Dayton Dunham Dead
Quietly Passes Away After a Sojourn of Eighty Years
Dayton Dunham quietly passed away at 11:10 o'clock yesterday morning at his home, 1409 West Main Street in his eightieth year. His death was not unexpected at the time it occurred, as he had been feeble for some years. Eight years ago he suffered a slight stroke of paralysis, which affected his right side and impaled his intellect to a considerable extent. Since that time he had a second stroke and the third came last Wednesday, and from that time until death came he was perfectly helpless and altogether unconscious.
Mr. Dunham was a faithful and devoted member of the First M. E. church. He was a man who had the esteem of all who knew him, and his acquaintance was not a limited one by any means, he having lived in Illinois since 1833.
The deceased was born in Essex county, N.J., Nov. 12, 1814. Henry Dunham, his father, was a tailor and was the father of eleven children. He died of cholera at Ft. Wayne, Ind., at the age of 69 years. Dayton Dunham was a hatter by trade. July 9, 1837, he married Marilla Robinson, whose parents were native of Vermont. To the couple were born ten children, six sons and four daughters. The living children are Henry D. Dunham, Mrs. Sarah E. Dalley, Mrs. Caroline E. Bulliard, Mrs. R. L. Perry, Charles E. Dunham, Marietta and Hartwell R. Dunham. Among the sons who died was Amos Dunham, who was killed in the war during the battle of Ft. Donelson.
Mr. Dunham came to Macon county in 1836, when Decatur was but a small hamlet. He followed his trade for awhile, did teaming, and finally purchased the home place, twenty eight acres, and engaged in farming pursuits. When the war broke out Mr. Dunham enlisted in Company B, Eighth Illinois regiment, which was first commanded by Governor Oglesby. He served until after the battle of Ft. Donelson, in which engagement he was so badly wounded that he was rendered unfit for further duty. He was on crutches three years after he was injured. His health improving Mr. Dunham then began the work of gardening, which he followed for some years, and for many years Mrs. Dunham, who survives her husband, carried on a greenhouse. In May, 1886, the deceased suffered a paralytic stroke.
The deceased was a member of the Dunham post, 141, G A R , which was named in memory of his son Amos, who was the first Macon county volunteer killed in the service.
Decatur Review, 6 Sept 1894, p.2
Funeral of Dayton Dunham
The funeral of the Dayton Dunham was held at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the residence at the west end of Main street. The funeral courtage was one of the largest ever seen in Decatur. The funeral was in charge of Dunham Post G. A. R. The G. A. R. post, sons of veterans W. R. C. and the Decatur guards marched from the residence to the cemetery. At the funeral services, the residence was crowded with the friends and relatives of the family. Rec. D. F. Howe preached the funeral sermon. The burial was in Greenwood.
Decatur Review, 11 November 1897, p.2
Illinois Civil War Detail Report
Name DUNHAM, DAYTON
Unit 8 IL US INF
Residence DECATUR, MACON CO, IL
Height 5' 9 1/2
Marital Status MARRIED
Nativity WOODBRIDGE, SUSSEX CO, NJ
Joined When AUG 16, 1861
Joined By Whom
Period 3 YRS
Muster In Where
Muster In By Whom
Muster Out Where
Muster Out By Whom
Remarks WOUNDED AT FT DONELSON 15 FEB 1862 DISC 11 APR 1862 BY ORDER GENL HALLECK
Co B 8 ILL INFT