Monday, January 31, 2011

James Dunn Summary

James Dunn born 27 June 1810

There are three James Dunns who have been identified with birth dates in the early History of the Church. James Dunn b. 1810, James Dunn b 1793 and James Dunn b. 1788.

James Dunn b. 1810

Family records handed down give a baptismal date of 1832 for James Dunn, the brother of Simeon Adams Dunn. No record of this baptism has been found. One history states James was raised by a family who had joined the church, but we have not been able to identify the family that raised him. It is recorded in the History of the Church that in June of 1831 Hyrum Smith, John Murdock, and Lyman Wight accompanied by Almira Mack and Lucy Smith taught the gospel message in Michigan. Lucy remained in Pontiac about four weeks. In January of 1833 Jared Carter and Joseph Wood were sent to Pontiac for missionary service.[1] In 1834 as Zion's camp was being organized in Kirtland, Hyrum Smith and Lyman Wight left to recruit others in Ohio and in Pontiac, Michigan. Fifteen members of the Huron Branch responded to the call to volunteer. The group left Pontiac May 5th 1834.[2] According to the journal of John Fordham: [3]

“May 13, Tuesday, 1834, ....crossed Chicago Turnpike at Mottsvilole [Mottville, Michigan] on the St. Joseph river, went on down the River , Bro. James Dunn of the Pontiac Branch Joined our company. At the end of the day their was some dissatisfaction and they discussed this and all covenanted to forget and forgive. Bro Wright closed by Prayer. Cold night. frose _ inch. We are now 3 miles in Indiana. Prayer by Bro. Dunn.

May 14th went on. Travelled 28 miles. All tired. Bro. Dunn sick. hand laid on by Bro. Smith.

The Pontiac group joined Joseph Smith's group on June 9th .

June 10th "was formed into companies, exercised. Doctor Brown, this day appointed Br. S. Bent, Steward, in place of Bro. Wight, Residgned, (resigned) and Bro. Jas. Dunn, Assistant (steward)". [4]

K. Craig Manscill in “BYU Studies” identifies this James Dunn as: James Dunn born June 6, 1810 and as a member of the Mormon Battalion. [5] [James Dunn who served in the Mormon Battalion was born 1788, as appears in his pension file]

The next mention of James Dunn was at Far West. After Zion's Camp, many of those from the Pontiac Branch settled at Far West. Amasa Lyman recorded the following incident in his journal.[6] [7]

"The trouble thickened around us until, on my return from a week's excursion to the north of Far West (in company with Brother Justus Morse, with whom my family resided), I learned, that the brethren at DeWitt were surrounded by mobs in such a way as to preclude any approach to them by the usual ways, in consequence of which we were left in ignorance of their prospects of danger or safety.

On this account the brethren in Far West committed to me the task of finding a way to the brethren that were in the midst of the enemy. To accompany me I selected Brother James Dunn, I then dressed myself in some old soldier pants, and an old and somewhat tattered coat made of a buffalo robe, and overtopped all with a red worsted cap closely fitting my head. One pocket of my coat was furnished with a pint flask for the spirits we might use, or the effect its possession might have on those with whom we would be likely to come in contact.

Thus attired in our grotesque and uncouth garb, we started across the country to the Missouri River, at a point somewhere above the ferry crossing the Lexington, we reached the river, and when the mantle of night was over us we commenced our search for a canoe, in which to pass down the river; in this, however, we did not succeed, and when the signs of the coming day were discoverable in the east, we found shelter under the edge of a stack of hay by the way, and catched [caught] an hour's sleep, and then were up and away; and travelling down the river we found a Brother Benjamin Jones, who gave us some breakfast, after which we passed over the ferry, replenished our bottle and passed on through the town, passing several parties who were engaged in discussing the common topic of the day--the Mormons and their enemies.

From this place we passed down the river some twelve miles, where, near the close of the day, we secured a canoe, in which we passed down the river, until the darkness of night rendered our navigation rather unsafe, we landed, kept ourselves warm with a fire, which we supplied during the night. In the morning we resumed our way and landed at DeWitt about noon; but the Saints had all gone, save a few who had been prevented by the loss of stock. Of these were Zenos H. Gurly and Brother Simons.

