THE DUNN FAMILY HISTORY
BEGINNING WITH ARMSTRONG DUNN
Armstrong Dunn's father was allegeded to have fought in the Revolutionary War, but his name is unknown. More, it is uncertain if Armstrong Dunn was born in Virginia or West Virginia or if the borders shifted after his birth. What is known is that he spent some time as a musician on steamboats going up and down the Ohio River before moving to Ohio, where he became a farmer and a minister in the Misionary Baptist Church. He later moved to Hamilton County, Indiana and continued as a farmer and minister.
Armstrong Dunn is listed in the 1830 US Federal Census in the Township of Fayette in the County of Lawrence in the state of Ohio on roll M19-134, page 315.
Armstrong Dunn is listed in the 1850 Fayette Township, Lawrence, OH
Armstrong Dunn is listed in the 1860 US Federal Census in the Township of Delaware, County of Hamilton, State of Indiana. His Post Office is listed as New Briton. His details are listed on Roll M653_263, page 428, and his age is given as 40. His birthplace is given as Virginia and his date of birth as 1819. His household at this time includes his wife Mary, whose age is listed as 59 with a birthdate of 1800, born in Virginia, and includes Ruben Dunn, born 1836 in Ohio, listed as age 23, Mary Dunn, born in Ohio and listed as born in 1837, and George W. Dunn, listed as age 20, also born in Ohio in 1839.
Armstrong Dunn is last listed in the 1870 Fall Creek Township, Hamilton County, Indiana as white male, on roll M593_319, page 80. His estimated birth year is listed as 1799 with his age on this census being listed as 70. His wife, Mary, is listed on the next page with her age being 65 in the same year and her place of birth being Virginia. Armstrong Dunn lists his occupation as Farmer and Mary lists her occupation as keeping house. There is no value listed for real estate, but value of personal estate is listed as 900.
There are land records for Lawrence County, OH. Land Office Chillicothe,
5096, total acres: 43.36 Issued August 01, 1837, statutory reference 3 Stat 566,
Act or Treaty April 24, 1820. Sale - cash entries for the legal land description,
SENE Ohio River Survey Township 2N, Range 17W, Section 27. There is also an additional
entry at Chillicothe for document number 11857, total acres 43.08, issue date
April 1, 1843, statutory reference 3 Stat. 566, Act or Treaty April 24, 1820,
also sale-cash entries. Legal Description is SWNW Ohio River Survey Township 2N,
Range 17W, Section 26.
These files contains the marriage records from Lawrence Co., Ohio's
Marriage Books 1-3. There are a total of 3192 names and it covers
the county's marriages from 1819-1843.
The marriage of Armstrong and Polly is listed on Page Sixteen of the Lawrence County, Ohio record books:
16 30-Dec-1819 Brandon Polly Armstrong Dunn
Was a carpenter and a farmer. He married Jane Murphy and died in 1875.
Article from unknown genealogy book of Clinton County: Washington L. Dunn,
a prosperous farmer of Michigan Township, Clinton County, Indiana, and an ex-soldier,
was born in Lawrence County, Ohio, February 12, 1844. His great-grandfather
was a soldier in the War of the Revolution. Armstrong Dunn, grandfather of Washington
L., was born in Kentucky, but abhored hte institution of slavery, and emigrated
to Lawrence County, OH, where he became noted as a minister in the Missionary
Baptist church. Although he had been a Democrat, he voted for Lincoln and was
thereafter a Reublican. He married Mary Brandon, and his death took place in
1876. John D. Dunn, son of Armstrong and father of Washington L., was born in
Lawrence County, Ohio, and was a carpenter and farmer. He married Jane Murphy,
and to this union were born the following children: Washington L., Henry H.,
Eliza J., Mary, Manda, Elizabeth, John, Joann, Lina, Rosaline, George and William.
Grandfather Murphy was a planter and slave-holder in Kentucky, but, as he did
not approve of slavery, moved to Lawrence County, Ohio. John D. Dunn died in
875, but his widow is still a well preserved lady.
Washington L. Dunn was taught the carpenter's trade and followed it for a few years, but greatly preferred farming. February 14, 1864, he enlisted in Company E., One Hundred and Fifty-Fifth Indiana volunteer infantry, and was assigned to the army of the Potomac, and served in Virginia and Delaware. he was honorably discharged in August, 1864, and now receives a pension of $12. per month. His patriotism prompted him to enlist at the beginning of the war, but on account of an injury caused b an accident in his youth, and his small statute, he was rejected. Mr. Dunn was married, January 2, 1874, to Sylvia A. Helms, a daughter of William and Elizabeth (Hidy) Helms, the former a well-to-do farmer o fHamilton County, Indiana, and a class leader in the U.B. Church and a steward thereof. After his marriage, Mr. Dunn rented a farm in Hamilton County, Indiana, on which he lived until 1888, when he bought his present place in Michigan Township, Clinton County. This farm comprises ninety acres, is in a high state of cultivation, and is improved with a neat dewelling and a modern barn, all earned through his own industry. Mr. Dunn is a member of Herman Lodge, No. 184. F. & A.M.; in politics he is a republican, and he and his wife are members of the Baptist church. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Dunn were named Pearl M., Elda (died at sixteen), Ethel, Oscar C., Claude, William, Electa B. and Alvin, deceased. Pearl M., the eldest son, has attended the Michigan high school an Frankfort normal college, and is now thoroughly prepared as a teacher, and already holds a license to teach in Clinton county.