From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 200-201, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Andrew J. Mead is located at Huntsville and is the oldest
physician in Schuyler county, as he has been located at this place
since March, 1840. He was born in Henry county, Kentucky, April 4,
1815, being a son of William and Mary (Scott) Mead.
He grew to manhood in his native State, passing his boyhood on
the farm. At the age of thirteen he commenced to clerk in a store and
continued there four years. He then lived with Dr. Gosle, with whom he
studied medicine until he was twenty-one and then practiced with him
one year. He then went to Indiana, whence he came to Illinois and
located at Huntsville. He had been on a visit to Missouri, and on his
return stopped in Huntsville, where he met some old Kentucky friends
who induced him to locate in this place. He has had a large practice
and is well and favorably known.
He married in December, 1843, Mary J. Briscoe, born near
Perryville, Kentucky, June 2, 1825, daughter of George H. and Eliza K.
(Ewing) Briscoe. She died December 4, 1891. They had four children:
Alice, died, aged six years; Richard Homer, see sketch; William B., a
physician in Kansas, graduate of Rush Medical College; and Clara, wife
of Charles Everson, of Huntsville. Both sons studied medicine with
their father and both graduated before they were twenty-one years of
age. The Doctor is a Democrat in politics and has always been an active
worker in the party. He never accepted any office, as his profession
occupied all his time. He is a man who is liberal in his religious
views. No one is more highly respected and admired than this same
pioneer doctor of Huntsville.