Biography of Dr. David W. McConnel
Marseilles Township, Wyandot County, OH Biographies





DAVID W. McCONNEL, M. D., a leading physician of this county, was born in Greene County, Ohio, May 14, 1839. He is the son of Isaiah and Ann (Bain) McConnel, the former born in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1800; the latter in Lexington, Ky., in 1799, her parents originally emigrating from Glasgow, Scotland, about 1795. They were married in Xenia, Ohio, January 1, 1828, and resided in that city ten years, after which time they removed to Hardin County, where they settled permanently. They were the parents of six children, four still living; James B., Sarah F., David W. and Martha. The deceased are Rebekah and Samuel J. The father died July 4, 1860; the mother September 12, 1883. The subject of this sketch attended the Kenton schools, and subsequently graduated from Northwood College in 1854. He began the study of medicine under Dr. W. H. Phillips, of Kenton, in 1856, and remained with him nearly four years, and afterward graduated from the Starling Medical College in 1866, in the meantime teaching eight terms of school. He enlisted in Company G, Fourth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, April 16, 1861; re-enlisted in the Thirty third in July of the same year as private, and was appointed Orderly Sergeant, serving nine months, when he was appointed Second Lieutenant, after twelve months First Lieutenant, and then Captain of his company till the close of the war. He was engaged in the campaign of Eastern Kentucky under Gen. Nelson, and participated in the following battles: Pike. ton, Bowling Green, Bridgeport, Battle Creek, Prestonsburg, Stone River, Chickamauga and Mission Ridge. At the latter place he was wounded three times, but was not discharged, and after six weeks returned as Aid; was subsequently in the battles at Franklin and Nashville, and continued as Aid till June of 1865, when he received his discharge. Mr. McConnel was married March 10, 1870, to Miss Martha J. Lacey, daughter of Haman H. Lacey. They have four children; Anna L., James H., John C. and D. Watt (Samuel E., deceased). He located in Marseilles in August, 1865, where he has since resided, building up a good living practice in his chosen profession. He belongs to the regular school of medicine, and favors the temperance element of Republicanism; is a member of the I. O. O. F. and K. of H. fraternities, and a master member of Marseilles Lodge,No. 515, F. & A. M.; McCutchen Chapter, R. A. M.; member of Ivanhoe Council, R. & S. M., Eucyrus, Ohio; and of Marion Commandery Knight Templars, Marion, Ohio. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church, and highly respected as a citizen. It is worthy of notice that the father of our subject was one of the seven original Abolitionists of Ohio, and his son has always been an active anti slavery man. Mrs. McConnel departed this life November 25, 1884. She was a lady of unusual strength of character, and was greatly admired and esteemed for her many excellent qualities.

From:
The History of Wyandot County, Ohio
Liggett, Canaway & Co.,
Chicago 1884


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