Dunn*ck Family Genealogy


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 Compiled by Sue Haschemeyer ggg grandaughter of Joshua.

  Of Joshua's children, those who settled in Indiana adopted the uck spelling, however the Ohio group kept with the ick spelling.  
  Source: The following is a small excerpt from the biography of John W. DUNNUCK, son of Joshua, taken from the book, The Biographical and Historical Record of Kosciusko County, Indiana, published by the Lewis Publishing Co., of Chicago in 1887, pages 499-500. The complete version is (will be) under John W.'s biography. This account was written when John was about 71 years old. Contributed by Sue Haschemeyer who has the original old book  
  "Rev. John W. Dunnuck an old settler of Kosciusko County, Indiana, was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, November 21, 1816, son of  Joshua and Dinah Dunnuck, his father a native of Maryland, and his mother of Virginia, and early settlers of Pickaway County. He was reared to manhood in his native country, receiving what at that time was called a good common-school education. His mother died in his eighth year, and
in the fall of 1837 he accompanied his father to Indiana and located on Big Turkey Creek Prairie, near Leesburgh, where his father died in March, 1838. By the death of his father, he was left with five children younger than himself to care for. He kept the family together until all were provided with good homes."

(Big Turkey Creek Prairie is located in Plain township)
  Source: Combined Atlas Map of Kosciusko County, Indiana, published in 1879 by Kingman Brothers, page 14  

The Old Settlers' Historical Association - Membership

(Page 14) All persons who have resided in this county for twenty years prior to the 12th day of June 1869...may become members of this society upon signing this constitution and payment hereafter mentioned.

(Page 15) On the motion of Hon. James S. Frazer, those know themselves to be old settlers under the constitution are requested to come forward, subscribe their names and pay the initiation fee of 25 cents; at the same time they were requested to give the date of their settlement in the county. The following persons complied.....

John W. Dunnuck - September 1837 (arrived with father Joshua)

In all, 172 people signed. - Of that: . 1 arrived in 1827; 1 in 1828; 2 in 1831. and 1 on 1832) 11 in 1833, 22 in 1834, 18 in 1835, 20 in 1836, 14 in 1837, 8 in 1838, 3 in 1839

  Source: Excerpt from obituary of Catharine (DUNNUCK) TIMMONS 1894  
  Catharine Dunnuck was born in Baltimore Co. Maryland, .... In the year 1818 she moved with her parents to the state of Ohio, where she lived until 1837, when she came with her uncle Joshua Dunnuck, to Kosciusko county, Indiana. Two years later she returned to Ohio where she was married to Wm. A. Timmons in 1841. In 1846, they moved to this county where they have since made their home. full text of obit  
  Source: Excerpts from History of Franklin and Pickaway Counties, OHIO, published in 1880 by Williams Brothers Publishing Co., page 282. "Biography of Thomas J. DUNNICK"  
  Joshua Dunnuck was a native of Maryland, from which state he emigrated to Ohio some time previous to the war of 1812, in which he served for a short time as a member of Captain Nye's light-horse company; he also, in common with every other able-bodied man, served in the State militia during the enforcement of the militia law of the State.

After being a resident of the State a number of years he was married to Miss Diana Tallman, by whom he had four children who lived to maturity besides several who died in infancy. Of their children, Phebe married Absalom Ashbrook, and raised a family of children of whom all but one lived to raise families. John married Henrietta Scott, in Fayette county and made a home in Indiana. Elizabeth married William Peters, and lives near Pleasantville. Benjamin married Minerva Ashbrook, and died in Walnut township, where his family now lives. Joshua Dunnuck's wife died, and he married a second time, his wife being Mrs. Phebe Bell, of Walnut township; their children were Diana who was
married, in Indiana, to Abel Lloyd. George T. died when nineteen years of age. .....

Joshua Dunnuck, his father (the sketch was about Joshua's son Thomas), had still another daughter,
Sarah Ruth, who married and lost her first husband, John Louderman. She
remarried, and now lives in Illinois.

