WILLIAM J. J. PARIS, M. D. is a resident of Elizabethtown, Hardin County, and a son of Dr. J. L. Paris, who was born in Smith County, Tenn., January 30, 1830. Dr. Paris, Sr., was reared on the farm and at the age of ten years he removed with his father to Crittenden County, Ky., with an ox-team and wagon, and settled down on a farm. Young J. L. Paris then worked on the farm summers and attended school during the winter months, obtaining, however, but a limited education in his youth. He studied medicine and gradually drifted into practice. In 1871 he removed to Hardin County, Ill., and continued in the practice of his profession, and was a very successful practitioner, remaining there until 1889, when he returned to his old home in Kentucky and has since made that his home. He was married in May, 1852, to Nancy S. Smart, daughter of John Smart, a native of North Carolina, and by her had fourteen children, five of whom are still living, viz.: William J. J.; A. M., a farmer in Hardin County; T. F., also a farmer in Hardin County; W. S., a farmer in Crittenden County, Ky.; and Louisiana E., wife of E. J. Oxford, a farmer of Hardin County.
William J. J. Paris, the subject of this sketch, was born in Crittenden County, Ky., April 27, 1853, and spent his early days in assisting his father in summer time and attending school in the winter months. At the age of nine years he met with an accident in a sorghum mill, which caused the loss of the entire right hand, and also the loss of the two first fingers on the left hand. He began the study of medicine while yet a boy, and as he grew up gradually established a good practice and is to-day one of the leading physicians of Hardin County, graduating from the Nashville Medical College, February 23, 1882. He was married April 6, 1875, to Elizabeth F. Lee, a daughter of A. J. and Caroline Lee, of Tennessee. By his marriage he has five children living, namely: James Ernest, Maud Ethel, Allen De Witt, Bessie and Augustus Green. Dr. Paris is a member of Empire Lodge No. 54, I. O. O. F., at Elizabethtown, and of Hardin Lodge No. 3,133, K. of H. He is a member of the Democratic party, and both he and wife are members of. and earnest workers in, the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is a practical business man of integrity, and as a citizen is ever ready to do his share in the promotion of local advancement. Genial in manner, sympathetic in expression, he has a host of sincere friends.
Extracted from Biographical Review of Johnson, Massac, Pope, and Hardin Counties, Illinois, published in 1893, page 617
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