We took dinner with some of the mob residents of the place, and were told by them that being strangers we might be suspected of being Mormons, and consequently unsafe in the place. Acting upon the suggestion we left the town, on the road leading to Carleton, and found lodging with Mr. Thomas, in the morning we were early on the way, got breakfast with a citizen who lived near the point where the trail made by the brethren when they left DeWitt diverged from the old road to the right. This trail we were travelling as fast as we could walk, when on turning abruptly around the point of a low ridge, we found ourselves in close proximity to two men on horseback, with arms. They were questioning a Brother Clark, as we subsequently learned, who was a stranger in the country, and was on the hunt for stock, a short distance ahead were some twenty men who were armed and mounted, the two dismissed Brother Clark and rode to the company, and returned to us with an addition to their number of some half a dozen, and made prisoners of us, asking who we were. We found in the company some men we had seen before in Daviess.

They had, in a wagon, a six pounder, which they were transporting to the north, at a cost of ten dollars per day. On this cannon, in the wagon, they allowed us to ride, at night we helped take the cannon from the wagon and secrete it in the hazel thicket, to prevent a surprise from the "Mormons," and then they placed a guard of four men with us, and in this way they kept us four days.

On the morning of the fifth, they told us we could go, but not to our friends, who were within seven miles of where we were. They forced us back on the road we came. We travelled some forty miles, in a light snow, and waded through Grand River. About nine o'clock at night we reached Brother York's on Shoal Creek. They fed and refreshed us, and in the morning we started for Far West, where we arrived the next day.

I went directly to Daviess County, where I found the cannon, on which Brother Dunn and myself had rode [ridden] during our captivity, the brethren having captured it soon after our release. While here, we heard that the mob were gathering on the southern borders of our county. On the receipt of the news I repaired to Far West, where I borrowed a horse of some brother whose name I have forgotten.

A company of spies were raised, composed of ten men, and I was appointed to take charge of them. We repaired to Crooked River, and quartered with Brother Pinkham."

An undated petition for Redress from the State of Missouri was filed by James Dunn. it

is recorded as "never sworn".

"damiges done by the State of [Missouri] September

taken by a party of Ruffins on the Hiway while traveling to the far west

and compeld to Ride the thare God which I call Canon for the Space of 5 days damiges 200

to 1 gunn 25 dollars & to 1 sword 20

to lost time 7 months at 20 dolars

dito to family 100 dolares James Dunn.[8]

This petition appears to possibly address the incident above.

A Conference meeting was held at Far-West on July, 7, 1838. From the minutes of that Conference, Meeting opened by prayer by President Sidney Rigdon

When the following brethren, who came up in the Camp in 1834 received their blessing, also ordained as Seventies. Among sixteen names is that of James Dunn. [9]

On Oct 6, 1838 at another Conference, a call was made for volunteers to go forth and preach the gospel, when several Elders offered themselves. The following are the names of the Elders who volunteered to go forth into the vineyard this season: James Carroll, James Galliher, Luman A. Shirtliff, James Dunn, Ahaz Cook, Isaac Decker, Cornelius Lott and Alphius Gifford. [10]

Simeon Adams Dunn states that he was baptized by his brother, Elder James Dunn in the Huron river in April of 1839. Stephen Post was a member of the church who was also a missionary in Michigan. His record speaks often of Simeon Adams Dunn and also of James Dunn (b. 1793) of Livonia and James Dunn (b. 1810). The following entry appears to be about Simeon's brother, James b. 1810:

“Fri. May 31st [1839] We left brother Mallory’s & traveled 7 miles to Macon , Lenaway [Lenewee] Co. We staid with brothers Martin? and Sirine at 2 o clock we met in conference. Elder Mephilbasheth Sirrine was called to the chair & S. Post chosen Clerk & proceeded to business.

1st Elder Adams represented Livoni branch 19 members in good standing.

2nd Elder M. Sarrine represented Macon branch 11 members in good standing.

3rd Elder C. Franklin represented Saline branch 5 members in good standing.

4th Elder James Dunn represented Vanburen, Wayne Co. 6 members in good standing.

