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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published by Mills & Company in 1883.  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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J. B. ABBOTT, M. D., physician and surgeon. Joplin, was born at Abbott’s Corners, Erie county, New York, Nov. 13, 1843. His father, George W. Abbott, was a native of the Empire State, born near Buffalo about the year 1815, and died at Abbott’s Corners in the fall of 1841. His mother, Ann C. (Sednor) Abbott, was a native of Virginia, born in Petersburg in 1815, and died October 10, 1871, at Petroleum Center, Penn. Our subject was raised in the city and therefore had excellent school advantages. When sixteen years of age he entered the University of Buffalo, where he pursued his studies until the breaking out of the war. He then went to Illinois and enlisted as a musician in Company I, Forty-ninth Illinois Infantry Volunteers, Colonel John A. Davis commanding, and served until hostilities ceased. He participated at Ft. Donelson, Shiloh, Vicksburg, Corinth. Spanish Fort, and many others of importance. He was wounded at Vicksburg and taken prisoner, but was subsequently exchanged. He was mustered out at Baton Rouge, La., as assistant surgeon of the Eighth Illinois Infantry, and shortly afterwards discharged at Springfield, Mo. He returned to New York and engaged in the study of medicine, first with Dr. Depew, then with Dr. C. B. Mottsam, formerly surgeon of the Sixth Michigan Infantry Volunteers, In 1866 he entered the Buffalo University (medical college) and graduated from that institution in May, 1868. He immediately came west to Kansas, and locating at Lawrence engaged in the practice of his profession with his former preceptor, Mottsam. He also embarked in the drug business. He remained there for a time, then traveled, continuing practice, and came to Joplin in May, 1874. Dr. Abbot was married in Oregon, Illinois, January 29, 1807, to Miss Elizabeth E., daughter of John M. and Elizabeth (Elliott) Snowden. formerly of Pittsburgh, Penn. Mrs. Abbott was born at Pittsburgh, Penn., July 19, 1844. They have three children: Alfred S., born May 23,1868, at Golden, Mich.; Fred J., born Nov. 11, 1870, in Pentwater, Mich., and Harry C, born in Lawrence, Kan., June 28, 1874. Mrs. Abbott is a member of the M. E. Church. The Doctor, although now afflicted because of exposure during the war, is having a very remunerative practice. He is a member of the state, district, and county medical associations and is universally considered one of the most successful practitioners in the Southwest.

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