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Winton - William

Source: Zach, Karen Bazzani.  Montgomery Medicine Men ... Crawfordsville: Montgomery County Historical Society, 2002

A native of Butler County, Ohio, William R. WInton (born about 1808) commenced his course of medical study when Oxford, Ohio was yet an Academy.  He studied medicine with Drs. Rigdon and Dunlavy at Hamilton, Ohio and commenced practice while very young at Middletown, ohio. He subsequently moved to Portland, Indiana, where he obtained a large practice (and served as postmaster), but moved on to Crawfordsville, the small city he came to call "home."  He was a trustee of Wabash College for many years and active in the Presbyterian Church.  At one time, he was evidently the resident doctor at the college.  His obituary states: "Dr. Winton did not grow old in his profession when years and infirmities crowded upon him, but was at all times ready and enthusiastic for every substantial improvement."  Dr. Winton was plain spoken and could not abide evasions.  Often blunt, he nonetheless had a kind heart.  His death occurred May 17, 1873 at Wabash, Indian.  He was the brother of Thomas H. Winton, and they were the sons of Robert who entered land in this county at a very early day. Their grandfather, Matthew Winton was a native of Wales and located in Cincinnati, Ohio in its infancy.  Although Thomas is listed as a "painter" in the census records, he also worked on newspapers in the area, was quite a historian and was "coroner."  Dr. Winton and his wife, Mary McMechan, had at least two sons, Horace who claimed to be the four child born in Crawfordsville (June 19, 1831) and Charles H (born at Dayton, Indiana July 20, 1844) who were doctors, in partnership in North Manchester, Indiana.
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