JOHN FISHER, physician and surgeon, Arcadia, was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, March 28, 1811, the second
of eleven children born to Peter and Catharine (Shepler) Fisher, natives of Lancaster County, Penn., former of
whom was a soldier in the war of 1812. Peter Fisher's father, Adam Fisher, lived to be one hundred and sixteen
years old, as did also his wife; the old people were remarkably agile and youthful in their movements in their
advanced age, the old gentleman readily walking several miles with no uncomfortable results. Our subject left his
native county at the age of fourteen years, coming to Carroll County, Ohio, and in the year 1833 to this county.
Dr. Fisher's early life was spent at the blacksmith trade, learning in connection therewith the edge tool and general
gunsmithing business. With John Miller he established the first foundry in Fostoria, Ohio, and built the first
engine in this section of the State, and during the years engaged in this direction, he studied medicine, more,
at that time, for his own gratification; but he gradually drifted into a more vigorous study and subsequent practice.
He read mainly with Dr. Elias Brien, of this county, a physician of the Thompsonian school, and began an extensive
practice under this teaching, but soon afterward took up the eclectic system, under which he has since practiced
with increased success. Dr. Fisher married Miss Rachel Heckerthorn, daughter of Christian Heckerthorn, of Carroll
County, Ohio, and by this union he has four children, three of whom are living: Eliza, Peter and Joseph; the two
latter served in the Twenty first Ohio Volunteer Infantry, in the late civil war.
History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: Warner, Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois 1886
Hancock County, Ohio Biographies
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