Notes for SILAS DOWNER SCUDDER, SR:
Son of Dr John and Harriet (Waterbury) Scudder.
Born: November 6, 1833 in Panditeripo, Northern Province, Sri Lanka.
Died: 1877 in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York.
Married: Marianna Vanderveer Conover Unknown in Unknown.
The Scudders in India devoted more than 1,100 combined years to Christian medical mission service in South India by 42 members of 4 generations of the family.
He graduated from Rutgers University in 1856, studied medicine, and was licensed to practise in New York city. He went to India as a medical missionary in 1860 and settled at Arcot. There he founded a dispensary and hospital supported by English and native residents. He also successfully treated a large native out-door practice, and obtained patients among high-caste Hindu women, who previously would not see an American doctor. After thirteen years' labor for the American board, he returned to New York because of illness. He died in Brooklyn, New York, December 10, 1877.