Biography of John Fisher
Hancock County, OH Biographies





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.

From:
History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: Warner, Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois 1886


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