Dr Zabdiel Boylston was born 9 March 1679 in Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts to Thomas Boylston (1644-1695) and Mary Gardner (1648-1722) and died 1 March 1766 Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Jerusha Minot (1679-1764) 18 January 1705 in Dorchester, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.

Zabdiel Boylston, FRS (March 9, 1679 in Brookline, Massachusetts – March 1, 1766) was a physician in the Boston area. He apprenticed with his father, an English surgeon named Thomas Boylston (1644-1695). He also studied under the Boston physician Dr. Cutler, never attending a formal medical school (the first medical school in North America was not founded until 1765).

Boylston is known for holding several "firsts" for an American-born physician: He performed the first surgical operation by an American physician, the first removal of gall bladder stones in 1710, and was the first to remove a breast tumor in 1718.

He was a great uncle of both president John Adams (1735-1826), and philanthropist Ward Nicholas Boylston.


Offspring of Dr Zabdiel Boylston and Jerusha Minot (1679-1764)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Zabdiel Boylston (1706-)
Jerusha Boylston (1708-)
John Boylston (1708-1795)
Elizabeth Boylston (1710-1717)
Mary Boylston (1713-1802)
Thomas Boylston (1715-1750)
Josiah Boylston (1720-)




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