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Maj John Thomas Chunn
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Birth: Oct. 8, 1780
Maryland, USA
Death: Sep. 9, 1847
Vigo County
Indiana, USA

He served in the War of 1812 in BVT MAJ 3 Ohio Infantry. He was born in 1780 in Maryland. John Thomas is the son of Zachariah Chunn and Deborah Turner. He left Virginia when he was small at some date not known. In April, 1812 he is enlisted in the 19th Infantry from OHIO ?. He is in Clarke Co, Indiana by 1809 and the Clarke Co history book says he had sons who grew up to be riverboat captains. This first wife's name is unknown as well as the names of the children. What happens to her and the children is a puzzle for John Thomas is busy in the Battle of Tippecanoe and in the War of 1812 where he is breveted Major for his bravery in the defense of Fort Erie. There is no further information on this first family. They don't seem to be with him at any later time. He is then in charge of Fort Harrison in Vigo Co., Indiana until sent to Detroit in 1820. About this time he marries a second time to Matilda LeMarche and settles down on property he obtained in Vermillion Co, just north of Vigo. In War of 1812. Fought in Harrison's campaign. Was in the 17th Kentucky Infantry. A Company captain of the 17th and 19th infantry. Breveted to Major for Gallantry for his defense of the American fortifications on Snake Hill-Niagara Campaign-Aug., 1814. Was present and signed the Treaty with the Sioux of St. Peter's River, July 19, 1815, and with the Wea Indians of Ohio. Major in command of Ft. Harrison, IN and Ft. Detroit. John Thomas left VA as a young man, was briefly in OH, and married in Clarke Co, IN and had five children there. He was at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1812 and later was in charge of Fort Harrison in Vigo County, IN. He married second wife, Matilda LeMarche in this area and settled in Vermillion Co. IN.
John Thomas Chunn and his second wife Matilda LeMarch had the following children:
Thomas H. born Aug 3, 1822 married Caroline White
Joseph H. born June 8, 1823 married Martha Helms and Amanda Nelson
Mary born Sept 18, 1828 married John Wright
William born 1832 married Nancy L. Tank
Stephen born about 1835, never married
Caroline born about 1838, never married
All of the males in this family served in the civil war.
Major John Thomas Chunn - cited for bravery, Capt. John Thomas Chunn, of the 17th Kentucky Infantry. A Company captain of the 17th and 19th infantry. Cited for bravery for his defense of the American fortifications on Snake Hill - Niagara Campaign - August 1814, and he was brevetted to Major. Was present and signed the Treaty with the Sioux of St. Peter's River, July 19, 1815; and, with the Wea Indians of Ohio, later on.



 
 
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 Children:
  Thomas H Chunn (1822 - 1887)*
  Joseph H Chunn (1823 - 1889)*
  William R Chunn (1831 - 1911)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Chunn Cemetery
Vigo County
Indiana, USA
 
Maintained by: Joanne
Originally Created by: Mark W. Neice
Record added: Oct 13, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22156419
Maj John Thomas Chunn
Added by: Mark W. Neice
 
 
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