Back Dr. Edward Naret
Biography by Peggy Youngs
Edouard Naret was born 20 August 18001 in Montceaux-lès-Provins, Seine-et-Marne, France, the youngest of two children born to Vincent Augustin Naret and Marie Rose Bureau. After the death of his mother in 18122 and his father in 1815,3 he was brought to Gallipolis to live with his maternal uncle, Jean-Pierre Romain (JPR) Bureau.4 It is most likely at this time that he adopted the English spelling of his name.
In 1829, Edward began his medical schooling at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, graduating from there on 24 March 1831.5 At that time, students attended classes for three years, as well as being a private pupil for two years of a respectable practitioner of medicine.
After finishing medical school, Dr. Naret returned to Gallipolis and took his place as a respected member of the community. By 1841 he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Gallipolis Bank.6 He was also a member of the first Vestry of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, formed in December of 1841.7
In 1843, he married a Frenchwoman, Benoite Henriette Pitrat, daughter of Antoine Mathieu Pitrat and Gabrielle Henriette Gagniard, of Buffalo, Putnam Co., Virginia.8 Benoite was born 22 January 1815 in Lyon, France.9 Census records show the Naret family moved between Gallipolis and Buffalo. While no birth records have been located, it appears that all five of their offspring were born in Buffalo.
Dr. Naret was a strong believer in education, and donated land on which the Buffalo Academy was founded on 16 March 1849. He also donated the clay from which the bricks were made for the construction of the school.10
During the Civil War, Dr. Naret was adjutant general for the 181st Militia from Putnam County, now West Virginia.11
Benoite Naret died before August 1862 in Gallia County.12 In 1869 he married Rhoda F. Frazier of Putnam County,13 raising a second family with her. He died 20 April 1875 in Buffalo, West Virginia.14 His place of burial has not been found.
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