An American Family History

Israel Dwinnell, Jr.

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Israel Dwinnell, Jr. was born about 1804. His parents were Israel Dwinnell and Eunice Davis. The 1850 census says he was born in Vermont, the 1860 census says he was born in New Hampshire, and the 1870 census says he was born in Massachusetts.

Manlius property sale records show:  “Dwinnel, Isral, Jr. to J. M. Thomas 1826 (GG,388) lot 93" and “Dwinnell, Israel to I. Dwinnell, Jr. 1826 (GG,391) lot 93."

He married Mary Hecox on March 10, 1829 in Lyons. Mary was born in 18o8 in New York. The marriage record said he was from Rochester.

Israel and Mary's children were all born in Lyons, Wayne County, New York.
Rhoda Dwinnell (1831, tombstone says daughter of I & M).
Charles Dwinnell (1839),
Roderick Dien Dwinnell (1841, married Olive Depew and Martha Ann Whitworth),
Myron Holmer Dwinnell (1845, married Susan A. Messinger),
Jennie Dwinnell (1850), and
Van R. Dwinnell (1855).

At the time of the 1840 census, the household was in Lyons, Wayne County, New York.

The household consisted of

a man between 30 & 39- Israel
a woman between 30 & 39- Mary,
a girl between 10 & 14,
a girl between 4 & 9,
and a boy under 5

In 1845 Rhoda and Charles were attending Lyons Union School. Rhoda died in 1854 and was buried in Lyons Rural Cemetery.

Myron, Roderick and Charles all enlisted during the Civil War. Myron and Roderick enlisted together on May 2, 1861 and served in Company B. Charles enlisted on May 16th of that year and served in Company K.

Myron H. Dwinnel, age 18 enlisted, May 2, 1861, at Lyons, to serve two years; mustered in as private, Company B. He mustered out May 31, 1863, at Elmira, New York.

Roderick Dwinnell who was age, 20, enlisted on May 2,1861, at Lyons, New York to serve two years He mustered in as private in Company B and mustered out May 31, 1863, at Elmira, New York. He was also known as Rodney Dwinell.

Charles Dwinnel, who was 35, enlisted on May 16, 1861, at Albion, New York to serve two years. He mustered in as private in Company K and mustered out on May 31, 1863, at Elmira, New York.

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Various spellings of Dwinnell
Doenell, Donell, Donnall, Donnell, Duenell, Dunnel, Dunnell, Dwaniel, Dwaniell, Dwainel, Dwennel, Dwinel, Dwinell, Dwinnel, Dwinnill, Dwonill, Dwynel

The Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) was an organization of veterans of the Union Army who had served in the Civil War.




The Civil War had more casualties than any other American war. Disease and infection were the biggest killers.

A history of the school in those days would be incomplete without some reference to Israel Dwinnell, the old janitor. He was a friend of the scholars. They all liked him. He never walked upon the sidewalks. He always took the middle of the road. His favorite habit was tobacco chewing. Realizing this the scholars contributed to the purchase of a fine silver tobacco box. Prof. Van Beuschoten called Mr. Dwinnell upon the stage at the closing exercises on the last day of school and handed him the tobacco box at the close of a short presentation speech. The old janitor thanked the donors gratefully. On all important occasions he used the box and was always proud to show it. from 1904 Lyons Union School Alumni Banquet

Three daughters of William Towne and Joanna Blessing were wrongly accused of practicing witchcraft in Salem. Rebecca Towne Nurse, Mary Towne Estey, and Sarah Towne Bridges Cloyes were persecuted in 1692. The children of people in the line below are all descendants of Mary Estey.

William Towne,
Mary Towne Estey,
Isaac Estey,
Aaron Estey
Mary Estey Dwinnell
Israel Dwinnell,
Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Sr.,
Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Jr.
Victoria Zellena Dwinnell
Robert Wilson Miller, Sr
Robert Wilson Miller, Jr.


Roderick D. Dwinnell who was born in Lyons in 1841 died at Syracuse Saturday. Deceased was a member of the G.A.R. He enlisted in Company B, 27th Regiment, New York Volunteers, and again in the 111th Regiment. He had been employed by the Central-Hudson railroad company 45 years, most of the time as an engineer.

He is survived by a wife and three sons, viz: Fred, Roy and Rodney and one daughter, Ina, ten years old, besides a brother Van R. Dwinnell, who is now superintendent of the Mexican Central Railroad, with headquarters in the City of Mexico. The funeral was held yesterday from the late home of the deceased. Roderick D. Dwinnell was a son of the late Israel Dwinnell and was brought up in Lyons. At the outbreak of the civil war he promptly offered his services and went to the front. He served throughout the war with conspicuous bravery. He was a member of the locomotive brotherhood, A.O.U.W. and Roat Post, G.A.R.

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