An American Family History

Elisha Dungan

  also spelled Dunkin, Duncan  
The Holston River flows from Kingsport to Knoxville.
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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.

His first wife was Margaret Hendrix (Hendricks).

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

Frederick Co. VA Court Minutes; Court Order Books
Pg.369:  Elisha Dungen plt. vs. Mary Hendricks, in case.
Pg.205:  Elisha Dungen vs. John Kilbreath.

Elisha married Hannah Rogers in Frederick County, Virginia. 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.

Frederick Co. VA Court Minutes; Court Order BooksPg.284: 3 March 1774, Elisha Dungan vs. Edward Rogers, Rogers to make a good and lawful title for 100 acres land on both sides of the marsh below the plantation where Lord Fairfax now lives.

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 on the south side of Neils Branch; Middle Fork of the Holston and 400 acres on the south side of Middle Fork Branch.


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.

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Estate of Edward ROGERS Know all Men by these Present that we Elisha DUNGAN and John TAYLOR Are held and firmly bound unto Isaac LANE, Thomas HELM, Robert WHITE & William GIBBS Justices in the Commission of the Peace for Frederick County, in the sum of One Thousand Pounds to be paid to the said Justices their Executors Administrators and Assigns, to the which Payment well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our and every of our Heirs, Executors and Administrators and Assigns, to the which Payment well and truly to be mad, we bind ourselves, our and every of our Heirs, Executors and Administrators, jointly and feverally firmly by theses Presents, sealed with our Seals, and dated this 6 ~~~~ Day of August 1777 ~ The Condition of the above Obligation is that if the above bound Elisha DUNGAN Administrator for all the Goods, Chattels and Credits of Edward ROGERS Deceased, do make or cause to be mad a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the Goods, Chattels and Credits of the said deceased, which have or shall come to the Hands, Possession or Knowledge of him the said Elisha DUNGAN or into the Hands or Possession of any other Person or Persons for him and the fame so made do exhibit or cause to be exhibited into the County Court of Frederick at such Time as he shall be thereunto required by the Court, and the fame Goods, Chattels and Credits, and all other Goods, Chattels and Credits of the said deceased at the Time of his Death, which at any Time after shall come to the Hands and Possession of the said Elisha DUNGAN or into the Hands or Possession of any other Person or Persons for him do well and truly administer according to Law, and further do make a just and true Account of his Acting and Doings therein, when thereto required by the said Court, and all the Rest and Residue of the said Goods, Chattels and Credits, which shall be found remaining upon the said Administrators Account; the same being first examined and allowed by the Justices of the said Court, for the time being, shall deliver and pay unto such Person or Persons respectively, as the said Justices by their Order or Judgment shall direct, pursuant to the Laws in the Case made and provided. And if it shall hereafter appear, that any last Will and Testament was made by the said deceased, and the Executor or Executors therein named do exhibit the same in the said Court, making Request to have it allowed and approved accordingly, if the said Elisha DUNGAN Being thereunto required do render and deliver up his Letters of Administration (Approbation of such Testament being first had and made in the said Court,) then this Obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full Force and Virtue. Signed, sealed and delivered In the Presence of The Court Elisha DUNGAN Seal John TAYLOR Seal

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