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Below is a family biography included in The History of Spencer County, Indiana published by Goodspeed, Bros. & Co. in 1885.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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DR. ADAM F. MEDCALF, druggist and practicing physician at Dale, is a native of the “Old Commonwealth” of Kentucky, his birth occurring in Hancock County, October 3, 1815. His parents, Allan and Frances (Winkler) Medcalf, removed to Indiana in 1828, settling in Ohio Township, Spencer County, and remaining there two years; then residing two years in Grass Township, and finally removing to Carter Township where the father died in 1876, preceded by his wife in 1858. Adam F. assisted his father on the farm until he attained his majority, and during this time secured a limited schooling. February 14, 1837, he married Elizabeth Wood, who was born November 30, 1820, and died January 6, 1860. This lady bore him ten children, only these named yet living: George, James and John. For his second wife, Dr. Medcalf selected Nancy Ann Knott, and to their marriage six children have been born, four yet living: William, Oliver, Alice and Emma. In 1847, he began reading medicine at Gentryville, under the direction of Dr. Stewart, continuing three years. In 1850 he began practicing his profession in Carter Township, and for thirty-five years has steadily followed that vocation. In 1853 he located in Dale, and in 1878 began the drug trade in connection with his practice of medicine. Both he and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church, and are recognized as among the best citizens of the county. Dr. Medcalf, among other positions of trust, has served as township trustee ten years and assessor two years.

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This family biography is one of 344 biographies included in The History of Spencer County, Indiana portion of the book: History of Warrick, Spencer and Perry Counties Indiana published in 1885 by Goodspeed, Bros. & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Spencer County, Indiana History and Genealogy

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