Bucks County, Pennsylvania is one of three original Pennsylvania Counties and was formed in 1682. Originally it was a large territory that included all of what would later be Berks, Northampton, and Lehigh.
Reverend Thomas Dungan was born in 1635 in England. He married Elizabeth Weaver.
Their children included:
William Dungan (1658, married Deborah Wing),
Elizabeth Dungan (married Nathaniel West)
Thomas Dungan (1670, married Mary (?) Drake)
Rebecca Dungan (married Edward Doyle),
Jeremiah Dungan (1673, married Deborah Drake)
Mary Dungan Richards,
John Dungan, and
Sarah Dungan (married James Keril).
Thomas was a pantentee of East Greenwich, Rhode Island; was a representative of that town in the Assembly of that Colony in 1678 and 1681, and served as sergeant in the Newport militia.
In 1682 he sold his land in East Greenwich and Newport.
The family moved to Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Thomas Dungan (1690) was the son of William Dungan (1658) and Deborah Wing. He married Esther Evans.
Hannah Dungan (1725, married Silas Yerkes)
Elizabeth Dungan (1727-8)
Thomas Dungan (1729-30)
Sarah Dungan (1731)
Abel Dungan (1734)
Daniel Dungan, (1736)
Enoch Dungan (1739) and
Benjamin Dungan (1743).
George Dungan was born about 1703 in Bucks County Pennsylvania. His parents were Jeremiah Dungan and Deborah Drake.
Jeremiah Dungan (1730),
Ruth Dungan (1734, married Nahan Hendrix),
Elisha Dungan (1735, married Margaret Hendix and Hannah Rogers),
Thomas Dungan (1738),
Elizabeth Dungan (1740),
Sarah Dungan (1742),
Hellens Dungan (1745),
John Dungan (1747), and
Elijah Dungan (1749).
Several of George's children moved to East Tennessee.
The Holston River flows from Kingsport to Knoxville.
map by Kmusser
Carter County, Tennessee was organized from Washington County on April 9, 1796. Elizabethton is the county seat.
Elisha Dungan was born about 1735 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He was was the son of George Dungan (1703).
His first wife was Margaret Hendrix. She was the daughter of David Hendrix and Mary Gibson.
John Robert Dungan (1769),
Elisha married Hannah Rogers in Frederick County, Maryland. In 1771, Edward Rogers sold 100 acres to Elisha and Hannah Dungan.
John Robert Dungan 1769
Jeremiah Dungan 1772
Polly Ann Dungan
Ordered that the church wardens bind William Greenway, George Greenway and Hannah Greenway, poor orphans, unto Elisha Dungen until they come of age and that he learn the said George and William to read, write and cypher and the trade of Mason and the said Hannah to read, write and that he immediately give security not to carry the said children out of the county.
At a court held for Frederick County May 1, 1770 - Present John Hite, Adam Stephen, Angus McDonald and John McDonald Gentlemen Justices.
Upon petition of Francis Austin and Mary his wife, setting forth that Elisha Dungen detains their son George Greenway illegally and uses him it be ordered that he be summoned.
But Elisha did not comply
The complaint of Frances Austin against Elisha Dungen for illegally detaining his son George being heard it is the opinion of the Court that the said Elisha hath no right to detain the said George. It is therefore ordered that he be discharged from any further servitude.
Upon petition of Frances Austin and Mary his wife setting forth that Elisha Dungen had not complied with the order of the Court directing him to bring in George Greenway from New River and for not giving him Bond according to the said order, it is ordered that he be summoned to appear at the next Court to answer the same.
In 178, Elisha Dungan entered 404 acres Neils Branch.
In 1797, Elisha Dungan entered 100 acres on the south side of Neils Branch; Middle Fork of the Holston and 400 acres on the south side of Middle Fork Branch.
The first European settlements in Maryland were made in 1634 when English settlers created a permanent colony.
The New River flows through North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia .In 1755, Mary Draper Ingles (1732-1815) was captured by Shawnee warriors near Blacksburg and taken to Ohio. She escaped and made her way home by following the Ohio, Kanawha, and New Rivers.
