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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Independence County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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James P. Dorr, M. D., one of the progressive citizens of Black River Township, and an eminent physician and surgeon of the same, is the son of Dr. Francis A. and Mary J. (Powell) Dorr, natives of Selsea, Germany, and Ohio, respectively. Dr. Dorr, Sr., came to Ohio at the age of twelve years, and spent his boyhood days in musical and literary studies. In his early manhood he entered a medical school in Cincinnati, and later graduated at Keokuk Medical College, Iowa. He was then married, and after living several years in Indiana, Illinois and Iowa, in 1870 moved to Jacksonport, Jackson County, Ark., and there practiced his profession. He remained there until the spring of 1889, when he went to Hot Springs, opened an office, where he is at present practicing. Dr. James P. Dorr was born in Iowa on the 6th of December, 1856, and spent his school days in that State and in Arkansas. He began the study of medicine in 1877, his father and Dr. Strauss (a doctor of natural sciences) being his instructors. During the years of 1879, 1880 and 1881, he attended the Missouri Medical College, at St. Louis, and graduated from that institution in the class of 1881, but had practiced, however, several months prior to his graduation. In the spring of the last mentioned year, he located where he now lives, and has since been practicing in this section. He has built up one of the largest practices in the county, and has been very successful, as his many patients, yet living, can testify. He is the owner of eighty acres of land on Dota Creek, but gives his entire time to his practice. He is the fourth of a family of eleven children, nine of whom are living: J. F. Dorr (merchant, whose present location is not known), Hattie (deceased, wife of Marion F. Israel, a merchant of Richland and Keokuk, Iowa), T. B. R. (a farmer of Black River Township), Samuel Ashton (a saddler, lives at Hot Springs), James P., R. C. (an M. D., of Black River Township, and enjoys a lucrative practice), A. P. (is a successful practicing physician, at Sulphur Rock), B. J. (is also an M. D., and is practicing his profession at Tupelo, Jackson County, Ark.), Grace G. (lives with her mother at Sulphur Rock). Mary and J. P. (the eldest of the family) died in childhood. James P. came from a long-lived people, his parents both surviving, his father nearly seventy, and the mother sixty-five years of age. The latter’s parents both lived to the extreme age of one hundred years. Dr. Dorr, Sr., was an active Democrat, and his son, Dr. James P. Dorr, is also a Democrat, and is quite an influential citizen in his county, politically. On the 15th of November, 1888, the latter married Miss Mary E. Haddock, daughter of Jordan Haddock, of Independence County, Ark. The Doctor takes a great interest in the building of schools, and, in fact, in all public enterprises.

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This family biography is one of 158 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Independence County, Arkansas published in 1889.  View the complete description here: Independence County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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