Clay County

Biography - Dr. T. N. Lownsdale

DR. T. N. LOWNSDALE, physician, Clay City, was born in Pike County, Ind., August 12, 1841; son of John and Nancy (Thomas) Lownsdale. James Lownsdale, the grandfather of our subject, came from England and settled in Louisiana. In 1816, he started for Indiana, but stopping over in Kentucky for a short time, the father was born. After a short stay in that State, the grandfather came directly to Pike County, Ind. In that county the father grew to manhood and followed the trade of a blacksmith there until his death, February 22, 1852. The mother was a native of Pike County, and was a daughter of Lewis and Sallie (Alexander) Thomas. The father was a native of Virginia, the mother of Georgia. Subject was the eldest of four children, three of whom are now living — Thomas N. (our subject), Mary (wife of Ed Williams, of Arthur, Ind.), and William, in Franklin County, Ill. Thomas' education was received principally in the subscription schools of his native county, but he, however, attended some free schools. At the age of nineteen, he commenced reading medicine at the office of Dr. Z. G. Martin, of Otwell, Ind. He had only read with him one year, when, the war breaking out, he enlisted in the Fourteenth Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He remained out until honorably discharged on June 16, 1864. Returning to Pike County, Ind., he began clerking in a store at Otwell. He only remained at that place a short time, and then began reading medicine with Dr. Zemus Kelso, of Ireland, Ind. He studied with this preceptor for about two years, and then went to Cincinnati, where he attended lectures. Graduating from the Cincinnati Col lege of Medicine in 1875, he immediately returned, and began the practice of his profession at Washington, Ind. He, however, only remained in that place about six months, and then came to Clay City, Ill., where he has since remained. At present he has quite an extensive practice over a territory of about twenty-five square miles. He is a member of the Centennial Medical Society of Southeastern Illinois. Dr. Lownsdale was married, January 3, 1877, in Stanford Township, Clay County, to Miss Alice Bothwell, a daughter of Thompson and Indiana (Mabry) Bothwell. The father was a native of Ohio, the mother of Tennessee. Mrs. Lownsdale was born in Stanford Township, this county, March 8, 1852, and is the mother of four children, of whom three are now living — Agnes, born June 1, 1878; Mary, February 18, 1883, and St. Claire. Dr. Lownsdale is identified with the Democratic party in politics. He is a member of the G. A. R., Clay City, Post No. 269.

Extracted 28 Dec 2017 by Norma Hass from 1884 History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois, Part IV, page 178.

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