Mary Adelia Dunbar

Brief Life History of Mary Adelia

When Mary Adelia Dunbar was born on 3 May 1831, in Camden, Oneida, New York, United States, her father, Horace Dunbar, was 24 and her mother, Alice Park, was 23. She married Homer B. Austin about 1853, in Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Clay, Nebraska, United States in 1860 and Galesburg, Knox, Illinois, United States for about 10 years. She died on 24 February 1897, in Beatrice, Gage, Nebraska, United States, at the age of 65, and was buried in Beatrice, Gage, Nebraska, United States.

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Homer B. Austin
Mary Adelia Dunbar
Marriage: about 1853
Charles Ned Austin

Sources (8)

  • Mary Austin in household of Homer Austin, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Mary A Dunbar Austin, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Mary A. Dunbar in entry for Charles N. Austin, "Nebraska Marriages, 1855-1995"

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World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

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.


Historical Boundaries: 1836: Knox, Illinois, United States


Historical Boundaries: *1855: Jones, Nebraska Territory, United States 1856: Nebraska Territory, United States 1867: Clay, Nebraska, United States *Jones County became extinct

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 These earldoms were then withdrawn from the family by James I in 1434.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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