Biography of Dr. J. K. Baxter
Tipton County, IN Biographies





J. K. BAXTER, M. D., is the son of William and Jane (Kerr) Baxter natives of Virginia, and of Scotch Irish descent; his parents came to Indiana in 1814, and settled in Jefferson County. The subject of this sketch was born in Jefferson County, Ind., September 19, 1831, andreceived the benefit of the common schools until he was sixteen years of age; he then entered Asbury University at Greencastle, Ind., where he remained three years; he taught school three or four years, when he located at Madison, Ind., and studied medicine for three years under Dr. J. H. D. Rodgers, a noted physician of that city. In 1854, he entered the Louisville, Ay., Medical College, where he remained one term. In 1855, he located at Sharpsville, Ind., where he engaged in the practice of his profession about twenty years; he served three terms as Township Trustee, and in 1864 enlisted in Company G, One Hundred and Fortieth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and served in the Medical Department until the close of the war. In 1871, he located on his present place of 240 acres, when he retired from practice and turned his attention to agricultural pursuits. Dr. Baxter was married in Sharpsville, Ind., November 25, 1858, to Miss Eleanor Walker, daughter of William and Penelope (McGannon) Walker. She was born in Jennings County, Ind., February 23, 1842. This marriage has been crowned with nine children - Ida B., Marble L., William W., Elva W., Fannie E., Jennie C., Josiah K., Carrie (deceased) and Conrad (deceased). Dr. Baxter is in every respect a self made man, having educated himself, and accumulated a handsome fortune. He has one of the finest farms in the township; he is a member of the Masonic fraternity and is a Republican in politics.

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


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