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Dr. McFarland


DR. J.E. McFARLAND, a physician and surgeon of Millgrove, is a native of Ohio, born in Darke County, November 5, 1847, a son of Lewis and Charity (Marquis) McFarland. When nine years of age he was taken by his parents to Randolph County, Indiana, the family settling on a farm on which the father is still living. His education was received at the common schools of his neighborhood, and completed at a graded school in Wayne Township. He subsequently engaged in teaching, and taught one school in Randolph County, Indiana, and two schools in Jefferson County, Kansas. He began reading medicine in August 1869, at Union City, Indiana, and September 30, 1869, went to Lawrence, Kansas. He took one course of lectures at the American Medical College at St. Louis, Missouri. When, May 12, 1875, he settled at Millgrove, Blackford County, his intention was to return to Kansas to practice, but owing to Kansas being devastated by grasshoppers he changed his mind, and as before stated, came to Millgrove, where he has met with success in his chosen profession, and built up a good practice.

Dr. McFarland was married December 25, 1875, to Miss Anna McFarland, who was born in Randolph County, Indiana, September 20, 1848, a daughter of Joseph and Susannah (Schlecthy) McFarland. They are the parents of the following children -Josie M., born January 21, 1877; Mary N., born July 9, 1882. Both the doctor and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and among the most respected citizens of Millgrove. In politics he casts his suffrage with the Republican party.

Lewis McFarland, the father of our subject, was born in Holmes County, Ohio, March 12, 1819, and when a boy his parents moved to Maryland, living there some two years, when they returned to Darke County. The mother of our subject was born in Darke County, March 11, 1821, where she was reared and married. She died in February, 1885. They were the parents of eight children - Mary J. married M.W. Byram, and died in March, 1872; Norman, a physician living in New Pittsburg, Randolph County; Emily E., wife of William Zumbrum, living in Kansas; William died aged about eighteen months; J.E., the subject of this sketch; James F., living in the West; George W. died aged two years, and Isaac K., who died at the age of nineteen years.

John McFarland, the grandfather of our subject was born at sea, while his parents were coming from the Highlands of Scotland to America, they settled in Maryland near Baltimore. He died in Darke County, Ohio, in his sixty-ninth year. His wife was American born, and also died in Darke County. They reared three children -William, Henry, and Lewis, the father of our subject. The maternal grandparents of our subject, William Kidd and Polly (Stingla) Marquis, were natives of Maryland and Virginia, respectively, the former dying in Darke County, Ohio, at the advanced age of sixty-eight years. The latter is living in Randolph County, Indiana, in her ninety-first year. The father was born in Darke County, April 23, 1817, where he grew to manhood, and was there married November 29, 1838, to Susannah Schlecthy, a daughter of John and Mary (Noggle) Schleethy, who were born in Pennsylvania, and died in Darke County, Ohio. To the parents of Mrs. McFarland were born six children - John, Archibald, Mary, Eliza J., Anna and David, all of whom are living and married. Soon after their marriage they moved to Jay County, and lived in Pike Township some fifteen years, when they moved across the line to Randolph County, where both died, the father November 18, 1879, and the mother April 26, 1872. Archibald McFarland, the grandfather of Mrs. McFarland, on coming to America settled in Ohio. He and his wife, Mary (Phillips) McFarland, died in County, Randolph Indiana.


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