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Michael Dunn
(Abt 1785-Abt 1848)
Elizabeth Entwhistle
(Abt 1790-Abt 1817)

Alexander Dunn
(1811-1892)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Susan Crawshaw

Alexander Dunn

  • Born: 20 Jun 1811, Derryaghy, , Antrim, Northern Ireland 3 4 5 6
  • Christened: 19 Jul 1812, Derryaghy, , Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • Marriage (1): Susan Crawshaw on 07 Dec 1843 in , Clinton, Iowa, United States 1 2
  • Died: 20 Jan 1892, Camanche, Clinton, Iowa, United States at age 80 6 7 8
  • Buried: Camanche, Clinton, Iowa, United States 6 9
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THE FOUR STONE HOUSES OF THE DUNN BROTHERS

Four stone houses were built in Clinton County by three of the sixth generation Dunn brothers: Adam, Alex and John. John built two of the houses. Adam's house and John's first house were in Clinton; Alex's house and John's second house were in Camanche. Following is information about each of the houses:

Adam Dunn (married Elizabeth Crawshaw)

Adam came to Clinton County in 1839; he was a stonemason and a farmer. In 1853 he built a stone house on the hill above Mill Creek, now the site of the Clinton National Drive-In Bank, 1442 Lincoln Way. A picture of the house is found in the lower left corner on page 377 of History of Clinton County, Iowa (1976)


Alex Dunn (married Susan Crawshaw)

Alex built the fourth Dunn brother's stone house on Dunn Road in Camanche, just south of John's second stone house. Dunn road is west of Camanche, just beyond the railroad tracks. This is the house know as "The Homestead" in which all but one of Alex and Susan's children were born. In 1985 this house was still standing and snapshots of it are on the following page.


John Dunn (married Ellen Jane Hamilton Crawshaw (2nd wife))

John built two of the four stone houses. The first of John's stone houses was built in 1856 in Clinton, along Mill Creek to the northeast of Adam's house. It was torn down in 1975 to make a parking lot at 25th Place and Liberty Avenue. A picture of this house is found in the lower right corner of page 377 of History of Clinton County, Iowa (1976).

The second of John's stone houses was built 1867-1868 on Dunn Road in Camanche, just north of Alex's "The Homestead." This house was built of rock quarried at the back of the hill and sand hauled from Camanche.

In 1976 it was reported that the house was known as "The Eugene Dunn house" (p. 379, History of Clinton County, Iowa (1976). One of John's sons was named Eugene and it is assumed that this is how the name of the house was derived. It is possible that the house was either given to this Eugene by his father or that Eugene bought it from his father's estate. Eugene Dunn is listed as having a "Century Farm" (i.e., a farm that in 1976 was 100 years old or more) in the History of Clinton County, Iowa (1976).

A picture of this house is found in the top picture on page 379 of History of Clinton County, Iowa (1976) and in a snapshot taken in 1985.


"The Homestead" (photo) Stone house built by Alex Dunn (6th generation) Home of Alex and Susan Crawshaw Dunn Family. The house has been kept in good condition (1985)

The second of two stone houses (photo) built (1867-1868) by John Dunn (6th generation). Built of rock quarried at the back of the hill and sand hauled from Camanche. Home of the John and Jane Ellen Hamilton Crawshaw Dunn Family. In 1976 (and probably earlier) known as the Eugene Dunn House. The house is "still in the family" per Millie Hunt (1985) but has not been kept up well.

These two houses are located on Dunn Road, Camanche, Iowa. (Go out 9th Avenue to the north, cross route 67, cross the railroad tracks. Dunn road is the first right (north) turn after the tracks. "The Homestead" property is on the northwest corner; The Eugene Dunn house is about half a mile further north.
[History of Clinton County, Iowa]

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Clinton County

It is situated immediately north of Scott boarding upon the Mississippi River, it is about 40 miles in extent from east to west and 10-20 from north to south. The face of the country is moderately undulating though not broken. The soil rich and fertile and well adapted to agricultural pursuits. The Wapsipinicon meanders through the southwestern portion of the county.

The water courses are generally small, the principal of which are Spring, Mill and Elk creek, all emptying into the Mississippi. Prairie Pon de Tal is a beautiful meadow in the northeast corner of this country, abounding with large and finely cultivated farms,

DeWitt is the seat of justice for Clinton County situated on a beautiful prairie near the center of the county. Camanche, New York and Lyon are small villages situated upon the Mississippi. The population of Clinton in 1838, 435; 1840, 800; in 1844, 1,201. [A Glimpse of Iowa in 1846] 12

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He immigrated on the ship Vesper from Belfast on 25 Apr 1835 to New York, New York, New York, United States. 13
AMERICAN IMMIGRANT WALL OF HONOR
to officially certify that
ALEXANDER DUNN
came to the United States of America from
NORTHERN IRELAND


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He worked as a farmer in 1837-1886 in Camanche, Clinton, Iowa, United States. 14

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He retired from farming in 1886 in Camanche, Clinton, Iowa, United States.

