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John Dunn family: Halifax VA to Clark KY to So. IL etc. (Isham, Sampson, Shadrack, Anderson, John Jr., Philadelphia, Susannah, Jeremiah, James

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John Dunn family: Halifax VA to Clark KY to So. IL etc. (Isham, Sampson, Shadrack, Anderson, John Jr., Philadelphia, Susannah, Jeremiah, James

Terry Dunn (View posts)
Posted: 10 Oct 2001 7:53PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Dunn, Hewitt, Hope, Pankey
Below is what I have put together on likely family members of John Dunn, Sr. of Halifax County Virginia. Some of this represents my hypotheses based on circumstantial evidence from Census records, Pension Records, etc. Looking for more info. Please reply

Descendants of John Dunn
Generation No. 1

1. JOHN2 DUNN (UNKNOWN1) was born February 10, 1748/49 in VA, and died Aft. 1834 in Prob. Clark County, KY. He married DORCUS UNKNOWN.

Notes for JOHN DUNN:
John was a cooper (barrel maker) before the war. He was a Private in Revolutionary War - from Virginia. He was living in Amelia County, VA at time of enlistment ( 1777). He served a total of two years and nine months. Received pension of $96. annually. $640.51 received on April 3, 1819. Living in Clark County Kentucky by that time. Pension started at age 85

Children of JOHN DUNN and DORCUS UNKNOWN are:
2. i. SHADRACH3 DUNN, b. Abt. 1768, VA; d. Aft. 1850, Johnson County, IL.
3. ii. JOHN DUNN, JR, b. Abt. 1769.
4. iii. SAMPSON DUNN, b. Bet. 1770 - 1774, VA; d. Bet. 1818 - 1821, Prob.Gallatin Co., IL.
5. iv. ISHAM DUNN, b. Bet. 1770 - 1784, Prob. VA.
6. v. JAMES DUNN, b. Bet. 1780 - 1790.
7. vi. JEREMIAH DUNN, b. Bet. 1780 - 1794.
8. vii. PHILADELPHIA DUNN, b. Bet. 1794 - 1804; d. Aft. 1820.
9. viii. ANDERSON DUNN, b. Abt. 1795, VA.
10. ix. SUSANNAH DUNN, b. Bet. 1795 - 1800.


Generation No. 2

2. SHADRACH3 DUNN (JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born Abt. 1768 in VA, and died Aft. 1850 in Johnson County, IL. He married (1) UNKNOWN UNKNOWN. He married (2) MARY POLLY PANKEY May 30, 1805 in Sumner Co., TN. She was born Abt. 1774 in VA/NC.

Notes for SHADRACH DUNN:
Shadrach is shown as head of household in the 1820 Gallatin County, Illlinois census: In the household are 3 males under 10,1 male 10-16, 2 males 16-26, 1 male 26-45, 2 females under 10, 1 female 10-16, and 1 female 26-45.

The 1830 census for Gallatin County Illinois shows 2 males 5-10, 2 males 10-15, 1 male 60-70 (Shadrach), 2 females 5-10, 1 female 15-20, 1 female 30-40.

The 1840 census for Illinois shows Shadrach as head of household in three different households in Morgan County, Illinois. On page 409 is 2 males under 5, 1 male 10-15, 1 male 40-50, 1 female under 5, 2 females 5-10, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 20-30, 1 female 30-40, and 1 female 40-50.
On page 430 are: 2 males under 5, 1 male 20-30, and 1 female 20-30.
On page 446 are 1 male 20-30, 1 male 50-60, and 1 female 15-20.

Per the 1850 IL censu for Johnson County Illinois: Shadrach Dunn 82 b. Va, Mary 76 b. Va, John 5 b. IL, Lilley 3 b. IL.

Children of SHADRACH DUNN and MARY PANKEY are:
i. ISHAM4 DUNN, b. Abt. 1803, TN; d. Aft. 1850; m. JANE UNKNOWN; b. Abt. 1799, KY.

Notes for ISHAM DUNN:
Isham was listed as head of family per the 1830 Gallatin County, Illlinois Census. In the household were: 2 males under 5, 1 male 5-10, 1 male 20-30 (Isham), 1 female under 5, 1 female 5-10, 1 female 20-30.

Isham served in the Black Hawk War. He was a private and served in D. Russell's Co. He was living in Gallatin County, IL at the time.

The 1840 Illinois Census for Gallatin County showed the Isham Dunn family. In the household were: 1 male under 5, 2 males 5-10, 1 male 10-15, 2 males 15-20, 1 male 30-40 (Isham), 1 female under 5, 1 female 10-15, and 1 female 20-30.

