W. M. Province, M. D., a practicing physician at Providence, (Union village) is a native of Henry County, Ky., was born December 19, 1840, and is the son of Samuel and Nancy (Harden) Province. The father was born in the County of Phamana, Ireland, about 1808, and died in Henry County, Ky., in 1863. He came to America at the age of fourteen years, coming with his mother. The mother and son settled in Shelby County, Ky. He was married in Henry County, Ky. The mother of our subject was born in Henry County, Ky., and is the daughter of Daniel Harden, a native of Kentucky, of French origin. The following children were born unto them: Elizabeth Jane, William M., Rebecca, Mary E., Daniel H., Samuel, deceased. William M. was reared in his native county, and his youth was spent in the village of Pleasureville. October 12, 1861, he enlisted in Company K, Sixth Kentucky Infantry, with Capt. H. C. McLoed, and December 19, 1861, was mustered as a private in the United States Army, for a term of three years. Among the important engagements in which he took part, were: Shiloh, Stone River and Chickamauga. At Chickamauga he received a wound in the left arm. His services continued until December 19, 1864, when he was mustered out. After the close of the war he came to Waverly, Morgan Co., Ind., where he remained a short time, and then went to Bloomingdale, Ind., where he attended the academy of that place, which was taught by B. C. Hobbs and daughter. He attended school for about one year, receiving a fair literary education. He then returned to Waverly, where he began studying medicine with Dr. C. M. Lindley. Later, he attended the Miami Medical College, at Cincinnati, Ohio, where he graduated in March, 1867. In 1867 he located at Union village, Ind., forming a partnership with Dr. L. C. Gair, with whom he continued to practice till September 30, 1871, when he bought out his partner and continued the practice alone. He has had a lucrative practice, and has widely established for himself the reputation of a skillful and successful practitioner. From the fact that he has been in active practice for a period of over twenty years, and in one place, we conclude that he has met with more than an ordinary success. At the close of the war he found himself a poor young man, and with but limited education. He came to Indiana, and his education, gained at Bloomingdale, he compensated for with his own finance, as well as his medical education. He has been a man of energy and perseverance, and though meeting with many adversities, he has been successful in surmounting many of the obstacles of life. He is now a prosperous man, and enjoys the esteem of his neighbors. He is a member of the Christian Church and is also a Master Mason in the Union Village Lodge, No. 545, of which he is one of its charter members. He is master of his lodge at present. November 12, 1868, he was united in marriage with Julia Abraham, daughter of William and Maria (Arnold) Abraham, born in Marion County, Ind., September 28, 1844, and the above union has been blessed by the birth of the following children: Clarence, Florence M., and Oran. Mrs. Province is a member of the Christian Church. He is, beside being engaged in the practice of medicine, also engaged in agricultural pursuits, owning and cultivating a farm of 155 acres.

Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker

Banta, D.D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 880.