DR. SHELDON VOORHEES
From Glen, NY to Auburn, NY
Contributed by Lisa Slaski
Transcribed by Joanne Murray
DR. SHELDON VOORHEES, one of the most prominent and active practitioners of Auburn, was
born in the town of Glen, Montgomery County, N.Y., February 8, 1852, a son of Isaac Newton
and Maria (Enders) Voorhees. Isaac Voorhees was born in the year 1810, and is of Holland stock.
He is still living in the vicinity of his old home. The grandfather, John Voorhees, was one of the
old pioneers of Montgomery County. The family are descendents of the well-known Voorhees family
of New Jersey, who were residents of that state for some time previous to Revolutionary days.
Upon removing to Montgomery County, they engaged in farming, cultivating their extensive lands
with much success. Mrs. Maria (Enders) Voorhees came from the Schoharie Valley, which was a noted
Dutch settlement. She is still living, at the advanced age of seventy-six years. Mr. and Mrs.
Voorhees have been married over half a century, celebrating the anniversary of their golden wedding several years ago.
Dr. Sheldon Voorhees was educated in the common school, afterward attending Fort Edward Collegiate
Institute, and, upon finishing his course there, taught school for one term at a little town called
Stone Arabia, in Montgomery County. His desire being to enter the medical profession, he studied in the
office of Dr. William H. Robb, of Amsterdam, afterward proceeding to Albany, where he placed himself
under Drs. Vanderveer and Snow, attending lectures at the Albany Medical College for three years, from
which he was graduated in 1879. After successfully passing a competitive examination, he spent a year and
a half in the Albany Hospital, serving six months as Junior, six months as Senior, and the same period as
Resident Physician, leaving the hospital in the fall of 1880. He then went to New York, and took a
post-graduate course in the Medical Department of Columbia College, graduating from that institution in
May, 1881, and locating in the city of Auburn on the second day of July of the same year. To his practice,
which is a large and lucrative one, Dr. Voorhees is devoted, and well deserves the reputation which he
enjoys of being one of the most skillful and faithful physicians in the city of Auburn.
Dr. Voorhees was married April 26, 1882, to Miss Eliza Van Alstyne, of Richmondville, N.Y.; and to them
two children have been born - Mabel and James. Dr. and Mrs. Voorhees are members of the Central Presbyterian
Church. Dr. Voorhees's office and residence are at No. 88 North Street, where he has resided since 1883. He
is a prominent member of the Cayuga County Medical Society, having served as Secretary for two terms.
He is now for the second term filling the office of Master of St. Paul's Lodge, No. 124, A. F. & A.M.
Source: "Biographical review. This volume contains biographical sketches of the leading citizens of Cayuga County, New York." Boston: Biographical Review Publishing Company, 1894. Pages 518-19.