Pennsylvania is one of the 13 original states and was originally founded in 1681 as a result of a royal land grant to William Penn, the son of the state's namesake.
Slavery is an immoral system of forced labor where people are treated as property to be bought and sold. It was legal in the American Colonies and the United States until the Civil War.
Jeremiah Dungan was born in 1731 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. His father was George Dungan (1703). He was a miller.
Some reseachers believe he married Rebecca Hendry. Rebecca was the daughter of George Hendry and Deborah Borden, but she was born about 1754 and was too young to be the mother of Jeremiah's children.
His wife was named Mary.
His children included:
Mary Dungan (married John Houston),
Orpha Dungan (married John Love),
Margaret Dungan (1755, married James Pierce),
Rebecca Dungan (1757, married Jeremiah Gibson), and
Sarah Dungan (1759, married Zebulon Smith).
In 1778 patent 887 and 888 for 800 acres in the Washington County were issued to Jeremiah Dungan. Jeremiah built a mill with a large stone waterwheel that ground corn and wheat for the surrounding settlements. He built the original foundation of the mill from hand-chiseled stone and hand-hewn timber.
That Jery Dunkin shall
have the place where he now lives four years rent free and after that four years more at 3 pounds five
shillings in silver money for each year and that money to be given to Maryan Hennary and the said
Jeremiah Dunkin is not allowed to clear more than 25 acres of land and to return the place in good
In Carter County in 1797 and 1798 Jeremiah Dungan was taxed for 140 acres. He was exempt from the poll tax because of age.
Jesse Whitson to Jeremiah Dungans Washington Co. TN
a Negra, Dian & her two children.
A. Byler, Jurat & John Love, Jurat,
Prvd May Court 1806
Jeremiah Dungan, Washington Co.TN to John Love
2 Negroes, Peter and Bet. 2 cows and calves & a year old heifer, formerly owned by Joseph Love and sold to satisfy a note against John Love,
security for Joseph Love decd. John McFall, Jurat & Francis McFall, Jurat,
prvd in Feb Court 1807.
James Chambers, Ashe Co., NC to Jeremiah Dungan, Washington Co. TN
100 A on Sinking Creek, granted to Fellix Walker, who sold to James Chambers,
Andrew Taylor, Sr. Jurat, John Love, Jurat, & Jonethan Buck.
Prvd. May Court 1810.
Jeremiah died in Washington County in 1812.
John Love & John Houston Adm of Estate of Jeremiah Dungan, Decd.
Letters of Adm. Washington Co. Court, 1813
to Nathaniel Taylor, highest bidder, a Negro girl Ruth 8 years old.
Jas. P. Tayor Jurat, Moses Humphries, Abraham Hendrix, Jurat & Andrew Taylor, Jurat.
Prvd. Feb Court 1814.
March 19, 1813.
John Love & Hohn Huston, Adms. of Jeremiah Dungan Est.
to Nathaniel Taylor, for $353.25, highest bid, Diannah, a 27 year old Negro woman, James Taylor, Jurat, Andrew Taylor, Jurat, Francis McFall Jr and A. Henry.
Prvd. bef. Court 1814.
John Houston & Mary his wf. Ziblon Smith and Sarah his wf.
James Pierce & Margaret his wf,
Jeremiah D. Gibson,
Thom. Gibson &
Heirs of Jeremiah Dungins, Decd.
to John Love & Orpha, his wif. (also heirs) of sd Dungins, their rights as heirs to two tracts:
one, 100 on Sinking Creek, incl place where sd Love lives &
second, 40 A adj Humphreys & McFall.
James Thorp & Francis W. Richhold exhibited & prvd deed in Aug Court 1814.
East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.
Captain John Dunkin was born about 1744 in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
He married Eleanor Sharp.
John and Eleanor's children may have included:
Elizabeth Duncan (1766)
John Duncan, Jr. (1768, married Polly Laughlin)
Margaret Duncan (1770
Joseph Duncan (1772)
Mary Duncan ((1775)
Sarah Duncan (1777)
Anne Duncan (1779, married William Martin),
Faithful Duncan (1782, Abram Locke)
Eleanor Duncan (aft 1782, married Samuel Campbell)
Polly Duncan (married James Hignight)
They moved to Virginia about 1764 or 1765. They settled on the north bank of the south fork of Holson river above the mouth of Spring Creek.