Mrs. Joshua Dunnick died in Fayette county, where they were then living, about 1833 or 1834. In 1838, Mr. Dunnuck moved, with his family to Indiana and in April of 1839, died there." Full text of this article - includes information about son, Thomas J.
  "After being a resident of the State (of Ohio) a number of years he was married to Miss Diana Tallman" They were wed Dec. 1811. That would indicate the Joshua's migration from MD to OH was around 1809.  
  Joshua was born in MD between 1775 and 1790. He grew up on his father's plantation, called Sutton's Delight, in Baltimore county, MD. (most sources approximate his birth as 1790 which I believe is probably correct.) He was the son of John and Catharine (SUTTON) DUNNUCK. See John's will proved 1819  
  On Dec. 26, 1811, he married Dinah TALLMAN, daughter of William and Phebe (HENTON) TALLMAN . Dinah was born at Royalton, VA on Oct. 1, 1793 and died Walnut Township, Pickaway Co., OH on Sept. 10 or 20, 1824. Dinah's parents lived in Ohio at the time of their deaths, (Phebe died in Pickaway Co. in 1833 and William in Fairfield Co. in 1850. ) A little Tallman genealogy. Anyone wishing additional Tallman genealogy may contact me snhasch@aol.com. I have a great deal of information on the Tallman and allied families going back to 1514 which is not on this site at the present time.

Since not all birth and death information on Dinah agrees, below are the various sources and the dates they give.

b. in VA according to The Biographical and Historical Record of Kosciusko County, Indiana, published by the Lewis Pub. Co., of Chicago in 1887,
b: Rockingham, VA
b. Oct. 1, 1793 Durfee Descendants as quoted in Boone Family by Spraker, DAR Papers
b. Nov. 1, 1793 Richard Harrison in the Tallman Genealogical Record.
d: Sept. 10, 1822 (29 yrs 11 mos) according to family DAR papers
d: Sept 10, 1824, Pickaway Co. OH according to "Durfee Descendants"
(I have also seen Sept 20th 1824)


Joshua's second wife was Phebe, (widow of Isaiah BELL, 1788-1815). They wed 25 Oct. 1825 - Early Marriage Bonds of Ohio - Pickaway County Ohio, book 2, compiled by DAR. Phebe died 1833-1834 in Fayette Co. OH. I don't know when Phebe was born.

I was under the impression that Joshua's second wife had to be related, and for years searched the many Phebe Tallmans. Not very many second wives will name their first daughter after the deceased first wife. Phebe turns out to be Phebe (BOWMAN) widow BELL, (sister-in-law to Rebecca BELL, Samuel's Dunnuck's wife. Samuel being the son of John Dunnuck (b. 1773) and nephew to Joshua. After her second marriage, she become the Aunt to Samuel and Catharine (Catharine went to IN with Uncle Joshua and children). Now if you are totally confused, click on the following two (descendancy for Bell) and (overview chart for John 1773) for clarification.

To make matters even more interesting, Rebecca BELL, wife of Samuel DUNNUCK had a sister Mary Bell b. 1792 in Rockingham Co. VA who wed a James TALLMAN in 1809 in Fairfield Co. OH. This James is the brother of Joshua's 1st wife, Dianah TALLMAN. Both families lived in Fairfield Co. OH.

  Five children of Joshua and Dianah: Mrs. Absalom (Pheobe) Ashbrook b. 1814, // John W. b. 1816, // Catharine(died young), // Benjamin T. b. 1819, // and Mrs. William (Elizabeth) Peters.

Children: by Phebe- George (b.ca. 1826 d. age 19), Dianah Ann (b. ca 1927), Thomas J. (b. ca 1830), , Sarah Ruth (b. ca 1832)
  Joshua died in March of 1839, (or March 1838) only months after he moved to Big Turkey Creek Prairie near Leesburg, Indiana.

After the death of Joshua, Benjamin BLUE was appointed guardian of Joshua's "minor" children: Benj. T., George B., Dinah Ann, Thomas J. and Sarah Ruth. Court papers dated May 15, 1839. Upon coming of age, Benjamin T. assumed guardianship of his half brother, Thomas J.
  Source: "Leesburg township history", Combined Atlas Map of Kosciusko County, Indiana, publ 1879 by Kingman Brothers, page 41

Early records show after July 4, 1848, John W. Dunnuck paid $2.00 toward the purchase price of $40.50 for 1-1/2 acres of ground to be used as a grave yard for Leesburg, IN [Might his father be buried there?] (He must have paid after July 4, for those who paid on the spot are listed in The Biographical and Historical Record of Kosciusko County, Indiana, published by the Lewis Pub. Co., of Chicago in 1887, page 688. |Final payment was made April 4, 1849, but burials began in July 1848.
"Leesburgh" was the oldest town in the county, laid out August 1835
  After the death of Joshua, Benjamin BLUE was appointed guardian of Joshua's children: Benj. T., George B., Dinah Ann, Thomas J. and Sarah Ruth. Court papers dated May 15, 1839  
  From the 1840 census of the Benjamin Blue and John Dunnuck households, while not conclusive, offers numbers and that combined with a knowledge of the two families enables one to outline who is living with whom at that time. It seems that only Sarah R. Dunnuck is living with Benjamin Blue. With John are his new wife and infant twin daughters, and his half-siblings, Dianah A., George B., and Thomas.  
  By 1850 all the young children are accounted for elsewhere. Dianah and Sarah are married, George deceased, and Thomas living with his half-brother Benjamin Tallman DUNNUCK in Ohio  

