Deacon John Dunham1

(circa 1588 - 2 March 1669)

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Relationship11th great-grandfather of The 3 Tracys
Family Group:Ohlheiser
Trees14 Generations of Our Ancestors
Our Ohlheiser Family Pedigree
FatherRichard Dunham

Birth - Marriage - Death

ChildDeacon John Dunham was born circa 1588, in Clophill, Bedfordshire, England. The year is calculated based on his age given as "aged about 80" on his death in 1668.2
ChildHe was baptized on 8 February 1589, in Pirton, Herfordshire, England, ...probably. This probability is based on probable siblings (the children named by Richard Dunham in his will) who were baptized here. Pirton is near to Clophill.
GroomHe married Susan Kaino, daughter of Thomas Kaino, on 17 August 1612 in Clophill, Bedfordshire, England.3,4
Second MarriageOn 22 October 1622, in Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands, Deacon John Dunham married second Abigail Balliou. Abigail was the daughter of Thomas Balliou.5
DeceasedHe died on 2 March 1669 in Barnstable, Plymouth Colony, New England.2,1

Children with Susan Kaino:

Children with Abigail Balliou:

Immigrant Ancestor

In 1632, Deacon John Dunham and Abigail Dunham arrived in Plymouth, Plymouth Colony, New England, with their children Samuel, Jonathan, Abigail and Joseph, and with his children John, Humility and Thomas. John was a Pilgrim Father (and Abigail a Pilgrim Mother) but they did not arrive on the original Mayflower - see date & location of their marriage. He initially settled at Dunham Neck on Cape Cod. He first shows up on Mass.Bay Colony records Tax List 2 Jan 1633.1,6

Occupation

John followed the trade of weaver7

Community Service

From circa 1634, at Plymouth, Plymouth Colony, New England, Deacon John Dunham served in many civic capacities, including being elected a Deputy for Plymouth to the General Court twenty-one times between 1639 and 1664 and Selectman for Plymouth three times, 1644, 1647, and again 1649-1651.8

Church

Church AffiliationHe was elected Deacon in the Pilgim Church in 1633 and it was recorded at his death that, "He was an approved servant of God, and a useful man in his place, being chosen a deacon of the church of Christ at Plymouth."9,1

Will

Deacon John Dunham was named an heir in the will of his father Richard Dunham, dated 5 October 1624.10
He prepared a will dated 25 January 1669, in Plymouth, Plymouth Colony, New England. In it he named his wife Abigail executrix and Captain Thomas Southworth, elder Thomas Cushman, and his son Samuell Dunham overseers. His will was proved 4 June 1669.11

Sources - Citations

  1. [S643] Sophie Moore, Descendants & Ancestors of Jacob Dunham & Stephen Shew (Kalamazoo, Michigan: n.pub., 1933).
  2. [S645] Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633. Volumes I-III (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), 1-3:602; Date and Location, age at death.
  3. [S428] Donald Lines Jacobus, The American Genealogist (New Haven, Connecticut: n.pub., 2009), 71:130; Robert Leigh Ward, The English Origin and First Marriage of Deacon John Dunham of Plymouth, Massachusetts; names, events, dates, relationships, locations; gives name as Susanna Kenny.
  4. [S645] Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration, 1-3:602; names, events, dates, relationships, locations.
  5. [S428] Donald Lines Jacobus, The American Genealogist, 71:131; Robert Leigh Ward, The English Origin and First Marriage of Deacon John Dunham of Plymouth, Massachusetts; names, events, dates, relationships, locations; gives name as Susanna Kenny.
  6. [S645] Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration, 1-3:599; names, events, dates, relationships, locations;.
  7. [S645] Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration, 1-3:599; citing Plymouth Colony Records; weaver;.
  8. [S645] Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration, 1-3:600; citing Plymouth Colony Records; listing of offices and services;.
  9. [S645] Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration, 1-3:599; citing Plymouth Colony Records 8:32; Deacon;.
  10. [S428] Donald Lines Jacobus, The American Genealogist, 71:132; Robert Leigh Ward, The English Origin and First Marriage of Deacon John Dunham of Plymouth, Massachusetts; names, events, dates, relationships, locations; gives name as Susanna Kenny.
  11. [S645] Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration, 1-3:601; names, events, dates, relationships, locations;.
  12. [S645] Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration, 1-3:602; names, events, dates, relationships, locations;.
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