By the 1850 Illinois census, Isham and family were living in Johnson County. In the household were Isham 47 b. IL, Jane 47 b. KY, Mary 23 b. Ky, Levi 19, b. IL, Elizabeth 17 b. IL, Shadrach 11 b. IL, Delia 10 b. IL.

ii. JOHN DUNN, b. Abt. 1803.
iii. MARGARET DUNN, b. Bet. 1804 - 1805.
iv. ELIZABETH DUNN, b. Abt. 1807.
v. SQUIRE (SAMUEL) DUNN, b. October 08, 1808, TN; d. January 23, 1890, Visalia, CA; m. SARAH C. HENDERSON, July 11, 1833, Gallatin Co., IL; b. Abt. 1813.
vi. HENRY DUNN, b. Abt. 1809.
vii. THORE DUNN, b. Abt. 1810.
viii. JAMES R. DUNN, b. Bet. 1811 - 1812; m. BELINDA GASSAWAY, August 09, 1831, Gallatin Co., IL.
ix. LEWIS DUNN, b. Bet. 1813 - 1814.


3. JOHN3 DUNN, JR (JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born Abt. 1769. He married NANCY SMITH July 18, 1794 in Halifax Co., VA.

Children of JOHN DUNN and NANCY SMITH are:
i. FEMALE4 DUNN, b. Bet. 1804 - 1810.
ii. MALE DUNN, b. Bet. 1804 - 1810.
iii. FEMALE DUNN, b. Bet. 1810 - 1820.
iv. FEMALE DUNN, b. Bet. 1810 - 1820.
v. FEMALE DUNN, b. Bet. 1810 - 1820.
vi. MALE DUNN, b. Bet. 1810 - 1820.


4. SAMPSON3 DUNN (JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born Bet. 1770 - 1774 in VA, and died Bet. 1818 - 1821 in Prob.Gallatin Co., IL. He married UNKNOWN UNKNOWN. She was born Bet. 1768 - 1774.

Notes for SAMPSON DUNN:
Sampson Dunn was living in Mecklenburg County NC per the 1800 census. With him were 4 male children under 10 and one female child under 10, as well as one female (wife) between age 26-45.

Sampson appeared in an 1807 Randolph County, Illinois list of men over 21 years of age. At the time Randolph County comprised all of Southern Illinois.

He was also listed in the 1810 Illinois census also in Randolph County (page 32 in Grampear). In the household were one male 10-16, one male to 45 (Sampson), three females under 10, one female 10-16, and one female to 45.

The 1818 census for Gallatin County Illinois includes Sampson as one of two males age 21 or over and seven other white inhabitants.

A muster roll of a company of Volunteer riflemen included Sampson Dunn (private). The company was raised in Illinois Territory, under the command of Capt. Thomas E. CRAIG in the service of the United States, by order of His Excellency, Ninian EDWARDS, Governor of said Territory. From the 5th September to the 2nd December 1812.
A column headed "date of appointment or engagement," all appear to have been entered September 5th and all were discharged December 2, 1812.

1816 account book from Grant's Store. Entries in the ancient ledger include:
"It was almost Christmas in New Haven (Illinois) and the frontier people were bringing in their deerskins and coonskins, their hogs and their whisky, trading them for goods at the store.
Sampson Dunn brought in his deerskins and hogs Dec. 22 and received $14.40.

On October 27, 1818, Sampson Dunn purchased 8,000 acres of land in Southern Illinois. He paid 200 dollars for acre for a total price of 16,000 dollars according to Illinois land purchase records.



Children of SAMPSON DUNN and UNKNOWN UNKNOWN are:
i. FEMALE4 DUNN, b. Bet. 1790 - 1800.
ii. MALE DUNN, b. Bet. 1790 - 1800.
iii. MALE DUNN, b. Bet. 1790 - 1800.
iv. MALE DUNN, b. Bet. 1790 - 1800.


5. ISHAM3 DUNN (JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born Bet. 1770 - 1784 in Prob. VA. He married MARY JONES February 03, 1804 in Halifax Co., VA.

Notes for ISHAM DUNN:
Isham was in Clark Co., KY per the 1810, 1820, and 1830 census. He was with wife and children in each.

