Mathew Dunbar

Brief Life History of Mathew

When Mathew Dunbar was born on 7 March 1804, in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine, United States, his father, Lemuel Dunbar, was 32 and his mother, Mary Polly Morey, was 32. He married Flavilla Pooler on 21 June 1833, in Milburn, Somerset, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Maine, United States in 1870. He died on 7 November 1876, in Milburn, Somerset, Maine, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Bloomfield, Somerset, Maine, United States.

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Mathew Dunbar
Flavilla Pooler
Marriage: 21 June 1833
John Dunbar
Charles Dunbar
George Pooler Dunbar
Sarah Augusta Dunbar
Clara Ann Dunbar
Elwin Dunbar
Evelyn M. Dunbar
Roscoe M Dunbar
Cora B Dunbar

Sources (16)

  • Mathew Dunbar, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Matthew Dunbar, "Maine Marriages, 1771-1907"
  • Dunbar in entry for Hannah Dunbar, "Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921"

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Historical Boundaries: 1814: Somerset, Massachusetts, United States 1820: Somerset, Maine, United States


The area was set off from Canaan and incorporated on February 5, 1823 under the name Milburn. The Dudley's Corner School House, on U.S. Route 2 east of the main village, was the municipal center in the early 19th century. The first officials of the town were as follows: Moderator, Joseph Patten; Town Clerk, Samuel Weston; Selectmen, Benjamin Eaton, Joseph Merrill, Samuel Weston, and Josiah Parlin. However, inhabitants preferred the old name of Skowhegan, as it would be renamed in 1836. In 1861, the town annexed Bloomfield across the river. Parts of Norridgewock were annexed in 1828 and 1856, and parts of Cornville in 1831 and 1833. The defunct town of Bloomfield (set off from Canaan and incorporated in 1814) was annexed in 1861. Part of Fairfield had been annexed to Bloomfield in 1858. Skowhegan became county seat in 1871.

Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from Dunbar, a place on the North Sea coast near Edinburgh, named with Gaelic dùn ‘fort’ + barr ‘top, summit’.

History: A family of this name were granted the lands of Dunbar by Malcolm III (1058–1093), and later acquired the earldoms of Dunbar and March. These earldoms were then withdrawn from the family by James I in 1434.

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

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