Dr. James Henry Wilkey
DR. JAMES HENRY WILKEY, physician and
farmer, Moore's Prairie. One of the oldest native born citizens of this
county, is the gentleman whose name heads this sketch, who was born here
April 19, 1825, and was a son of Carter and Brunetta (Casey) Wilkey. The
father was born in Walker Co., GA, in 1797. His father was a native of
Scotland, and Carter in 1818 came to Mt.Vernon. He was a house carpenter
by trade, also followed that of the cabinet-maker. In the early history
of Mt. Vernon, he assisted in many public enterprises, among which was
the erection of the first county court house in Jefferson Co. In 1840,
he commenced studying for the practice of medicine, and as soon as his
course was completed he located where our subject now lives. In that neighborhood
he continue in active practice until his death, which occurred April 3,
1876. The mother was the dau of Isaac Casey, one of the oldest pioneers
of this county. Our subject received his education in the schools of Mt.
Vernon Township, and at the age of 17 he commenced reading medicine with
his father. He continued his studies until he reached manhood's estate,
and then after a year or so's practice with his father, he made his stand
in Wayne County. He has since then practiced in Shadville, White Co., Bento,
Franklin Co., Norris City, in White Co., and then at Macedonia, in Hamilton
Co. While practicing, the death of his father occurred, and soon after
that he returned to Jefferson Co., and took up the mantle that had fallen
from the shoulders of his father. He is now the only physician in that
section. He practices over the counties of Jefferson, Hamilton and Franklin,
and but few fall under the magic touch of his skillful hand, and the care
of his watchful brain, but to be improved and to bless the existence of
our subject. Besides his practice, the Doctor owns quite a nice farm of
about 90 ac, situated in Sec 36, Township 4, range 4 east. He now has about
60 ac in cultivation. The charge of this devolves mainly on the son--Thomas
M. Dr.Wilkey was married, Feb 25, 1847, in Hamilton Co., to Lucy Goodwin,
a dau of John Goodwin, a native of Kentucky. This lady was the mother of
2 children, one of who is now living--Thomas M., born Mar 1, 1848. Her
death occurred May 6, 1850 and subject was married the second time, in
Sept, 1856, to Mary Ann Houseworth, a dau of Jonathan and Rebecca Houseworth,
both natives of Ohio. She was the mother of 4 children, and of this number
there is also only one living--Peoria, wife of Louis Shelton, of Hamilton
Co. This lady died in 1863, and he was married the third time, Dec 2, 1865,
to Emily Darnall, a dau of James H. and Mary (Robenson) Darnall; the father
was a native of Tenn, and the mother of Franklin Co., this state. The result
of this union was 3 children, two of who are now living--James H., Jr.,
born Aug 23, 1866, and Carter Wilkey, born Mar 16, 1876. In politics, subject
is a Republican.

SOURCE: Taken for " The History of Jefferson County"
by Wm. Henry Perrin

Submitted by Carol Cicotte
Feb 2, 1998

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