William Franklin Dunn

March 1831–15 January 1916 (Age 84)
Washington, Virginia, United States

The Life of William Franklin

When William Franklin Dunn was born in March 1831, in Washington, Virginia, United States, his father, William Dunn, was 37 and his mother, Catherine Smith, was 30. He married Mary Elizabeth Piper on 17 October 1854, in Greene, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Campbell Township, Greene, Missouri, United States in 1900 and Rock Prairie Township, Dade, Missouri, United States in 1910. He died on 15 January 1916, in Everton, Dade, Missouri, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Springfield, Greene, Missouri, United States.

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William Franklin Dunn
1831–1916
Mary Elizabeth Piper
1830–1886
Marriage: 17 October 1854
Maria Jennie Dunn
1855–1878
Robert McCheyne Dunn
1857–1944

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
17 October 1854
Greene, Missouri, United States
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World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1834 · Zion's Camp

Age 3

Joseph Smith, Jr. and a group of 200 volunteers departed Kirkland, Ohio, to aid scattered Latter-day Saints. The group known as Zion's Camp arrived to the Fishing River on June 19. A mob had gathered to attack and disjoin the group. A storm swept through the area and the river rose over 30 feet, which caused the mob to scatter.
1860

Age 29

In 1860, the Pony Express used men riding on horseback to carry mail between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.

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)

  • William Dunn in household of William Dunn, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Wlliam Dunn, "United States Census, 1870"
  • W F Dunn, "United States Census, 1860"

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