J. T. Colliver, physician, Jefferson, is a son of Dr. John Colliver, who was born in Kentucky in 1811. He was raised in his native State to farm life, which he followed in connection with trading. His marriage with Matilda Robinson was celebrated in 1831, and, ten year later, they moved to Ohio, locating in Madison County. Soon after reaching the latter county, he commenced reading medicine, and in due time was prepared and began practicing on the Eclectic system, in Mechanicsburg, Champaign Co., Ohio. After a successful practice of ten years, he, in 1855, located in Amity, Madison County, where the whole family was attacked with small-pox, resulting in the death of one, a young lady, and severely marking the remainder. Dr. John Colliver practiced there until 1857, when he located in Jefferson, where he practiced until his death, in 1865. His widow still survives, aged sixty-eight years. Their children were twelve in number, seven of whom are still living. Dr. J. T., the fifth, was born in 1841 in Kentucky, but from infancy he was reared in Ohio. He commenced reading medicine under his father, and began practicing in the fall of 1862, in Jefferson, where he has carried a heavy practice ever since. He graduated at the Eclectic College, of Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1864. In 1869, he married Frances, daughter of Dr. W. W. Adams, of De Witt County, Ill. Four children are the issue of this union.


From HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY - W. H. Beers [Chicago, 1883]