In 1779 at the Washington County, Virginia Court
Martin Dunkin orphan of John Duncan Dceased with the approbation of the Curt chose William Cowan his Guardian Whereupon he together with Charles Kilgore and Thomas Montgomery acknowledged their Bond in the Sum of ten Thousand pounds for the faithful Guardianship of the said Orphans Estate.
In 1780 at the Washington County, Virginia Court
William Dunkin and John Dunkin Orphans of John Dunkin Dec. with the approbation of the Court chose Melcher Oyler their Guardian . . .
In 1780 the Duncans were captured at Riddles and Martin's Station and taken as prisoners to Canada where they were prisoners until the close of the war when they were exchanged and returned to the United States.
On motion of James Laughlin & John Litten by the consent and Order of the Court they are appointed Guardians of the Estate of Captain John Dunkin & Solomon Litten prisoners with the Enemy in Canady and to use all legal methods for saving and securing the Said Estate whereupon they together With William Davison and John Vance entered into and acknowledged their bond in the Sum of Eight Thousand pounds for the faithful performance of the Same.
In 1688, during the Glorious Revolution, the Protestant king and queen,William and Mary, took the English throne from Catholic King James II. The bloodless revolution profoundly impacted the American colonies.
Chronicle of the Yerkes Family: With Notes on the Leech and Rutter Families by Josiah Granville Leach
Reverend Thomas Dungan was a son of William Dungan, a merchant of London, England, by his wife Frances Latham, and was born in that city about 1632. His mother was a daughter of Lewis Latham, Sergeant-Falconer to Charles I. Upon the death of William Dungan, his widow married Captain Jeremiah Clarke, with whom, accompanied by her children, she emigrated to New England, and settled at Newport, Rhode Island, where Captain Clarke rose to prominence. Captain Clarke dying, his widow married, for third husband, Reverend William Vaughan, a Baptist clergyman, of Newport.
Thomas Dungan imbibed the Baptist faith, and became a Baptist clergyman, having received his instruction in theology, it is thought, from his step-father, Reverend William Vaughan. He was one of the patentees of East Greenwich, Rhode Island; was a representative of that town in the Assembly of that Colony in 1678 and 1681, and served as sergeant in the Newport militia. In 1682 he sold his estates at East Greenwich and Newport, and shortly afterwards removed to Pennsylvania, settling at Cold Spring, Bucks County, where he founded a Baptist Church, the first in that Province, and the first English congregation there outside of the Friends. Mr. Dungan became the pastor of the church, and continued his ministrations as such until his death in 1688.
He married, at Newport, Elizabeth, daughter of Sergeant Clement Weaver by his wife Mary Freeborn. Sergeant Weaver was a member of the Rhode Island Assembly in 1678, and William Freeborn, his wife's father, was a member in 1657.
A land patent is an exclusive land grant made by the government. The certificate that grants the land rights is also called first-title deed and final certificate. In the United States, all land can be traced back to the original land patent.
A militia is a military unit composed of citizens who are called up in time of need.
from Genealogical and Biographical Memorials of the Reading, Howell, Yerkes ...
by Josiah Granville Leach
Children of Reverend Thomas and Elizabeth (Weaver) Dungan, all no doubt born at Newport:
39. William Dungan, born circa 1658; died in Bucks county in 1713; married Deborah Wing.
40. Clement Dungan, died without issue, in Northampton township, Bucks county, in 1732.He was a large land-owner in the county, and in 1722 he and his brothers Thomas and Jeremiah were among the petitioners to the court for the formation of Northampton township.
41. Elizabeth Dungan, married Nathaniel West and had issue.
42. Thomas Dungan born circa 1670; died 23 June, 1759 '' married Mary (?) Drake.
43. Rebecca Dungan, married Edward Doyle. Both were members of the Pennepek
Baptist church, where, after marriage, they were baptized in 1692.
