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Below is a family biography included in History of Warren County, Iowa published by Union Historical Company in 1879.  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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BLAKE, JAMES D., Physician and Surgeon; P. O. Palmyra; born in Olive county, Ohio, November 25, 1838; he was educated at Marietta College, and studied medicine at Columbus, Ohio, Starling Medical College, whence he graduated M. D., in 1869; he settled first at Lowell, Ohio, in partnership with Dr. Echelberry, and moved to his present location at Palmyra in October, 1870; his practice is general, surgery however, and diseases of the eye being his specialty; he has performed nearly all the Capital operations with success; he is a, member of the Noble County Medical Society, and has been President and Secretary and also a member of the Warren County Medical Society, of which he has been Vice-President and Treasurer, and a member of the Iowa State Medical Society; his contributions to medical literature have been “Puerperal Fever,” its causation and treatment, Richmond and Louisville Medical Journal, December, 1876. “A case of poisoning and death with Veratrum Viride.” American Medical Weekly, November, 1874. “Case of a white girl twelve years old, giving birth to a mulatto child weighing nine pounds,” American Medical Weekly. “No Humbuggery,” Warren Record. Articles contributed to Medical Societies, “Inflammation, its Etiology,” “Tubercular Consumption,” “Typhoid Fever of the West,” “Spinal Concussion,” “Railway Spine,” “ A new Cephalus Monster, with drawing,” American Bi-weekly Medical Journal. “Abscess of the Womb,” etc. In April 9, 1863, he married Miss Hannah E., daughter of James Kelley, Esq. of Banesville, Ohio; they have a family of two sons and one daughter; Eugene Lind, Byron Storer, Luna May.

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This family biography is one of 548 biographies included in The History of Warren County, Iowa published in 1879.  For the complete description, click here: Warren County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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