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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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DR. JAMES W. BROCK, physician and surgeon, Jackson township, was born in Hopkins county, Ky., May 22, 1827, where he was raised. His father, James Brock, was born in North Carolina in 1788, and came to Cooper county, Mo., when it was a territory, and was one of the pioneers of Jasper county, having come there in 1844, and died in June of the same year. Dr. Brock was married Feb. 5, 1847, to Nancy F. Hickey, who was born in Overton county, Tenn., and died Feb. 27, 1877. She left two children: Wm. L., and an infant. Mr. B. married again in 1878 to Mrs. Eliza A. Hickey. They have five children: Wm. J., Nancy J., Charlotte, John, and Permele Hickey. Mr. and Mrs. Brock are both members of the Christian Church, and he is also a member of the Masonic order. Dr. Brock owns a fine farm of 180 acres, well improved, with good residence, and 1,000 bearing trees, raising 1,500 bushels of apples each season. The farm is located in section 7, township 27, range 31, and seven miles southwest from Carthage. Dr. Brock has diplomas from the Cincinnati Eclectic College of Physicians and Surgeons, and also the Joplin Medical College, and has practiced some twenty-five years. He enlisted in Company G, Fifteenth Missouri Cavalry, and also had charge of a hospital during the late war. In 1878-79 he operated a drug store in Carterville and practiced medicine, and also owned mines in Joplin. He was one of the first settlers of the county and has seen much of the pioneer life and the great development of the country. He at one time killed a panther near where he now resides, with a pack of hounds. Dr. Brock enjoys a good practice, is a good citizen, highly respected and a genial gentleman.

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