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.