Biography - Thomas Whitten

Thomas J. WHITTEN, M. D., Nokomis, was born in Montgomery County, Ill, February 21, 1844, son of Austin and Keziah (CASEY) WHITTEN, he, born in Newberry District, S. C., November 29, 1802, came to Illinois at an early day, where he followed farming until his death, which occurred May 12, 1869; she, also a native of South Carolina, born March 15, 1799, died in Montgomery County, Ill., October 1, 1856. Subject began the study of medicine in 1856, and graduated at the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia, Penn., in 1867; he began the practice of his profession at Hillsboro in 1867, remaining there till 1880, when he came to Nokomis; he now ranks as one of the leading physicians of Montgomery County. He served as Hospital Steward at Fort Prickren from 1862 till the close of the war. At Hillsboro, Ill., January 2, 1868, he married Sophia C. HARKEY, born in Montgomery County February 3, 1843, daughter of George and Martha S. (MASTERS) HARKEY, natives of North Carolina, he, born April 5, 1804, died October 29, 1856; she, born June 7, 1803, died August 13, 1852. From this marriage four children have been born, viz.: Harry Hood, George Ernest, Lelia Grace and Lester Cook. The Doctor is a member of the Lutheran Church, a member of the Masonic fraternity, and an Odd Fellow; is Secretary of the County Medical Society, and has officiated as President of the Central Illinois District Society.

Extracted 22 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 323-324.

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