Two brothers were presented for ordinations Christopher O. Covey was ordained an Elder, Seth Jackson was ordained a priest. Eman Abel was confirmed in the office of a teacher which he had before received but had lost his license. Those who were ordained were addressed by Elder Adams. John Norton? appointed clerk of Macon Branch.

May 31 Conference adjourned until tomorrow.

June Sat 1st Preaching at 10 o clock by elder Adams. Address by M. Serrine. P. M. Sermon Elder James Dunn. Address by Elder Wel. Chatman. P. M. Conference met time spent principally in speaking and praying. Elders present James N. Adams, Isaac Paden?, Joseph Blanchard, M. Serrine, Lemuel Mallory, Charles O. Franklin, James Dunn, Chatman & myself.[11]

James Dunn appears as a witness to a land transaction by William and Margaret Dunn the 20th June 1839. This land is in Huron Township and is sold to Samuel Cooper. This James is probably the James b. 1810, brother of Simeon Adams Dunn.

There have been no records found that indicate when James Dunn went to Nauvoo. Because there were at least five or six James Dunn's in Nauvoo between 1840 and 1846, it is difficult to know which James Dunn is the brother of Simeon Adams Dunn.

There is a James Dunn in the 1840 census in Hancock, County, Illinois born between 1800 and 1810 with a wife age 30-39, a son under five, a daughter under five, and two daughters 5-10 years of age. I do not believe this is Simeon's brother James, but is probably a James b. 1800, Connecticut, with a wife, Cecelia.

We do know that sometime in 1841 James did two proxy baptisms. One was for his mother Sarah Dunn and the other for his brother, Francis Dunn. [12]

We have found no land records that would appear to be for James Dunn b. 1810.

On April 6, 1843, a special conference for the whole church convened at the platform of the temple in Nauvoo. At this time and for some time after there was a band of thieves committing depredations in the vicinity of Nauvoo and elsewhere. Some members of the church were doubtless engaged in this disreputable practice. Hyrum Smith spoke of these problems and said, " I will mention two names, David Holman and James Dunn; they were living in my house. I went to them and asked them if they were stealing for a livelihood. Holman confessed that he had stolen from the world, not from the brethren. I told them to get out of my house. David asked me to forgive him, and he lifted his hands towards heaven and swore if I would forgive him he would never do so again. Soon after he went to Montrose, where he was found stealing salt, as is currently reported, he then stole a skiff and came across the river, stole a barrel of flour that had just been landed from a steamer, rowed down the river to Keokuk, and sold the flour for two dollars, saying he had picked it up in the river, and was likely a little damaged, got his pay and went his way. Dunn would not promise to quit stealing, but said he would go to St. Louis. I tell you to-day, the man that steals shall not long after be brought to the penitentiary. They will soon be brought to condign punishment. I demand in the presence of God that you will exert your wit and your power to bring such characters to justice. If you do not the curse of God will rest upon you; such things would ruin any people. Should I catch a Latter Day Saint stealing, he is the last man to whom I would show mercy.” [13]

These men were ousted from Hiram's property and cut off from the Church.[14] We have not been able to identify, just which James Dunn this was. [An interesting note: A David Holman and a James Dunn were both endowed in Nauvoo in 1846]

There was a "scroll petition" signed in June of 1844 in Nauvoo asking the government for redress for losses in Missouri. "Not all the signers had been in Missouri, but some signed the petition in support of those who had suffered there.

Among those who signed were: James Dunn, Elizabeth Dunn, Susanna Dunn. It is not clear which James Dunn this is. [15]

Simeon Adams Dunn had already been accepted into the Nauvoo, Masonic Lodge April 7th, 1842. The following appears in the minutes of the Lodge for Thursday, Aug 15th, 1844 4 o’clock. Petitions were then presented from the following person for the honor of masonry to wit: William Bachelor aged 26, farmer; Carry Call aged 35, farmer; James Dun aged 30, farmer, James Graham aged 40, weaver.

Thursday, Sept 19th, A. L. 5844, A. D. 1844

The Committee reported favorably for Cary Call, Wm Bachelor, James Graham, James Dunn etc.

