William Wathin Dunklin Family


William Wathin Dunklin Family

Husband: William Wathin Dunklin

Born: 09 Jan 1843at: Aberdeen, Monroe Co, Ms
Married: 04 Sep 1864at: Collirene, Lowndes Co, Al
Died: 25 Jan 1888at: Waco, McLennan Co, Tx
Buried: at: Spring Hill", Waco, McLennan Co, Tx
Father: William Alanson Dunklin
Mother: Mary Eliza Rogers
Other Spouses: Hallie Milburn Atkins  

Wife: Mary Ann Caffey

Born: 23 Jan 1840at: Collirene, Lowndes Co, Al
Died: 16 Dec 1873at: , , Tx
Buried: at: Wharton, Tx unmarked grave
Father: Hugh Patrick Caffey
Mother: Jane Caroline Dunklin


Name: Francis Thomas Dunklin
Born: 08 Jul 1866at: McLennan Co, Tx
Died: 24 May 1911at: Runge, Karnes Co, Tx
Buried: at: 
Spouses: Nancy Virginia (Nannie) Underwood  

Name: Irene Eliza Dunklin
Born: 05 Feb 1868at: , McLennan Co, Tx
Died: 26 Feb 1950at: , McLennan Co, Tx
Buried: at: 
Spouses: Allison Nelson Harrison  

Name: Timothy Dunklin
Born: Nov 1873at: 
Died: 1890at: 
Buried: at: 

Name: James Dunklin
Born: Nov 1873at: 
Died: Nov 1873at: 
Buried: at: 

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About William Wathin Dunklin:

While still in his teens, William enlisted in Co. E of the 4th. Tx Infantry, and fought to the close of the war. He was at Gettysburg and Chickamauga. While on furlough on 4 Sept. 1864, he married his first cousin, Mary Ann Caffey, daughter of his father's sister, Jane Caroline Dunklin Caffey. After the war he returned to Collirene for his bride and took her to Tx to continue his medical education, begun there before the war. He received medical degrees from the Medical College of Galveston (1869), the College of New Orleans, and Bellevue Hospital in New York City (1870), and became a prominent doctor. After the death of his wife, Mary Ann, William married in 1875, Hallie Milburn Atkins by whom he had four sons and a daughter, none of whom had offspring. Dr. William W. Dunklin registered to practice medison in Brazoria Co, in Feb 1880 and he lived in Columbia in that Co.. William and his brother, Francis Marion, bought "Spring Hill" from their father. William died there and is buried there.

WILLIAM WATHIN DUNKLIN, son of William Alanson Dunklin by his wife, Mary Eliza Rogers, was born January 9, 1843, died in McLennan County, Texas, January 25, 1888. He enlisted when seventeen years old, in the famous Hood's Texas Brigade, where he rose to the rank of sergeant in Company E, Fourth Texas Regiment, fighting to the close of the war, and surrendering with General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox. He was attended throughout the war by his faithful slave and body servant, Primus, who claimed some credit for his master's safe return. Many stories are told by his fellow companions, of his grit and steady pluck. Judge John West, of Waco, who was in the same Company, says of him in a letter : "He was as jolly and jocund as a boy at a picnic. Even when death seemed to stare us in the face, he never faltered nor flinched. I was with him day and night in many hard marches, and two great battles, Gettysburg and Chickamauga, and no finer soldier ever carried a musket. I saw him on the march from Chattanooga to Knoxville with his feet wrapped in rags (when the brigade could be trailed by the bloody tracks in the snow) as there were only twelve pairs of shoes in the whole brigade, but he never complained, and when we met some Yankee prisoners going to the rear, he smiled and said, 'Hello, Yanks, how do you like the sunny South ?' We have a reunion of Hood's Texas Brigade each year, and we speak of the gallant companions gone before, and the name of Sergeant Dunklin is always mentioned as a synonym of faithful devotion to duty, when the hour of trial came."

William Wathin Dunklin was educated and took three medical degrees, one from the Medical College of Galveston, Texas, one from the College of New Orleans, Louisiana, and the third from Bcllevue Hospital, New York City. He was a physician of note, a member of the firm of W. A. Dunklin and Company of Galveston, Texas, and owned land extensively throughout the State. In the latter years of his life he engaged in planting, in addition to his profession, and with his brother, Francis Marion Dunklin, bought from his father the old home place, "Spring Hill," near the town of Waco. He married twice ; firstly, in Lowndes Co, Alabama, September 4, 1864, his cousin Mary Ann Caffey, the daughter of Hugh P. Caffey and his wife Jane Caroline Dunklin

About Mary Ann Caffey:

Most of the Cival War letters written by her brother's Thomas and Hugh were written to Mary Ann. In September of 1864, she married her first cousin, William Wathin Dunklin, of Waco, Tx who was visiting Collirene, Al on furlough. After the war, William returned to Collirene for his bride and they went to live in Tx However, they were married only nine years. Having eight children in nine years took a heavy toll on Mary Ann, especially as she was in a chronically weakened condition from recurrent attacks of malaria. She died December 16, 1873, six weeks after the birth of her twin sons, Timothy and James. Mary Ann had to carry the heartbreAr of having five of her babies die at birth OR in infancy, the last one being one of the twins, James. She was buried in Wharton, Tx
This info taken from book, "Collirene"
Burial: unmarked grave in Wharton, Tx
Cause of Death: recurrent malaria

Revised: 06-Jun-15  12:08 PM