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He was buried at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Camanche, Clinton, Iowa, United States in Jan 1892. 9 15
ALEXANDER DUNN

DIED Jan 28, 1892
AGED 80Ys, 7Ms, 8Ds


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Alexander married Susan Crawshaw, daughter of Richard Crawshaw and Ann, on 07 Dec 1843 in , Clinton, Iowa, United States.1 2 (Susan Crawshaw was born on 15 Jun 1817 in Lancaster, , Lancashire, England,6 16 17 died on 25 Jan 1916 in Central City, Linn, Iowa, United States 6 and was buried in Jan 1916 in Camanche, Clinton, Iowa, United States 9 18.)

bullet  Noted events in their marriage were:



They resided at Alex Dunn Farmhouse on Dunn Road before 1892 in Camanche, Clinton, Iowa, United States. 19


bullet  Marriage Notes:



This is to Certify that there is recorded in Marriage Record No. 1, Page No. 4, in the office of Clinton County Clerk of District Court, Clinton, Iowa, Record of Marriage, as follows:

Alexander Dunn and Susan Crawshaw were married by Charles Bovard on December 7, 1843

In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto Affixed my hand and seal of said court, at Clinton, Iowa, this 10 day of March A.D. 1997
Marilyn K. Huff, Clerk of the District Court
by /s/ Cindi Rickertsen, Deputy


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Some Dunn History

Dunns were some of the first settlers in Clinton county, coming here from Ulster County Downs, Ireland.

Four of the boys came in the early 1800's. They didn't come to America together. There were 10 children in the family and came a few at a time. One of them died at sea enroute to America.

The four boys that came earlier were John, Adam, Alexander and Will. They were sons of Michael and Elizabeth Dunn. My grandfather was Alexander. My Grandmother was Susan Crawshaw. She was born in Lancaster, England and came to Lockport, New York with her parents, later traveling by boat on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to Clinton, Iowa. Her father hewed a cabin of logs for a home which was located just west of where Du Pont is now located. My grandmother was 16 weeks on the boat coming from England to New York.

My grandfather and grandmother were married in 1843 and farmed in the vicinity of where the Frontier Motel is now located. Later they bought land on what is now the Dunn Road. Gary Schneckloth lives there now. The Dunn brothers built stone houses and were known as the famous stone houses built by the Dunn brothers.

My grandfather sold right-of-way for the Northwestern railroad about 1857 or 1858. My grandparents had 10 children, four of them died in infancy.

My father was born at the stone house July 15, 1860. I was born at the same house June 25, 1899. My grandparents heard the sermon preached in a house in Camanche and were present at the first burial in Camanche Cemetery. They also saw the tornado from their farm that destroyed Camanche on June 3, 1860. They encountered many experiences with wild animals and Indians, most of the animals were wolves.

I remember seeing emigrants on the Northwestern Railroad, I expect going to the Dakota's and Nebraska to take claims.

Tallman school was located where Hawkey Chemical Co. is now located. The school has been moved to 7th Ave. in Camanche and made a nice home.

My grandfather was born in 1812 and died Jan 20, 1892. My grandmother was born June 15, 1818 and died Jan 25, 1916. [Marie Dunn Kirkham]


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Susan Crawshaw Dunn was born in 1818 in Lancaster, England. Husband Alexander Dunn was born in 1812 in Antrim County, Ireland. They died in Central City, Iowa in 1916 and in Camanche, Iowa, in 1892, respectively. Crawshaw siblings included Elizabeth, James and Alice. Descendants include family of former U. S. Secretary of Treasury and Iowa Governor Leslie Shaw. [Dear Genie column]


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Alexander Dunn came to America in 1837 and at once located in Clinton county, Iowa, where he secured a farm of three hundred and twenty acres of raw land. Steadily he improved it, draining the land and erecting a house, barn and the necessary outbuildings, and, as the years rolled past, he continued to improve the place until it became one of the best in that section of the country. There, too, he reared his family of children, all of whom are now residents of the state. For forty-nine years he and his wife lived there and then retired in 1886, locating near Clinton, where he died January 20, 1890. His wife, who survives him, makes her home with her son James. She is ninety-one years old, yet is hale and hearty, in complete possession of all her faculties and gifted with wonderful memory for the days of the early pioneers.


