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Dunham Surname

In our branch of the Dunham family, there has long been a debate as to the origins of this family. For a long while, it was assumed that our Dunhams descended from John Dunham who settled at Plymouth, Massachusetts and whose line has often been traced back to royalty. "Newer" evidence seems to indicate that our line did not come from any Dunhams at all. Our Dunhams descended directly from Richard Singletary of Haverhill, Massachusetts. Our ancestor in his lifetime changed his name from Jonathan Singletary to Jonathan Dunham. Although we now know this, there are debates as to his reasons, possibly that he was related to a Dunham family. Either way, the origins of this family were in England.


1st Generation:

Richard Singletary was born circa 1599 in England. He died on October 25, 1681 in Haverhill, Essex Co., Massachusetts.

I do not know much of the details of Richard's life, but he came as a young man to Massachusetts. He was married there in about 1639 to Susannah Cooke. They had 6 children: Jonathan (see next generation), Eunice, Nathaniel, Lydia, Amos, and Benjamin. Richard first settled at Salisbury, Massachusetts, but eventually settled at Haverhill, Mass., where he died on October 25, 1681.
Richard married Susannah Cooke circa 1639 in Massachusetts. She was born circa 1616 and died on April 11, 1682 in Haverhill, Essex Co., Massachusetts.

They had the following children:

1 Jonathan Singletary/Dunham
2 Eunice Singletary was born on January 7, 1640/1.
3 Nathaniel Singletary was born on August 28, 1644.
4 Lydia Singletary was born on April 30, 1648.
5 Amos Singletary was born in April 1651.
6 Benjamin Singletary was born on April 4, 1656.

2nd Generation:

Jonathan Singletary/Dunham was born on or about January 17, 1638/9 in Salisbury, Essex Co., Massachusetts. He died on September 6, 1706 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey.

Father: Richard Singletary
Mother: Susannah Cooke

Jonathan was raised in Massachusetts and would have moved with his family to Haverhill, Massachusetts. Sometime in his youth, Jonathan moved and settled in Woodbridge, New Jersey. He was married there to Mary Bloomfield and had about 8 children: Mary, Ruth, Eunice, Esther, Jonathan, David, Nathaniel, and Benjamin.

Sometime in his adulthood, Jonathan changed his name to Dunham. In 1670, Jonathan built the first grist mill in Woodbridge and received a bonus of 203 acres for erecting this. That same year he built his brick house in Woodbridge, which supposively is still standing today and is the rectory of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Woodbridge. Jonathan was a farmer and held many civic and religious positions. He died in Woodbridge, New Jersey on September 6, 1706.

Jonathan married Mary Bloomfield circa 1666 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey. She was born on January 15, 1641/2 in Newburyport, Essex Co., Massachusetts. She died between 1702-1705 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey.

They had the following children:

1 Mary Dunham was born on February 3, 1662/3.
2 Ruth Dunham was born circa 1666.
3 Eunice Dunham was born circa 1667.
4 Esther Dunham was born circa 1669.
5 Jonathan Dunham was born on September 24, 1672.
President Barack Obama is a direct descendant of Jonathan Dunham (his mother's maiden name was Dunham).
6 David Dunham
7 Nathaniel Dunham was born on April 10, 1679.
8 Benjamin Dunham was born circa 1686.

3rd Generation:

David Dunham was born on March 10, 1673/4 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey. David died between 1753-1758 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey.

Father: Jonathan (Singletary) Dunham
Mother: Mary Bloomfield

David was raised in Woodbridge and was married in about 1699 to Mary Ilsley. Together they had at least 3 children: Joseph (see next generation), David, and Daniel. David died between 1753 and 1758 in Woodbridge, New Jersey.
David married Mary Ilsley on August 18, 1699 in New York City, New York. She was born on April 13, 1680 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey. She died in 1715.

They had the following children:

1 Joseph Dunham
2 David Dunham was born circa 1705.
3 Daniel Dunham was born circa 1715.

4th Generation:

Joseph Dunham was born on October 7, 1700 in Woodbridge, New Jersey. He died before December 27, 1771 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey.

