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Alva Dunlap
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Birth: Oct. 26, 1805
Sandy Creek
Oswego County
New York, USA
Death: Jun. 2, 1889
Dunlap
Peoria County
Illinois, USA

Son of Smith & Eleanor (Lane) Dunlap, husband of Mary Knight, m. Feb 17, 1829.

In his funeral address Rev. J. H. Morron said of him: "He was a man of marked personality, as seen in every gesture, in the humorous twinkle of his eye, his earnest voice, his very walk. Seen at a distance it was easy to know there comes Uncle Alva. He was not a stately pine, nor a graceful elm, or shapely maple in the forest of humanity, but rather a tough hickory with its jagged bark or a gnarled unbending oak that only stands the more securely as the result of storms. He was a man of more than average intellect, quick of conception, slow to reach conclusions, but sound and accurate in judgment. Integrity, clearness, courage and manliness were the leading traits of his character. He was an open-eyed observer, a reader, a lover of magazines, papers and books. He was a rich man, but what he had, came through industry, foresight and frugality. A useful, helpful man, a safe adviser and judicious manager, he was referred to in all public affairs of his neighborhood and the county, holding public offices where mature judgment was needed rather than great honors to be conferred. Our house of correction that has proved such a power in the maintenance of public order and safety was a favorite scheme of his, and well is his judgment vindicated. He believed that the criminal and disorderly class should be made as far as possible self-supporting. If at times positive to the verge of dogmatism in his opinion, he never failed to be warm hearted and tender in his sympathies, and hospitable in an eminent degree. Truly his latch string was always out. His daily life was never spent in idleness. He improved the broad acres, reared this home, planted these trees, and filled all the intervals of existence with kind acts and noble deeds." 
 
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 Parents:
  Smith Dunlap (1784 - 1856)
  Eleanor Lane Dunlap (1782 - 1858)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Knight Dunlap (1806 - 1880)
 
 Children:
  Burleigh H Dunlap (1830 - 1890)*
  Byron W Dunlap (1832 - 1905)*
  Marshall Ney Dunlap (1834 - 1900)*
  Frances Marie Dunlap (1835 - 1897)*
  Gilbert Lane Dunlap (1837 - 1845)*
  William Knight Dunlap (1840 - 1925)*
  Hortense Isabella Dunlap Wiley (1842 - 1927)*
  Andrew Jackson Dunlap (1844 - 1863)*
  Mary Eleanor Dunlap (1851 - 1874)*
 
 Siblings:
  Polly Dunlap Pierce (1804 - 1862)*
  Alva Dunlap (1805 - 1889)
  Ellen Burnette Dunlap Greenwood (1821 - 1908)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Dunlap Family Cemetery
Peoria County
Illinois, USA
 
Maintained by: One Foot In The Grave
Originally Created by: John Melton
Record added: May 04, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 36731801
Alva Dunlap
Added by: John Melton
 
 
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- jmtho1501
 Added: Jun. 13, 2015
To my 3rd Great-Grandfather. I have many treasures of yours and have always heard such wonderful things about you. I am proud to call you my ancestor!
- Cindy
 Added: Nov. 18, 2014

- Mellissa Lake Co. Illinois
 Added: Feb. 1, 2014
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