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John J. Dunbar
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Birth: May 30, 1794
Westerly
Washington County
Rhode Island, USA
Death: Nov. 26, 1864
Caledonia
Houston County
Minnesota, USA

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Biography by Tom Brocher

John was the son of Thomas Dunbar and Eunice Barber Dunbar.

His maternal grandfather, Nathan Barber, was a descendant of George Soule, a Mayflower passenger, manservant to Edward Winslow, and signer of the Mayflower Compact. Both his father Thomas Dunbar and maternal grandfather Nathan Barber served in the Revolutionary War.

John was born at Westerly, Washington Co., Rhode Island on 30 May 1794 (James N. Arnold, R. I. Vital Records, Vol. 5, Part IV, Westerly, p. 100, 1894); he died at his residence at Caledonia, Houston Co., Minnesota on 26 November 1864; was buried there at Evergreen Cemetery [Houston Co. Probate Records, p. 238].

John married first, probably at Westerly, Washington Co., Rhode Island on 29 November 1818 Elizabeth GREEN (family records).

Largely based on the birthplaces of their children, and census records, this family resided at Westerly, Rhode Island in 1820, removed to Connecticut circa 1822, and to Massachusetts circa 1824 or 1825, residing first at Chester, and afterwards removed to South Hadley Falls by 1833 [1820 U.S. Census, Rhode Island, Washington Co., Westerly, p. 139; 1830 U.S. Census, Massachusetts, Hampden Co., Chester, p. 088, both on microfilm].

Prior to 25 August 1850, John married, second, Lucy T. LUDLOW, at South Hadley Falls, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts [1850 U.S. Census, Massachusetts, Hampshire Co., South Hadley Falls, microfilm]. Lucy, aged 38, was born circa 1812 at Ludlow, Massachusetts.

There is uncertainty when John removed to Caledonia, Houston Co., Minnesota. Late in 1853, a Mr. and Mrs. J. DUNBAR attended a Christmas party and candy pull at Caledonia, Minnesota [Caledonia Centennial Booklet, July, 1954], but this may have been his son. On 25 July 1855, John DUNBAR purchased 80 acres from Joseph PENDLETON, but this John may also have been his son. In August 1855, John, merchant, Lucy T., and Lucy M. were enumerated at South Hadley, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts, [1855 Massachusetts State Census, Hampshire Co., South Hadley Falls, entry 195/206, microfilm]. Lucy died there two months later on 11 October 1855, of brain fever, and John's daugher, Lucy May, died there in June 1859 [S. Hadley VR, Deaths], indicating that John's primary residence remained at South Hadley.

John was married at South Hadley Falls, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts, 24 February 1856, to, third, Delia Roselle GRISWOLD, by E. A. STANDISH, Minister of the Gospel [MA State Archives, South Hadley VR, Marr.]. Delia, aged 24, was the daughter of George GRISWOLD and Ester STODDARD, born January 1822 in Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut [The Griswold Family - England-America, Vol. VII,, pp. 134, 144; Esther Griswold French and Robert Lewis French, The Griswold Family - The First Five Generations in America, 1990, p. 365]. George (Daniel, Josiah, Jacob, and Michael) was born at Wethersfield, Connecticut, 25 April 1781 [The Griswold Family - The First Five Generations in America, p. 134, 1943]. The 29 June 1860 U.S. Census of South Hadley, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts, lists John's occupation as a merchant, aged 66 years; his wife, Delia, was 28 years old. Two servants lived with them. Delia married second Austin R. Standish on 25 December 1866 at South Hadley Falls, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts. They resided in Rocky Hill, Hartford Co., Connecticut from 1870 to 1880 [U.S. Censuses]. In 1900 Delia was widowed, living in Palmer, Hampden Co., Massachusetts with a brother, James Griswold. Austin was born about 1803 in Glastonbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut.

Land records indicate that John removed to Caledonia by 1862, when he bought 80 acres from his nephew Jos. PENDLETON [Houston Co., Land Deeds, Bk. "E", p. 202].

A petition for probate at Caledonia, Minnesota by Delia R., wife of John, dated 5 December 1864, testifies that John died intestate 26 November 1864 at his residence at Caledonia, Houston Co., Minnesota [Houston Co. Probate Records, p. 238]. The initial petition for probate dated 5 December 1864 and final decree dividing his estate dated December 1865 lists six children: Sarah A. GATES, John J. DUNBAR, William F. DUNBAR, Oliver C. DUNBAR, Anstis F. BELDING, of Caledonia, and Thomas M. DUNBAR of the Territory of Colorado. Only two claims were made against John's estate, one for his coffin and funeral expenses totaling $35.83 from Delia R. DUNBAR, and one for medical expenses totalling $10 by Dr. H. B. LAFLUER.

Children by his first marriage (last 5 b. in Mass.); surname Dunbar:

i. William Franklin, b. at Westerly, Washington Co., R.I. 10 Nov. 1820.
ii. John Jay, b. 9 Dec. 1822 in Conn., prob. at Lebanon, New London Co.
iii. Mary E., b. 23 June 1823 prob. in Conn.; prob. d. young as she was not mentioned in the final decree of her father's probate dated 7 Dec. 1865.
iv. Anstis Fidelia, b. at Chester, Hampden Co. 10 July 1827.
v. Thomas M., b. at Chester, Hampden Co. 25 Dec. 1829.
vi. Oliver Cromwell, b. at Chester, Hampden Co. 25 June 1831.
vii. Sarah A., b. at South Hadley Falls, Hampshire Co. 1 Aug. 1833.
viii. Henry Green, b. at South Hadley, Hampshire Co. 28 Feb. 1836.

Child (by second marriage, b. and d. at South Hadley, Hampshire Co., Mass. [South Hadley VR, Births and Deaths]); surname Dunbar:

ix. Lucy May, b. 3 Jan. 1851; d. 8 June 1859 ae. 8 yrs., 5 mos., 5 days of hydrocephalus.

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 Parents:
  Thomas Dunbar (1764 - 1840)
  Eunice Barber Dunbar (1769 - 1857)
 
 Spouses:
  Elizabeth Green Dunbar (1802 - 1848)*
  Lucy T Ludlow Dunbar (1812 - 1855)*
 
 Children:
  William Franklin Dunbar (1820 - 1890)*
  John Jay Dunbar (1822 - 1890)*
  Anstis Fidelia Dunbar Belden (1827 - 1902)*
  Oliver Cromwell Dunbar (1831 - 1880)*
  Sarah A. Dunbar Gates (1833 - 1906)*
  Henry Green Dunbar (1836 - ____)*
  Lucy Mary Dunbar (1851 - 1859)*
 
 Siblings:
  Thomas Dunbar (1788 - 1872)*
  John J. Dunbar (1794 - 1864)
  Nathan Barber Dunbar (1796 - 1857)*
  Oliver Champlain Dunbar (1807 - 1883)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: As of May 21, 2015, the marker is lying on the ground and broken into many pieces. It is no longer readable.
 
Burial:
Evergreen Cemetery
Caledonia
Houston County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: Section A, Plot 65
GPS (lat/lon): 43.63386, -91.50728
 
Created by: Tom Brocher
Record added: Dec 25, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 82359276
John J. Dunbar
Added by: Tom Brocher
 
John J. Dunbar
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John J. Dunbar
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