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Dr Lewis Dunn, Sr

  • Birth unknown
  • Death 1834 West Virginia, USA
  • Burial Fort Ashby, Mineral County, West Virginia, USA
  • Memorial ID 104886291

Dr. Lewis Dunn was a prominent physician in Frankfort, Hampshire county, Virginia now West Virginia. He shows up in Hampshire and Charlotte County Tax records between 1782 and 1815. He was also listed as one of the earlier settlers of Fort Ashby. Wilmer Kerns article, entitled "Tax Records Reveal Valuable Facts about Pioneers in Old Hampshire County, VA": "During the 1790s, occupations were listed for certain persons:.....Lewis Dunn, a medical doctor (in a part of old Hampshire County that later became Mineral County, West Virginia)."

In the early land grants, 'Frankford town' was established as a small community developed around Ft. Ashby by 1784. Five years later the following mention of LEWIS DUNN establishes him in the Frankfort area by 1789:
"In 1789 the trustees, as recorded in the Hampshire County Court, were John Ettitchel, John Reed, LEWIS DUNN, Jacob Brookhart, and John Williams. Immediately, they proceeded to sell lots in the town until by 1800 they had conveyed more than fifteen acres in forty-eight lots. Independently, John Keller had sold thirty-five lots comprising forty-four acres."(Sage's 'Early Records, Hampshire County, Virginia: Now West Virginia')
This resulted in the creation of the town of Frankfort on John Sellers' land and mentioned Lewis Dunn.

On January 23, 1800, the Republican Party Committee of Correspondence held in Richmond to strategize on the best way to elect Thomas Jefferson as President of the United States in November of that same year. They organized men from each county into a correspondence subcommittees and Lewis Dunn was appointed part of the committee to represent Hampshire County, along with James Daitey (of Romney), Osborne Sprigg, John Higgins and Andrew Mislagle. He signed the petition to the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1823.

A list of Lewis's living children at the time of his death are as follows:
Sarah Dunn md. Mr. Hill
Lewis Dunn Jr. who married Amy Athy 30 October 1813
Massa or Massey or Massie Dunn who married Thomas Beall of Cumberland
Anna Dunn md. William Dunn 2 Jan 1823

Lewis's son, John Dunn, died in 1822 in Louisville, KY in the service. Dr. Dunn received a letter that John had died and that his father was the next of kin.
At the time of his death, Lewis was married to Rachel, no maiden name is known yet.


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  • Created by: Candee
  • Added: 9 Feb 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 104886291
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Lewis Dunn, Sr (unknown–1834), Find A Grave Memorial no. 104886291, citing Fort Ashby Cemetery, Fort Ashby, Mineral County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Candee (contributor 47836631) .