Alta Dunn

19 December 1859–9 March 1934 (Age 74)
Somerset, Hillsdale, Michigan, United States

The Life of Alta

When Alta Dunn was born on 19 December 1859, in Somerset, Hillsdale, Michigan, United States, her father, Benjamin Pettit Dunn, was 47 and her mother, Sally Julia Lewis, was 27. She married Albert Eggleston on 17 February 1881, in Napoleon, Jackson, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. She died on 9 March 1934, in Jackson, Jackson, Michigan, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Cambridge Junction, Lenawee, Michigan, United States.

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Albert Eggleston
Alta Dunn
Marriage: 17 February 1881
Murl Eggleston
Minnie Julia Eggleston

Spouse and Children

17 February 1881
Napoleon, Jackson, Michigan, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 4

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

Age 4

The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.
1879 · New State Capitol Building Dedicated

Age 20

After the second state capitol had been destroyed, Michigan Governor Henry P. Baldwin initiated the passing of a bill that would cover the costs for a new building. The bill was adopted and raised over $1 million by a six year state income tax. Architect Elijah E. Myers' design named Tuebor, or I will defend, was selected and he was commissioned to design the new capitol building. The renaissance revival brick and sandstone building soared 267 feet from the ground and was dedicated on January 1, 1879.

Name Meaning

1 Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Duinn, Ó Doinn ‘descendant of Donn’, a byname meaning ‘brownhaired’ or ‘chieftain’.2 English: nickname for a man with dark hair or a swarthy complexion, from Middle English dunn ‘dark-colored’.3 Scottish: habitational name from Dun in Angus, named with Gaelic dùn ‘fort’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Alta Dunn in household of Benjamin Dunn, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Alta Dunn in household of George Smith, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Alta Egelston in household of Albert Egelston, "United States Census, 1900"

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