Ida Sophia Scudder’s story- and therefore CMC’s- begins with her surname, a name, which at one point in her life, she would have readily disowned.
Her grandfather, Rev. Dr. John Scudder was born in New Jersey in September 1793, the second of twelve children. He trained in Princeton and New York, and ran a successful practice in New York. He was known for his skill and kindness, aspects that drew a large number of patients to him.