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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 7 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1887.  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 H. DORMAN was born in Gallatin County, Ky., November 7, 1831, and is a son of Peter and Lucy (Kemper) Dorman. Peter Dorman was born in Accomack County, Va., September 3, 1803. He was a farmer, and at the age of eighteen located in Bourbon County, where he remained three years, and then moved to Gallatin County. In 1830 he married Lucy Kemper, daughter of Jonathan Kemper, of Owen County; she was born March 17, 1814; eleven children were born to this union. Peter Dorman was elected to the Legislature of Kentucky, on the Democratic ticket, in 1853; he died January 3, 1873. Matthew Dorman, paternal grandfather of our subject, a native of Accomack County, Va., was born in 1771; he was a farmer, immigrated to Bourbon County, Ky., in 1825, and died in 1852, at the age of eighty-one years. James H. Dorman settled in Owen County in 1861; he read law with Hiram Kelso in Owen County, in 1859, was admitted to the bar in 1861, and then located at Owenton. In 1862 he enlisted in the Fourth Kentucky Cavalry, Confederate Army, under Gen. Humphrey Marshall, and was in many engagements; at the siege of Knoxville, under Longstreet, at the battle of Blue Springs, under Cerro Gordo Williams, and in battles at Cynthiana, under John Morgan. At the close of the war he returned to Owen County, where, in 1869, he was elected to the State Senate, and in 1874 was elected county judge, for four years. In 1864 he married Lizzie Gaines, of Sullivan County, Tenn. Four children have been born to this union: William G., Fanny, Virginia L. and James H. In politics Mr. Dorman is a Democrat; he is a member of the Baptist Church.

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This family biography is one of 55 biographies included in the Owen County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 7 published in 1887 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 7

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