Father: David Dunham
Mother: Mary Ilsley

There is not much known of Joseph's life. He apparently lived in Woodbridge for his entire life and his wife's name was Elizabeth. His children were: Daniel, Abigail, Phebe, James, Moses, Jonathan, Sarah, Elisha (see next generation), and Joseph. Joseph died before December 27, 1771 in Woodbridge, New Jersey.
Joseph married Elizabethcirca 1725. She was born circa 1705.

They had the following children:

1 Elisha Dunham
2 Joseph Dunham was born circa 1735.
3 Daniel Dunham
4 Abigail Dunham
5 Phebe Dunham
6 James Dunham
7 Moses Dunham
8 Jonathan Dunham
9 Sarah Dunham

5th Generation:

Elisha Dunham was born on October 11, 1732 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey. He died before March 6, 1783 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey.

Father: Joseph Dunham
Mother: Elizabeth

The details of Elisha's life remain unclear, as it appears he was often confused with other Dunhams that lived in the same time and place. Many sources provide his wife's name as Mary Ferguson, however that's unlikely - unless Mary was an earlier first wife that died young. Many records also indicate that he was a captain in the American Revolution - but that was a different Elisha Dunham who had a son named John.

Elisha appears to have spent his entire life in Woodbridge, New Jersey. He was married to Elizabeth Freeman and remained married to her until his death. Elisha had "patriotic service" in the Revolutionary War because he sustained material losses in 1777. Elisha wrote his will in 1771, which was proven on March 6, 1783; which means he probably died in late 1782 or early 1783. His will mentions his wife Elizabeth; children Josiah, Freeman, David, Enuas [Eunice], and Henry; and brother-in-law Isaac Freeman.

Various online family trees list a son named Amos or Enos, who married to either Mary Ellison or Ferguson. The identity of this supposed son probably comes from his 1771 will in which he described one of his children as Enuas. At some point, someone must have interpreted this name as Enos, which later morphed into Amos. In reality, that child was most likely his daughter Eunice.

Elisha married Elizabeth Freeman on June 20, 1752 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey. She was born circa 1732 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey. She died there after 1783.

They had the following children:

1 Josiah Dunham was born on April 1, 1753 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey. He died in March 1816 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey.
He married Anna Williams circa 1774. (She was born circa 1755 and died on March 20, 1829 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey.)
They had the following children:
Joseph Dunham (c. 1775-???)
Azariah Dunham (1776-1807)
md. Phebe S. Blackney
Elizabeth Dunham (c. 1780-???)
md. Joseph Dunham
John Dunham (c. 1780-???)
Elijah Dunham (c. 1782-???)
Samuel Dunham (1787-1822)
md. Ann V. H. Mezeroll
Josiah Dunham (1788-???)
2 Freeman Dunham was born circa 1755 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey. He died after 1771.
We can find no further information on this person.
3 David Dunham was born on March 2, 1762 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey. He died on September 20, 1840 in Anderson Twp., Madison Co., Indiana. He is buried in the Nelson Cemetery, Richland Twp., Madison Co., Indiana.
He married first Eleanor Hollinshead on August 14, 1796 in Essex Co., New Jersey. (She was born on August 14, 1772 in New Jersey and died on February 13, 1802 in Monongalia Co., Virginia (now West Virginia.)
They had the following children:
Ira Hollinshead Dunham (1797-1863)
md. Elizabeth Holland
Elisha Dunham (1798-1865)
md. Frances S. Hunter
Elizabeth Dunham (1801-bef. 1821)
infant Dunham (1802-1802)
He married second Hannah Brummage on September 1, 1802 in Monongalia Co., Virginia (now West Virginia). (She was born on October 21, 1783 in Virginia and died on September 21, 1844 in Anderson Twp., Madison Co., Indiana. She is buried in the Nelson Cemetery, Richland Twp., Madison Co., Indiana.)
They had the following children:
John Brummage Dunham (1803-1865)
md. Sarah Willis
Quinton Dunham (1804-1804)
Eleanor Olive Dunham (1805-1868)
md. Richard Arnold
Quentin Dunham (1808-1839)
David Freeman Dunham (1810-1851)
md. Eleanor Shepherd
Valentine O. Dunham (1812-1882)
md. Cynthia Ann Crist
Azwell Dunham (1814-1841)
md. Eliza Jane
Henry Dunham (1817-1867)
md. Mary Jane Walker
Elizabeth Dunham (1821-aft. 1870)
md. Marcus Bonner
Olean Dunham (1824-???)
md. Henry Macy
Wesley Dunham (1826-1910)
md. 1st. Lucinda Elizabeth Longacre
md. 2nd. Nancy
4 Eunice Dunham was born on July 28, 1765 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey. She died on February 3, 1834 in New Garden Twp., Wayne Co., Indiana. She is buried in the Chester Cemetery, Wayne Twp., Wayne Co., Indiana.
She married Jacob Hampton on March 2, 1783 in Essex Co., New Jersey. (He was born on February 5, 1769 in Essex Co., New Jersey and died on April 20, 1842 in New Garden Twp., Wayne Co., Indiana. He is buried in the Chester Cemetery, Wayne Twp., Wayne Co., Indiana.)
They had the following children:
Andrew Hampton (1785-1859)
md. 1st. Sarah Mills
md. 2nd. Rachel Miller Crampton
Mary Hampton (1787-1827)
md. Daniel Votaw
Abraham Hampton (1789-1877)
md. Rebecca Harlan
Anna Hampton (1791-1851)
md. Samuel Crampton
Jehiel Hampton (1793-1859)
md. Mary Haines
David Dunham Hampton (1795-1855)
md. Jane Moon
Elizabeth Hampton (1797-???)
md. 1st. Jonathan Votaw
md. 2nd. Benjamin Samms
Jacob Hampton (1800-1848)
md. Sarah Henderson
Elisha Hampton (1803-???)
md. Elizabeth Jessop
Eleanor Hampton (1805-???)
md. Moses Rhodes
Eunice Hampton (1809-???)
Sarah Hampton (1809-???)
5 Henry Dunham