Children of ISHAM DUNN and MARY JONES are:
i. FEMALE4 DUNN, b. Bet. 1804 - 1810.
ii. FEMALE DUNN, b. Bet. 1804 - 1810.
iii. MALE DUNN, b. Bet. 1804 - 1810.
iv. MALE DUNN, b. Bet. 1804 - 1810.
v. MALE DUNN, b. Bet. 1810 - 1815.
vi. FEMALE DUNN, b. Bet. 1810 - 1820.
vii. FEMALE DUNN, b. Bet. 1815 - 1820.
viii. MALE DUNN, b. Bet. 1815 - 1820.


6. JAMES3 DUNN (JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born Bet. 1780 - 1790. He married UNKNOWN UNKNOWN.

Notes for JAMES DUNN:
James is listed as head of household in the 1830 Gallatin County Illinois census. In the household were 1 male under 5, 1 male 5-10, 1 male 10-15, 2 male 30-40, 1 male 40-50 (James), 1 female 30-40.

Children of JAMES DUNN and UNKNOWN UNKNOWN are:
i. WILLIAM J.4 DUNN, b. Abt. 1821, Tennessee; d. Aft. 1860; m. REBECCA S. GARNER, December 22, 1841, New Wells, Cape Co., Missouri; b. January 23, 1815, prob. Lincoln Co, N.C.; d. Aft. 1870.

Notes for WILLIAM J. DUNN:
William J. Dunn was in Cape County, MO per the 1850 MO census; in Unity, Alexander County Il per the 1860 Illinois census. William J. Dunn, Sr. was not with his family by 1870 and wife Rebecca had remarried (to a man named Isaac Strader). Earlier, Rebecca Dunn of Alexander had married a Louis Holmes in 1864, so William was apparently deceased or gone elsewhere by that time. Of course, the Civil War took place between 1860 and 1870. Perhaps William J. was a Civil War Veteran. Civil War records, don't seem to reveal that he served however. William J. Dunn, Sr.'s brother - Burrill Dunn, did in fact serve in the Civil war for the Union Army with the Missouri Light Artillery, Batteries A and D. While in the service he contracted consumption and chronic diarrhea, which ultimately caused his death in 1867. I have Burrill's Civil War Pension records (abt. 30 pages of handwritten affadavits and letters) which confirm this. Burrill and family lived near Lutesville. Several of them, including Burrill are buried in an old cemetery near Crump, Missouri.
The pension records also confirm that Burrill's siblings included William and Solomon Dunn. Solomon was living in Cape County, MO in 1850, in Liberty Twp, Mo in 1860, and in East Cape, Illinois in1880. Solomon Dunn's 1880 Census record reflects that his father was born in Tennessee. William J. Sr., Solomon, and Burrill were born between 1821 and 1831 (in Tennessee, Tennessee, and Illinois respectively). I have yet to find Solomon in 1870 census records.
Since Burrill Dunn was born in Illinois (in 1831); it appears that our line of Dunn's lived in Tennessee (prior to 1828 see Solomon's birthyear), then possibly in Illinois (sometime between 1828 and 1840). William J. Dunn was in Cape County at latest by 1841, when he married Rebecca Garner. Most early settlers to Southern Missouri migrated from Tennessee and Kentucky, came by way of the Carolina's and Virginia, and the likelihood is that our earliest ancestors migrated in the same manner.