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The Dunn Family Of Central City, Iowa
by Elizabeth Dunn Schuck

The patriarch of the Dunn Family, Alexander Dunn, was born in Derryaghy, Ireland on 20 Jun 1811. His parents were Michael Dunn and Elizabeth Entwhistle. Alex emigrated on the ship Vesper from Belfast and arrived in New York on 25 April 1835. He was one of ten children, most of who also settled in Iowa. Alexander was an early Iowa pioneer who settled in Camanche where he met and married Susan Crawshaw on 7 Dec 1843, as recorded in Marriage Book One of Clinton County. Susan and Alexander raised their four sons and two daughters in Camanche.

Two of the sons married one day apart on 12 and 13 November 1879 and they both hitched up wagons and, along with their new brides, traveled to Central City to farm lands which were given to them by their parents. Both sons had their farms next to each other on the road north of Alburnett. For more than fifty years these two brothers worked the lands around Central City and raised their families together. Even in death the two couples remained side by side. They are buried next to each other in Blodget Cemetery.

When the father of James and John passed away on his farm in Clinton County in 1892, their mother, Susan, came to live on John and Mary's farm. The Cedar Rapids Gazette interviewed Susan Crawshaw, who was born in Lancaster, England in 1817, shortly after her 95th birthday in 1913. " She was born in Lancaster, England June 15, 1818, and was one of nine children. In 1827 her father came to America where he labored and saved for five years in order to send for his family - the wife and nine children. For five years they lived near Buffalo, New York. From there they moved to Clinton county, Iowa, in 1837, nine years before it was admitted as a state. The family then did their trading in Chicago, going back and forth by ox team. It would take them several weeks to make the trip, and the families along the way would send by them for groceries and notions that they were in need of. It was necessary for them to take along a camping outfit so long were they en route. She remembers of one trip her brother and a neighbor made with two yoke of oxen. Each had a load of wheat, which they hauled to Chicago. They sold their wheat for 35 cents per bushel and brought home in exchange one barrel of salt each. Times were hard in those days. They were obliged to subsist on potatoes, fish and salt for many days. If they had had the means they would have returned to 'York State,' but remained here by force of circumstance. They were permitted a few luxuries, for in the summer they would take up their residence in a shack on the open prairie and in the winter moved back into the sheltering timber." Susan died in Central City on 25 Jan 1916 and her remains were laid to rest alongside Alexander in Rosehill Cemetery, Camanche, Iowa.

For at least a decade, between 1950 and 1961, The Central City Dunn family held a reunion every year. Usually this was on Labor Day Weekend. Most often this celebration was held at the Central City American Legion Hall but several times it was held at the Linn County Fairgrounds. Officers were elected, notes of the previous meeting were read and committees were selected to plan and organize the next year's festivities. The family gathered from all over the country. Those who traveled furthest earned a prize. The newest member of the Dunn clan was also recognized. Family members played music or gave recitals or readings and all played games. The entire family looked forward to the gatherings to see each other and share in their news of the past year. These reunions were then reported in the Linn County Press each year. 20 21 22 23 24

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Sources


1 County Recorder, Vital Records of Clinton County, IA (see details, Clinton County Recorder, 1900 North 3rd St., P.O. Box 2957, Clinton IA 52733-2957, (563)244-0565), 07 Dec 1843, Vol 1, Pg 4, No 40, Marriage Record.
Alexander Dunn, Susan Crawshaw, Solemnized by Charles Bovard, J. P. [Marilyn K. Huff, Clerk of District Court, Clinton, IA, 10 Mar 1997].

2 Editor, The Cedar Rapids Gazette (see details, Cedar Rapids Gazette Inc., 500 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401-1608, 1.800.397.8212), 15 Jun 1913.
In 1844 the subject of this sketch was married, the license for which marriage was one of six that were issued in Clinton county that year.

3 Brian Mitchell, Irish Emigration Lists 1833-1839, B-I-26, LDS LIBRARY, FAMILY HISTORY CENTER, 5941 S 12TH ST, TACOMA, WA 98465-1999, (253) 564-1103 (1989, Baltimore, MD, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.), County: Antrim; Parish: Derryaghy.
Dunn, Alex, 20, year left: 1835, Destination: NY.

4 Asst. Marshal, Clinton County, National Archives: M432.182 (1850 US Census, Clinton, IA), 20 Sep 1850, Camanche Dist #5, Dwlng 132, Fam 137, L D Bourne, Asst Marshal.
Alex Dunn, 36, POB Ireland.

5 Editor, The Cedar Rapids Gazette (see details, Cedar Rapids Gazette Inc., 500 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401-1608, 1.800.397.8212), 08 Dec 1991, "Dear Genie."
Alexander Dunn was born in 1812 in Antrim County, Ireland.

6 Records and or photos (see details), Rose Hill Cemetery, Camanche, IA (Rose Hill Cemetery, Camanche City Clerk, 917 3rd Street, Camanche, IA 52730-2216, 1.563.259.8342), Tombstone.