6th Generation:

Henry* Dunham was born circa 1770-1771 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey **. He died circa 1833 in Wayne Co., Indiana **. He is buried in the Old Centerville Cemetery, Centerville, Wayne Co., Indiana.

Father: Elisha Dunham
Mother: Elizabeth Freeman

* Henry is usually listed with the middle initial Dayton. However, I can find no evidence in contemporary records that he ever used a middle initial or name.

** Henry's birth and death dates are unclear. The only direct known source is his tombstone, which clearly lists his death date as September 7, 1855 and his age at death as 59 years, 4 months and [18?] days (which calculates to a birthdate of approximately April 20, 1796). However, Henry most certainly died during the 1830s, and the information on the stone is probably incorrect. My best guess is that the 5's on the stone were typos for 3's, in which case he would have been born in 1774 and died in 1833. That also fits with other online sources that list his death date as October 2 or October 3, 1833 (source?). That theory also agrees with census enumerations regarding his birth date: the 1820 census, which indicates he was born before 1775 and the 1830 census, which indicates he was born between 1770 and 1780. Another complication though is that when his father wrote his will in August 1771, Henry was described as his son. Finally, another source indicates that he died at the age of sixty (no years given) 21. Given all of this, he was probably born in the early 1770s and died in the early 1830s. Many sources also indicate that he died in Centerville, Indiana. However, it is more likely that he died in the nearby city of Richmond, where he lived and worked as a tailor.

Henry appears to have been orphaned as a child and his whereabouts during the 1780's and 1790's are unclear. He is absent from the 1793 Woodbridge, New Jersey militia census when he would have been of the right age to be included. His older sister and possibly other relatives moved to Pennsylvania in the late 1780's before going on to what is now West Virginia. In the 1790 census in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, there are two unidentified males over 16 in the family of Henry's sister Eunice. One of them may have been Henry. In the mid 1790's, Henry married Sarah Ellison, who was probably a native of New York City. They settled at his hometown of Woodbridge, New Jersey. There, Henry worked as a tailor and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he served as a sexton.

