Biography - John Petrie

John W. PETRIE, M. D., Harvel, was born in North Carolina November 7, 1832. His early life was spent upon his father's farm and in receiving his early education, the foundation of his subsequent learning. At the age of twenty-two years, he began the study of medicine, but soon after entered upon an extended tour through Central America, Great Britain, New Mexico, and eventually located in California, where he remained about five years, engaged at different times in mining, surveying, and upon a ranch. In the fall of 1860, he came to Montgomery County, Ill., near Hillsboro, where he entered upon the practice of his profession four years later, having spent most of the time in study at the Eclectic Medical College, at Cincinnati, Ohio, where he graduated in 1866 and received his diploma. In February, 1866, he went to Taylorville, remained two years, and then removed to Palmer, where he entered upon the practice of his profession, and remained twelve years, and during the time was very successful, having built up a large practice, the result of his knowledge of and his close attention to his calling. In the fall of 1881, he removed to Harvel, where his success has followed him, and where he has gained the highest esteem, socially, of the people, and professionally the good will of all. His father, John PETRIE, was a native of North Carolina, where he was born in the year 1778, and where he followed the occupation of blacksmithing and farming to the time of his death, which occurred April 4, 1872. His wife, Elizabeth JORDAN, was also a native of North Carolina, born May 1, 1792, and died in 1864. They were the parents of eight children, of whom John W. was the seventh child. He was married in Montgomery County June 16, 1861, to Miss Mournen FRANKLIN, who died in 1863. She was the mother of one child, who died in infancy. The Doctor was married again in October, 1869, to Anna O'ROURKE, a native of Ireland, and who has borne him seven children, viz., Ulysses S., David A., Henderson C., Scott T., Elery E., Margaret E. and Albert R., all of whom are living. The Doctor has been a member of the I. O. O. F., and the Encampment and Grand Lodge.

Extracted 20 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 250-251.

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