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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York published by John M. Gresham & Co. in 1891.  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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FRANK D. ORMES, M.D. The medical profession has always held a prominent position in the history of New York, and has rendered valuable services to the progress of medical science in the United States. Chautauqua county has been fortunately favored with many able and successful physicians of which Jamestown has had its full share. One of her well-known and popular practitioners is Dr. Frank D. Ormes. He was born at Panama, Chautauqua county, New York, April 2, 1838, and is a son of Dr. Cornelius and Angeline (Moore) Ormes. Prominent among the early families of Vermont was the Ormes family, from which Dr. Frank D. Ormes is descended. His paternal grandfather, Brigadier General Jonathan Ormes, was a native and life-long resident of Rutland county, Vermont. In the Revolutionary struggle for independence he was one of the first in this State to advocate armed resistance against the tyranny of the British ministry in fettering and restricting the prosperity and progress of the Colonies. Early in the Revolution, while in command of a body of Continental troops, he was captured by the English and confined on one of their prison ships until the war was nearly closed. After his exchange there was no opportunity for the display of his military talents, which were said to have been of a high order. He married and reared a family of eight children, three sons and five daughters. One of these sons was Dr. Cornelius Ormes (see sketch).

Frank D. Ormes received his literary education at Ft. Edward, N. Y., and Oberlin college, Ohio. He read medicine with his father, entered Cleveland Medical college in 1861, and was graduated from that institution in the class of 1863. After graduation he practiced for one year at Panama, and then removed to Jamestown, where he soon built up a good practice, which he has continually increased ever since.

In the fall of 1864 he was married at Franklin, Pa., to Leona Glidden, daughter of Daniel C. Glidden. Dr. and Mrs. Ormes are the parents of four children: Jesse, Frank, Grace and Leo.

Dr. Frank D. Ormes has been entirely devoted to the practice of his profession, which he has successfully pursued for nearly thirty years. He was a republican until the formation of the Liberal Republican party, which nominated Horace Greeley for president, and since then has voted the democratic ticket. He is a member of Mt. Moriah Lodge, No. 145, F. & A. Masons, Western Star Chapter, No. 67, R. A. M., Jamestown Commandery, No. 61, Knights Templar and Ishmalia Temple of the Mystic Shrine, at Buffalo. In 1871 he was elected secretary of his chapter, and has been annually re-elected to that office every year since. He is a man of business ability and spirit, and of public enterprise. His success and modest competence have been fairly earned in a professional career, which promises to be lengthened out for many years to come. As a physician, Dr. Ormes holds high rank in his profession. He is a member of the Homeopathic Medical Society of western N. Y., the New York Homeopathic Society and the American Institute of Homeopathy.

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This family biography is one of 658 biographies included in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York published in 1891. 

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