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Westerfield, William P., Dr.

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Westerfield, William P., Dr.
March 12, 2007 10:06PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 2nd ed.,
1885, Butler Co.

DR. WILLIAM P. WESTERFIELD, Butler County, was born in Breckinridge
County, Ky., April 17, 1835. He is a son of David Westerfield, who
was a native of Knox County, Tenn., born in 1812, came to Kentucky in
1816; was married, in 1834, to Catherine Whittington, of Ohio County.
She died in 1847, leaving eight children, Dr. Westerfield being the
eldest. David Westerfield was engaged in blacksmithing during the
greater part of his life. He died in 1872. He was a son of John
Westerfield, who was born in Germany, from which country he emigrated
some time in the latter part of the eighteenth century, and located in
America, near Knoxville, Tenn. He lived to be about one hundred years
of age, and died at Fort Gillison, Kas. His first wife was a Miss
Hale, who was brought from Germany to America and sold for 100 pounds
of tobacco to defray the expense of the voyage. Later in life one of
her children, an infant, was tortured to death by the Indians. Dr.
Westerfield, at the age of sixteen, was thrown upon his own resources,
with but a small amount of money, and for several years attended
school at Cloverport, in Breckinridge County; then taught school for
a few years, until his marriage, in 1857, with Martha A. Miles, of
Ohio County. To them have been born four children: Perry, Alison H.,
Catherine and Mary A. Mrs. Westerfield died in 1872, aged thirty-six
years. Dr. Westerfield next married Mary P. Hill, of Ohio County,
September 29, 1873. To this union were born six children: Annie,
William D., Ester, Evaline, Ruth and John. Our subject began to read
medicine in 1853, and began practice in 1861, and has devoted all his
time and talent to his profession ever since. He comes of a family of
physicians, there being no fewer than seventeen of his ancestors
wh [sic] have been in the medical profession. The Doctor is [sic]
a member of the Eighty-seventh Kentucky militia, and held the rank of
major. His first wife was a daughter of John Miles, who was of Irish
extraction, and her mother was of Scotch descent, and a daughter of
John Ford, a soldier who fought with Gen. Harrison, and was wounded at
the battle of Tippecanoe. The Doctor is not a member of the church,
but is a Master Mason.
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