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 Seth Dunham

Seth Dunham

Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA
Death 1925 (aged 92–93)
Burial Hamilton, Steuben County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 131658792 · View Source
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son of Samuel & Sophia Wilber Dunham

Seth Dunham. If any man has a thorough and authoritative knowledge of changing conditions in Otsego Township from pioneer times to the present it is Seth Dunham, a farmer there for over sixty years, and a witness of passing events and circumstances for fully three quarters of a century.

Mr. Dunham, who is still living on his farm at the venerable age of eighty-seven, was born in the City of Buffalo, Erie County, New York, August 7, 1832, a son of Samuel and Sophia (Wilber) Dunham. His mother was born in New York State and died there at the age of thirty-two. The father was born in Delaware County, New York.

Samuel Dunham brought his children to Indiana in 1844, traveling overland with wagons and two yoke of oxen. After a journey of four weeks he reached Steuben County and settled in Otsego Township. He bought 160 acres of land from his brother, Charles Dunham, a previous settler, and during the next ten years did a great deal to make his land productive and a part of the growing community of homes and farms. He died at Hamilton April 28, 1856, at the age of fifty-two. He was a whig in politics and he died about the time the republican party was organized. He and his wife had eight children, Panama, Seth, Mary, Oliver and Oliva, twins, Harriet, Sophia and Ella.

Of this large family Seth Dunham is the only survivor. He was in his twelfth year when brought to Steuben County. Prior to that time he had attended public schools in New York State, and he also went to school some in the backwoods schools of Otsego Township. He adapted himself to the pioneer conditions, and became a good hunter as well as a good farmer. As late as 1852 Mr. Dunham killed fifteen deer in Otsego Township besides a large number of wild turkeys. At the time of his marriage he bought eighty acres of land where he lives today, and his increasing resources enabled him to improve his possessions until today he owns 280 acres. Along with good crops he has for many years handled livestock, not only raising cattle and hogs but buying and selling and feeding.

Mr. Dunham has lived an interesting though not a conspicuous life, has done his duty quietly by his family and his neighbors, but has never sought the distinction of public office. He is a republican,having been identified with that party from the time of its organization, and his wife is a member of the Christian Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Dunham are one of the oldest married couples in Steuben County. The date of their marriage was November lo, 1859. Her maiden name was Mary Ann McEntarfer. She was born in Stark County. Ohio, August 2, 1837, and was an infant when her parents, Daniel and Elizabeth (Getel) McEntarfcr, accomplished a pioneer overland journey with ox team and conveyance to Indiana in 183S(?). They settled in Franklin Township of DeKalb County, where her father died in 1860, at the age of sixty. Her mother spent her last days at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dunham and passed away in 1872.

Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Dunham. Caroline, the oldest, is the wife of Clark Tingler and had three children, Guy, Lloyd and Ellen is the wife of Freeman Cary, and her family consists of Irina, Seth and Irvin. The son Seth married Zelma Teegardin, daughter of Thomas Teegardin. Viola Dunham is the wife of Edward Hand, and has six children, named Dorris, Kenneth, Dunham, Artis, Theodore and Donald. (Steuben County History; pub. year unknown)

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