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John E. Dunham Biographical Sketch from Beers History of Warren County, Ohio
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John E. Dunham


Transcription contributed by Leah L. Furnas 18 April 2005

The History of Warren County Ohio
Part V. Biographical Sketches
Union Township
(Chicago, IL: W. H. Beers Co, 1882; reprint, Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications, 1992)
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JOHN E. DUNHAM, farmer; P.O. South Lebanon; was born in Union Township in the year 1841. He is a son of Thomas G. Dunham, a pioneer, who was born in Warren County July 4, 1810; he was a son of Edward and Elizabeth (Gibbs) Dunham, natives of New Jersey, who settled in Warren County in a very early day. Thomas G. Dunham was reared a farmer’s boy, and in the early schools of the county he received a common education. In 1835, he was married to Eliza, daughter of John and Nancy Benham, pioneers of Warren County. To them were born five children, viz., Cynthia A., Peter B., John E., James F. and Jennie. Mr. Benham [sic - should say Mr. Dunham] began life a poor boy and by his indomitable energy, pluck and perseverance, in which he was seconded by his amiable wife, they together succeeded in accumulating a large property, which at his death was left his wife and children in good circumstances. His death occurred Nov. 18, 1874. His wife was born in Warren Co., Ohio, in 1816. Their youngest son, James F., was born in 1842, and was married to Elvira, a daughter of Abner Burdsal, Dec. 29, 1872. John E., the subject of this sketch, is a farmer by occupation, and only received the advantages of a common school education. March 13, 1864, he was married to Letitia, daughter of James Jameson, [sic - should say Joseph Jameson] of Warren County, who has borne him four children, three living, viz., Burns B., Seldon G. and Raymond; an infant deceased. In 1861, he enlisted in Co. F, 60th O.V.I., for one year; served his time, and was honorably discharged. Was taken prisoner at Harper’s Ferry, September, 1862, and was immediately paroled. He was in the engagement at Cross Keys, Va., and numerous smaller engagements. He owns 160 acres of excellent land, which is largely in cultivation and well improved. His wife is a native of the county, and was born in 1845.

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