Joseph Pressly Lyle


JOSEPH PRESSLY LYLE, M.D., a prominent physician of Unionport, Ohio was born March 10, 1850 the son of John and Sarah Jane (Simpson) Lyle, the former of whom was born in Washington county, Penn., April 21, 1821 and the latter in the same county July 13, 1821. John Lyle was the son of Joseph and Jeanette (McNary) Lyle. The first named of these grandparents was born in Washington county, Penn., about 1793 and died in 1878 and the second was born near Burgettstown, in the same county, in 1800 and died in 1821 during an epidenic of dysentery. Joseph and Jeanette Lyle had four children, of whom three are living: Mrs. Elizabeth King, Mrs. Margaret Moore, of Burgettstown, and john. The mother of our subject is the daughter of Robert and Ann (Lyle) Simpson, who were born near Little Hickory, Washington county, Penn., and are now both deceased. The subject of this mention is the second of eight children, the others being Margaret A., now Mrs. Reynolds; Joseph P., Robert S., John D.; Jeanette M., now Mrs. McClelland; Lemuel J., William Ray, of Port Townsend, Wash., and Fred Mason Lyle. Dr. Lyle enjoyed the privilege of an excellent early education, attending school in Mt. Pleasant township in his native county. Subsequently he attended the McNeely Normal college at Hopedale, Ohio, two years, and the Richmond college of Jefferson county one year, in the intervals of attendance teaching school two years. He then opened the first drug store at Unionport, which he conducted for seven years. Going at the end of this time to Pittsburgh, Penn., he spent one year as house physician to a hospital, with charge of the police surgeon. The doctor's next occupation was as special clerk with J. H. Henderson & Bro., time he entered the Columbus medical college, from which institution he received his degree in 1882. He is also a member of the Ohio State Pharmaceutical association and the Jefferson county medical society. He is now one of the valued citizens of Unionport, and has an extensive practice in his profession. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., in which he is vice grand, and of the Knights of Pythias, of which he has passed the charis. Dr. Lyle was married May 30, 1875, to Ellen Shoemaker, the daughter of Adam and Elizabeth Shoemaker, the former of whom was born in Bedford county, Penn., May 10, 1810, and died in November 1886. The latter was born in Jefferson county, Ohio, in 1816. They had eleven children, two of whom, Josiah and Mrs. Ann Eliza Copeland, are deceased. The living are Mrs. Jane Browning, William, Amos, Samuel, Isaac, Elias, Jacob, Mrs. Mahala C. Shults, and Mrs. Lyle. The doctor and wife are members of the Presbyterian church. Two children have been born to them: Bessie Augusta, now decesed, and Georgia Odetta.

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