The lodge also balloted for James Dunn, Enoch M. King and Edmond Avery but they were rejected. [16]

This James Dunn would have been born about 1814, but his age is closer to James Dunn b. 1810, than any of the other James Dunn's in the area.

One other record exists that may be Simeon Dunn's brother, James Dunn. This record of endowments is shown in the Endowment register for the Nauvoo temple. James Dunn, Seventy born 6 Jun 1810, washing, anointing and endowment 6 Feb 1846. Sarah Dunn, born 23 Oct 1819 Washing, Anointing and endowment 6 Feb 1846. There is no record of a sealing for this James Dunn and Sarah Dunn. We have not been able to identify the Sarah Dunn.[17] We do not know if James Dunn was married. Simeon Adams Dunn did a baptism for the dead for Hannah Minerva Dunn, Born: 3 Dec 1845 in Nauvoo. Could she have been a child of James Dunn?

It appears that James probably died in 1845 or 1846 in Nauvoo. The exact date of his death is not known. [18] [19]


Other James Dunn's known to be in Nauvoo

1. James Dunn b. 26 Sep 1788 Pennsylvania

Parents: Robert and Agnes Dunn

Spouse #1: name unknown

CENSUS: 1820 United States Census/ Census Place: Drumore, Lancaster, Pennsylvania/ Source: 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: 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)

Original Baptism date is unknown.

Since this James Dunn appears to still be in Pennsylvania in 1840, it is believed he is not the James Dunn in Zion's Camp and in Far West.

I 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

6. Susannah Dunn [appears on the record of Lima Branch] no proof

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

This would put James Dunn in Lima late in 1840

“Early Branches of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1830-1850" by Lyman De Platt. This book states there were 575 Branches prior to migration to Utah. During this period a Branch consisted of several units and was more like a Stake.

Lima, Adams, Illinois/ Called Yelrome and Morley Settlement/ 17 Sep 1840, Isaac Morely President. Branch Member of branch at that time.

James Dunn, Elizabeth Dunn, Susannah Dunn(NMR, HC 5, HC 6, JHC, JOB)

(NMR=Nauvoo Marriage records; HC= History of the Church, JHC= Journal History of the Church; JOB=Nelson, Leland R., The Journal of Brigham Young)

There is a James Dunn ordained a High Priest in this Lima Branch.

Nauvoo Temple Endowment Record: Jan 31, 1846 #9 James Dunn, High Priest. Born 26 Sep 1788. Endowed 31 Jan 1846

#10 Dunn, Elizabeth A., female, born 20 Sep 1823, Lancaster Pennsylvania. Washing and Annointing-Elizabeth Ann. Endowed 31 Jan 1846

PATRIARCHAL_BLESSING: Dunn, James/ birth: 27 Sep 1787/ blessing: 12 Jul 1846/

Born: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania/ Father: Robert Dunn/ Mother: Agnes Dunn/ Blessing given at: Council Bluffs/ Lineage: Joseph/ Blessing given by: John Smith

Married Thirza Shupe in Council Bluffs 1846. Later sealed in the President's office in Salt Lake City

This is the James Dunn who was a private in the Mormon Battalion Company C. under Capt. Brown. He was in the sick Battalion at one point (see pension record below.)

Journal History of the Church: 1 Aug 1847 Meeting at temple lot in Salt Lake

It was voted to put up a stockade of adobe houses. Samuel Gould and James Dunn reported themselves as lime burners.

Journal History of the Church: 17 Aug 1847 List of those returning to Winter Quarters

First Division under Tunis Rappleyee/ first ten under Joseph Skein

James Dunn

CENSUS: 1850 United States Census [taken in the spring of 1851]/ Source: Location: Utah County, Utah Territory/

James Dunn/ age 64/ Born: Pennsylvania/ occupation: farmer

Robert Dunn/ age 37/ Born: Pennsylvania/ occupation: farmer

Thirza Dunn/ age 29/ Born: Virginia

John Dunn/ age 24/ Born: Pennsylvania/ occupation: shoemaker

Joseph Dunn/ age 19/ Born: Pennsylvania

Sarah Jane Dunn/ age 1 Born: Deseret

Andrew Rose/ age 14 born ME

Journal History of the Church: 1 Apr 1953 Pleasant Grove: George S. Clark Bishop, James Dunn and Duncan MacArthur Councilors.

