Here's what I have on Thomas H. Dunaway: He was born 27 July 1812; his father died in 1817 when Thomas was 5 years old. His mother, Nancy Dunaway was appointed Administratrix (Rutherford Co., TN Co. Ct. Min. L/193); Jacob Jones made a deed to Nancy Dunaway, Micky Dunaway, William Dunaway, Thomas Dunaway, Williamson Dunaway and another baby expected to be born shortly, heirs of Samuel Dunaway, deceased. In 1832, the family came to Polk County, MO from Murfreesboro, TN, where Thomas bought an entire section of land for $1.50 an acre (per Hobarta Odor Watson). On 11 Dec 1835, he married Francis Johnson, by Richard Saye, JP, Polk Co., MO. In 1835, Thomas was awarded a land grant. In 1836, Annie was born in Polk Co., MO. (My information is that all of Thomas? children were born in Polk Co., MO). About 1837, Nancy Mildred was born. A son was born about 1839. In the1837 Bolivar Tax Book Thomas Dunnaway is listed next to John Dunnaway. Thomas had one horse valued at $35 and 3 cattle valued at $40. John had nine horses valued at $300 and 3 cattle valued at $40. Each household had 1 free male and neither owned slaves. About 1838, a daughter was born, and in about 1840 a son was born. In the 1840 Polk County, MO census, Thomas is listed #156; also, John Dunnaway #149 and A. J. Dunnavan #152 (prehaps a Dunnaway). About 1841, Permelia F. was born. On 21 Nov 1842, Elizabeth A. was born. In 1845, Maca A. was born. In about 1845, the family is said to have gone to Texas. A year or so later, Thomas returned to Polk Co., MO, a widower with most of his children also dead, all but two daughters. Information on this first family is that Nancy married Charles W. Pate, 22 Nov 1854, Polk Co., MO. Charles d. 1893, Johnson Co., AR. They had two children, Caroline, b. 10 June 1857 and William Lewis, b. 12 May 1858. Elizabeth A. Dunaway married James Monroe Perryman (Periman) 27 1866, Looney, Polk Co. MO. Elizabeth d. 15 Jan 1894, Mertens, Hill Co., TX. James, b. 21 Nov 1842, TN; d. 21 Sep 1828, Austin, Travis Co., TX. They had 10 children. (I have some birth/death dates for this family if you are interested.)
On the ?1st Saturday in May, 1847 (which might have been May 1, per a calendar of the time), Thomas married Catherine Harris Justice (my line), performed by Jonas J. Kirkpatrick, JP - Polk Co., MO, Bk. A, pg18. About 1848, John Isaac was born, and about 1849, Julia America was born. (She died about 1850) 1850 : Polk Co., MO census, household 638/638: Thomas P., age 37, farmer, born TN, Catherine, 19, born AR, Nancy M., age 13, born MO, Permelia F. age 8, born MO, Elizabeth, 7, born MO, Maca A., age 5, born MO, John, 2, male, born MO, Julia, age 1, female, born MO. On 8 Dec 1850, Hugh Harry Columbus was born. In 1852, Thomas was converted to God while walking alone in a grove near his house). He joined the Mt. Gilead Methodist Protestant Church in 1852 and in March, 1857, became a minister licensed to exhort, in addition to his farming. (from obituary) (The fact of Thomas becoming a minister has been mentioned in two books; the title of one may be Annals of Methodism in Missouri,1000 Preachers 1806-1884 by W. S. Woodard, 1893, LDS call no. A 25.5 2 LDS; title of second book lost, Book 20:253 at LDS Library.) In about1854, son, George Washington was born. (He died before 1860). On 1 Sep 1856, Catherine (Katy) was born. On 18 Mar 1857, Elijah Alphred was born. On 28 Feb 1859, Lucinda Orlena was born. 1860 : Polk County, MO, Marion Twp #194: Thomas Dunaway, age 41, born TN, farmer, $4000/1500; Catherin, age 29, born AR; Permelia F., age 18, born MO; Maca, age 15, born MO; John, age 11, born MO; Hugh H., age 9, born MO; Elijah, age 3, born MO; Lucinda, age 1, born MO. On 10 May 1863, daughter, Rebecca Salina was born (my great grandmother). On 2 Sep 1865, Alice Josephine (called Jo) was born. In about 1867, Susannah V. was born. On 3 Jan 1868, Margaret Emmaline (called Em) was born. In about 1869, a daughter was born, and in January 1870, Dolly was born. 1870 Polk Co., MO census, Humansville, enumerated 12 Aug, 260/259: Thos., age 58, farmer, real property $3500, personal property $1030, born TN, Catharine, age 39, keeping house, born AR, cannot read or write, John J., age 22, born MO, Hugh H., age 19, born MO, Elijah A., age 12, born MO, Lucinda, age 10, born MO, Becca, age 7, born MO, Alice J., age 5, born MO, Margaret, age 2, born MO, Dolly, age 6 mos., born MO, born in Jan. ON 16 Oct 1873, Jesse Herman was born. Lastly, an unnamed child was born in about 1875. (This means that Thomas was fathering children into his 60?s). 1880 : Polk Co., MO census, Marion Twp, 319/334: Thomas, age 67, married, farmer, crippled, born TN, parents born VA, Catherine H., age 49, wife, born AR, parents born SC, Lucinda O., age 21, daughter, single, born MO, Lena R., age 16, daughter, single, at home, born MO, Josephine, age 14, daughter, single, at home, born MO, Margaret E., age 12, daughter, single, at home, born MO, Susanna V., age 10, daughter, single, at home, born MO, Jesse H., son, single, at home (no age recorded) (living next door Hugh H. Dunaway) On 25 July 1887, Thomas died. (I have marriage and death information for this family if you are interested)
Thomas was a farmer, but also taught school for a time. He is said to have been a charter member of Bolivar, Polk Co., MO Masonic Lodge, but from recent correspondence this has not been verified.
