|Birth: ||Sep. 18, 1863|
|Death: ||Oct. 26, 1889|
George Washington Dunkin, son of Samuel Duncan/Dunkin and Jane H. McDonald of Alabama, referred to as "Alabama George" due to his place of birth.
George's father Samuel Duncan/Dunkin born in South Carolina about 1821 was married to a lady named Louise last name unknown. There were five children born to this marriage. This family is listed on the 1850 Alabama census.
After the 1850 census Samuel Duncan/Dunkin married a lady named Jane H. McDonald. This family is listed on the 1860, 1870, and 1880 census. There were eleven children born to this marriage. The 1880 census is the last census listing Samuel Duncan/Dunkin with this family; Jane H. Duncan is listed as a widow on the 1900 census living with son Farney R. Duncan and his family plus one of Jane's son;s Frank Duncan.
1870 Beat 1, Chambers, Alabama census lists this family S W Dunkin age 50; Jane H Dunkin age 40; W H Dunkin age 20; James M Dunkin age 15; Catharine C Dunkin age 13; Samuel W Dunkin age 11; Victoria Dunkin age 10; John L Dunkin age 08; George W Dunkin 07; Johnson B Dunkin 02. Source citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Beat 1, Chambers, Alabama.
1880 Hickory Flat, Chambers, Alabama lists this family with household members: head of house Samuel Dunkin age 60, born South Carolina; wife to head of house Jane Dunkin age 50; son of head of house Mathew Dunkin age 24; son of head of house Sam Dunkin age 21; son of head of house Lloyd Dunkin age 19; son of head of house George Dunkin age 16; son of head of house Johnson Dunkin age 12; son of head of house Frank Dunkin age 10; son of head of house Farney Dunkin age 08; son in law to head of house Vernon Sharman age 26; daughter of head of house Victoria Sharman age 21; grandson to head of house Warner Sharman 01 and Morgan Bass age 21. Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Hickory Flat, Chambers, Alabama.
After the 1880 Alabama Census George Washington Duncan came to Texas where he married Laura L. Fitzpatrick the youngest daughter of Newton E. Fitzpatrick and Adaline Sowell Fitzpatrick
G. W. Dunkin
Miss Laura L. Fitzpatrick
Lee County, Texas
29 Oct 1883
"I hereby certify that on the 29th day of October A.D. 1883, I united in marriage G. W. Dunkin and Miss L. L. Fitzpatrick. Witnessed my hand this this the 15th day of Nov 1883. W. H. Buchanan, Minister of the Gospel.
There has been a lot written about the 1880 decade in McDade, Bastrop County, Texas and the lives of the players in this decade. In the last one hundred and thirty years newspaper articles, court records, and hand-me-down stories have been researched, filmed, discussed and rewritten based on facts, hearsay or point of view. Sadly, George Washington Duncan/Dunkin became a part of the history of this decade.
Thank you to Melba McLemore for this newspaper article.
The Galveston Daily News
Tuesday October 15,1889
A TRAGIC ENCOUNTER,
TWO PARKER COUNTY FARMERS
HAVE A DESPERATE BATTLE
A Fight on the Road. The Pursued Turned the Tables. Both of the Contenders are Wounded Very Seriously.
Weatherford Texas - Reports
Reached this city to-day of a tragic encounter which occurred between two farmers living about nine miles south of the city on the Stephenville Road yesterday afternoon about 4 o'clock. The principals were Haywood Beatty and Geo. Duncan, aged each about 30 years. They tended djoining tracts of land belonging to J. G. Osborne.The position of the homes formed a triangle Beatty and Duncan being about three fourths of a mile from Osborne's place and about 400 yards from each other.
It seems there was a largely attended baptizing ceremony in the neighborhood yesterday which ....as far as can be learned, no eye witnesses to what must have been one of the most thrilling encounters in the history of Parker county. It is supposed the two men were going to the place of baptism when they met at Osborne's house and either renewed a quarrel of several years standing, which had occurred in Bastrop County, or else, as has been alleged, the difficulty grew out of family troubles.Those who are best informed as to the direct cause of the trouble are very reticent and averse to saying anything on the subject. It was denied, however, that they had any dispute about crops, as they farmed separately, though the land adjoined, and the above causes are cited, though to which the difficulty is attributable could not be definitely learned.