44. Jeremiah Dungan, born circa 1673; died 6 April, 1761; married Deborah Drake.
45. Mary Dungan, married Richards, and had issue.
46. John Dungan, died unmarried and without issue.
47. Sarah Dungan, married James Keril, and had issue.
A yeoman was a man who owned and cultivated a small farm. He belonged to the class below the gentry or land owners. A husbandman was a free tenant farmer. The social status of a husbandman was below that of a yeoman.
from Genealogical and Biographical Memorials of the Reading, Howell, Yerkes ...
by Josiah Granville Leach
William Dungan (Reverend Thomas Dungan, Frances, Lewis Latham) was born at Newport, Rhode Island, circa 165; died at Bristol, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, in 1713.
In 1682 he purchased of William Penn two hundred acres of land...
In 1687 Mr. Dungan was baptized in the Baptist faith, and united with the church of which his father was pastor. He married Deborah, daughter of Daniel Wing, of Sandwich, Massachusetts, by his wife Hannah Swift, granddaughter of Reverend John Wing by his wife Deborah Bachiler, and great-granddaughter of Reverend Stephen Bachiler. Mrs. Dungan was born at Sandwich in November, 1660.
In his will, dated 21 August, 1711, proved 16 December, 1713, Mr. Dungan named his wife as executrix, and the children below named.
Children of William and Deborah (Wing) Dungan:
Thomas Dungan, born circa 1690; died 20 January, 1759; married Esther (Evans?).
William Dungan. He was probably the William Dungan of "Warminster township,
yeoman," whose will, dated 11 August, 1770, proved 6 June, 1771 named
sons John and
daughter Mary Shaw,
daughter Ann Stephens,
daughter Elizabeth Hill (wife of Isaac Hill), sons
granddaughter Rachel Eaton.
The wife Catharine was probably his second wife, as William Dungan and Mary his wife are noted on the record of Southampton Baptist church as baptized in 1731.
Children of Thomas and Esther Dungan:
107. Hannah Dungan, bom 24 September, 1725; died 22 August, 1792; married Silas
108. Elizabeth Dungan, born 11 January, 1727-8.
109. Thomas Dungan, born 31 January, 1729-30.
110. Sarah Dungan, born 30 November, 1731.
111. Abel Dungan, bom 26 May, 1734.
112. Daniel Dungan, born 22 April, 1736; died 22 December, 1803.
113. Enoch Dungan, born 11 September, 1739.
114. Benjamin Dungan, born 16 July, 1743; was captain of the first company, second battalion, Philadelphia militia, in 1780, and one of the sub-lieutenants of Philadelphia county in 1780, with rank of lieutenant-colonel.
Know ye that we for and in consideration of the sum of fifty shillings
for every hundred acres hereby granted paid into the treasury by Jeremiah Dungeon have given and granted and by these presents
do give and grant unto the said Jeremiah Dungeon a tract of
land containing two hundred acres lying and being in our county
of Washington on Caney river and Brush creek and bounded as
Beginning at a corner ? on the survey of said Dugins line
thence south on ? line between said Dugin and Thomas
Frine [?] south forty two degs east twelve poles to a white oak thence
along said Dungin line south thirty seven degs west one hundred
and forty eight poles to a white oak
thence on a dividing line betwene
Dugeon and Wm Ward north fifty six degs west one hundred and twenty poles crossing said branch to a post oak
on the said dividing line south eighty degs west eighy six poles
to a pine tree thence along said dividing line north fifty seven degs
west forty six poles crossing said Cany river to a white oak
thence north one hundred and six poles to a whilte oak
east one hundred and seventy eight poles crossing said river
to a stake on the survery of said Dugeon
thence along said
line south fifty eight poles to a stake
thence along said survey east one hundred and eighty two poles crossing the said
branch to the beginning as by the plot hereto annexed doth appear
togather with all wood water mines minerals hereditaments
and appurtinants to the said land belonging or appertaining to hold
to the said land belonging or appertaining to hold to the said Jeremiah
Dungen his heirs and assigns forever yeilding and paying to us such
sums of money yearly or otherwise as our general assembly from time to
time may direct provided always that the said J Dugen shall cause
this grant to be registered in the recorders office of our said county of
Washington withing twelve months from the date hereof otherwise the same
shall be void and of no effect in testimony whereof we have caused our
letters to be made pattent and our great seal to become affixed
witness Richd Casswell Esq our Govener Capt General commander-in
chief at Kingston the 26 day of Oct 1786.