7 Luther Albertus Brewer, History of Linn County Iowa From Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time, Volume II (1911, The Pioneer Publishing Company, Chicago, IL), 543-544.
Alexander Dunn... where he died January 20,1890.

8 County Recorder, Vital Records of Clinton County, IA (see details, Clinton County Recorder, 1900 North 3rd St., P.O. Box 2957, Clinton IA 52733-2957, (563)244-0565), 20 Jan 1892, Bk 2, Pg 37, Death Record.
Alex Dunn, Age 80 Y, 2 M, Date of Death Jan 20, 1892.

9 (see details), URL, Internet.

10 County Recorder, Vital Records of Clinton County, IA (see details, Clinton County Recorder, 1900 North 3rd St., P.O. Box 2957, Clinton IA 52733-2957, (563)244-0565), 20 Jan 1892, Bk 2, Pg 37, Death Record.
Old Age.

11 Clinton County Historical Society, History of Clinton County Iowa (1976, Clinton County Historical Society, Clinton, IA), p. 376-377.
THE FOUR STONE HOUSES OF THE DUNN BROTHERS...

12 John B. Newhall, A Glimpse of Iowa in 1846 (1857, State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City, IA), Clinton.

13 Brian Mitchell, Irish Emigration Lists 1833-1839, B-I-26, LDS LIBRARY, FAMILY HISTORY CENTER, 5941 S 12TH ST, TACOMA, WA 98465-1999, (253) 564-1103 (1989, Baltimore, MD, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.), Derryaghy.

14 F.E Owen, Lyons Iowa, Centennial Gazetteer and Directory, Clinton County Iowa 1776-1876 (1876, F.E Owen, Lyons Iowa, J. C. Hopkins, Printer), p. 40.
Dunn, Alex Sec 21, 23, 26, 29: 292 Acres p.o. Camanche.

15 Records and or photos (see details), Rose Hill Cemetery, Camanche, IA (Rose Hill Cemetery, Camanche City Clerk, 917 3rd Street, Camanche, IA 52730-2216, 1.563.259.8342), 02 Jun 2001.

16 Asst. Marshal, Clinton County, National Archives: M432.182 (1850 US Census, Clinton, IA), 20 Sep 1850, Camanche Dist #5, Dwlng 132, Fam 137, L D Bourne, Asst Marshal.
Susan Dunn, 34, POB England.

17 Editor, The Cedar Rapids Gazette (see details, Cedar Rapids Gazette Inc., 500 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401-1608, 1.800.397.8212), 15 Jun 1913.
She was born in Lancaster, England June 15, 1818, and was one of nine children...

18 Records and or photos (see details), Rose Hill Cemetery, Camanche, IA (Rose Hill Cemetery, Camanche City Clerk, 917 3rd Street, Camanche, IA 52730-2216, 1.563.259.8342), Sec B, Lot 10, Tombstone.

19 Elizabeth (Liz) Ann Dunn Schuck, Family Group Record of Elizabeth (Liz) Ann Dunn Schuck (c/o Elizabeth (Liz) Ann Dunn Schuck, 8851 81st Av SW, Lakewood, WA 98498).

20 County Recorder, Vital Records of Clinton County, IA (see details, Clinton County Recorder, 1900 North 3rd St., P.O. Box 2957, Clinton IA 52733-2957, (563)244-0565), 07 Dec 1843, Vol 1, Pg 4, No 40, Marriage Record.
Alexander Dunn, Susan Crawshaw, Solemnized by Charles Bovard, J. P.

21 submitted by Marie Dunn Kirkham, Camanche Iowa Charter City History, Sesquicentennial 1836-1986 (1986, Camanche Public Library, 1021 2nd Ave, Camanche, IA 52730-1301, 1.563.259.1106), Pg. 76 -77.
Some Dunn History...

22 Editor, The Cedar Rapids Gazette (see details, Cedar Rapids Gazette Inc., 500 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401-1608, 1.800.397.8212), 08 Dec 1991, "Dear Genie."
Susan Crawshaw Dunn was born in 1818...

23 Luther Albertus Brewer, History of Linn County Iowa From Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time, Volume II (1911, The Pioneer Publishing Company, Chicago, IL), Pgs 543 - 544.
Alexander Dunn came to America in 1837...

24 Editorial Committee: Mary (Shakespere) Somers, Janet (Hatch) White, Margery (Edgerly) Mysak, Doris (O'Conner) Mote, Winton Goodlove, and Dale Sommers, History of Central City and the Surrounding Area Book II (1999, Manuscript by Fourth Street Publishing, Box A, Central City, IA 52214,
Printed by Anundsen Publishing Company, 108 Washington St, Decorah, IA 52101), p. 207, F-59.
The patriarch of the Dunn family...


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