Beckwith, Josiah Gale, 1838-1911
Josiah Gale Beckwith, a son of Josiah Beckwith (1803-1871) was born on Jan. 14, 1838 in Litchfield. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy for two years until resigning in 1855. He attended Union College, leaving in 1860, and also attended the Yale University Medical School in 1861 and 1862. In 1862, he volunteered with a local military company, but appears not to have served in the Civil War. He was at the Knight Hospital in New Haven for a time starting in 1862. He practiced medicine at Charlton, N. Y. from 1866 through 1869 and then returned to Litchfield. After his father's death in 1871, he took over the family drug store. He married Anne Bonfield Alsop (Allsopp) of Quebec, Canada, on Jan. 16, 1873. They had four children. Beckwith died on June 9, 1911.