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. Lists his wife Thirza and children: Sarah and Emanuel.

new familySearch gives his death as 1855 in SanDiego, California. No record found.

His wife, Thirza married Augustus Sone about 1857 in Ogden, Utah

2. James Dunn born 28 Jun 1793 either New Jersey or New York (This James Dunn is a first Cousin 1 time removed to Simeon Adams Dunn and his brother, James Dunn)

Parents: Samuel Dunn b. 1753 Enfield, Connecticut and Phoebe Coykendall

Spouse: Sally Barker b. 19 Jan 1798 Phelps, Ontario, New York

married : 28 June 1815 Ontario County, New York

Children: Crandall b.1817, Laura b.1819, Thomas James b.1822, Harvey b.1825, Loren b. 1827, Parmelia b. 1829, John B. b.1832, Sarah Elizabeth b. 1836

Moved to Livonia, Wayne, Michigan about 1825

CENSUS: 1820 United States Census/ Census Place: Phelps, Ontario, New York/ Source: NARA series M33 roll 62/ page 153/ #308

Dunn, James/ 1 male under 10/ 1 male 16 and under 26/ 1 male 26 and under 45/ 1 female under 10/ 1 female 26 and under 45/ 1 person engaged in Agriculture [1 male 16-26 not this family]

CENSUS: 1830 United States Census/ Census Place: Wayne County, Michigan [no townships given]/ Source:

Dunn, James/ 1 male under 5/ 1 male 5 and less than 10/ 2 males 10 and less than 15/ 1 male 20 and less than 30/ 1 male 30 and less than 40/ 1 female 10 and less than 15/ 1 female 30 and less than 40 [male 20-30 not in this family]

CENSUS: 1840 United States Census/ Census Place: Livonia/ Wayne, Michigan/ Source: NARA M704/ roll 212 page 238

James Dunn/ 1 male 5 and less than 10/ 1 male 10 and less than 15/ 2 males 15 and less than 20/ 1 male 20 and less than 30/ 1 female under 5/ 1 female 5 and less than 10

James Dunn is mentioned in the Journals of Stephen Post. Elder Post visited him several times in Livonia. James Baptism date is given as June 1840. He purchased property from Hyrum and Mary Smith in Nauvoo, 5 August 1841. Later sold. They had more property and lived in LaHarpe where several of their married children had property.

TAX_RECORD: 1842 Tax record Hancock County, Illinois/Source: Http:// Illinois tax index/

Dunn, James page 181 Property: T7N R5W [LaHarpe Township]

TAX_RECORD: TAX_RECORD: Title: Illinois, Hancock County, Tax List for District No. 3 (Nauvoo) 1842

Author: Nauvoo Illinois Assessor/ FHL film #7706, index available on internet at ancestry

Pg 181

James Dunn/ Value of Cattle: 85/ Value of Horses: 160/ Value of Wagons: 150/ Value of Clocks: 10/ Value of Watches: “/ Money Loaned: “/ Stock in Trade: Lg/ Value of Other Property: $100/ Amount of Private Property: [total] $505/ Residence: 7.5 [T7N R 5W La Harpe]

There is no endowment or sealing record for this James Dunn in the Nauvoo Temple

They left Nauvoo sometime in 1846. They remained in Winter Quarters/Council Bluffs until 1852 when their son Crandall returned from a Mission.

1850 U. S. Census. District 21,Pottowattamie County, Iowa page 153

#3 James Dunn age 52, male, born: New York, laborer

#4 Sarah Dunn age 49, female, born: New York

#5 John Dunn age 16, male, born: New York

#6 Sarah Dunn, age 14, female, Born: New York

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#7 Loren Dunn, age 21, male, born: New York

#8 Maria Dunn, age 20, female, born: New York

#9 Laura Dunn, age 2, female, born: Iowa

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#10 Harvy Dunn, age 23, male, born: New York

#11 Betsey Dunn, age 23, female, born: New York

#12 Joseph Berchell age 30, male, Born: Eng.

