Randolph  County,  Indiana

John  T. Chenoweth

            John T. Chenoweth  and his third wife, Emily (Lawrence) were the first of the Chenoweths to arrive in the Jericho neighborhood. He purchased the farm originally taken by Eenoni Hill {Benoni Hill is his name} (S31-T15E). He also owned land in S6 T19N R15E.  John T. Chenoweth brought with him four children (all from the third wife), namely, Elenora,  William L.,  John Franklin, and  George Edwin.  The first two of these married and remained at Jericho.  Both belonged to the Jericho Friends Meeting.  The two younger boys left no permanent record in the Community.  Neither John T. nor his wife were ever members of the Meeting.  They came a little before 1875 and remained until their deaths about the turn of the century.  Edwin Milton Chenoweth was the second to come.  He was a younger brother of John T. Chenoweth and had married  Ruth Bowen, daughter of  Squire Bowen, of near Spartansburg.  Edwin Chenoweth purchased the Henry Hill farm and much of the old  Abram Peacock farm and lived there till his death in 1919.  He moved here in 1875 and brought with him four children:  Hannah Belle,  George Fremont,  James Lincoln, and  John William (Wick).  The Chenoweths were members of the Christian Church.  Edwin Chenoweth was never a member of the Jericho Meeting.  However, his wife, Ruth, and her son,  John William (Wick), joined the Meeting in 1894.  She remained a member until her death in 1900.  Wick was released at an unknown date, perhaps when he removed from the neighborhood to become an oculist in Winchester.
Jericho Friends Meeting And Its Community, Randolph County, Indiana, 1846
Submitted by: Lora Radiches

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           John T. Chenoweth, one of the most experienced as well as one of the most popular physicians and surgeons of Winchester, Randolph county, Ind., was born near Greenville, Darke county, Ohio, on the 16th of November, 1833. His father, Thomas F. Chenoweth, was a native of Ross county, Ohio, and removed with his parents to Darke county, Ohio, when about six years of age. He grew to manhood there and was married to Miss Christina Thomas, in Preble county, Ohio.
            He was always a prominent and highly respected citizen of this county, and was called upon to occupy local offices at various times. He served continuously for thirty years as justice of the peace, retiring finally on account of his age. His son John was reared on the home farm, and at an early age learned to perform his share of labor incident to farm life. During the winter he attended school, and at the age of eighteen years he adopted the vocation of school teaching, which he continued for about seven years. When twenty years of age he began the study of medicine in the office of  Dr. Z. M. Lansdown, at Greenville, remaining under his instruction for two years.
            Subsequently he went to Cincinnati, Ohio and continued his studies with Dr. C. H. Cleveland. He first graduated in medicine from the Eclectic Medical institute, at Cincinnati, Ohio, and afterward from the Medical college of Ohio, in the same city. He began the practice of his profession in March, 1860, at Huntsville, Randolph county, Ind., remaining there for a period of three and a half years. At the end of that time he removed to Williamsburg, Wayne county, Ind., where he enjoyed a successful practice extending over a period of twelve years. In 1875 he located at Winchester, and has been one of the successful practitioners of this town ever since. He is a member of the State Medical society, and was one of the organizers of the Delaware District Medical society, and the Randolph County Medical society, and is now an active member of both. He has been actively identified with many of the public improvements of this county, and has contributed liberally to enterprises inaugurated for the advancement of the county's interests. In politics he has affiliated with the republican party since the early days of his existence. He voted for John C. Fremont for president in 1856, and has since been an active worker for the success of his party. But his attention to his profession has prevented his acceptance of numerous public positions that have been tendered him from time to time. He was made a Mason in Acacia lodge, No. 242, at Washington, Wayne county, Ind., in December, 1867, and on the 5th day of February, 1868, received the master Mason's degree in the same lodge. In January, 1873, he withdrew from that lodge to take part in the organization in the lodge at Williamsburg, and in 1875 transferred his membership to Winchester lodge, No. 56, of which he is still an active member. He is also a member of the I.O.O.F., and has received the degrees of the subordinate lodge.
            On the 4th of January, 1857, Dr. Chenoweth was united in marriage with Miss Hannah V., daughter of  Josiah Miller, Esq., a prominent and highly respected citizen of Darke county, Ohio. By this union they are the parents of three children, named respectively Forest A.,  Ethel May  and  Martha, all of whom are now living. In the period of his residence in this county Dr. Chenoweth has established an enviable reputation as a physician, and has gained the confidence of the public and medical fraternity alike. In social and private life he is esteemed for his uniform courtesy and kindness, and his honorable and upright character. He has steadily risen in his profession and enjoys an extensive and lucrative practice.
A Portrait & Biographical Record of Delaware and Randolph Counties, Indiana, A. W. Bowen & Co., 1894, page 857
Submitted by Dusti

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