B. M. Dorr, residing at Galva, where he is engaged in the jewelry business, was born in Columbia Co., N. Y., May 25, 1832. The name Dorr seems to be a corruption of the name De Orr. LaFayette, on his last visit to America, called on an uncle of our subject, Elisha Dorr, and asked him where the Dorrs originated, he told him tradition said from  England. LaFayette replied that it was not an English name, but that it was undoubtedly from Normandy, a province of France, as the name was common there. There is but one family of Dorrs known in America; hence they all sprang from the same family.
  Matthew Dorr, grandfather of the subject of this notice, resided in Columbia Co., N. Y., where he was engaged as a woolen manufacturer, and where, at Dansville, that State, he died. He was the father of five children, namely: Abraham, Samuel, Matthew, Jr. (the father of the subject of this notice), Phebe and Sybil. Matthew Dorr, Jr., father of our subject, was born in New York, and died in 1869, in Bureau County, this State, aged 83 years. He was formerly Judge of the Columbia County Court, New York, later a woolen manufacturer, and also a soldier in the War of 1812. He was Postmaster ten years and Justice of the Peace eight years while in Bureau County, Illinois. He was married to Ann B. Mudge, Jan. 29, 1811. She died at Neponset, Bureau County, this State, in November, 1872, aged 79 years. They were the parents of 12 children, --Adeline S., Irene, Elizabeth S., William M., Harriet C., George E., Caroline, Hellen L., Phebe Ann, James Edmund, Byron M. and Samuel.
   Byron M. Dorr, of whom we write, was educated at Knox College, this State, and during the two years prior to his majority, was engaged in the active labors of the farm. He enlisted in Co. A., 42d Reg. Ill Vol. Inf., as a private, but the company not being received under the first call of 6, 000 by the Governor, he re-enlisted as musician and served nearly eight months, when the regiment bands were discharged by order of Major-General Hallock, and brigade bands formed. After this he returned to Kewanee, and his health having been greatly impaired, he engaged to learn the jewelry business at that place. He mastered the same and then went to Neponset, Bureau County, where he engaged in business and continued until 1869, when he came to Galva and again engaged in the same business. Mr. Dorr, ever since he came to Galva, ahs continued in the jewelry business and at present has a first-class store, with a good and constantly increasing trade. He has also been engaged as teacher of a band at different times, and is widely known as a musician of fine ability. Politically, he is a believer in and a supporter of the principles of the Greenback party.
   Mr. Dorr was united in marriage at Kewanee, Nov. 16, 1856, with Emma M. Maunder, born in the town of Martock, Somerset, England, in 1833, and who emigrated to the United States in 1854. Religiously, Mrs. Dorr is a member of the Congregational Church.

Pg. 680     1885 Portrait & Biographical Album of Henry Co., Illinois



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