Sometime between 1814 and 1820 (circa 1816 21 or in 1819 20), Henry moved with his family to eastern Indiana. Some sources indicate that they moved to Indiana from Ohio 19 or New York 21, which may be an indication that they lived in one or both of those states briefly during the 1810s. They settled in a part of Union County, Indiana that became Wayne County in 1821. Apparently, the family lived in Wayne Township, probably in or near the city of Richmond. Henry was a tailor and had a shop in Richmond at the corner of Pearl and Front streets. In 1822, Henry served as a trustee for the city of Richmond 20. Henry was last found living in Richmond in 1830. He apparently died from cholera 21.

Henry married Sarah Ellison circa 1794. She was born circa 1774 or 1778 in New Jersey or New York 5. She died on August 29, 1864 in Wayne Co., Indiana.

Sarah was probably born in New York City, but unfortunately the baptism records of the Reformed Dutch Church of New York are missing for that brief time period. One family record indicates that Sarah was the daughter of John Ellison and Rachel Wessels. Unfortunately, that couple was too old to have been Sarah's parents. They had six children between 1745-1760 that were baptized at the RDC of New York. Sarah though was of the right age to have been the granddaughter of John and Rachel. If so, the best guess is that she was the daughter of their son, John Ellison, Jr. That theory would also indicate that she named her second son - John Ellison Dunham - after her father.

Sarah wrote her will on September 22, 1845, in which she only described her children Aziel [Azel] and Elanson [Alanson]. She acknowledged having lived with, and been supported by, her son Elanson for the previous nine years. Her will was proven on September 16, 1864. Sarah was living with her son Alanson's family in 1840 and 1850. In 1860, she was living with her daughter Elizabeth.

They had the following children:
1 Elizabeth Dunham was born on January 3, 1797 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey. She died on February 2, 1864 in Center Twp., Wayne Co., Indiana.
She married first William Pugh on March 20, 1822 in Wayne Co., Indiana 3. (He was born on May 7, 1796 11 and died on June 3, 1829 11 in Centerville, Wayne Co., Indiana. He is buried in the Old Centerville Cemetery, Centerville, Wayne Co., Indiana.)
They had the following children:
Warren D. Pugh (1823-1829)
John E. Pugh (c. 1825-1877)
md. 1st. Elvonia Railsback
md. 2nd. Louisa Irvin
William Henry Pugh (1827-1828)
Rush Pugh (1828-1830)
She married second David Jenkins on October 10, 1839 in Wayne Co., Indiana 3.(He was born circa 1796 in Newberry Co., South Carolina and died between 1839-1850 in Centre Twp., Wayne Co., Indiana.)
They had no children.
2 Azel Dunham was born on January 31, 1798 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey. He died on April 21, 1856, possibly in Orange Co., Indiana. He is buried in the Crown Hill Cemetery, Centerville, Wayne Co., Indiana.
3 John Ellison Dunham
4 Cyrus Dunham was born on October 2, 1801 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey 6. He died on September 2, 1803 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey 6. He is buried in the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey.
5 Mathias Dunham was born on January 2, 1804 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey 6. He died on August 25, 1805 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey 6. He is buried in the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey.
6 Alanson Francis Dunham was born on November 10, 1805 (or 1808 or 1809?) in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey. He died on June 23, 1884 in Richmond, Wayne Co., Indiana 7. He is buried in the Earlham Cemetery, Richmond, Wayne Co., Indiana.
He married Hannahretta Cheesman on April 8, 1830 in Wayne Co., Indiana 3. (She was born circa 1814 in New Jersey and died on August 24, 1894 in Richmond, Wayne Co., Indiana. She is buried in the Earlham Cemetery, Richmond, Wayne Co., Indiana.)
They had the following children:
Sarah Elizabeth Dunham (1832-1910)
md. Alfred Watts Conningham
Henry F. Dunham (1838-1862)
Eliza Pugh Dunham (c. 1843-1872)
md. Moses James Grooms
7 Mary Jane Dunham was born on November 10, 1808 13 or 1809 12 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey. She died on March 3, 1888 in Brownstown, Jackson Co., Indiana 12,13. She is buried in the Fairview Cemetery, Brownstown, Jackson Co., Indiana.
She married Giles Chapman Smith on April 11, 1832 in Richmond, Wayne Co., Indiana 3. (He was born on July 9, 1805 in South Carolina 12 and died on April 12, 1870 in Brownstown, Jackson Co., Indiana 12,13. He is buried in the Fairview Cemetery, Brownstown, Jackson Co., Indiana.)
They had the following children:
Matilda Jane Smith (1835-1917)
md. George L. Curtis
Hamlin Smith (1838-1913)
md. Phebe Ann Brenton
Leslie Smith (1840-1851)
Elnora Smith
Giles was a Methodist minister and the family frequently moved to different locations in Indiana so that he could preach gospel.
8 Rufus Dunham was born on November 18, 1811 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey 6. He died on October 21, 1812 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey 6. He is buried in the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey.
9 William Dunham was born on September 26, 1813 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey 6. He died on October 9, 1813 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey 6. He is buried in the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey.
10 Dayton Francis Dunham was born on November 12, 1814 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey 21. He died on September 5, 1894 in Decatur, Macon Co., Illinois. He is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery, Decatur, Macon Co., Illinois.
He married Marilla Robinson on July 9, 1837 in Macon Co., Illinois 8. (She was born on December 20, 1817 in Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont and died on November 10, 1897 in Decatur, Macon Co., Illinois. She is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery, Decatur, Macon Co., Illinois.)
They had the following children:
Henry Dayton Dunham (1838-1934)
md. Emma Kramer
Sarah Elizabeth Dunham (1840-1928)
md. William Dailey
Amos R. Dunham (1843-1862)
Orrin Dunham (1846-1846)
Orvis Dunham (1846-1847)
Caroline Elizabeth Dunham (1849-1932)
md. James Asbury Bullard
Hannahretta Dunham (1851-1926)
md. 1st. Robert Lee Perry
md. 2nd. Isaac F. Pharo
Marietta Dunham (1851-1924)
Charles Edward Dunham (1854-1917)
md. Anna Phillips
Hartwell Robinson Dunham (1856-1916)
md. Nellie Outes
11 Hiram Dunham was born circa 1816 in New Jersey or Indiana. He died after 1830.

