Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Sullivan-Rutland Genealogy Project
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
People of Sullivan Township, Tioga County PA
Dr. Mary Elizabeth Smith  of Sullivan 
From Joyce M. Tice's Sullivan-Rutland Genealogy Project
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Photo: Mary E. Smith
Township: Sullivan Township, Tioga County PA
of Sanitarium Hill
Year: 1870
Photo from Smith-Tice family album owned by
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Name Mary Elizabeth Smith
Birth date and place 20 MAR 1848
Sullivan Township
Death date and place 23 JUL 1926
Sullivan Township
Cemetery Wood Cemetery
Parents Sally A. Roblyer
Northrup Smith
Spouses unmarried
Mary Elizabeth Smith, like three of her siblings, became a homeopathic physician. Prior to that she taught school. One of her brothers, Dr. Augustus Smith,  practiced medicine in Pittsburg and he and others sent their tuberculosis patients to the Smith Family Sanitarium in Sullivan Township for the cure. Patients came into Columbia Cross Roads on the trains and traveled the few miles through Austinville to the sanitarium just west of the Bradford County - Tioga County boundary. To this day the hill is called Sanitarium Hill. Doc Mary, as she was called locally, ran the sanitarium until her death in 1926

Wellsboro Gazette, June 17, 1903
The Smith Sanitarium has been removed from Pittsburg and will be reopened July 1st in Sullivan township on the homestead of the late Northrup Smith. His children were nearly all physicians and such a use of his home seems highly fitting. 

The original sanitarium building, shown in this picture, burned to the ground and was replaced by a smaller building which remains as a residence to the present day. The earlier building had many rooms and two stories of wrap around porches. Mail was delivered to the Austinville road below the sanitarium and was pulled up via an arrangement of pullies. A well was in the basement of the building making it unecessary to go outside for water as was required in most dwellings of the day. 
Wellsboro Gazette, August 7, 1912
Dr. Mary Smith, of the Smith Sanitarium, announces the engagement of her niece, Achsa Marie Smith, to Henry Wright. The marriage will take place in the near future. - Mansfield Advertiser

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