Biography of Dr. J. N. Percell



Berrien County

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Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]

This gentleman was born in Mayfield, Montgomery Co., N. Y., Feb. 17, 1828. When but six years of age he lost his father, and was taken by his grandfather, Daniel Anderson, with whom he made his home until he was fourteen years old. He then removed to Johnstown, where he attended the academy some four years; then went to Michigan, with his mother and stepfather (his mother having married again), and settled with them in the township of Brady, Kalamazoo Co. Two years later he took up his abode with his uncle, Archibald Anderson, and remained with him three years, or until the latter's death. He soon after contracted with the government to carry the mails from Fort Wayne, Ind., to Coldwater and White Pigeon, Mich., but tired of the work in one year. Returning to Kalamazoo, he found employment in the nursery of Timothy W. Dunham, and about four years later went into the nursery business with James Dunham, at Buchanan. Dec. 12, 1852, he married Mary, daughter of James and Elsie Dunham, and by her became the father of' seven children, as follows: De Witt (married Elizabeth, daughter of D. M. Weaver, who is a licensed preacher of the Methodist Protestant Church); Frances M. (deceased); Almeda (deceased); Francis (deceased); Mary L. (deceased); John N.; and Irene M. In 1854, Dr. Percell removed to Stevensville, Berrien Co., in what was then Royalton township, now Lincoln. There he purchased eighty acres of land, but has since sold forty acres, and on this farm his son De Witt is now living. The doctor was educated at Johnstown Academy, New York, after leaving which he decided to study medicine, and attended several medical colleges. He entered upon the practice of his profession in 1854, at Stevensville, and continued until 1871, when he built and stocked a drug-store, and now pays his attention to the latter. He also is engaged to some extent in fruit culture.

History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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