An American Family History

Thomas Dungan

  also spelled Dunkin, Duncan  
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 about 1635 in England.

He married Elizabeth Weaver.

Their children included:

William Dungan (1664, married Deborah Wing),
Elizabeth Dungan (1665, married Nathaniel West),
Clement Dungan (1668),
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 Carrell).

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.


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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.

The Pennepek (Pennepack) Baptist Church, also known as Lower Dublin is in in Bustleton, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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:

William Dungan, born circa 1658; died in Bucks county in 1713; married Deborah Wing.
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.
Elizabeth Dungan, married Nathaniel West and had issue.
Thomas Dungan born circa 1670; died 23 June, 1759 '' married Mary (?) Drake.
Rebecca Dungan, married Edward Doyle. Both were members of the Pennepek
Baptist church, where, after marriage, they were baptized in 1692.
Jeremiah Dungan, born circa 1673; died 6 April, 1761; married Deborah Drake.
Mary Dungan, married Richards, and had issue.
John Dungan, died unmarried and without issue.
Sarah Dungan, married James Keril, and had issue.



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