Biography of John V. Chambers
Mahoning County, OH Biographies

JOHN V. CHAMBERS, M. D., who has been successfully engaged in the practice of medicine at North Lima, for a period of twelve years, was born in Boardman township, Mahoning County, Ohio, September 13, 1863, and is a son of John A. and Maria L. (Andrew) Chambers.

The Chambers family is of Scotch-Irish descent. Three brothers of the name came to America from Ireland, in 1774, and it is known that two of these fought in the Patriot army all through the Revolutionary War, and that one was probably killed in the service, no trace of him being found beyond the fact of his enlistment. Of the above brothers, Thomas was the ancestor of Dr. Chambers, and he was a resident of Washington County, Pennsylvania.

John A. Chambers, father of Dr. Chambers, was born in Pennsylvania and in early manhood came to Ohio, locating first near Crestline. During the winter of 1859-60, he removed to Boardman township. Mahoning County, where he resided until his death. During his younger years he was a drover, for four years disposing of his cattle at Cleveland. Later he devoted himself to farming and became one of the township's substantial men. He was always a supporter of law and order and as he was a man of personal courage, he wielded much influence and was able to protect life and property on several occasions during the stormy days of the Civil War.

John A. Chambers married Maria L. Andrew, who was a daughter of James and Mary (McConnell) Andrew, the former of whom was a millwright by trade. The McConnell family is one well known in professional and educational circles in Pennsylvania. The great grandfather of Dr. Chambers was a member of the faculty of the Washington Jefferson College, which at one time ranked with the greatest educational institutions of the country. The children of John A. Chambers and wife were: Mary, who married William McLaren, residing at New Carlisle, Pennsylvania; Anna, who is a resident of Newcastle, Pennsylvania; James B.; William Andrew, who lives on the home farm in Boardman township; and John V. Politically John A. Chambers was a Democrat.

Dr. Chambers was reared on the home farm and secured an excellent common school education in the district schools and at Poland. In deference to the wishes of his father, he considered entering the law, although, from childhood, he had cherished the hope of becoming a physician. The profession of law being very distasteful, the young student was finally permitted to follow his own inclinations and prepared for college under the preceptorship, of Dr. Dixon, of Youngstown. In 1895 be was graduated with his medical degree, from the Western Reserve University at Cleveland, and immediately afterward he opened an office at North Lima, where he has been since located. His practice, though lucrative, extends throughout the lower part of Mahoning County, which has entailed a great strain upon him, and in the near future he contemplates establishing himself in California. He has spent the past two winters in Florida and finds a genial climate conducive to his health and enjoyment, and for this reason he has practically decided to dispose of his real estate at North Lima and at Youngstown, and sever, with considerable regret, the pleasant social and professional ties he has formed in this section.

On August 30, 1897, Dr. Chambers was married to Frances Newton, who like himself, was born in Boardman township, on a farm adjoining the one on which his birth took place. Mrs. Chambers comes of old pioneer stock on both sides and is a daughter of Henry and Emily (Spaulding) Newton. Dr. and Mrs. Chambers have had one child that died in infancy. He is a member of the Reformed Church.

Politically Dr. Chambers is a Democrat. He is a member of the order of Knights of Pythias and the beneficiary organization known as the Home Guards. For a number of years he has been health officer at North Lima.

20th Century History of Youngstown
and Mahoning County, Ohio and
Representative Citizens,
Edited and compiled by Gen. Thos. W. Sanderson
Youngstown, Ohio
Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois 1897

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