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    JACOB P. DOLL, whose valuable farm of sixty acres is situated in Concord Township, about two miles west of Troy, on the north side of the McKaig road, was born at Troy, Ohio, March 26, 1861, and is a son of Frederick and Barbara (Frank) Doll.

    Conrad Doll was the paternal grandfather and when his son Frederick was about five years old, he brought his family from Germany to America, coming directly to Troy, Ohio, which was then a small village. His house stood on the present site of the big Haner warehouse, and from there he moved to the present farm of his son, Frederick, which is in Monroe Township, six miles southwest of Troy. He started to clear his land but met with an accident, a tree falling on him, which caused his death fifteen hours later, in March, 1861. He had two children to survive infancy, Frederick and Jacob, both natives of Germany and both living in Monroe Township, Miami County.

    Frederick and Jacob Doll were both young when they were left fatherless but they had been thriftily taught to be industrious and each one did his share in clearing up the farm, attending school when they could spare the time. Frederick Doll married Barbara Frank, who bad accomppanied her parents from Germany when seventeen years of age. They lived at Troy until after the birth of their oldest son, Jacob P., and then went back to the farm, where they still reside. Their other children were,: Samuel, now deceased; Catherine, wife of Newell Kerr; Mary, who married George Runnings and resides in Chicago; Elizabeth, wife of George Butts; George, Fred and Charles; and Dora, wife of Harry Fox.

    Jacob P. Doll. attended the district schools and lived at home until his marriage in 1884, when he went to housekeeping on the present Levi Switzer farm in Concord Township, which he rented for one and one-half years. He then rented the Henry Eyer farm in Lost Creek Township for four years, after which he bought his present farm from the Williams Brothers. A residence was in course of construction and Mr. Doll completed it and later, when the old barn burned down, he rebuilt it. He carries on a general line of farming, giving seven acres to tobacco, and is numbered with the prosperous farmers of the township.

    On July 24, 1884, Mr. Doll was married to Miss Dora Kerr, a daughter of John C. Kerr, of Miami County, and to this marriage have been born six children, namely John, who lives in Monroe Township, married Elizabeth Knife, and they have one son, Ralph; Nina; Clarence, who attends the Troy High School; Frank, who died when aged two years and eight months; and Mary and Stella. Since he was sixteen years of age, Mr. Doll has been a member of the German Lutheran Church. Mrs. Doll was reared in the Christian Church. In politics he is a Democrat but no office-seeker.

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