Background history and conditions in Indiana in 1837

Most are excerpts from The Biographical and Historical Record of Kosciusko County, Indiana, published by the Lewis Pub. Co., of Chicago in 1887
A couple are from Combined Atlas Map of Kosciusko County, Indiana, published in 1879 by Kingman Brothers


Conditions at the time John Dunnuck and his dad, Joshua
settled in Kosciusko Co., Indiana

John's neighbor, Mr.A. C.Manwaring, page 219 ".... nearest neighbors to him (Manwaring) in these pioneer days being John Dunnock, Christian Saber, Benjamin Blue and William Blue." (Benjamin Blue arrived in the fall of 1836)

William Blue page 490 "at the time of his settlement here Indians were the principal inhabitants, and game and wild animals roamed at will through the forests."

Peter Blue (son of William)(Peter b. 1840) page 336 "one of the first children born in Harrison twp . " More of his playmates were the children of red men than than of the white and in his youth the deer, wolves and the Indians were the principal inhabitants of the county."

Isaac Lucas (p 629) "...in 1838, in the thick woods, and there erected a pole shanty, which they covered with bark. Only a few trees had been felled previous to their coming, by the Indians, who were still numerous in this neighborhood, which was a favorite hunting ground for the last of the Pottawatomie and Miami tribes.......Isaac, ....(then) built a hewed-log cabin..."

Warsaw in the early days was but a small dirt road with a few cabins grouped together.

History - Kosciusko County in 1830

(page 641) The lands within the present limits of Kosciusko Co were ceded to the United State Oct. 27, 1832, and ratified in 1833. The principal chiefs were "Flat-belly," Waw-wa-esse, and his brother "Musquabuck." County boundaries were set it 1835, and the county was organized in April 1836. (page 642) "Quite a large number of Indians were yet residents of this county when the first settlements were made......several tribes of the Miami and Pottawatomie nations held tracts.

(book page? prob. paraphrased) Although most of the Indians departed when they ceded the land to the U.S. on Oct. 27, 1832, and the area was opened for occupation by the white man, a number of tribes of the Pottowatomie and Miamis remained on small reservations and villages. The Kosciusko area was a favorite hunting ground for these Indians. One Indian Chief, Flat Belly was the owner of a brick home erected for him by the government. The last of the Indians did not depart until the late 1840's. The Indian population was about 500 when the whites began their settlements.

(book? Page?) The average trip from various points in Ohio to Kosciusko Co. took from eight to fourteen days depending on the weather and road conditions. Settlers followed trails and "Government Roads" that were often no more then mud holes. Camping out along the way, most settlers traveled in the usual covered wagons with a two horse team.

(Page 649) "The greatest "boom" Kosciusko County ever experienced was in 1836. Nearly everybody that came had money, and real estate rapidly rose in value. ...The greatest difficulty lay in procuring something to eat. At that time scarcely anything had been grown, and what was raised was of poor quality. Money was plenty, but it would not purchase bread, for bread could not be obtained. In 1838 an epidemic of remittent fever made its appearance, and in some instances whole families died. There was not a cabin in the county which did not contain helpless invalids.....many left...and the real estate prices declined rapidly. Immigartion to the county almost entirely ceased. The news spread far and wide that to locate in Kosciusko County ment almost certain death. Money became scarce, and hardly enough could be secured to pay taxes. ..."
Animal skins and pellets became legal-tender.

(webmaster) With “wild-cat” money plentiful in 1835-36, western towns like Leesburg and Warsaw began to develop as new settlers arrived. (Our young nation experienced tremendous prosperity during the late 1820’s and early 1830’s. In 1834/5 an era of wild land speculation began. Unscrupulous banks printed their own “worthless” money with which they purchased land, then sold it for gold or silver. When the federal government put a stop to this practice by requiring gold or silver to purchases of government land, many holding “wild-cat” money tried to cash it in for gold or silver. A panic ensued.) In 1837 the "Great Financial Crash", brought down real estate and slowed the expansion. People who were millionaires one day were paupers the next, and jobs were scarce. 1837 was the year our Dunnuck ancestors settled near Leesburg.