Biography of Dr. Van S. Deaton
Miami County, Ohio Biographies

VAN S. DEATON, M. D., physician, Alcony; born in Champaign Co., Ohio. Aug. 1, 1847; is a son of Nathan and Sarah (Schoby) Beaton, he being born in Virginia, and she in Ohio; the grandfather, George W. Beaton, was also a native of Virginia; the grandparents Schohy were born in New Jersey, the grandmother Schoby living to be 89 years of age. The ancestry of the Deaton family were from England. Nathan and Sarah were parents of six children, of whom five are now living, viz., Van S., Lydia A. (now Mrs. J. Cutter, of Kansas), Emery G. (also in Kansas), Emma D. (now Mrs. John McMorran, living in St. Paris, Ohio), and William D. (of Clark Co.). Dr. Deaton being only 9 years of age when his parents died, was raised by his uncle, Levi Deaton, till 17 years of age. Then he enlisted in the war of the rebellion, in the 16th Ohio Battery, in which he served till the close of the war, received an honorable discharge and returned home; he then remained with his uncle for a time, but, having obtained a limited education in his boyhood days, he felt a desire for a more proficient scholarship, and in 1867, entered the National Normal School, at Lebanon, Ohio, taking such a course of study as would prepare him for the profession of teacher; he continued at this school for two years, and then taught for several terms, during which time he studied medicine under Dr. Thatcher, of Miami City, then attended three courses of lectures at the Cincinnati College of Medicine and Surgery, in the winter of 1871-72 and the spring of 1873, graduating at the close of the latter term; he located at Addison, Champaign Co., Ohio, where he practiced for four years, then went to Miami City, where he has continued his practice for nearly three years. On March 6, 1876 he married Laura E., daughter of Henry C. and Elizabeth Shidaker, by which union they have had two children, viz., Clarence Ross and Ernest Eldridge. Dr. Deaton, since commencing the practice of medicine, has been favored with abundant success, having, during the seven years of his professional duties, won the favor and a good share of the patronage of the community. The thorough education and qualifications he possesses, coupled with an energy and purpose of will to excel in his profession, will doubtless win for him in the future the favor of the people, and give him a high standing in the medical profession.

History of Miami County, Ohio
Published by: W. H. Beers and Co.
Chicago 1880

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