Thomas H. Purviance


DR. THOMAS H. PURVIANCE, a venerable physician and surgeon of Steubenville, was born in Smithfield township, Jefferson county, June 15, 1814. He is the son of Thomas and Mary (Dix) Purviance, the former of whom was born in Fayette county, Penn., July 30, 1779, the latter in Jefferson county, Ohio, in the early part of August, 1783. Thomas was the son of James and Elizabeth Purviance, the former of whom was a native of England, and came to America an orphan. He became a minister of the Friends, and labored in that capacity in Fayette county, Penn., where he resided from the time he came to America, until he died. The mother of Dr. Purviance was the daughter of John and Sarah (Harlan) Dix. When the subject of this sketch was twelve years of age, his parents removed to Smithfield, Jefferson county, where he spent his youth. At the age of nineteen, he became a teacher in the public schools. After three terms he entered New Athens college, where he was graduated in 1842. He then resumed teaching for three years, at the same time being a student at medicine, under Dr. John Leslie, of Steubenville. In the fall of 1850, he entered the Physio-medical college of Cincinnati, in which he completed a full course, graduating in 1852. He then began the practice of medicine in Westchester, Tuscarawas county, Ohio. A year later, he removed to Jewett, Harrison county, where he practiced until 1874. In the spring of that year he located in Steubenville, where he has since resided. Dr. Purviance was married October 27, 1836, to Sarah, daughter of Nathan and Susannah (Dix) Maxson, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Maryland. Mrs. Purviance was born in Harrison county, Ohio, December 9, 1816. She has borne to her husband, five sons and two daughters: Joseph F., a physician of Steubenville; Nathan M., a prominent attorney of Kansas; Mary A., wife of David Lowmiller, of Carroll county, Ohio; Thomas H., a prominent contractor of Steubenville; Susannah, who died, aged eleven years; Samuel T., a farmer of Barton county, Mo., and William A., at present mayor of Rosedale, Kansas. Dr. Purviance is now seventy-five years of age. He began his career as a physician nearly forty years ago, and he is still actively engaged in his profession. He has been very successful, and his practice has been both large and lucrative. He and wife have lived together fifty-two years, and both bid fair to live for years to come, to enjoy a happy old age.

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