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A History of Kentucky and Kentuckians, The Leaders and Representative Men in Commerce, Industry and Modern Activities. By E. Polk Johnson, Volume III. Illustrated. Publishers: The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago-New York, 1912.
THOMAS JOSIAH WEDDING, M. D. – A well-known physician of Daviess county, Thomas Josiah Wedding, M. D., is actively and successfully engaged in the practice of his profession at Whitesville. A son of the late Robert Gregory Wedding, he was born on a farm in Ohio county, Kentucky, not far from the city of Hartford. His grandfather, George Wedding, was born in Maryland, the son of a lawyer who emigrated from England to Baltimore, Maryland, and subsequently spent his life in that vicinity. Choosing the rural occupation of a farmer, George Wedding emigrated as a young man to Kentucky, becoming one of the earlier settlers of Ohio county. He purchased a tract of heavily timbered land, cleared and improved a homestead, and there spent his remaining days. Prominent in local affairs, he rendered excellent service s sheriff of Ohio county. He married Mary Runner, who was of thrifty German ancestry, and to them five sons and three daughters were born.
Although reared to agricultural pursuits, Robert Gregory Wedding made good use of his native mechanical ability, in course of time becoming a prosperous contractor, building bridges and flour mills in different places not only in Kentucky but in Indiana. He also became a landholder, owning a farm, near Hartford, Ohio county, where he resided until his death, at the age of seventy-two years. His wife, whose maiden name was Mary Ann Hale, was born in Ohio county, Kentucky, near Fordsville, a daughter of Caleb and Sarah Hale. Caleb Hall, whose brother, Dr. Josiah Hale, was an instructor in the New Orleans Medical College, was an expert worker in wood, for many years making furniture, spinning wheels and wagons for the pioneer settlers of Kentucky. He was also a tiller of the soil, owning a farm in the eastern part of Ohio county, where he spent his last years. Caleb Hale and his wife reared seven daughters and four sons, and two of the sons practiced medicine. Of the union of Robert G. and Mary Ann (Hale) Wedding nine children were born, namely: Josephine, Elizabeth, George C., Sylvester J., Winfield Scott, Robert R., Thomas Josiah, Mary Hale and John S. R. The mother died in early life, passing away at the age of forty-two years.
After leaving the public schools Thomas Josiah Wedding continued his studies for a time at the Hartford Seminary. At the age of eighteen years, desirous of earning money enough to pay his college expenses, he began teaching school. In the meantime he studied medicine with his brother, Dr. S. J. Wedding, and his cousin, C. V. Wedding, and was subsequently graduated from the medical department of the University of Louisville, with the class of 1884. Dr. Wedding immediately began the practice of his chosen profession at Sulphur Springs, where he gained valuable experience and won an excellent patronage. Coming to Whitesville in 1889, he has since built up a lucrative practice in this section of the state, and holds high rank among the most successful physicians of this locality. He is well known, and is a member of the Daviess County Medical Association and of the Kentucky State Association.
Dr. Wedding married, September 9, 1879, Mary N. Jones, who was born in Fordsville, Ohio county, Kentucky, a daughter of John H. and America (Grey) Jones. Three children have blessed the union of Doctor and Mrs. Wedding, namely: Stella, Robert Palmer, and Mary A. Robert Palmer Wedding, the only son, received his preliminary education in the public schools of Ohio and Daviess counties, after which he attended lectures at the State University of Kentucky, in Louisville, but did not take the full course of medical study. Going instead to Kiefer, Oklahoma, he accepted the position of cashier of the Kiefer State Bank, and during an attempted robbery of that bank he was shot, receiving wounds that caused his death. He was a young man of sterling qualities, honest and upright, well liked by all, and his death at the age of twenty-three years was a deep loss not only to his immediate family, and friends but to the community in which he resided.