HENRY COUNTY, INDIANA GENEALOGY & HISTORY

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Biographical Sketch of
JOHN WESLEY DUNBAR

From the History of Henry County, Indiana 1822-1906

J.W. Dunbar was born in Giles Co., W.VA on May 11, 1832, a son of William and Cynthia (DeJournet) Dunbar, the former being born in Botetourt Co., VA in 1787, a son of Joseph Dunbar, and the latter born in Augusta Co., VA abt 1800, a daughter of Richard DeJournet.

He was reared in Virginia, and in 1863 came to Indiana and settled in Henry County, working at the carpenters trade. In 1870 he opened the first hotel in Mount Summit.

He married June 28, 1853 to Sarah Houchins, daughter of Charles and Catherine Houchins. To them have been born ten children, seven whom are still living - Mahala, born August 14, 1854, was married October 17, 1875 to Allen Crandall Spell; Charles W., born October 2, 1856, was married October 17, 1878 to Nellie Carol; Cynthia Virginia "Jennie" born March 3, 1862; Arminta born April 16, 1868, "Bertie" born December 2, 1870; Gertie born December 21, 1873; Belle, born November 28, 1877.

Mr. and Mrs. Dunbar are members of the Christian Church. Polictically he is a Democrat. He has held several offices of trust in the township, and at present is serving as Justice of the Peace.

Mt. Summit Christian church, organized by Elder J.B. Ludwig, April 24, 1873. John Wesley Dunbar served as Elder.

The first hotel was kept by W.S. Dunbar who is still in the business.
(written in 1884).



Submitted by Amy Miller-Connell and Ann Miller-Neilsen of Indianapolis, Indiana
great granddaughters of Bessie Spell-Shirk



JOHN WESLEY DUNBAR
The family of John W. Dunbar -
grandparents of Bessie Spell Shirk

"THE PIONEERS"
Robert Crandall - b.1802 - Elcy Thompson b.1806
by Bessie Spell Shirk

GENERATIONS GO A FLYING
by Bessie Spell Shirk

BUILDING A HOME
by Bessie Spell Shirk

THE ELOPEMENT
by Bessie Spell Shirk

A GIRL OF THE 1880's GETS A NEW DRESS
by Bessie Spell Shirk

THE WIDOW
by Bessie Spell Shirk
this 'uns a tear jerker, better grab the kleenex.

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