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Below is a family biography included in The History of Camden County, Missouri 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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Dr. Jacob M. Bollinger, a successful practicing physician of Camden County, Mo., was born in Hickory County, Mo., February 12, 1850, being a son of Wright M. and Sarah A. (McSwain) Bollinger, and grandson of Jacob and Sarah (Moreland) Bollinger. The grandfather was of German nationality, and moved from Tennessee to Illinois, from there to Camden County, Mo., in 1833, and finally located in Polk County, where he died. He was a farmer by occupation; was a private in the War of 1812, and was at the battle of Mobile, Ala. The maternal grandparents (Salina Hall grandmother’s maiden name) moved from Kentucky to Polk County, Mo., about 1837. He was a farmer and stone-cutter by occupation. Wright Bollinger was born in East Tennessee in 1812, and died July 10, 1882. His wife was born in Kentucky in 1822, and is still living. He moved with his parents from Tennessee to Illinois, from there to Camden County, Mo., in 1833, and then to Hickory County, Mo., in 1837. He was in the Home Guards in the late war. Of the five children born to his marriage, all are living in Hickory County, Mo., with the exception of Dr. Bollinger. These children are named as follows: Jacob M., Joseph C., Salina D. Mashburn, Sarah F. Bollinger and Jerusha B. Richardson. Dr. Bollinger spent his youthful days in Hickory County, Mo., and at the age of nineteen years began farming. He was married August 30, 1868, to Miss Margaret R. Dixon, who was born June 30, 1854, in Greene County, Mo., and who was the daughter of Hiram and Nancy R. (Pitts) Dixon, both natives of Kentucky. Mr. and Mrs. Dixon moved from Kentucky to Hickory County, Mo., with their parents, were married in the last named State, and there passed the most of their lives. He was a farmer, and served in the late war. They were the parents of ten children, five now living: William M., Sarah J. Moore, George W., John T. and Mrs. Margaret R. Bollinger. The maternal grandmother of Mrs. Bollinger, Rhoda (Ricks) Pitts, was born in Kentucky, and moved from that State to Hickory County, Mo. Dr. Bollinger became the father of seven children by his marriage, five now living: George F., Nancy A., Hiram M., Lee and Rosa May. Those deceased are Wright M. and an infant unnamed. Dr. Bollinger began reading medicine under able instruction at fourteen years of age, in 1874, and practiced in Polk and Hickory Counties from 1879 to 1882. He attended Joplin College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1882 and 1883, graduating in the last named year. He then engaged in the practice of his profession at Elixir Springs, Dallas County, Mo., also practiced in Elkton, Hickory Co. in 1884, and came to Mack’s Creek in March, 1885, where he has since been occupied in the active duties of his profession. He has bought property and permanently located at Mack’s Creek. He is the owner of 130 acres in one tract, forty acres in another, and a good frame house in the town, with land adjoining. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and is a Republican in politics, casting his first presidential vote for U. S. Grant in 1872.

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This family biography is one of 46 biographies included in The History of Camden County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Camden County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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