7th Generation:

John Ellison Dunham was born on January 26, 1800 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey. He died after 1871 in New Mexico.

Father: Henry Dunham
Mother: Sarah Ellison

John was named after John Ellison, who was probably his maternal grandfather. John was raised in Woodbridge, New Jersey. Sometime between 1814 and 1820, John moved with his family out west to Wayne County, Indiana. John was married there, on September 26, 1826 to Vashti Willits. John and Vashti lived near Centerville, in Center Township, Wayne County, Indiana, and had 7 children: Mary, Margaret, William, Peyton, Lydia (see next generation), John, and Robert.

John was a tailor like his father, and worked as one of the first tailors for Centerville, Indiana 20. However it seems that he was primarily a farmer by trade. John served as postmaster for Centerville, Indiana from 1832 to 1843 20. At some point, John must have grown tired of his life in Indiana. In 1854 or 1855, John moved with his family out west to Iowa. They apparently lived in Jefferson County, Iowa; but had a civic presence in neighboring Henry County, Iowa. In 1858, they moved to Linn County, Kansas, where they lived near the town of Potosi. They only remained there for two years and moved back to Iowa in 1860, where they probably lived in Henry County. Sometime between 1863 and 1865, they moved back to Kansas, this time settling at Delaware Township, in Leavenworth County.

Although John was becoming quite elderly by this time, he still had a drive for adventure. Sometime between 1865 and 1869, John left by himself and went out west to New Mexico to engage in silver mining. John lived in New Mexico for several years where he was in a silver mining operation and at one time was living at Fort Craig, Soccoro County, New Mexico, southwest of Santa Fe. His life must have been quite adventuresome there and there are letters referring to him having been "cheated and robbed" while there. By the year 1870, he was wanting to return home, but feeling somewhat disappointed, he decided to stay. As late as February 1871, he was still in New Mexico, trying to return home. Apparently, he never was able to make the trip. One source lists his death as in 1873 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which could have been a stop on his way returning home. There is a John Dunham who died on November 21, 1876 and is buried at the Fort Bayard National Cemetery in Fort Bayard, Grant Co., New Mexico.

