County
Missouri, USA

Created by: Greenlee
Record added: Aug 15, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 5708865
Added by: Greenlee

source: Find A Grave, on-line


Edwin J. Fraser M.D. (1830 – 1918) — 1 Comment

  1. Thank you for posting this information. Edwin J. Fraser is my great, great grandfather and one of the most fascinating ancestors I have from the 19th century. In San Francisco he published on several inventions utilizing electricity (one involves accelerating the fermentation of wine, something which has since been verified as a legitimate phenomenon) and he was involved in a controversy among those in the nascent homeopathic associations of the day. He dies in Seattle in 1918 (I noted the lack of a date of death in the entry here. Here is his burial record: https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=fraser&GSfn=edwin&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSst=50&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=5248752&df=all&

    It’s worth noting that in his latter years living with our family in Seattle he was given an office at the University of Washington in which he carried on very early studies into the treatment of cancer. He was a man with great curiosity and inventiveness.

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