Obituary: Thomas Dunnaway. Died, at his residence, four miles northeast of Bolivar, July 25th, 1887. Thomas Dunnaway, in the 75th year of his age, leaving a wife and eleven children to mourn his loss. He was born in Rutherford county, Tenn, July 27th 1812; came to Missouri in 1832; was married to Frances Johnson in 1835, by whom he had nine children of whom only two daughters survive, and are living in Texas. In 1847 he was married to Catherine Justice, by whom he had fifteen children, nine of whom are living and were with him in his dying hour, doing all they could to alleviate his sufferings and ministering to his every want. He was converted to God while walking alone in the grove near his house in 1837, and joined the Methodist Protestant Church under the preaching of Rev. Louis Pate in 1852, at Mt. Gilead Church, and was licensed to exhort in March, 1857. He had been in failing health for the last five years. The last three months he suffered severely with neuralgia of the stomach and congestion of the lungs of which he died. His death was triumphant and happy. He bade each member of the family good-bye admonishing them to live so that they might meet him in Heaven. He was buried in the family burying ground attended by a large concourse of friends and neighbors. Rev. Alexander Boug conducting the services. Deceased was a loving, faithful husband, a kind father, a staunch friend, who was always ready to help the needy, and who gave freely to the support of the gospel. In his death Polk county has lost one of its oldest and best citizens. Farewell, Father, deep and lowly, Rest thee on thy bed of clay; Kindred spirits, angels holy Bore they heavenward soul away. Sad we gave thee to the number Lowered in yonder icy halls, And above they peaceful slumber Many a shower of sorrow falls.(Bolivar Free Press, 28 July 1887)
Will of Thomas Dunnaway. Knowing the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death and being of sound mind and disposing memory, I, Thomas Dunnaway of Polk County & State of Missouri being seventy-three years of age do make and publish this my last will and testament. 1st I desire that all of my just debts & burial expenses be paid. 2nd I will & bequeath to my beloved wife all of my property both real and personal of whatever kind whether in possession, reversion or remainder, to have and to hold for & during her natural life for her support & for the purpose of support and maintenance of her and her children so long as (they) survive. I further will & direct that should it become necessary for their support, my said wife Catharine E. Dunnaway sell & dispose of any or a part of said property for the support of herself & family that in selling the land that she shall first sell that part of the farm East of the (orchards----) Creek & she is hereby empowered to make as she may sell for such purposes. 3rd If my said wife, Catharine H. Dunnaway should die leaving any property I here bequeath to her or the proceeds thereof, such remainder I do will & desire shall be sold for the best available price & that the proceeds be divided among my children and heirs as follows: That my sons: John I. N. Dunnaway receive one dollar, Hugh H. Dunnaway receive one dollar, Mat Elizabeth A. Perryman (my daughter) receive one dollar & my other daughter Maca A. receive one dollar & my son Elijah A. Dunnaway receive one dollar after which I desire that my children Jess H. Dunnaway, Lucinda O. Dunnaway, Salina R. Dunnaway, Alice J. Dunnaway, Margaret E. Dunnaway and Susannah N. Dunnaway each receive two hundred dollars & that the children & heirs of my daughter Nancy M. Pate (now dead) receive one hundred and seventy dollars to be divided among them as I gave to my said daughter Nancy M. thirty dollars in her lifetime, should there be enough left to make this division. If not that such remainder be given to them in this proportion. Should there be any left after the payment of the foregoing legacies, I will & bequeath that it be so divided among my said children & the heirs of Nancy M. Pate regarded as (?) that all shall share equally except my two daughters Meac A. and Elizabeth who shall each receive one dollar for every five dollars received by one of the others from the last remainder and having thus disposed of all my property I do make & publish this my last will & testament. This being closesed (?) on the fourth page thereof. Thomas Dunnaway We attest the above and foregoing will by subscribing our names hereto as witnesses in the presence of Thomas Dunnaway the testator this 15th day of April 1886. Jno W. Ross of Bolivar, MO, P. C. Roberts