John married Vashti Willits on September 26, 1826 in Wayne Co., Indiana 3.

They had the following children:

1 Mary Elizabeth Dunham was born on July 17, 1827 in Wayne Co., Indiana. She died on March 25, 1906 in Omaha, Douglas Co., Nebraska. She is buried in the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Omaha, Douglas Co., Nebraska.
She married first Gilbert Moziena Dunn on December 11, 1851 in Wayne Co., Indiana. (He was born on May 26, 1825 in Poland, Androscoggin Co., Maine 2 and died on January 20, 1853 in Indiana. He is buried in the Crown Hill Cemetery, Centerville, Wayne Co., Indiana.)
They had no children.
She married second James P. Southard on July 22, 1857 in Putnam Co., Indiana 9. (He was born circa 1810 in Ohio 5 and died before November 8, 1893 in Omaha, Douglas Co., Nebraska. He is buried in the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Omaha, Douglas Co., Nebraska.)
They had the following children:
Clara Southard (1860-1950)
Charles P. Southard (1864-1922)
md. 1st Delena "Lena" A. Kelly, ex-wife of Charles R. Simmerman
md. 2nd Blanche Vincent, widow of Sewall A. Allen
Mary and her first husband probably lived in Putnam County (Greencastle) or Wayne County. It is not known what Mary did or where she lived as a widow between 1853 and 1857 (although she possibly lived with her sister Margaret who was living in Indianapolis during that time). Mary then married James Southard, a widower with four children, in 1857 in Putnam County, Indiana. They lived together in Indianapolis, Indiana, from 1857 to 1873. The family moved to Omaha, Nebraska in 1873, where they remained.
2 Margaret Ann Dunham was born on May 1, 1829 14 or May 2, 1829 in Wayne Co., Indiana. She died on July 17, 1863 14 in Vermilion Co., Illinois. She is buried in the Mann's Chapel Cemetery, Rossville, Vermilion Co., Illinois.
She married William Pugh Hannah on November 20, 1850 in Wayne Co., Indiana 3. (He was born on August 23, 1827 in Indiana 2 and died on March 14, 1901 in Vermilion Co., Illinois 2. He is buried in the Mann's Chapel Cemetery, Vermilion Co., Illinois.)
They had the following children:
Eleanor Hannah (1851-1922)
md. Irvin Bruce Peters
Richard H. Hannah (1853-1919)
md. Mary Wilson
Samuel Hannah (1855-1903)
md. Mary Ann Dees
William Hannah (1858-1901)
Anna Meredith Hannah (1860-1921)
md. Grant J. Wight
James Hannah (1862-1922)
After their marriage, Margaret and her husband spent the winter of 1850-1851 in Iowa looking for a place to settle, but were unsuccessful and returned to Indiana. From 1851 to 1856 they lived in Indianapolis, Indiana. From 1856 to 1857, they lived in Davenport, Iowa. From 1857 to 1858, they lived in Blue Earth County, Minnesota. Then from 1858 to 1860, they lived in Linn County, Kansas. They lived in Kansas City, Missouri over the winter of 1860-1861 and in the spring of 1861, moved to Vermilion County Illinois, where they remained.
3 William Pugh Dunham was born on March 8, 1831 in Wayne Co., Indiana. He died on December 16, 1864 in Savannah, Chatham Co., Georgia 17. He is buried in the Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort, Beaufort Co., South Carolina.
He married Catherine Elizabeth Murphy on January 14, 1856 in Henry Co., Iowa 2. (She was born circa 1836 in Ohio 5 and died on March 6, 1917 in Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., Texas.)
They had the following children:
Mary Elizabeth Dunham (1856-aft. 1956)
md. Samuel Hale Kiser
Charles E. Dunham (c. 1858-1904)
Luella Dunham (1860-1946)
md. Frank Thomas Lee
William Peyton Dunham (1862-aft. 1920)
md. Susan Vermillion Whiteford

William moved with his family to Iowa in about 1855. After their marriage in 1856, William and his wife lived with his parents in Jefferson County, Iowa. Then from 1857 to 1858, they lived in Garden City, Minnesota, near his sisters Margaret and Lydia. Then from 1858 to 1860, they lived in Linn County, Kansas. Then in 1860 they moved to Van Buren County, Iowa. It was while living there that William enlisted in the Civil War as a corporal on August 14, 1862. He was discharged in February 1863 and then reenlisted in June 1863 as a sergeant. William was captured in Newnan, Georgia in July 1864. He spent the last 5 months of his life as a prisoner of war in Savannah, Georgia, where he died.

