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Physician in Mexico
WILLIAM SHEDDEN was born October 9, 1820, in Ayr, Fenwick, Scotland.
He set sail for the United States about 1839 when he would have been 18 or 19 years old. This was about three years before the rest of the family came to America.
About 1846 he joined the United States Army, probably as a physician. He enlisted from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was not known for sure if he studied medicine at the University of Glasgow or at the University of Pennsylvania to become a doctor, or if he learned medicine while in the service.
William Shedden accompanied General Zachery Taylor to Florida during the Seminole War, in which he received several wounds.
He also participated in the Mexican War with General Taylor. When General Taylor refused to obey Congress with itsí war direction, he was recalled from command. William Shedden, sharing the Generalís views, left the U.S. Army and took up the practice of medicine in Sanjago, Mexico, which is near Montery.
William Shedden married a Spanish or Mexican lady and was the father of two daughters. He died in 1898 at the age of 78, never seeing his brothers and sisters after he left Scotland 39 years earlier.
This all was recorded in the columns of the Akilmarnock Standard in Scotland of January 10, 1913, when they were speaking of John Boyd Shedden.
All his brothers and sisters had settled near Udina and Plato, Illinois, except William, who fought under General Zachery Taylor in the Mexican War. When the states, taking a mean advantage, robbed that country of Texas, General Taylor, from conscientious scruples, refused to obey Congress in proceeding with the war and was recalled. William Shedden, sharing General Taylorís views, left the U.S. Army, and acquired a large practice as a doctor in Mexico. He died there 14 years ago, greatly beloved by all who knew him.