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An American Family History

The Dungan Family

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),
Clement Dungan
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)
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 in northeast Tennessee has given its name to Holston Mountain and the Holston Valley.

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.

Hellings Dungan,
Elijah Dungan,
John Robert Dungan (1769),

Elisha married Hannah Rogers in Frederick County, Maryland. In 1771, Edward Rogers sold 100 acres to Elisha and Hannah Dungan.

Elijah Dungan
John Robert Dungan 1769
Jeremiah Dungan 1772
Polly Ann Dungan
George Dungan

The family settled in East Tennessee in 1773.

In 1767 William Greenway died and in 1770 it was

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 Neils Branch on South Side; Middle Fork Holston and 400 acres on Branch Middle Fork & South Side said fork

 

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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 Patents No.887-888 for 800 acres in the Washington District 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.

On August 27, 1778 Val Sevier, Abraham Sevier, Julius Robinson, Zachriah White, Dempsey Ward, Andrew Thompson, Gideon Morris, Robert Sevier, Jermiah Duncan, came into court and took the oath of Allegiance.

In 1782, George Hendry's will said

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 repair

In Carter County in 1797 and 1798 Jeremiah Dungan was taxed for 140 acres. He was exempt from the poll tax because of age.

May 1801
Jesse Whitson to Jeremiah Dungans Washington Co. TN
for $250,
a Negra, Dian & her two children.
A. Byler, Jurat & John Love, Jurat,
Prvd May Court 1806

Jan 1807.
Jeremiah Dungan, Washington Co.TN to John Love
for $400.50
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.

Oct 1809.
James Chambers, Ashe Co., NC to Jeremiah Dungan, Washington Co. TN
for $166.66,
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.

May 1813.
John Houston & Mary his wf.
Ziblon Smith and Sarah his wf.
James Pierce & Margaret his wf,
Jeremiah D. Gibson,
Thom. Gibson &
Orpha 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.



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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.

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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.

 
 
 

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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?).
Deborah Dungan.
Elizabeth Dungan.
William Dungan. He was probably the William Dungan of "Warminster township,
yeoman," whose will, dated 11 August, 1770, proved 6 June, 1771 named
wife Catharine,
sons John and
William,
daughter Mary Shaw,
daughter Ann Stephens,
daughter Elizabeth Hill (wife of Isaac Hill), sons
Joseph,
Jeremiah,
Joshua, and
Nathan, and
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
Yerkes
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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 follows viz:

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

thence 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

thence 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
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676.53

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
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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

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4128.86 3/4 And the amount of the estate is
676.53 The costs of the law suit fe
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3452.33 3/4
290.14 The amount that John Houston has paid his cash
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3162.19 3/4

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
Hy King
commissioners

 
     
 

from Carter Co. 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.

 
 

 


 

 

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