At some point during the 1860s, William's wife moved with their children to Leavenworth, Kansas, where they remained. Catherine never remarried and received a pension for his war service for the next 52 years.

4 Peyton Randolph Dunham was born on February 17, 1834 or February 17, 1835 18 in Wayne Co., Indiana. He died on December 11, 1903 18 in Perry, Noble Co., Oklahoma. He is buried in the Ceres Cemetery, Noble Co., Oklahoma.
He married Almarinda Davis on September 28, 1858 in Van Buren Co., Iowa 4. (She was born on June 16, 1839 in Indiana and died in 1917 in Red Rock, Noble Co., Oklahoma. She is buried in the Ceres Cemetery, Noble Co., Oklahoma.)
They had the following children:
Margaret Ellen Dunham (1859-1932)
md. Marion Washabaugh
Peyton Randolph Dunham (1861-1950)
md. Anna Saunders
Henry Sherman Dunham (1863-1929)
md. Dora Belle Ringer
John James Dunham (1866-1941)
md. Lura Sophronia Conner
Katie Vashti Dunham (1868-1952)
md. Orville Orr
Mattie Eleanor Dunham (1872-1949)
md. Elwood James Waltermuir
Samuel Azel Dunham (1874-1956)
md. Hally C. Saunders
Mary D. Dunham (1877-1870's)
Laura Cook Dunham (1878-1957)
md. O.E. Lovelady

Peyton moved to Iowa with his family in about 1855. After their marriage in 1858, Peyton and his wife moved briefly to Linn County, Kansas, with his parents. In 1860 or 1861, they moved back to Iowa. They then moved to Delaware County, Kansas in about 1864. Then in 1867, they moved to Chariton County, Missouri; where they remained for many years. Then in September 1893, Peyton moved with his family to Noble County, Oklahoma; where he and his wife remained for the duration of their lives.

5 Lydia Ellen Dunham
6 John Henry Dunham was born on January 3, 1840 in Wayne Co., Indiana. He died on March 5, 1917 in Mammoth Springs, Fulton Co., Arkansas 15. He is buried in the Field Creek Cemetery, Mammoth Springs, Fulton Co., Arkansas.
He married first to Cynthia Rose Chadwick on December 28, 1861. (She was born on November 16, 1840 in Licking Co., Ohio and died on January 3, 1905 in Mammoth Springs, Fulton Co., Arkansas 16.)
They had the following children:
Irvin Henry Dunham (1862-1892)
Lura G. Dunham (1872-1946)
md. Edward J. French
Robert Franklin Dunham (1877-1939)
md. Dona Jane Longley
He married second to Nannie Dickerson on December 19, 1913 in Fulton Co., Arkansas. She was born circa 1860.
They had no children.

John moved with his family to Iowa in about 1855. He then lived with his family in Linn Co., Kansas from 1858 to 1860. In late 1860, most of his family apparently returned to Iowa, and John went to Blue Earth Co., Minnesota where his sister Lydia was living. It was probably there that he married Cynthia Chadwick in 1861, who was the first cousin of his sister's husband, Irvin Thurston. After this, they apparently settled at Verona, Faribault Co., Minnesota. It was while living there that John enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War in August 1862. He served continuously until being discharged in June 1865 St. Paul, Minnesota.

In 1870 and 1872, John and his family were then living in Jasper Co., Missouri. In 1877 and 1880, they were living in Chariton Co., Missouri, where his brother Peyton was living. Sometime between 1880 and 1890 (but probably during the 1880s), they moved to Mammoth Springs, Arkansas. It was while living there that his wife died in 1905. In 1907, John lived in the National Soldiers Home in Dayton, Ohio. Then from 1907 to 1910 he lived in the National Soldiers Home in Johnson City, Tennessee. He afterwards moved back to Mammoth Springs, Arkansas and continued living there until his death.

