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Note: I'm only assuming the picture below is of THIS John Nevin - (it is tagged as John S. Nevin, MD so probably not yet I can't imagine there were many more John Nevins around however the picture looks too new for him and mainly, John never I think in this article was a banker - very hard bio to follow :( Sorry - if anyone knows, DO let me know !!

Source: H. W. Beckwith History of Montgomery County, Indiana (Chicago: HH Hill, 1881) p 557

John NEVIN, banker, Thorntown. Prominent among the names of those who have resided in this township is that of Capt. John Nevin, whose career through life has been of the most checkered nature. He was born in Failsworth, Lancashire, England, March 1816, and shortly afterward removed with his parents, Richard and Anna Mary Nevin, to their native country, Scotland, where, in the vicinity of Glasgow, was spent his boyhood days. When fourteen years of age he went to sea as an apprentice, continuing for several years in this calling. On returning from the sea he studied medicine, and attended lectures at Glasgow University, then returned to sea again, where he rose through all the grades to that of chief officer, in which capacity he made numerous voyages to various parts of the world. In 1841 he spent six months in company with Dr. Judson, the famous Baptist missionary, who was on his way to India in the ship Ramsay, of which Mr. Nevin was in command. In 1842 he was baptized by Dr. Judson in Burmah, and has now in his possession the certificate of his baptism, dated at Moulmain, January 30, 1842. He had as passengers, in 1846, Alexander Campbell and Robert Dale Owen, and at other times numerous titled and literary gentlemen. In 1852 he came to the United States, left the sea, and came west to Tippecanoe County, where he engaged in farming, and in the winter taught school and read medicine. Here in 1857 he married Mrs. SUMMERS, of the Wea, by whom he has two children: Anna May and Richard E. He removed from his farm in Tippecanoe County in 1865, and settled in Darlington, where he practiced medicine for five years very successfully. In 1870 he removed to Thorntown, Boone County, where, after spending a year or two improving his residence, he became a director and stockholder in the National Bank of Thorntown, of which institution he is now the president. Mr. Nevin's grandfather was Sir Hugh Nevin, who through his extravagance left his family at his death in straitened circumstances. His father, Richard, was a very studious boy, and on account of being constantly engaged when a boy in experiments in chemistry acquired the sobriquet of "Daft Dick." His knowledge, however, thus obtained enabled him to acquire a large fortune, which at his death was equally divided among his children. - typed by kbz


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