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Biographical Sketch of Dr. Alva T. McKinney

DR. ALVA T. McKINNEY was born November 14, 1856, at Roaring Springs, Trigg Co., Ky. His father, Dr. Guy W. McKinney, was a native Kentuckian, and was born March 12, 1816, descending from Irish ancestors. For over forty-five years he was a practicing physician of more than ordinary ability, and was a graduate of the Medical College of Columbus, Ohio. His wife, whose maiden name was Rhoda Shilton, was born in 1821, in Trigg County, Ky., where she now resides. She descends from French ancestry, and is the mother of fifteen children, four of whom died in infancy. Those attaining maturity are: Dr. Bunyan H., Mary E., Albert E., Dr. Guy L., Bell V., James W., Robert C. (dead), Dr. Alva T., Mattie A., Ida E. and Henry H. McKinney. Dr. Alva T. was educated in his native county, and in Lexington, Ky.; studied medicine under his father, graduated in March, 1880, from the Physio-Medical College, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and began the practice at Roaring Springs, Trigg County, from whence he came to Elkton in November, 1881, where he now has a prosperous practice. Dr. McKinney was married October 4, 1881, in Toledo, Ohio, to Miss Nellie S., daughter of Dr. D. A. Wright, a native of Ohio. They have one child-Bessie M....

Biography of John Wright McKinney

John Wright McKinney was born near Springfield, Clark County, Ohio, June 17. 1825, and died at Camargo, Illinois, July 31, 1897, aged seventy-two years, one month and twenty-four days. His father and family moved from Ohio to Montgomery County, Indiana, in [83o, where the deceased lived until his twenty-first year. During the following two years he taught school in Montgomery County, studying medicine meanwhile with an energy and avidity so characteristic of his nature. Mr. McKinney and Mary Roll were joined in matrimony October 12, 1848, at Pleasant Hill, Indiana. Soon after his marriage he moved to Hillsboro, Indiana, and began the practice of medicine. In 1851 he moved to Camargo, Illinois, and continued the practice of his chosen profession. Later he attended lectures at the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia, graduating there from in 1855. In 1858 he moved to Centralia, Illinois, but removed to Camargo the following year. September 15, 1862, he enlisted in the Sixty-second Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, but was shortly transferred to the Sixty-third Illinois Volunteer Infantry and appointed surgeon of the regiment, with the rank of major, in which capacity he served during the remainder of the war, most of that time in Gen. John A. Logan’s corps-the notable Fifteenth Army Corps. He was mustered out April 9, 1865. Before the Sixty-third joined General Sherman’s army, it was engaged in the battles of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Mission Ridge, etc. After joining Gen. Sherman’s army his regiment was active in the attack on the Ogeechee Canal and Miller’s Station, and participated in the long list of famous battles of Sherman’s army during his famous “march...

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