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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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WILLIAM DOTY, farmer, post-office Carthage, was a native of the Empire State, having been born in Jefferson county, Dec. 15, 1843. He lived there and in Canada until the breaking out of the war, when he enlisted in Company K, Fifth New York Cavalry Regiment, going into active service and participating in the battles of the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, the Wilson raid near Washington, D. C., in 1864 (the repulse of General Early), campaign through the Shenandoah Valley under General Sheridan, Cedar Creek, Winchester, and Five Forks. He was mustered out in June, 1865, and lived in New York City until 1869, and traveled with Barnum & Bailey’s circus four seasons. He was married at Albany, N. Y., Jan. 22, 1872, to Mrs. Susan Snow, a native of Connecticut. He became a resident of Jasper county, Mo., in 1877, since which time he has engaged at farming.

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