Samuel  McGaughey,  M.D.

            David McGaughey,  the grandfather of the doctor, was of Scotch-Irish descent, though a native of Scotland.  He married a  Miss Litle, and had five daughters and four sons, among whom was  Robert L., the father of the subject of this biography.  He married  Mary Ann,  daughter of  Ezekiel Clark, to whom were born six sons and six daughters.  The birth of  Samuel, the third son, occurred July 22, 1828, in Franklin County, Ind., where his life until his eighteenth year was passed in the improvement of such educational advantages as the vicinity afforded.  After a brief period of teaching, finding his tastes in harmony with an active professional career, he began the study of medicine with  Dr. D. S. McGaughey, of Morristown, Shelby Co., Ind., under whose preceptorship he continued for three years.  During this time he attended three courses of lectures at the Ohio Medical College, Cincinnati, from which institution he graduated in 1851.  His first field of labor was at Palestine, Hancock Co., Ind., where he located the following year.  He subsequently spent tow years in Marietta, Shelby Co., and in May, 1856, made Acton, Marion Co., his residence.  He at once engaged in practice of a general character, which steadily increased until it became extensive and laborious.  He was for a brief period associated with  Dr. P. C. Leavitt, a very successful practitioner, who served with credit in the army, and on his return resumed his practice, which was continued until his death.
            Dr. McGaughey is a Republican in politics, though neither his tastes nor the demands of his profession lead to active participation in the political events of the day.  He is identified with order of Masonry, and a member of Pleasant Lodge, No. 134, of Free and Accepted Masons, of Acton.  He is descended from Scotch Presbyterian stock, and a member of the Acton Presbyterian Church, as also one its trustees.  Dr. McGaughey was in 1852 married to Miss Ann A., daughter of  Daniel W. Morgan, to whom were born children, --- Robert  and  Otto Livingston.  Mrs. McGaughey died in 1857, and he was again married in 1858 to  Miss Mary S. Boal, whose children are  Rachel,  Mellie (deceased),  Elizabeth (deceased),  Jennie,  and  Samuel..
History of Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana, by B. R. Sulgrove, Philadelphia: L. H. Everts & Co., 1884, page 297.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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