"East Chicago Dunns"
A blog where we explore our ancestral family's history, photos and stories...
Compiled by Patrick William Dunn
In Irish / Gaelic:
Pádraig Uilliam Ó Duinn; also Doinn
An Irish Prayer
May God give you...
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.
Introduction, Disclaimer and Thanks!
In the research I've done online, and even with some of the "original" materials I've used - hard copies of documents, letters and other items - I've learned that compiling a Family History is more art than science. Occasionally I've found that information previously believed to be correct has not been accurate. In fact, I've come to realize that errors and omissions are inevitable. If you discover something here that needs correcting, please let me know and I'll gladly make the necessary changes. And if you have something to add - a photo, a letter, a birth certificate or obituary, for example - I'd be thrilled to hear from you!
If you can use information, photos, etc., you find here for your own family history, feel free to utilize it/them; after all, the archive being created here belongs to all of us. My only request is that you acknowledge the source. Consistent with that request, I've tried to carefully document the sources from which I've drawn the info in this blog - and also to alert you when I've included something I'm not sure of. In addition, at times I've made assumptions and/or guesstimated about timelines, dates, and so on. I've also let you know when I've done that.
What you'll find here is my absolute best effort to nail down the facts and preserve the stories of the sometimes amazing, sometimes sad, sometimes inspiring and sometimes disappointing - but always interesting - events and people whose DNA has been passed down to make us who we are.
Finally, I must extend a heartfelt thanks to the many people who have contributed things you see here. In this process I've connected with many long-lost cousins because of this blog - people I didn't even know existed - and that's been one of the most exciting parts of this experience! It's an ongoing labor of love, and I hope you enjoy having it available as much as I'm enjoying the process of compiling it.
Index and Links ◄ Updated 10/11/2011
♦ Why Did Our Ancestors Leave Ireland?
♦ How Could They Afford the Passage?
The Furthest We’ve Gotten Back On the Paternal Side:
♦ Pierce Dunn / Ireland
♦ Michael Dunn / Ireland
– Dunns in 1860 Madison County, Illinois
♦ Edward Nolan / Ireland – Where Our Nolan Line Came From in Ireland
♦ John Ring / Ireland
♦ Mathias Schwarz / Casper Lauer / Germany
The First Generation Americans:
♦ William Edward Dunn, Son of Michael Dunn
♦ William Edward Dunn's 1892 Marriage License, 1902 Letters
♦ Peter L Dunn, Son of Michael Dunn
♦ Stephen G Dunn, Son of Michael Dunn
♦ Photos: Edward Francis Nolan and Family
♦ Nolan Family Obituaries
The Second Generation:
♦ Eugene Michael Dunn, Son of William Edward Dunn
♦ John Henry Dunn, Son of William Edward Dunn
♦ The Human Side of the 1941 Fire at Chicago Mill & Lumber Company - and Our Family's Connection
♦ Stephen C Dunn, Son of William Edward Dunn
♦ Edward T Dunn, Son of William Edward Dunn
♦ Francis A. (Smiley) Dunn, Son of William Edward Dunn
♦ Helen Dunn Green Wolf, Daughter of William Edward Dunn
♦ Leo Peter Dunn, Grandson of Michael Dunn
The Third Generation:
♦ Franklin L [Dunn] Myers, Great Grandson of Michael Dunn
♦ William Edward (Bill) Dunn (1918-1986)
Our Maternal Side - The Cash Family Line:
♦ The U.S. Revolutionary War and Our Cash Family
♦ Our Cash Family Connection
♦ Historic Cash Family Letter and Photos
♦ More Historic Cash Family Photos
♦ Still More Ancestral Cash Family Photos
♦ Memorial Day, 1891 - Article Referring to William Galen Cash
♦ Our Cash, Bonar, Perkins and Field Lines & the U.S. Civil War
♦ William H. H. Cash - a Colorful Family Member
♦ The Politics and Religion of Our Maternal Ancestors
♦ "Civil War" Jonathan Cash - and Cash Family Obituaries
♦ Jonathan Cash's U.S. Civil War Discharge - and More
♦ Our Cash Family and Ohio’s Oldest Homestead Farm
♦ What Was Leona D Cash Jones’ Middle Name?
Our Maternal Side - The Anderson, Bonar and Perkins Lines
♦ Our Anderson/Bonar/Cash Family Connection
♦ Our Perkins/Anderson/Cash Connection
Our Maternal Side - The Jones/McPherson Lines
♦ Our Jones Family Connection - Part 1
♦ Our Jones Family Connection - Part 2
♦ Our Jones Family Connection - Part 3, Bessie Whitsett Bradstock
♦ Our Jones Family Connection - Part 4 - 124 Year Old Photo?
♦ Our Jones Family Connection - Part 5 - Asa Alfred Jones and Family
♦ Dr. William M Jones (1831- after 1895) ♦ Seven Jones Brothers, 5 June 1895
♦ Our Jones Family Connection - DeRand Jones' 1967 Christmas Letter
♦ Our McPherson/Jones Family Connection
♦ Fleeta Claire Jones Becomes Claire Field
♦ Claire Dunn (1921 - 2012)
Our Maternal Side - The Heath/Field/Moon Families
♦ Removed - Our Field-Moon Family Connection - and a Book Dictated by a "Spirit"
♦ Removed - More About Our Moon Cousins’ Books That Were Dictated - and Illustrated - by "Spirits"
♦ Removed - Our Moon Cousins' "Spirit-dictated" Books - a List
♦ Removed - Cousin Maurine Answers Questions About Her "Psychic Work" and More
♦ Our GGG Grandpa Heath Was a Rebel Soldier in the U.S. Civil War
Our Maternal Side/Historical Background:Pioneer Stories of Early Ohio and References to Our Family
Documenting Our Maternal Family’s Pioneer Heritage
♦ Did Irish Immigrants Live in Caves in Chicago?
♦ Historical Info About Ancient Dunn(e)s
♦ Life in Brittas, Family Seat of the Ancient Dunn(e)s
♦ What Became of Brittas Castle - and the Brittas Dunnes?
♦ “1001 Things Everyone Should Know About Irish American History”
♦ The First American in Space – and Our Family Connection
♦ Our Maternal Ancestors and Their Religion - updated
♦ Talking to Flying Saucers and Spirits of the Dead...
Surnames and Coats of Arms:
(Each surname listed here belongs to members of our ancestral family.)
♦ Variations of the Dunn Coat of Arms/Crest
♦ The History of Surnames and Coats of Arms
♦ Origin and History of the Surname Dunn - and Interesting Trivia
♦ Origin and History of the Surname Anderson
♦ Origin and History of the Surname Cash
♦ Origin and History of the Surname Cavanaugh/Kavanaugh
♦ Origin and History of the Surname Chambers
♦ Origin and History of the Surname Field
♦ Origin and History of the Surname Goodman
♦ Origin and History of the Surname Grace
♦ Origin and history of the Surname Heath
♦ Origin and History of the Surname Jones
♦ Origin and History of the Surname Lauer
♦ Origin and History of the Surname McPherson
♦ Origin and History of the Surname Nolan
♦ Origin and History of the Surname Perkins
♦ Origin and History of the Surname Ring
♦ Origin and History of the Surname Schwarz
♦ Origin and History of the Surname Webb