John B. Walkinshaw, M.D.


JOHN B. WALKINSHAW, M.D., of Wellsburg, a physician and surgeon of notable talent and thorough education, was born in Westmoreland county, Penn., September 22, 1856. Dr. Walkinshaw is a son of James Walkinshaw, now a minister of the Presbyterian church at Aledo, Ill., of high culture, and brilliant and successful in his calling. This gentleman was engaged in boyhood on the Pennsylvania canal, subsequently taught in an academy at Turtle Creek and received his literary education at Elder's Ridge academy and at Jefferson college. His theological studies he pursued at the United Presbyterian Theological seminary at Allegheny, enn. He was in the service of the Union for three years as chaplain during the civil war, and was subsequently associated witht he Christian commission. Rev. Mr. Walkinshaw is a native of Pennsylvania, of German descent, as was also his wife, whose maiden name was Nancy Brown. The latter died in 1873, from an over-dose of morphine administered by a physician for the relief of neuralgia, with which she was suffering. The subject of this sketch is the oldest of the five children of these parents, three of whom survive. Dr. Walkinshaw's first employment, for his own maintenance, was as a teacher in the public schools of Pennsylvania. Subsequently, he studied and was graduated at Martinsburg academy in Knox county, Ohio, afterward attending Gambier and W. & J. colleges. Having determined to pursue the profession of medicine he began reading in 1879 with Dr. H. L. Snodgrass, at Buffalo, Penn. and afterward entered the medical department of the Western Reserve college at Cleveland, Ohio, where he was gaduated in February, 1883. At once he began the practice at Wellsburg, where he is now considered as a leader in his profession, among the young practitioners, and is popular as a citizen. He holds the position of physician for the county, and has for four years held the office of coroner. With a firm grasp of the fundamentals of his profession, he keeps abreast of advanced thought, by extensive reading and is an active member of the State Medical Society and of the American Medical Association. Politically he is a democrat, and the church connection of himself and wife is with the Presbyterian church of Wellsburg. Fraternally he is a member of the Wellsburg lodge, No 2, F. & A. M., of which he has served as W. M.; of Wheeling Union chapter, R. A. M.; of Wheeling commandery, No. 1, K. T., and he is past chancellor of the Knight's of Pythias. The doctor was married December 23, 1887, to Anna M. Liggette, of Washington county, Penn.

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