Biography of Joseph J. Byers
Howard County, IN Biographies





JASPER J. BYERS, physician, was the sixth of eleven children born to Philip Byers, a native of Kentucky, and Mary (Gwinnup) Byers, a native of New Jersey. His father was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. The subject of this sketch was born May 21, 1834, at Carthage, Ohio, and lived in Ohio eleven years. He moved from that State to Knox County, Ind., where he made his home with his parents until he was twenty one years old. He attended school during the winter, and worked on the farm in the summer, until he was seventeen years old, when he began teaching. After following this profession five or six years he bought a half interest in a woolen factory, which he operated for two years. He then sold out, and began the study of medicine. He attended school two 'years at Lebanon, Ind., and in 1857 began the study of medicine with Young & Osgood, of Gosport, Ind. After remaining with them two years he attended lectures at the Eclectic Medical Institute at Cincinnati, from which institution he graduated, and subsequently began his practice in Calhoun, Ill. After a short stay in this place, he went to Quincy, Ind., where he remained until the summer of 1862, when he entered the army as First Lieutenant. He was in the battle of Corinth, but owing to poor health was compelled to resign the same fall. The following spring, he came to Howard County and located at Tampico, where he remained four years He went to Neoga, Ill., and remained a short time, but soon returned, and has since resided in Taylor Township. Mr. Byers was married, September 19, 1860, to Sarah E. Archer, now deceased. Two sons - James J., born July 19, 1861, and Otto P., born May 2, 1863 - crowned this union. He was next married, October 1, 1868, to Mrs. Samantha E. Blevens (Tracey). They have had five children - Arthur F., born June 6, 1870; John L., born November 24, 1872; Luly, born June 6, 1875; Fred, born May 5, 1878; Gracie, born June 26, 1881 (deceased). Mr. Byers has been a member of the Masonic fraternity since 1864, and has served as Justice of the Peace of Taylor Township.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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