Ann Berchell age 27, female, Born: Eng.

Thos Berchell age 3, male, Born: Eng.

Joseph Berchell, age 1 born Iowa

1870 U. S. Census/ Census Place: Providence, Cache, Utah/ Source:

#22 Dunn, James/ age 78/ male/ white/ no occupation/ real estate: 100/ Born: New Jersey/

#23 Dunn, Sarah/ age 67/ female/ white/ keeping house/ Born: New York

#24 Dunn, Harvey/ age 32/ male/ white/ farm laborer/ Born:

James Dunn died Aug 1872 in Providence, Cache County, Utah

3. James E. Dunn

b. Jul 1800 Ansonia, New Haven, Connecticut

Parents: James Dunn and Amaranda Jones

Spouse: Celia Hawley b. 7 Jul 1804 Astabula County, Ohio

Children: Eliza M. b. 1827; Marcia b. 1831; Sophia b. 1835, Edward H. Dunn all but Edward born Astabula, Ohio

This may be the James in the 1840 Census in Hancock County

CENSUS: 1850 U. S. Census/ Quincy South Ward, Adams, Illinois/ enumerated 16 Aug 1850/ Family 48

#14 James E. Dunn/ age 50/ male/ Occupation: painter and chain maker/ Born: Conn

#15 Celia Dunn/ age 46/ female/ Born: O

#16 Eliza Dunn/ age 23/ female/ Born: O

#17 Marcia Dunn/ age 19/ female/ Born: O

#18 Sophia A. Dunn/ age 15/ female/ Born: O

CENSUS: 1860 U. S. Census/ Quincy 1st Ward, Adams, Illinois/ Source: NARA M653/ roll 154/ page 23/ Dwelling 141/ Family 157

#3 James E. Dunn/ age 59/ male/ white/ Occupation: baggage master/ Born: Conn

#4 Cecelia Dunn/ age 55/ female/ white/ Born: Ohio

CENSUS: 1880 U. S. Census/ Census Place: Quincy, Adams, Illinois/ source: FHL Film 1254174 page 365 A/

Marcia Woods/ head/ widow/ female/ white/ age 49/ Born: Ohio/ Occupation: Keeps house/ Father born: CT/ Mother born: Ohio

Celia A. Woods/ dau/ single/ female/ white/ age 24/ Born: IA/ Occupation: Bookeeper/ Father born: NY/ Mother born:Ohio

Edward D. woods/ son/ single/ male/ white/ age 21/ Born: IA/ Occupation: Fireman RR/ Father born: NY/ Mother born: Ohio

James E. Dunn/ father/ widower/ male/ white/ age 79/ born: CT/ Occupation: home/ Father born: PA/ Mother born: CT

LAND_RECORD: FHL Film 954,599/ Book K/ page 574

James E. Dunn and wife Celia for $150 to Timothy V. Hutton. SW quarter of Section 32 Township 5North Rage 6 West 4th meridian. sold 8 Jan 1842. Recorded 24 Nov 1842. [Carthage]

TAX_RECORD: Title: Illinois, Hancock County, Tax List for District No. 3 (Nauvoo) 1842

Author: Nauvoo Illinois Assessor/ FHL film #7706, index available on internet at ancestry

Pg 169

James E. Dunn/ Value of Cattle: 20/ Value of Horses: 50/ Value of Wagons: “/ Value of Clocks: 5/ Value of Watches: 5/ Money loaned: “/ Stock in trade: LG/ Value of other Property: 75/ Amount of Private Property [total]: $155 / Residence:

[T3N R 5W Augusta]

James E. Dunn and Celia lived in Quincy, Adams, Illinois for most of their married lives

Celia d. 13 May 1879 in Quincy.

James E. Dunn d. 10 Sep 1881 according to Ancestral file in Decorah, Winneshiek, Iowa.

