Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Is the James Dunn from the Mormon Battalion Simeon's brother?

This is the information from my notes on James Dunn who served in the Mormon Battalion. There are various birthdates for him but he was born abt 1788. So far I have not found any relationship to our Dunn Family. We have a copy of the pension record from Microfilm at the FHL. After Thanksgiving, Karen may be able to e-mail it to you if you are really interested. This James Dunn was b. in Pennsylvania, married and had children there. Later he was in Nauvoo. He married Thirza Shupe in 1846 and they had several children.

MILITARY: pension record: James Dunn pvt. Co. C. Brown's Co. Mormon Battalion. On 28 Nov 1853, James Dunn aged sixty-six years appeared. Resident of Great Salt Lake County. He was a private in Co. C., Capt Brown, Mormon Battalion. Enlisted 16 July 1846 at Council Bluffs, Iowa. Mustered out at Los Angeles, California on the 16th day of July 1847. Applied for an invalid pension./ Also listed in the Sick group with Captain Willis

CENSUS: 1820 United States Census/ Census Place: Drumore, Lancaster, Pennsylvania/ Source: www.heritagequestonline.com/ NARA M33/ roll 106 page 164/

James Dunn/ 1 male under 10 (1810-1820)/ 1 male 26 and less than 45 (1775-1794)/ 1 female 26 and less than 45 (1775-1794)

CENSUS: 1840 United States Census/ Census Place: Little Britain, Lancaster, Pennsylvania/ Source: www.heritagequestonline.com/ NARA M704/ Roll 466/ page 210

James Dunn/ 2 males under 5 (1835-1840) / 1 male 5 and less than 10 (1830-1835)/ 1 male 10 and less than 15 (1825-1830) / 2 males 15 and less than 20 ( 1820-1825/ 1 male 20 and less than 30 (1810-1820)/ 1 male 50 and less than 60 ( 1780-1790)/ 1 female under 5 (1835-1840)/ 1 female 5 and less than 10 (1830-1835)/ 1 female 10 and less than 15 (1825-1830)/ 1 female 30 and less than 40 (1800-1810)/ 1 female 50 and less than 60 (1780-1790)

CENSUS: 1850 United States Census [taken in the spring of 1851]/ Source: www.pilot.familysearch.org/ Location: Utah County/

James Dunn/ age 64/ Born: Pennsylvania

Robert Dunn/ age 37/ Born: Pennsylvania

Thirza Dunn/ age 29/ Born: Virginia

John Dunn/ age 24/ Born: Pennsylvania

Joseph Dunn/ age 19/ Born: Pennsylvania

Sarah Jane Dunn/ age 1 Born: Deseret

Andrew Rose/ age 14 mo.

NOTE: other possible father: Emmanuel Dunn

NOTE: have the following children for James Dunn by his first wife [unknown]

1. Robert b. abt 1813 [appears in the 1850 Census. Could be a son or a brother]

a large gap with no known children

2. possible daughter: Elizabeth Ann Dunn b. 20 Sep 1823/28. Married to William Garner 3 Feb 1846 Nauvoo, Illinois. [She was endowed the same day as James Dunn b. 1788/1791 in Nauvoo. No proof she is his daughter.]

3. John Dunn b. abt 1826

4. James H. Dunn b. abt 1829

5. Joseph Dunn b. abt 1831

Robert, John, and Joseph appear in the census/ James H. Dunn appears on the earlyldschurchmembers website. No proof.

MARRIAGE: only source IGI.

SEALING: The sealing record for James Dunn and Thurza Shupe appears three times on the IGI. Twice in the world Miscellaneous group and one time in North America. They indicate the sealing was in the President's office 29 April 1855. One of those three gives birthdates for James and Thurza. James Dunn b. 26 September 1791 Little Britain, Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Thursey Shupe b. 13 April 1821 Gracin County, Virginia. Extracted A183380/ Film 183380 page 10

PARENTS: Someone listed the parents of James as being: Robert Dunn and Agnes.

1790 Census Pennsylvania Lancaster County Michael Dunn

Luzerne County Robert Dunn

York County Robert Dunn

1800 Census Pennsylvania Lancaster County no DunnLuzerne County Robert Dunn

Dauphin County Robert Dunn

Franklin County Robert Dunn

1810 Census Pennsylvania Lancaster County Drumore- Robert Dunn

This Robert was young with a young child

1820 Census Pennsylvania Lancaster County Drumore- James Dunn in Drumore [see above notes]

I hope this will clarify some about this James Dunn. Be aware that there are multiple James Dunn's in the early church years and information on several of them are mixed together on the IGI and on various websites. This is one of the things my sister, Karen, and I have been trying to work on. We still do not feel like we have clearly identified James Dunn, the brother of Simeon Adams Dunn. It is difficult in the Journal History of the Church to identify just how many James Dunns there were.

Paula Paradise

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