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                                    JAMES M. STILL, M. D.
                                         Biography
                                    Cook County, Illinois

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JAMES M. STILL, M. D.

Source: Album of Genealogy and Biography, Cook County,
Illinois with Portraits 3rd ed. revised and extended
(Chicago: Calumet Book & Engraving Co., 1895), pp. 34-35

JAMES M. STILL, M. D.  The remotest ancestor of the subject
of this sketch of whom we have any account was Boaz Still,
who was born in England about 1730, and was one of six
brothers who migrated to America and settled in the Southern
States.  Boaz Still was a farmer by occupation, and located
in Buncombe County, North Carolina.  He married Mary Lyda,
who was of German descent.  They were the parents of
seventeen children, five of whom became medical
practitioners.

Abraham Still, one of the sons, was born in 1795, in
Buncombe County, North Carolina, and began the practice of
medicine in Lee County, Virginia, about 1826, after having
finished a course of reading in the office of Dr. Quinn, of
that county.  He was also a Methodist preacher, and became a
member of the Methodist Episcopal, or Northern, Church when
the division on the question of slavery occurred.  He
continued to practice medicine until 1868, and attended a
patient only a week before his death.  In 1834 he moved with
his family to Houston County, Tennessee, remaining there
four years, and then passing to Macon County, Missouri.  In
1852 he went to Kansas as a missionary, having charge of the
Shawnee Mission, on the Wakarusa River, near Blue Mound,
where he ministered to the temporal and spiritual comfort of
the Shawnee, Delaware and Kickapoo Indians.  He remained
there six years, and spent the balance of his life in that
section, dying in 1868, at the age of seventy-three years,
having practiced medicine for over forty years.  His wife
was Martha P. Moore, born in Tazewell County, Virginia, in
1800, and dying in 1889.  They were the parents of nine
children, namely: Edward C.; James M.; Andrew T.; Barbara
Jane, who married Fred P. Vaughn; Thomas C.; John; Mary,
wife of Thomas Adams; Marova M., wife of Richard Clark; and
Cassandra, who became the wife of a Mr. McCullom and settled
in California.

James M. Still, the subject of this article, and the second
son of Dr. Abraham Still, was born in Lee County, Virginia,
February 5, 1826, and was a member of his father's family
until the latter moved to Missouri, and in his office he
prepared for the practice of medicine.  In 1856 he opened an
office in Douglas County, Kansas, where he had settled two
years previously.  In those days of turmoil and bloodshed,
he saw much of the making of Kansas, which emerged from the
free-soil struggle to assume its place among the sisterhood
of states in 1860.  Living only a few miles from Lawrence,
Dr. Still witnessed the raids upon that town and the
massacre of many of its settlers by guerrillas, which
horrified the Nation.  He was Surgeon of the Twenty-first
Kansas Volunteers during the War of the Rebellion, and was
present at the battle of the Big Blue.  Following that time
he was connected with the forces organized for local
defense.  In 1864 he took a course of lectures at Rush
Medical College, Chicago, and from that institution received
the degree of M. D.  In 1881, after nearly thirty years'
residence in Kansas, he moved to Nodaway County, Missouri,
where he remained until his settlement in Evanston, in 1895.
He became a partner with his brother, Dr. A. T. Still, in
the practice of Osteopathy in 1893, and is now at the head
of the medical institute lately established at this place.
In 1850 Dr. Still married Miss Rahab M. Saunders, a native
of New Kent County, Virginia, daughter of James Saunders,
who represented his county six years in the Legislature of
that state.  The maiden name of Mrs. Still's mother was
Elizabeth Carr.  Dr. and Mrs. Still were the parents of five
children, of whom three are now living, namely: Summerfield
S., a student of medicine; Mary F., wife of Anderson Craig;
and James Abraham, a minister of the Methodist Church in
Missouri.
		




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