4. James A. Dunn b. 17 Dec 1824 Abbeyville, South Carolina (This is Captain Dunn who accompanied the prophet, Joseph Smith to Carthage jail)

parents: Samuel Dunn and Mary

Spouse: Evaline Sargent b. 1827/27 Rush, Indiana

Children: Jerusha b. 1846, Thomas b. 1850, Martina b. 1851, Celestia b. 1853, Robert b. 1856, Clara Ella b. 1860, and Fannie Eva b. 1865

James A. Dunn d. 29 Mar 1904 Pana, Christian, Illinois

(the information below does not have a source given)

From Deseret Book website: Dunn, James A. (1824-1904) born in South Carolina. Tavern keeper in Augusta, Hancock County, Illinois, and officer in the Hancock County, militia. When Joseph Smith was en route to Carthage to comply with his arrest in the Nauvoo Expositer case on 24 June 1844, he met Dunn and a company of men with an order for the state arms in possession of the Nauvoo Legion. Whereupon Joseph returned with him to Nauvoo. Later that night Dunn's company accompanied Smith and others on what proved to be the Prophet's last trip to Carthage. Died at Pana, Christian County, Illinois (History of the Church, 7:144; Ancestral)

5. James Dunn of Chili, Hancock, Illinois Illinois State Archives website

James Dunn/ residence unknown/ NE Section 28/ Township 3 North Range 6 West/ meridian 4th/ Hancock County/ 160 acres/ Payment type (Military Warrant) Volume 807 page 161/ date 11-29-1817

Not known if he would have still been in the area in 1840-1846

[1] John & Audrey Cumming. “The Saints Come to Michigan” (Apr 1966)

[2] Andrew Jensen. “Michigan as a Latter-day Saint Mission Field” (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Archives MS4029 item 3)

[3] Elijah Fordham’s journal appears in: K. Craig Manscill. BYU Studies 39 No. 1 (2000). “Journal of the Branch of the Church of Christ in Pontiac, . . . 1834”:Hyrum Smith’s Division of Zion’s Camp.”

[4] Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Historical Department; Andrew Jensen. Journal History ( Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

[5] K. Craig Manscill. BYU Studies 39 No. 1 (2000). “Journal of the Branch of the Church of Christ in Pontiac, . . . 1834”:Hyrum Smith’s Division of Zion’s Camp.” p. 188

[6] Edward Leo Lyman. “Amasa Mason Lyman” ( University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, Utah 2009)

[7] "Amasa Lyman's History," The Latter-day Saints' Millennial Star 27 (1865):472-73, 487- 89, 502-504, 519-21, 535-37, 552-53. found at:

[8] Clark V. Johnson, ed. “Mormon Redress Petitions, Documents of the 1833-1838 Missouri Conflict”

[9] Donald Q. Cannon, Lyndon W. Cook, eds. “Far West Record, Minutes of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1844” p. 201

[10] Donald Q. Cannon, Lyndon W. Cook, eds. “Far West Record, Minutes of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1844”. Note: The appendix of this book identifies this James Dunn as James Dunn b. 1787 ? Pennsylvania and served as assistant Steward in Zion's Camp.

[11] Steven Post. “Steven Post Journal 1835-1921”. (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Archives MS 1304/ Reel 5/ Box 6/ Folder 2)

[12] Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “Baptisms for the Dead. Nauvoo, Illinois 1840-1845 Book A” (FHL Film 183376)

[13] Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Historical Department; Andrew Jensen. Journal History ( Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) 6 Apr 1843.

[14] Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Historical Department; Andrew Jensen. Journal History ( Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) 26 Jan 1845

[15] Clark V. Johnson, ed. “Mormon Redress Petitions, Documents of the 1833-1838 Missouri Conflict”

[16] Mervin B. Hogan. “The Founding Minutes of the Nauvoo Lodge”. (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Archives M230.91 IT714f n. Also Ms3630 / original min. MS 3436)

[17] Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “Endowments for the Living 1845-1846 Nauvoo Temple” (FHL Film 0183372)

[18] Nauvoo Restoration, Inc. Old Nauvoo Burial Ground : Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; this list contains names of persons who died in Nauvoo area, 1839-1850 period; members and others possibly buried in Old Nauvoo Burial Ground or in other cemeteries in Nauvoo. James Dunn is listed with no marker and no Date.

[19] Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “Historical Notebook 1864-1862” (Church Archives: MS3419 Reel 1) name of James Dunn appears on list of men in Zion’s Camp. James Dunn/ Residence: died in Nauvoo

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