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(Dr.) John H. CURRIE
Source: H. W. Beckwith HIstory, Montgomery County, Indiana (Chicago: HH Hill, 1881) p 541
Dr. John H. CURRIE, physician, Darlington, is the son of Providence M. and Amanda (HILL) Currie, the former a native of Pennsylvania, the latter of New Jersey, who settled in Crawfordsville in 1822, at that time consisting of only two houses, on Main street. The doctor was born there August 7, 1828, and is now the oldest native citizen of Crawfordsville alive. He received his early education at the log school-house, and later at Thorntown, under William FERGUSON. His preceptors in medicine were Doctors Thomas Currie and Mahlon HARRINGTON, at Crawfordsville, the former, his uncle, being one of the earliest physicians in the city, having succeeded Dr. YEAMAN who was the first. Medicine has been his lifelong study, beginning practice at Pleasant Hill in 1848. In 1853 he removed to Iowa, where he attended the medical school at Keokuk, and graduated in 1853-4. He removed in the fall of 1856 to Missouri, where he engaged in practice until 1865, when he returned to Montgomery County, finally locating, in 1866, in Darlington, where he has since continued to reside, engaged in his professional duties. In 1849 he married Miss Achsah THOMPSON, daughter of Daniel and Lucy ( NICHOLLS) Thompson, who came to this County at an early date. The fruit of this union is a family of two sons and one daughter: Thomas R., born November 14, 1853; Lucy A., born January 22, 1860; Sterling P., born February 14, 1865. The Currie family is originally from Greece, from which country they removed to Scotland at an early date, remaining for one generation there. In 1768 four brothers, the originators of the family in this country, emigrated to Philadelphia, and some years later his great-grandfather returned to Scotland, leaving his son, the grandfather of the subject of this sketch, in the eastern states. After the close of the revolutionary war his grandfather came west, and settled at Columbus, Ohio, where he married a widow, Mrs. Sarah REAGAN, by whom he had a family of ten children, Providence M. being the youngest. The average ages of the ten members of this family is eighty-three years, one of the doctor's aunts is still living, at the age of one hundred and thirteen years. Grandfather Currie served in the revolutionary war, his commission as chaplain being now in the possession of Mr. Charles W. McClure. His father served, during the War of 1812, under Gen. Harrison, his uncle having also served as sergeant under Zach. Taylor. In politics the doctor affiliates with the democratic party, being the only one of the family which does.
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