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DEACON "JOHN DUNHAM" ANCESTRAL HISTORY, presented by Nelson C Dunham, Jr.:

Gravesite of John and Wealthy Barber Dunham, Adams St Cem Rt 11 north of Castle Creek NY and south of Whitney Point NY next Bowman Lumber Co. Notice newer markers placed in front of older aged tombstones in 2002 and 2007 by Nelson C Dunham, Jr.

1~RYCHERT DeDUNHAM b 1294 Devonshire; owned estate at Beaminster.

2~ROBERT DeDUNHAM b 1318 Devon; 1337- granted exemptions by Edward III from juries, assize, or appointments against his wishes.


4~GREGOIRE DeDUNHAM b 1382 at Dunham On Trent; m Elizabeth Marygue.

5~ROBERT DUNHAM b 1430; m Margaret Stafford b 1435 (d/o Sir Humphrey 7th, Earl, 6th Baron Stafford, 1st Duke of Buckingham 1402/1460, and Lady Anne Neville, d/o Sir Ralph, 4th Baron Neville and Joan Beaufort, g-daughter of Edward III. Margaret descended from William I (William, the Conqueror, and 14 Magna Carta Sureties).

6~SIR JOHN DUNHAM 1450/1524; knighted by Henry VII for service at the Battle of Blackheath 17June1497; m 1741 Elizabeth, d/o Sir Nicholas Bowett and Elizabeth Zouch; March 1502 granted the Manor of Kirklington; 1511 - Sheriff of Nottinghamshire.

7~SIR JOHN DUNHAM of Kirklington 1474/1525; md 1494 at Dunham On Trent, Jane Thurland and had issue: (1) Katherine b 1495 m Rafe O'Kever and William Talbott (their daughter md Francis Drake and they had Sir Francis); (2) Elizabeth b 1496; (3) John; (4) Frances b 1499 m John Hazelwood; (5) Margaret; (6) Anne b 1502 m George Neville.

8~SIR JOHN DUNHAM 1498/1545 m 15Aug1522 at Scrooby, Miss Benedicta; d/o Sir Godfrey Foljambe 1572/1541 and Katherine Leake d 1529. This Sir John Dunham was a dissenter, and in disfavor with King Henry VIII.

9~RALPH DUNHAM b 1526 at Scrooby; m 1556 Elizabeth d/o Sir Thomas (Golden Thomas) Wentworth, of Wentworth-Woodhouse 1478/1548 and Beatrix Woodruffe Drax.

10~THOMAS DUNHAM bc 1560 m Jane Bromley; their second son, ROBERT DUNHAM b London was a passenger on the George Jr ship to Virginia in 1635.

11~*DEACON JOHN DUNHAM b 1589 in Scrooby; went to Leydon Holland with the Pilgrim Dissenters 1608; m firstly Susanna Kenney and had 4 children; md secondly 1622 Abigail Balliou in Leydon; went to Plymouth Massachusetts in 1629; died in Plymouth 1668. The Deacon had 12 children total.

NOTE: My line is from Jonathan Dunham (s/o the Deacon) 1632-1717 who married Mary Delano md Mary Cobb and had Daniel who married Rebecca Norton onto Samuel Dunham 1720-92 who married Waitstill Lord, grandparents of John Dunham 1780-1851 who md Wealthy Barber 1780-1843. John and Wealthy Dunham left Amenia NY (Dutchess Co) and went to Broome County in 1831.

NOTE: Articles that dispute the ancestry of Deacon John Dunham (See No 11) are:

1. "The Fraudulent Ancestry of Deacon John Dunham of Plymouth", Paul C. Reed,TAG 73 (1998):101--104. This article discusses the alleged connection to a fictitious Dunham family of Scrooby, Co. Nottingham, England.

2. "The English Origin and First Marriage of Deacon John Dunham of Plymouth, Massachusetts", Robert Leigh Ward,TAG 71 (1996):130-33. This article announced the discovery of Bedfordshire Parish Registers containing entries for the marriage of John Dunham and Susan Kaino, with records which support John Dunhams's father to be Richard Dunham of Langford.

There is a John Dunham recorded in Leyden records, as a distinct and prominent member of the Leyden congregation who emigrated to America between 1628-1632. Data regarding John Dunham's English origins was published in The American Genealogist, 71:130-133. He was from Clophill and Henlow, Bedford, England. He may have ties with the Mayflower Tilley and Cooper families, also from Henlow, Bedford.

PER INPUT of MARILYN and WILBERT ROTH 9/2008: "Richard DUNHAM, poulter, of Langford, Bedfordshire, made his will 5 Oct. 1624, and he was buried 19 Nov. 1624.

The American Genealogist, 71:3 (July 1996), article by Robert Leigh Ward:

Here's the second marriage. Leyden Documents Relating to the Pilgrim Fathers (Leyden, E. J. Brill, Ltd., 1920) Leyden Archives Betrothalbook. John DANHAM, from England, widower of Suzanna KENO?, accompanied by Thomas BALLIOU?, his future father-in-law, with Abigail BALLIOU, spinster, also from England, accompanied by Ann BALLIOU, her sister. Banns, 8 Oct. 1622, 15 Oct. 1622, 22 Oct. 1622, married 22 Oct. 1622, before Alphen & Groenendyc, bailliffs.

John was son of Richard DUNHAM, whose will, proved at Langford, Bedfordshire, gave to son John "upon his return." John married 17 Aug. 1612, Clophill, Bedfordshire, Susannah KAINO, bpt. 12 Dec. 1586, at Clophill, dau/o Thomas. Their son John was bpt. 19 Feb. 1614/5, Henlow, Bedfordshire." RESPONSE: THANK YOU MR AND MRS ROTH FOR YOUR VALUED INPUT.

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