Washington County, Tennessee Settlements 1790-1840, Vol 00, p. 36-40
Whereas the worshipfull Court of pleas & quarter sessions of Washington
County at the July term 1823 appointed and ordered James W Young and Henry King two of the acting Justices of the peace for said County of Washington
to be a committee to settle with John Love & John Houston administrators
of Jeremiah Dungan decd.
In persuance there of we the said James W Young
& Henry King attended at the house of John Houston in said County on Thursday the ninth day of October AD 1823 and then and there made the following
settlement with John Love & John Houston the aforesaid administrators and
we find the goods and chattles sold by the said administrators at public
sale in the year 1813 amounted to $2103.73 3/4
And the amount of the estate of Mary Dungan Decd to be $2025.12 1/2
And the administrators have disbursed the following sums to different persons as per vouchers &c.
8.00 To Joseph Bowman for making Jera Dungans coffin
12.00 To Richard Kelley
30.00 To Nathan Shipley
10.00 To Seth Thompson
30.00 To Jeremiah D Gibson
301.00 To James Pearce
60.00 To Jeremiah D Gibson
6.00 To Henry King (clerk at sale)
12.00 To Moses Humphreys
2.50 To James Servier Clerk of the County Court
7.21 To Andrew Taylor
13.50 To Abraham Hendry
10.00 To Jonathan Caruthers
2.13 To Zebulon Smith
1.33 1/3 To Zebulon Smith
18.00 To Zebulon Smith
14.00 To Zebulon Smith
26.22 1/2 To Zebulon Smith
3.75 To James Pearce
10.00 To James Pearce
90.65 To Zebulon Smith
330.96 The amount of what John Houston bought at sale
74.31 1/2 The amount of the property that John Love bought at sale
3.74 1/2 The amount of property sold on fifth day of sale for which there was no notes given to Mary Dungan
4.56 To Zebulon Smith
2.00 To Jeremiah D Gibson
2.00 To Seth Thompson per voucher
15.00 To Charles Rennoe per ditto
4.00 To Thomas Gibson
3.00 To James Harvey
1.00 To George William Clerk of Carter Cty Court
10.00 To Nathan Shipley for deviding Dungans land
134.00 To Seth Thompson
6.00 To Seth Thompson
35.00 To Seth Thompson
2.00 To Seth Thompson
2.00 To Seth Thompson
5.00 To Seth Thompson
12.00 To Seth Thompson
20.00 To Jeremiah D Gibson
65.00 To Thomas Gibson
10.00 To Thomas Gibson
20.00 To Thomas Gibson
2.66 1/2 To Thomas Gibson
4.00 To Thomas Gibson
5.00 To Thomas Gibson
15.00 To Zebulon Smith
38.00 To Zebulon Smith
100.00 To Zebulon Smith
333.00 To Zebulon Smith (note for)
20.00 To James Pearce
52.40 To Mary Dungan to cash by John Love
24.25 To John Loves expence as admr
93.00 To John Love on business as admr 93 at 1 dollar per day
2.66 To Andrew Taylor per order in full for his services
5.00 To Mary Dungan
87.89 To Jeremiah D Gibson (note for)
40.00 To Jeremiah D Gibson (note for)
52.26 1/2 To Mary Dungans (note for)
38.98 To Zebulon Smith note for
19.25 To Orpha Gibson her note for
7.01 To Orpha Gibson her note for
84.57 To Mary Dungan her note for
2.27 To James Pearce his note for
12.00 To Seth Thompson
2.92 1/2 To Saml Hunt Shff tax for the year 1818
1.00 To Saml Hunt Shff tax for the year 1819
1.06 To Saml Hunt Shff for the heirs of Jery Dungan
2.95 To Saml Hunt Shff tax for the year 1820
1.00 To James Pearce for the use of Wm Bayles per order
8.00 To George Smith for making Mrs Dungans coffin
3.96 To Henry King esqrs for taking depositions
3.66 To John Hoss his note for
4.37 1/2 To Wm Carter for taking depositions Dungans heirs vs J Gibson
216.92 To Saml Hunt Shff on the exo Jero D Gibson agt Mary Dungans & others