I suspect that there were additional siblings (of William J., Solomon, and Burrill), but to date have been unable to confirm any although some reasonable possibilities exist in the family of Isham Dunn (born in TN and later) of Gallatin and Johnson County, Illinois or more likely James Dunn of Gallatin County, IL in 1830). All circumstantial evidence points to the three brothers (William J, Solomon, and Burrel) as sons of one of these two men, both of whom were in Gallatin and Johnson County Illinois early. The first man, Isham Dunn (son of Shadrach) was listed in the 1830 and 1840 IL census for Gallatin County and Johnson County in 1850 had a large family. Census records do not rule him out as the father, as for example the 1830 and 1840 census for Isham's family includes males born in the same range of time who are not accounted for in the 1850 Johnson County IL census. The second man, James Dunn is listed in the 1830 Gallatin County Illinois census with males of the right age to have been William J. and Solomon. Burrill born in 1831, would not yet have been listed by 1830. James is not in the IL census for 1840 and if the father of the three may be deceased by this time. There is a James Dunn who served in the Black Hawk War out of Gallating County, but it is unclear if he is this James or the James R. Dunn son of John Dunn (son of Shadrach). Regarding the probability that these Dunn's of Gallatin and Johnson County are connected to our three brothers; the heavy use of rather uncommonly seen Biblical names (e.g . Shadrach, Isham, Sampson, Solomon, Jonah, Jeremiah, Levi) in the families, I think is significant. The fact that families often migrate together should not be disregarded and relates to what me be among the most important pieces of evidence as follows:. The 1840 census listing for Gallatin County Illinois which includes Isham Dunn also includes nearby families with surnames Hope, Henderson, and Harris (all on same census page with Isham). Ten years later, the 1850 census for Cape Girardeau County Missouri where the three brothers resided in 1850 includes the Henderson, Hope and Harris families all listed immediately next to William J. Dunn and family. In fact, an Ortin H. Hope (age 4) is living in the Dunn household. More than a coincidence I think! The fact that a number of Isham's children were born in TN before 1830 is also possibly significant. Whether the sons of Isham or James, It is quite clear to me that our Dunn brothers are closely connected to this family, and therefore in the absence of conflicting information I am linking them for purposes of this family tree. The scenario which seems most likely is as follows: John Dunn Sr. living in Halifax County Virginia moved along with other families (see Pankey family) and some of his children to Clark County, KY as sons Jeremiah, John Jr., Isham, and Anderson, and daughter Philadelphia (see George W. Hope), daughter Susannah (see William Prewitt) are all found in Clark County Kentucky by 1810. At least three brothers (Sampson, Shadrach, and James) migrate to North Carolina and/or Tennessee by 1800. Later the three move to Southern Illinois (where found are families with the names Hope, and Pankey for example on the same page as the Dunn families). It appears that Sampson and Shadrach came first and James later. It is from Southern Illinois (probably Gallatin or Johnson County) that our three Dunn brothers leave to go to Cape Girardeau County by 1850.



ii. SOLOMON DUNN, b. 1827, Tennessee; d. Aft. 1880; m. (1) UNKNOWN UNKNOWN; m. (2) ELIZABETH; b. Abt. 1824; m. (3) MARTHA JANE JONES, March 18, 1845, Cape Co., Missouri; b. Abt. 1827, Missouri.
iii. BURRELL DUNN, b. October 13, 1831, Illinois; d. November 15, 1867, Bollinger Co., Missouri; m. ELIZABETH ANN FOX, June 06, 1853, Bollinger, Missouri; b. January 14, 1830, Tennessee.

More About BURRELL DUNN:
Burial: Proffer Cemetery, Crump, Bollinger Co., Mo.


7. JEREMIAH3 DUNN (JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born Bet. 1780 - 1794. He married PRISSILLER UNKNOWN July 15, 1825. She was born Bet. 1802 - 1804.

Children of JEREMIAH DUNN and PRISSILLER UNKNOWN are:
i. MALE4 DUNN, b. Bet. 1825 - 1830.
ii. MALE DUNN, b. Bet. 1820 - 1825.
iii. MALE DUNN, b. Bet. 1820 - 1825.


8. PHILADELPHIA3 DUNN (JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born Bet. 1794 - 1804, and died Aft. 1820. She married GEORGE WASHINGTON HOPE. He was born Bet. 1794 - 1804.

Children of PHILADELPHIA DUNN and GEORGE HOPE are:
i. SARAH ANN4 HOPE, b. October 16, 1819, Winchester, Clark Co., KY.
ii. MALE HOPE, b. Bet. 1800 - 1810.
iii. FEMALE HOPE, b. Bet. 1800 - 1810.


9. ANDERSON3 DUNN (JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born Abt. 1795 in VA. He married AGNIS SCANTLIN November 04, 1819 in Clark County, Kentucky. She was born Abt. 1804 in VA.

Children of ANDERSON DUNN and AGNIS SCANTLIN are:
i. WILLIAM4 DUNN, b. Abt. 1838.
ii. MARY M DUNN, b. Abt. 1843.
iii. AMANDA DUNN, b. Abt. 1846.


10. SUSANNAH3 DUNN (JOHN2, UNKNOWN1) was born Bet. 1795 - 1800. She married WILLIAM PREWITT. He was born Bet. 1800 - 1810.

Notes for WILLIAM PREWITT:
Deed Book 15, p. 61: Thos Prewitt of South Carolina, Spartanburg County, for love and affection to my son William Prewitt of the County and State aforesaid, 100 acres, part of 418 acres conveyed to me by James Hunt and on a branch of Terrible Creek inHalifax County, Va., adj. Allexander Prewitt, — Sept 1790

Child of SUSANNAH DUNN and WILLIAM PREWITT is:
i. MALE4 PREWITT, b. Bet. 1825 - 1830.

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