7 Robert Field Dunham was born on May 19, 1847 in Wayne Co., Indiana. He died on February 23, 1864 in Vicksburg, Warren Co., Mississippi 17. He is buried in the Vicksburg National Cemetery, Vicksburg, Warren Co., Mississippi.
He married Nancy E. Mendenhall on July 4, 1863 in Clark Co., Missouri. (She was born in May 1846 in Illinois and died sometime between 1910-1920 in Davenport, Scott Co., Iowa.)
They had one child:
Robert Luther Dunham (1864-1927)
md. Lenora Addie McIntire
Robert enlisted in the Union Army out of Iowa in the Civil War and died one month later of measles. His son was born 4 months later. His widow remarried to William Huggins.

8th Generation:

Lydia Ellen Dunham was born on February 15, 1837 in Centerville, Wayne County, Indiana. She died on July 29, 1869 in Garden City, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 1. She is buried in the Garden City Cemetery, Garden City, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.

Father: John Ellison Dunham
Mother: Vashti Willits

Lydia was raised in Wayne County, Indiana, where the family lived near the town of Centerville in Center Township. In about 1855, she moved with her family out west to Iowa. While there, they first lived in either Henry or Jefferson County. While living there, she was married to Irvin Thurston, a doctor, on February 15, 1856 in Salem, Iowa. Lydia and Irvin lived in Iowa for about a year then in the spring of 1857 she moved with her husband to Garden City, Blue Earth County, Minnesota.

Lydia and Irvin lived near Garden City, Minnesota, and there had 5 daughters: Minnie, Cora, Nettie, Julia, and Anabel. From 1862 to 1865, Irvin was serving in the Civil War and was gone for the majority of the time. In 1867, her 8-year old daughter Cora died. On July 29, 1869, Lydia died of an unknown, but apparently lengthy, illness at the age of 32. After her untimely death, Lydia's husband came close to breaking up his family because he could not care for their children on his own. His fears were abated when he remarried. The details of this are referred to in three letters written to Lydia's husband and daughter by her mother Vashti Dunham.

Lydia married Irvin Harris Thurston on February 15, 1856 in Salem, Henry Co., Iowa 2.
For information on their children, see his page.

Sources:

1. Thurston, Brown. Thurston Genealogies, 1635-1892, Second Edition. Brown Thurston: Portland, ME, 1892.
2. International Genealogical Index
3. Marriage records, Wayne Co., IN
4. Marriage records, Van Buren Co., IA
5. Assorted US Federal Census records
6. Online cemetery index, First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Woodbridge, NJ
7. Wayne County, Indiana Death Records, 1882-1920. Ancestry.com
8. Illinois Marriages to 1850. Ancestry.com
9. Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941. (Ancestry.com)
10. Leavenworth Co., Kansas Death Records. (Ancestry.com)
11. Tombstone inscriptions, Old Centerville Cemetery, Centerville, Wayne Co., Indiana.
12. Tombstone inscriptions, Fairview Cemetery, Brownstown, Jackson Co., Indiana.
13. Obituary of Mary Smith, unknown newspaper [Brownstown, IN], Mar. 8, 1888.
14. Tombstone inscriptions, Mann's Chapel Cemetery, Vermilion Co., IL
15. Death notice of John H. Dunham, Daily Arkansas Gazette [Little Rock, AR], Mar. 8, 1917, Pg. 9
16. Death notice of Cynthia R. Dunham, Daily Arkansas Gazette [Little Rock, AR], Jan. 13, 1905, Pg. 2
17. American Civil War Soldiers. Ancestry.com
18. Tombstone inscriptions, Ceres Cemetery, Noble Co., Oklahoma
19. Young, Andrew W. History of Wayne County, Indiana, from its first settlement... Robert & Clark Co., Cincinnati, 1872.
20. History of Wayne County, Indiana: together with sketches. Inter-State Publishing, Chicago, 1884.
21. Portrait and Biographical Record of Macon County, Illinois... Lake City Publishing, Chicago, 1893.

Links:

Dunham - Singletery Research by Audrey Hancock