Physician and surgeon; Alexis; is of Scotch-Irish blood and traces his lineage to the ancient Scotch family of McCutchan. Samuel McCutchan, a native of Ireland , married Elizabeth Fulton, a Scotch-Irish woman. They emigrated to the United States , and their son, William McCutchan, Doctor McCutehan's grandfather, was born in Virginia in 1758 and died in 1848. He married Jane Finley, who was born in 1768 and died June 18, 1852 . Their son, Robert McCutchan, was born near Staunton , Va. , in 1797 and died in 1884. He married Mary G. Finley, who was born In Adams County, Ohio, in 1807, and died in 1854.

Miss Finley was a daughter of Samuel and Mary ( Glasgow ) Finley, the former born in the Shenandoah Valley , Virginia , while the last mentioned died in Adams County , Ohio . James F. McCutchan, son of Robert and Mary G. (Finley) McCutchan, was born in Adams County , Ohio , August 9, 1833 , Robert McCutchan emigrated to that county from Virginia in 1825, and in 1848 to Parke County , Ind.and thence to McDonough County , Ill. , in 1853.

A year later he removed to Mercer County , where for many years he was a surveyor. His sons, Robert Nathaniel, John Andrew and James F., fought for the Union in the civil war. Robert Nathaniel was killed at Chickamauga , and John Andrew at Resaca, and the bodies of both were lost- James F. McCutchan enlisted May, 1861. in Company H, Second Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and, in the fail of 1863, was made Captain of Company D, Ninth Regiment Iowa Volunteer Cavalry, in which he served until the close of the war. He was honorably discharged in May, 1865, and perhaps his most vivid recol­ lections of the war are of the terrible fight at Fort Donelson , at Shiloh and the siege of Corinth . Doctor McCutehan's early life was spent a farmer.

At the age of twenty-two years he entered college at Washington , Iowa , where he was graduated May, 1861. In 1865-66 he read medicine under the preceptorship of Doctor Webster at Moumouth, and be received the degree of M. D. at the Medical College at Keokuk , Iowa , in the spring of 1868. From that time until 1871 he practiced his profession at Norwood , Mercer County ; in 1871-72 at Alexis; 1872-90 at Norwood ; and since the last date he has enjoyed a successful practice at Alexis, riding extensively throughout Warren and Mercer Counties .

He is a member of the United Presbyterian Church, is a Republican, and a comrade of Alexis Post, Grand Army of the Republic. He married in Mercer County, August 24, 1865, M. J. Salina Graham, who was born in Washington County, Penn., November 22, 1843, a daughter of Bbenezer and Sarah Ann (McDowell) Graham, who came of two old Scotch families.

Mr. Graham, who was born in Washington County , Penn. , and a successful farmer, settled in Ohio Grove Township , Mercer County , in 1856. He died in 1902; his wife still lives there. Mrs. McCutchan has borne her husband five children: Mary Edna and Sarah Edith, born November 13, 3866 ; A. Joseanna, December 14, 1870 ; Alma G., June 12, 1876 ; Clara G., April 2, 1881 . Edith died June 27, 1883 .


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