Category Archives: Dunn

On this day, November 10

On November 10, 1879, Daniel Dunn married Mary McLaughlin Foley in Cambridge. It was the second marriage for both. Daniel had just finished serving three years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the 1875 death of his first … Continue reading

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On this day, November 9

On this day in 1916, the Fitchburg Sentinel reported that “Mildred Dunn spent a few days last week in Worcester at her brother’s.” Mildred is Mom and Uncle Bud’s Aunt Mildred, sister of my grandfather Dunn. The brother is Guy … Continue reading

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Death records- finally!

I finally got the correct death certificates from New Hampshire, which included the records for Daniel and Mary Alice Dunn, as well as Carl Dunn, Grandfather Dunn’s twin brother. The certificates cleared up a number of questions: Because Daniel passed … Continue reading

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An old picture of the Smith farm in Jaffrey

This is a picture of the Leonard Smith house that Mom had hanging in her house. The back of the picture has a notation: “Dunn Farm New Hampshire”, which I think was just a misunderstanding. It is definitely the same … Continue reading

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No luck in probate…

The Middlesex County Probate records I requested from the LDS library arrived this week, but unfortunately, they provided no clues on Daniel Dunn. I was hoping there would be some record of a guardianship, or something similar, to document his … Continue reading

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Re-mapping the ancestors

The 1877 map of Jaffrey mentioned in an earlier post suggested the location of the house where Mary Alice Dunn grew up, but I found an even better map this week. It’s a high quality scan from the 1892 D.H. … Continue reading

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Born at sea

Mary Ledwick Dunn’s life came to a tragic and violent end in Lowell in 1875, and it seems that her birth must have been a difficult one as well. In searching for immigration records for her parents, James and Mary, … Continue reading

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Leonard Smith’s House in Jaffrey

I think there’s a pretty good chance that this is the house where Leonard Smith and family resided in 1880, based on the 1880 census record, and the map mentioned below. The census taken that year listed the residents as … Continue reading

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Mapping the ancestors

Randy Seaver’s blog pointed me to a new collection of maps on Ancestry.com: “U.S. County Land Ownership Atlases, c. 1864-1918“. The same, or similar maps are sometimes available in used and antiquarian book stores, and in libraries. The maps are … Continue reading

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Murder in Rindge!

One of the Fitchburg Sentinel articles quoted in ‘Dunns in the news’ mentions the fact that Archie Brown, the East Rindge ‘village blacksmith’, was giving up his business to move to Rindge Center “where he will assist Mrs. J. C. Wheeler at the Rindge Hotel, which … Continue reading

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