William W Dunn

27 January 1848–22 July 1935 (Age 87)
Morgan, Illinois, United States

The Life of William W

When William W Dunn was born on 27 January 1848, in Morgan, Illinois, United States, his father, Hampton P. Dunn, was 26 and his mother, Mahala Kimball, was 25. He married Malinda H Bonds on 6 June 1870, in Buchanan, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Scott, Illinois, United States in 1880 and Merritt, Scott, Illinois, United States for about 20 years. He died on 22 July 1935, in Lynnville, Morgan, Illinois, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Merritt Township, Scott, Illinois, United States.

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William W Dunn
Malinda H Bonds
Marriage: 6 June 1870
Charles C Dunn
Ida E. Dunn
George A Dunn

Spouse and Children


    Malinda H Bonds


6 June 1870
Buchanan, Missouri, United States


    Charles C Dunn


    Ida E. Dunn


    George A Dunn


Parents and Siblings

    Hampton P. Dunn


    Mahala Kimball




    Hester E Dunn



World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 8

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Age 15

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Age 23

In 1871, a cow kicked over a lantern, causing a fire that burned down half of Chicago. Today this city is the third largest in the US.

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)

  • Wm Reunn in household of Wm Kimble, "United States Census, 1850"
  • William W Dunn in household of George A Dunn, "United States Census, 1930"
  • William Dunn, "United States Census, 1880"

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