J. B. MATHIS, physician, P. O. America, was born January 5, 1840, in Trigg County, Ky., son of William Mathis, born 1814, in Trigg County, Ky., a farmer by occupation, and died 1860, in Johnson County, Ill. His mother was Cynthia (Scott) Mathis, born 1818, in Trigg County, Ky. She is now living in Johnson County, Ill. Dr. Mathis was educated in Vienna, Johnson County, Ill. He received his medicial education in the Eclectric Medical College, Cincinnati, Ohio, graduating in March, 1866. Having previous to this read medicine for about three years with Dr. A. B. Moore, of New Columbia, Ill., as preceptor. After receiving his diploma, he settled in Massac County, Ill., where he followed his profession about one year, when he removed to Johnson County, Ill. Here he practiced from 1867 to 1873, when he came to Pulaski County. He has tilled the soil for the last three years, besides following his profession. He was joined in matrimony, July 23, 1865, in Johnson County, Ill., to Miss Mary S. Mason, born September 22, 1846, in Trigg County, Ky. She is a daughter of James and Anna (Hester) Mason, and is the mother of six children now living, viz.: James William, born September 2, 1868; John B., September 24, 1871; Morse P., April 20, 1873; Robert D., March 14; 1877; Archy, July 13, 1880; and Nellie, October 10, 1877. Mr. and Mrs. Mathis are members of the United Brethren Church. He has a farm of 90 acres; has held school office. In politics, he is identified with the Democratic party, all his life; is a member of the I. O. O. F.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 271.