Biography of Dr. Thomas A. Graven
North Central Ohio Biographies





Thomas Arthur Graven, M. D. is outstanding among the prominent physicians and surgeons of North Central Ohio, engaged in the practice of his profession at Wooster, and he is a veteran of the World War. He was born at Holmesville, Holmes County, Ohio, Jan. 6, 1871, the son of Marion and Sarah Jane (McCulloch) Graven.

Marion Graven was born at Holmesville, Ohio, Feb. 4, 1847. He was the son of Thomas Graven, who was born in Philadelphia, Feb. 16, 1805. The latter came to Holmes County in March, 1816, and married Eliza McKelvey, Oct. 11, 1838. He died Dec. 2, 1871, and is buried in Hopewell Cemetery, Holmes County. His father was John Graven, Sr., who was born in Germany, Nov. 5, 1758, and who emigrated to the United States and settled in Philadelphia. He brought his family to Ohio in 1816 and settled on 700 acres of land near the present location of Holmesville. He was an umbrella maker and carriage trimmer. He died Feb. 12, 1833, and is buried on the old Graven homestead. He married Rebecca Randle in 1797. She was born in Philadelphia, July 23, 1761, the daughter of Nicholas Randle. She died March 17, 1848.

Marion Graven, father of the subject of this sketch, became a prosperous farmer of Holmes County. He was an active member of the Presbyterian Church, of which he served as elder for many years. He died Jan. 9, 1903, and is buried at Loudonville, Ohio. His widow lives with her son, Judge D. Homer Graven, of Loudonville. She was born in Prairie Township, Holmes County, Ohio, Sept. 17, 1851, the daughter of David McCulloch, who was born near Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pa., Dec. 20, 1808. He came to Holmes County with his parents in 1811 and from 1835 until 1841 was employed as a salesman for fanning mills at Salem, Ohio. He was married Nov. 7, 1842, to Jane Wolgamott, of Salt Creek Township, Holmes County, who was born Aug. 2, 1818. David McCulloch served as justice of the peace at Holmesville from 1851 until 1857, and died there Feb. 22, 1892. His wife died Aug. 17, 1880. He was the son of Hugh McCulloch, who was born in Fifeshire, Scotland, in 1759. He came to the United States in 1780 and settled on a farm near Carlisle, Pa., where he taught school for a number of years. He was married in 1793 to Elizabeth Gibson, who was born in County Down, Ireland, in 1770. They came to Holmes County, Ohio, April 14, 1811, having entered land in 1810. He died in 1836 and his wife died in 1814.

Thomas Arthur Graven, subject of this sketch, received his early education in the district schools of Ripley Township, Holmes County, and attended Smithville Academy. From 1889 until 1892 he taught school after attending Mt. Union College for a short time. He was enrolled as a student at Ohio Medical College in 1896 and two years later entered Jefferson Medical College, from which he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine, May 14, 1900. He began his professional career at Mohican, Ashland County, Ohio, in 1900, and four years later removed to Wooster, where he has continued in practice to the present time.

Doctor Graven enlisted for service during the World War and was commissioned a first lieutenant in the Medical Corps, later being promoted to captain. During the influenza epidemic he was stationed at Camp Dix as ward surgeon in Base Hospital No. 34, and on Sept. 9, 1918, was assigned to the department of orthopedic surgery. Doctor Graven was discharged from the service Aug. 21, 1919, and is now interested in the welfare of the disabled soldier, being a member of the U. S. Veterans Bureau's examining board for this district of Ohio for two years. He has been recommended by the War Department for lieutenant colonel.

On Sept. 26, 1895, Doctor Graven was united in marriage with Miss Tamzen Finney, who was born in Monroe Township, Holmes County, Dec. 13, 1875, the daughter of Thomas D. and Lois (Numbers) Finney. She is a direct descendant of Judge David Finney, who served with the rank of captain during the Revolutionary War, and Capt. John James of Delaware. Marion F. Graven, whose biography appears elsewhere in this history, is the only child born to Doctor and Mrs. Graven.

He is a member of Ebenezer Lodge, No. 33, F. & A. M.; Wooster Chapter; Wooster Council; Consistory of Bloomburg, Pa., 32nd degree; Wilkesbarre, Pa., Shrine; Post No. 68, American Legion; and I. O. O. F., No. 42, of Wooster, Ohio. Doctor and Mrs. Graven live at 133 East Larwill Street, Wooster.

From:
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931


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