Biography of James A. Dorrance
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Dorrance, James A., was born in Woodstock, Conn. He is the son of Alexander and Mary E. (Fox) Dorrance, both born in New England. His father died in 1870 and his mother in 1849. James A. received his education in the public schools and for some years clerked in stores in different places in Connecticut and came to Troy in 1847 and was clerk in the shoe store of James Sutton two years, and in 1864 with Mr. C. D. Parkard opened a shoe store under the firm name of Dorrance & Packard. Mr. Packard sold out to Mr. Pellet in 1865 and the firm was continued under the firm name of Dorrance & Pellet and later Mr. Dorrance bought Pellet's interest and continued some years and in 1881 formed a partnership with his son, William J. Dorranee; the firm now is J. A. Dorrance & Son, one of the oldest shoe stores in the city of Troy. He married Eliza McBurney of Troy in 1850. His children are Mrs. Mary D. Heustis, William J., Fanny and Jessie. William J. Dorrance was a member of the school board from 1887 until 1893; he is now a member of the knights of Maccabees and of the Trojan Hook and Ladder company No. 3, of which he was at one time secretary, having served altogether twenty years in the Troy Fire Department.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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