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William P.Dunn and John S. Dunn

William(2) P. Dunn and Martha Cecelia n. Beach Dunn William (2) 1852-1905 was the eldest son of William (1) Dunn and Magdalena Senneger.  William (2) married Martha in 1857 at the Newry Lutheran Church.  The Beach family lived in Duncansville.  They had no children but family researchers report that they did help raise some of […]

Roman Dunn and His Brother Robert Dunn

Roman (aka Bird, Fogel, and Sennenger) was the elder of two young sons that Magdalena Sennenger brought into widower William Dunn’s household.  I too was raised by a step-father, and like Roman I got out of that house as soon as I could.  Roman ‘ran away’ to the Civil War, and joined up at 17 […]

My Johnstown, Cambria, Pa. “Dunn Connections”

Last week I wrote about the mostly Altoona born grandchildren of James Bradley Dunn and Joseph Milton Dunn, sons of William Dunn and and Mary McCloskey.  When I was a boy in Ambridge, Pa., I never heard that I had relatives from Altoona.  I hope to some day meet some of my distant cousins in […]

The Next Generations of Joseph Milton Dunn and James Bradley Dunn

In 2007 I learned that my Dunn family of Ambridge had roots in Blair County, Pa.  I visited their Genealogical Society, and court house and was able to prove “First Family” status for old William Dunn, ie. he had lived in Hollidaysburg when the county was incorporated in 1847.  When I was resting up in […]

Ida and Clara – The Youngest Dunn Sisters

Ida Flora Dunn Ida Flora Dunn was born in Hollidaysburg on 18Jan 1873.  She was baptised at the family church on 15 Feb 1873, with Jacob and Anna Culley as her sponsors.  Their mother Louisa died soon after Ida’s sister Clara was born.  Ida’s life left few records.  She followed the same career as did […]

Bertha Elizabeth Dunn- Fourth Daughter of William and Louisaof

Hello, Last week I wrote about Bertha’s three older sisters, Martha, Mary, and Sarah.  This week I’ll write about Bertha, and then next week about her two younger sisters Clara Frances, and Ida Flora.  I’ve decided to keep my winter essay project going until the Spring Equinox, because I have found some interesting tidbits about […]

William Dunn and his Third Wife, Louisa Alwein and Their First Three Daughters ,

After Magdalena (Sennenger/Fogel) Dunn died in about 1861, my guess is that old William hired young  Louisa Alwein/Hammond to be the nurse/housekeeper for his children of his first and second marriages who were still living at home.  By 1863 William married Louisa and they had 6 daughters.  This week I’ll write about their first three […]

Twice A Widower – William Dunn Marries Again

In 1860 William Sr. and Magdalena Dunn were raising their joined families.  They lived with their four sons, plus two of the children from his first marriage, and her two sons from previous marriage(s?).  Two of William’s sons from his first marriage, soon went off to the Civil War and survived, as did Magda’s two […]

Thomas Henry Dunn and Andrew Dunn

Thomas Henry Dunn, my great-grandfather, was born on 14 Oct (1855 or 1856) to William and Magdalena Dunn.  Thomas H. first appears in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, of Hollidaysburg, records as being baptized there  on 22 Oct with sponsors Patrick McKenna and Mary Walsh.  In {1860 US} five year old Thomas is listed with his […]

William P. and John S. Dunn

William P. Dunn – Eldest Son of William and Magda Dunn The widower William Dunn Sr.  and  the widow Magda (Senneger/Fogel) began having the first of their five sons soon after they married in 1850.  The eldest of these was William P. Dunn, born 31 Mar 1851.  The 1860 Hollidaysburg Census lists William with some […]