John Simeon Dunn

1853–1942 (Age 89)
Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

The Life of John Simeon

When John Simeon Dunn was born on 1 March 1853, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States, his father, Simeon Dunn, was 32 and his mother, Esther Blodgett, was 27. He married Sara Ella Langton on 19 May 1900, in Colon, St. Joseph, Michigan, United States. He lived in Three Rivers, St. Joseph, Michigan, United States in 1920 and Newberg Township, Cass, Michigan, United States in 1930. He died on 15 December 1942, in Jefferson Township, Cass, Michigan, United States, at the age of 89, and was buried in Three Rivers, St. Joseph, Michigan, United States.

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John Simeon Dunn
Sara Ella Langton
Marriage: 19 May 1900

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19 May 1900
Colon, St. Joseph, Michigan, United States

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World Events (8)

1854 · Creation of the Republican Party

Age 1

A debate continues over the location of the creation of the Republican Party. Some sources claim the party was formed in Ripon, Wisconsin, on February 28, 1854. Others claim the first meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Michigan, on July 6, 1854, where the Republican Party was officially organized. Over 1,000 people were present and candidates were selected for the party, thus making it the first Republican convention.

Age 10

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1879 · New State Capitol Building Dedicated

Age 26

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’.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • John Dunn in household of Simeon Dunn, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John Dunn, "United States Census, 1920"
  • John Dunn, "United States Census, 1900"

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