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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 the Beach family’s children.  They may have adopted young Christie (1890-?).  Christie married Harry Kreps 1895-?, who had been previously married to  Florence.  Christie and Harry lived in Altoona for another 20 years, and then retired to St. Petersburg, Florida by 1945.

In  {1910 US}Duncansville widowed Martha and Christie are listed as Caring for 12 year old Freeman Beach.  Freeman enlisted in the US Army for WW1, and reported to a training camp in Ohio.  His service what cut short by bronchial pneumonia which he died from in 1918.  I wonder if he was an early casualty of the “Spanish Flu”, which killed two other family members, including one in Army training at Fort Riley, Kansas.

John Sylvester Dunn

John Sylvester Dunn (1853-1927) and Elizabeth Mary Noll (1849-1914) lived most of their lives in Duncansville.  They had ten children: Mary 1873-?, John Edward 1880-1848, William Thomas 1878-?, Charles Clement 1879-?, Leo Richard (1) 1882-1965, Eleanora 1884-?, Edna Regina 1887-?, Arthur Lewis 1893-1973, Isabelle 1894-?, and Rosella 1898-?.  {John’s father William (1) Dunn lived with John’s family after his third wife Louisa Allwine died by 1880, and until old William  died in 1903.}

Daughter Mary lived in her parents house until at least 1930. John Edward married Annie McCune in 1907 in Bedford, Pa., and they had 3 children, including Bernadine Regina 1910-2000.   John was the first of three brothers who moved to Elyria, Ohio, to work in that mill town.  John’s young children left no record.

Leo Richard married Clair Foster in 1905 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Altoona.  They also moved to Elyria by WW1, and Leo died there.  His sister Eleanora married Thomas McDowell by 1930 and they had no children.  Their is no record of younger sister Edna Regina.

Arthur Lewis Dunn also move to Elyria with his wife Olive M. Ott.  They had two children, Mary 1918-? and William 1921-?.  He later moved back to Duncansville.  Mary married and moved to Oxon Hill, Maryland where Arthur died in 1973, and William moved to State College, Pa., where his father was buried .  Arthur was, as were many of his Dunn relatives, a patternmaker, who worked in the PRR cabinet shop.

I have scant record of the two younger sisters Isabella and Rosella, except that the later was living at home, with her sister Mary,  {John’s  1927 Altoona Mirror obituary}.  Also listed as survivors are John of Elyria, William of Cleveland, Charles of El Paso, Texas, Leo of Lakemont, Mrs. Thomas McDowell and Arthur of Duncansville, and Mrs. Frank McFadden of Erie.  Three of John’s brother’s also survived him;  my great-grandfather Thomas Dunn of Ambridge, Robert in Los Angeles, and James in Altoona, plus 20 grand children.

Next week I will wrap up this winter writing project and write what little I know about  Thomas Henry Dunn and his younger brother Andrew;  and  the two daughters of William(1) Dunn and Louisa Allwine who married and had children: Martha Joanne Dunn and Mary Louise Dunn.

I have rather enjoyed this self-prescribed winter writing project, but the days are getting longer and soon farm I must!   Thom Dunn Marti

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