Marcellus C Phinney
4th Illinois Cavalry
Marcellus was born in Worchester County, Massachusetts. July 1, 1838. His father Dr. Marcellus C. Phinney was born near Bangor Maine, and was educated there and in Harvard College. He practiced his profession for ten years in Massachusetts, six years in Ohio and about the same number in Indiana, coming to Illlinois in 1858, where he practiced in Mason County. For two years he resided in Cornland, Logan County, and died in 1883 in Tazewell County. His wife was Elizabeth PERLEY and the eldest son whose name heads this sketch, was named Marcellus Perley Phinney. He was educated in Reedtown, Ohio, and Crown Point, Indiana. He studed medicine with his father and with the Eclectic Medical College at Cincinnati, from which he took his diploma in 1865. He then practiced four years in Mason County, two in McLean and then settled in Mount Pulaski. He is a member of the State Eclectic Medical Society. He is also a member of Mt. Pulaski Lodge, No. 454, I.O.O.F., and Sam Walker Post, No. 205, G.A.R. of which he is a surgeon and adjutant. He enlisted July 1861, in the Fourth Illinois Cavalry, participating in the battles of Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, Shiloh, the seige of Corinth and capture of Memphis. At the end of his term of service he was discharged at Trenton, Tennessee, in 1863. Marcy 15, 1860 he married in Mason City, Illinois to Lucy T. Andrews, born in Ohio. Three children have been born to them. -- Ora L., Ossa H., and Mazie, the two former born in Mason City, Illinois, and the latter born in Atlantic Iowa. The Doctor is a genial, well-informed gentleman, who keeps himself enlightened on may subjects outside his profession.