135.42 1/2 To Peter Parson clerk of the Court of errors & appeals of the first Circuit of the State of Tennessee in a suit where in John Love & John Houston admr of Jera Dungan Decd were plff & Jeremiah D Gibson & others Defts
12.50 To John Blair attorney at law his fees in a suit in equity where in John Love & John Houston were plaintiff & Jeremiah D Gibson and others defendants
116.00 To John Houston adm of Jeremiah Dungan Decd for his services
as admr 116 days at $1 per day
40.83 To John Houston proven acct against Mary Dungan Decd
26.75 To John Houston for cutting 25 acres of grain at 50 cents per acre
22.72 To Joseph Brown sheff for taxes for the years 1811 & 1812
.50 To Thomas Stevens constable for summoning witness
22.50 To James Pearce his note
55.00 To John Kennedy his fees in the suit against Jery D Gibson
The services & expences of John Houston & John Love administrators
of Jera Dungan Decd of a law suit with Jera D Gibson and drew off by
the commissioners at settlement to be deducted from the amount of the estate.
24.25 John Loves expences as administrator
93.00 John Love 93 days on business as admn at $1 per day
3.96 Henry King esqr for taking depositions in said suit
4.37 1/2 Wm Carter for ditto in Carter County
216.92 Saml Hunt Shff on an execution Jerey D Gibson vs Mary Dungan & others
135.42 1/2 P Parsons Clerk Court errors & appeals Costs
12.50 John Blair attorney at law his fees in said suit
116.00 John Houston admr for services 116 day at $1 per day
55.00 John Kennedys fees & other advice about said suit
5.00 John Houstons to the said committe 5 days 6.00 Mary Browns bill for expences when deviding the Jonesboro land
3.00 Henry King services 4 day
1.10 To the clerk of the Court of pleas &c
435.25 And it appears that John Houston has disbursed to several persons the sum of
434.21 And received of money due the said estate
1.04 Remains due Houston
290.14 And paid out of his own money the sum of, which is to come out of the estate
4128.86 3/4 And the amount of the estate is
676.53 The costs of the law suit fe
290.14 The amount that John Houston has paid his cash
632.43 4/5 Each person share
A true settlement agreeable to the vouchers and other documents presented
to us certified the day and date first above written.
James W Young
from Carter County. Tennessee Deeds
Books A-B (FHL film 847,620; from Alice Duncan 1978)
A-203: 24 Nov. 1797, State of North Carolina, to Lawerence (sic) Dunkin, 50 shillings every 100 acres, a tract of land containing 100 acres in county of Washington on the laurel fork of Dor River, beg. east side of the laurel fork near the Main road that leads to Edward Smiths, S 38 east 52 poles to a black oak on side of Pen? mountain, north 43 deg. east 78 poles to a black oak, north 78 deg east 35 poles to a black oak, north 40 deg east 66 poles to a poplar, north 32 deg east 48 poles to a poplar near the great Road that Edward Smiths ... entered 29 Aug. 1781 as by the plat hereunto annexed doth appear together. Reg. 25 Aug. 1799. Reg. Washington Co. TN 5-230, Grant #1007. (MAD: see Will of Edward Smith 1807 to dau. Elizabeth Duncan)
B-4: 1 May 1806, Jesse Whitson, Carter Co., sold to Jeremiah Dungans of Washington Co., negroe woman and her 2 children for $250. Reg. 19 July 1806.
B-57: 17 Feb. 1807. Sheriffs sale, Jeremiah Dungan bought goods and chattel of John Lane. (MAD: see B-56 in Abstracts, deed to John Love)
B-252: 2 Oct. 1809, James Chambers of Ashe Co. NC to Jeremiah Dungan of Washington Co. TN, $166.66, 100 acres on Sinking Creek in Carter Co., bounded by survey of Felix Walker, and from Walker to James Chambers.
Wit. Andrew Taylor, Jonathan Buck. Reg. 13 June 1810.