When the dispute began the two men were mounted, and it is proved Duncan was armed with a revolver while Beatty was unarmed. As the dispute waxed hotter it is alleged that Duncan drew his weapon and fired at Beatty, the ball passing through his right band as he raised it. The latter when sought safety in flight and Duncan, who had dismounted before he opened fire, remounted his horse and pursued the flying Beatty toward his home, three-quarters of a 'mile ….. firing as he rode successive shots, one of which took effect in Beatty's uninjured hand, or wrist, thus leaving him almost crippled. They fairly flew over the ground, as each urged his horse to its utmost effort but Beatty was the best mounted and gradually drew away from his pursuer as he neared his own home which he gained in time to enter and arm himself as Duncan rode up and halted in front of the house, Beatty then it is alleged, opened fire from within the house, shooting through the window and put a bullet through Duncan's chest , which entered just below the left collar bone and came out below the left shoulder blade passing through his lungs, making a very dangerous wound which it is expected to prove fatal, though at last counts Duncan was still alive. Beatty is also severely wounded.
The first reports received in this city of the shooting were toward noon, and Sheriff Sisk started immediately for the scene. He stated just before starting that from what he had heard he did not expect he could remove either of the parties to the shooting at once. He will not probably return to the city until morning, and it is impossible to obtain further definite information at this time, though the facts are given from a reliable source, the informant being well acquainted with the parties to the affray, and as he said had seen one of the wounded last night.
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In later years, three of George Washington Dunkin's brothers, all sons of Samuel Duncan and Jane H. McDonald Duncan, moved from Alabama to Parker County, Texas where they lived out their lives and are all three buried in the City Cemetery in Weatherford. These brothers were Samuel W. Farney R. and Frank P. Duncan. Both Frank P and Farney R. died eight days apart in the spring of 1910.
THE FOUR GEORGE DUNCAN/DUNKINS:
ONE SON AND THREE GRANDSONS OF MATTHEW DUNCAN
Matthew Duncan and Hannah Willis Duncan had three known sons who all three name one of their sons George. The sons are: Samuel, George Washington and Andrew Jackson.
1) GEORGE WASHINGTON Duncan/Dunkin, subject of this memorial, a son of Samuel Duncan and Jane H. McDonald Duncan/Dunkin was born in Alabama about 1863 is referred to as "Alabama George". He is a grandson of Matthew Dunkin and Hannah Willis Duncan. This George Washington Duncan/Dunkin was involved in an event recorded in history in 1889. George met his untimely death while in his 20's leaving a young wife Laura Fitzpatrick Dunkin who never remarried. George was buried in Cox Cemetery near Weatherford, in Parker County, Texas.
2) GEORGE WASHINGTON Duncan, subject of this memorial, had a first cousin, a son of Catherine McDonald and GEORGE WASHINGTON DUNCAN who named their second son George Davis Duncan/Dunkin born about 1869 referred to "Black" George due to his occupation as a blacksmith. George Davis Duncan was also a grandsons of Matthew and Hannah Willis Duncan. This George Davis Duncan married Mary Pfeifer and later married Ophie Hamilton. This George Davis Duncan died prior to the 1900 census and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, McDade, Bastrop County, Texas at the head of his mother's headstone and beside his sister, Hannah Duncan Erwin.
3) GEORGE WASHINGTON Duncan, subject of this memorial, had another first cousin, a son of Andrew Jackson Duncan and Margaret Greggory who was named George Washington Duncan born 1869. George Washington Duncan was also a grandson of Matthew Duncan/Dunkin and Hannah Willis Duncan. This George Washington Duncan married Addie Hoskins, reared his family near Oak Hill Community and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, McDade, Bastrop County, Texas.
Laura Lavenah Fitzpatrick Dunkin (1864 - 1957)
Created by: Macy Myrick
Record added: Aug 03, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74350056
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