Carroll County Biographies

Jethro Mastin


Jethro Mastin, M.D., Postmaster of Shannon and one of the most prominent ment of Shannon Township, has served as a Justice of the Peace for 24 years, officiated as Notary Public and has represented his township in the COunty Board of Supervisors 13 years. He was Chairman of the Board 6 years and was the first Collector of the township, which position he held five years. Indeed, so intimately has he been identified with its growth, that it is difficult to determine how the town and vicinity would get along without him. During these years he has built up for himself a reputation second to none for honesty and integrity, being a citizen enjoying the entire confidence and esteem of all who know him.

Dr. Martin was born in Harrison Co. OH May 20, 1825, and completed his education at the West Bedford Academy, after which he taught school 10 years in his native state. During the vacations he prosecuted the study of medicine, considerable of the time, at Chillicothe, under the instruction of Dr. E.N. Knight, under whose preceptorship he commenced practice. He came to IL in 1857, settling first at Loran, Stephenson County where he sojourned until 1862. The winter of that year found him established at Shannon. He had in the meantime been off on a hunt for gold at Pike's Peak, but did not abandon the practice of his profession in the Far West. After returning and settling in Shannon, he confined himself to his practice for 10 years, then became interested in the lumber and coal trade, which he prosecuted until 1887. He received the appointment of Postmaster July 23, 1885, after which he disposed of his interest in the business line. As soon as possible, he entered upon the duties of his office. He has filled many positions of trust and responsibility, officiating as President of the Village Board most of the time since this body has been in existence, and there have been few enterprises tending to the general good of the community in which he has not been interested.

He cast his first Presidential vote for Cass, and since that time has supported the Democratic party. The fact that he has served as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, a body Republican in politics is sufficient evidence of the esteem in which he is held by the people of Shannon. In religious matters he is a member and one of the pillars of the Methodist Episcopal Church,s erving as Steward and Trustee, Superintendent of the Sunday-School and otherwise proving himself to be one of the most useful of the brethren.

Miss Catherine Dougherty of Coshocton County OH became his wife on the 9th of Feb. 1853. The children born of this union are George C., at present a resident of Wichita KS, was first married to Fanny Shelleyof Shannon,w ho died, leaving one child, a daughter, Katie. He was then married to Miss Ada Crummer of Mt. Caroll. James William married Anna L. Carhartt of Rosco OH, makes his home at Colorado Springs, and is employed as a passenger conductor on the Rock Island RR. Maggie is the wife of George E. Ward of Chicago.

Mrs. Catherine (Dougherty) Mastin was born in Guernsey Co. OH April 12, 1833 and is the daughter of George and Margaret (McFadden) Dougherty, who were natives of Ohio and the father a farmer by occupation. Quite late in life they removed to KS where they spent their last years. The father of our subject was James Mastin, who was born near Laurel Hill, Delaware in 1762 and was marrie 4 times. The mother of our subject was in her girlhood Anna Dewald and Jethro was the youngest of her five children. He has one sister living, Margaret, who is a resident of Coles County IL. James mastin followed the sea as Captain of a ship until the War of 1812 when he was captured by the British and confined for a time at Dartmouth prison. After being set at liberty he settled in Harrison Co OH but later removed to Tuscaraws County; our subject then being a lad of 13 years. The father died there in 1857, at the advanced age of 95 years. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church; the mother had died in Ohio about 1836.

Portraits & Biographical Carroll County IL 1889 Pg 847

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