Wellington County, Ontario GenWeb - Pioneer - DUNBAR Family

Wellington County GenWeb

Pioneer - DUNBAR Family

Biographical Sketches of
Early Settlers of Wellington County


Information from: Historical Atlas of the County of Wellington, Ontario.
Toronto: Historical Atlas Publishing Co., 1906

DUNBAR Family. The Dunbars were originally Scotch, and were driven out of Scotland in the last Stuart persecution, and found refuge in the county of Limerick, Ire., and it was there that the late Alexander Dunbar, Sr., was born, only later to be driven to Templemore, Tipperary County.

The late Alexander Dunbar, Sr., m. Elizabeth Dolmage. Issue: John, Samuel, George, Robert, Alexander, Jr., Mrs. Robert Dunbar, Mrs. James Hill, Mrs. George Perkins; all b. in Ireland. In 1832 the late Alexander Dunbar and his family came to Canada and set. in Eramosa, where he purchased 100 acres, lot 5, con. 6, and it was on this farm that he d. in 1845. His eldest son, John, became a prominent resident of Pittsfield, Mass., and one of the sons now occupies the position of judge in that State.

Samuel, m. Susan Campbell, set. in Erin, and d. there. Issue: Robert, in Guelph, and William in U.S.

George, m. Eliza Beamish, set. in Rockwood, and d. there. Issue: Robert, Wellington, Frank, Thomas, Ann, Mrs. (Rev.) Stevens, Mrs. (Rev.) Robinson, Robert, m. Mary A. O'Loane, and became a large and prosperous farmer in Eramosa, and later near McLeod, Alberta, where he resided until his death. Issue: James, Alexander 3rd; Richard, A. A., John (d.), Robert, William, Samuel, Henry, Mrs. Shultis, and Mrs. Hollis.

Of this branch James, William and Henry are extensive ranchers in the N.W.

Alexander 3rd, was a leading barrister in Guelph for some years, and is now a resident of London, Eng. He m. Kate McMillan, and had the following issue: Charles L., barrister, in Guelph; Robert C., in Ottawa, and Edgar A., barrister, in Mitchell, Ont.

Alexander, Jr., m. Susan Jackson, and set. in Washington, D.C., where he was very successful. His sons Frederick and Ulrich became sculptors of some note, the former in Toronto, and the latter in Washington.

It might be noted that one of the daughters of the late Alexander Dunbar, Sr., was the mother of James J. Hill, the great railway magnate, of St. Paul, and Alexander S. D. Hill, of Eramosa.

From: Historical Atlas of the County of Wellington, Ontario. Toronto: Historical Atlas Publishing Co., 1906

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