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DR. JAMES H. WAKEFIELD is a native of Rockport, Ind., where he was born August 14, 1821. At the age of twelve years he removed with his parents to Spencer County, Ky., where he grew to man-hood. His father, James Wakefield, was born 1790, in Nelson County, Ky.; removed to Indiana in 1818; thence to Todd County, Ky., in 1848, where he died in 1856. He was the son of John, of Pennsylvania, who previous to 1775 immigrated to Kentucky, where he died in about 1815. Subject’s mother, Elizabeth, daughter of James Heady, of Nelson County, Ky., was born in 1788, and died in 1827. To subject’s father were born: John, Elizabeth (McRocklin), James H., Indiana (married first to Brown then to Jiles), Louisiana (Wakefield), Benjamin H. L., Hilliard B., Zerilda, Eliza, William H. and Joseph B. Subject in 1841 commenced the study of medicine with Dr. James J. Heady, of Spencer County, Ky., and graduated at the Louisville Medical University in 1845; practiced ten years at Merom, Ind.; thence at Daysville, Todd Co., Ky., fifteen years, and retired from practice in 1867, when he settled at his present residence, and engaged in agricultural pursuits. Dr. Wakefield has been thrice married, first in 1849, to Miss Sarah Wills, of Merom Ind., to whom were born James and William., His second marriage, in 1862, was to Miss Octavia C. Mann, of Todd County, Ky., to whom were born Elizabeth and John; his third marriage, in 1874, was to Miss Mary F. Burrus, of Todd County, whose children are: Charles B., Morrison H., Robert W., Matthew and Ova C. Dr. Wakefield is owner of 400 acres of valuable land, in a fine state of cultivation. In politics, he was formerly an Old Line Whig, but now affiliates with the Democratic party.

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