Biography of Thomas Carson
Indiana County, PA Biographies

THOMAS CARSON, M.D. During the last decades of the present wonderful century of progress, medicine has been as rapidly progressive as any other profession and justly stands high in the estimation of the world. Indiana county has always been favored with many skillful and eminent physicians. One of her progressive physicians of today is Dr. Thomas Carson, of Saltsburg, a medical practitioner of twenty five years' successful experience. He was born in Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, June 23, 1842, and is a son of John and Hannah (Henderson) Carson. His paternal grandfather, James Carson, came, in 1820, from Ireland to Allegheny county, this State, where he purchased a large farm. He was a successful farmer, a zealous member of the Methodist church and an enthusiastic democrat whose democracy was so strong as to cause him to disinherit his eldest son because he was a republican. He lived to be eighty years of age and his widow reached her hundredth birthday. John Carson (father) was born in Ireland and came to Pittsburgh in 1818, but soon removed to Armstrong county, where he owns a splendid and well stocked farm of two hundred and four acres on the Indiana and Kittanning pike. He is a Jacksonian democrat, takes great interest in local political affairs and has served his township as justice of the peace and school director. He is an ardent presbyterian and a successful business man. He married Hannah Henderson, eldest daughter of William Henderson, a member of the Covenanter church, who came, in 1820, from Ireland to Allegheny county, where he was a successful farmer and became a strong republican. Mr. and Mrs. Carson celebrated their golden wedding in June, 1890. They have been the parents of seven children: Dr. Thomas, William Dr. John A., of Leechburg, (deceased); James, of Indiana; Margaret, Catherine and J. Wilson, druggist at Indiana.

Thomas Carson was reared in Armstrong county and received his education in the common schools and Elder's Ridge academy, where, in addition to the full acadeniic course, he took special courses of study in the Greek, Latin and German languages. He read medicine with Dr. James K. Parke, of Cochran's Mills, Armstrong county, and in 1863 entered Jefferson Medical college, from which he was graduated in the class of 1865. On April 3, 1865, he located at Elderton, Armstrong county, and practiced his profession there until July 4, 1874. In October, 1874, he came to Saltsburg, where he has practiced successfully ever since.

In the State of Illinois, on February 2, 1866, he was married to Jennie Salina Floyd Wilson Jack, daughter of Samuel and Nancy (Porter) Jack, who were natives of Westmoreland county, this State. To Dr. and Mrs. Carson have been born five children: Dr. John B., born in 1867 and now a practicing physician of Blairsville; Samuel J., born in October J869; Dollie, who died young; Nancy H., born July 2, 1875; and an infant son which died in 1880. Mrs. Carson is pleasant, intelligent woman, a member of the Presbyterian church and devoted to her home and family.

Dr. Thomas Carson has been a member of the Masonic fraternity for twenty six years and of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows for nineteen years. He is also a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, Royal Arcanum, Knights of Honor, Knights & Ladies of Honor and the Knights of the Golden Eagle. He is medical examiner at Saltsburg for all these different orders. He is a prominent democrat and while a member of no church, yet contributes freely to the churches of every religious denomination. He opposes the foreign missions of the churches, but gives liberally to their home missions. Dr. Carson has a fine residence on Point street, enjoys a large practice and has treated a great many poor patients free of charge. He is very fond of huntmg and every fall takes a trip to the mountains for deer and wild turkey. He is genial, generous and honorable, and has become deservedly popular as a physician and a citizen.

Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
John M. Greshan & Co.
Philadelphia, 1891

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