BIOGRAPHY - Jonathan D. Wylie

JONATHAN DIXON WYLIE, M. D., was born in Chester District, S. C, in 1825, and was a son of Samuel and Agnes Wylie. His parents were natives of Chester County, S. C., and were descended from old families of the Palmetto State. The Doctor's ancestors were originally from Scotland and the first to come to America were Associate Reform Presbyterians, who came from Scotland and settled in South Carolina. Samuel Wylie was strongly opposed to slavery, although reared in its midst and served by slaves, the property of his father. When he had attained to man's estate, he made his home in the abolition State of Indiana, where he reared his children to a love of freedom for all the human family. Many of the family descended from the original South Carolina stock have achieved a prominence in the learned professions and in statesmanship, and especially in the medical profession.

Dr. Wylie received his literary education in the State University of Indiana, and was graduated in 1850 from the Ohio Medical College of Cincinnati. He came at once to Illinois and established himself in practice in Oakland, Coles County, then almost a wilderness. He was married in Beaver Falls, Pa., in 1851, to Miss Agnes Crawford. The lady is a native of Beaver Falls and a daughter of Samuel Crawford of that place. Dr. Wylie and his wife reared three sons: Samuel M., the eldest, is a practicing physician of Paxton and his sketch is given elsewhere in this work; Allen D. is in railway employ in the West, and Oscar H., the youngest, is the present Deputy Clerk of the Court of Ford County and is in discharge of the whole duties of that office.

In 1862, Dr. Wylie entered the service of the United States for the late war as Assistant Surgeon of the Thirty-fifth Regiment, Illinois Infantry, was promoted to be Surgeon of the regiment and served until the close of the war, doing good and faithful service. On his return from the army, he resumed practice in Oakland, where he continued to reside until 1868, when he came to Paxton and was in active practice in this city until his fatal illness. His death occurred on the 5th of March, 1876.

Dr. Wylie was a member of the State Medical Society of Illinois and of the American Society of the United States. He also held membership with the United Presbyterian Church of Paxton, as does his wife, and was an earnest Republican in politics. As a physician, he was talented and skillful and throughout his days of activity maintained a large and lucrative practice.

Extracted 22 Aug 2019 by Norma Hass from Portrait and Biographical Record of Ford County, Illinois, published in 1892, page 260.

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