Catharine Dunham

15 July 1821–1889 (Age 67)
Berkeley, Virginia, United States

The Life of Catharine

When Catharine Dunham was born on 15 July 1821, in Berkeley, Virginia, United States, her father, Jacob Dunham 4th ggf of Pres Obama, was 26 and her mother, Catherine Goodnight, was 28. She had at least 1 daughter with Charles Feather. She lived in Preston, Virginia, United States in 1860 and Terra Alta, Preston, West Virginia, United States in 1880. She died in 1889, in Harrison, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Lenox, Preston, West Virginia, United States.

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Christian Feather
Catharine Dunham
Adam H Feather
Joseph Feather
Rachel Rebecca Feather
Mary Jane Feather
Joseph B Feather
Jacob Luther Feather
James Christian Feather
Sarah Elizabeth Feather
John Solomon Feather
Amos Conaway Feathers
Isaac Emerson Feather
Malinda C Feather
Martin Luther Feathers

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World Events (8)

1824 · """Mary Randolph Publishes """"The Virginia Housewife"""""""

Age 3

“The Virginia Housewife” was published by Mary Randolph. It was the first cookbook published in America. 
1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 4

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

Age 23

In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.

Name Meaning

English (chiefly Norfolk): habitational name from any of several places called Dunham, of which one is in Norfolk. Most are named from Old English dūn ‘hill’ + hām ‘homestead’. A place in Lincolnshire now known as Dunholme appears in Domesday Book as Duneham and this too may be a source of the surname; here the first element is probably the Old English personal name Dunna.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Catharine Feather in household of Christian Feather, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Catharin Feather im Haushalt von Christia Feather, „United States Census, 1880“
  • Catharine Feathers in household of Christ Feathers, "United States Census, 1860"

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