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Dunbar, John C.

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Dunbar, John C.
February 20, 2007 08:49PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Perrin, Battle, Kniffin, 4th ed., 1887,
Adair County.
JOHN C. DUNBAR was born in Clinton County, Ky., January 22, 1839, and is
the third of eleven children born to Sydney S. and Letitia T. (Campbell)
Dunbar, both of whom were born in what is now Russell, but was then a
part of Cumberland County, Ky., and were of English and Scotch descent
respectively. Sydney S. Dunbar was born March 8, 1808, and was a natural
mathematician and splendid penman. In early manhood he taught school for
several years, and also taught one term later in life. He also learned
the tanner's trade and followed it for a time. He made his home with his
mother until he was twenty-five or twenty-six years old, when he was
married. Soon after he bought a farm on the Cumberland River, in Clinton
County, Ky., upon which he remained until 1852, when he sold out and
bought a farm near Columbia, in Adair County, upon which he has since
resided. For many years he was a magistrate in Clinton County. He was
from early life a member of the Christian Church. His father, Thomas
Dunbar, was a veteran of the war of 1812, with the rank of colonel,
commanding a regiment under Gen. Jackson at the battle of New Orleans.
Afterward he was engaged in the struggle with Mexico for the independence
of Texas, and was one of the only three persons who survived the terrible
massacre of the Alamo, making good his escape only by his fleetness of
foot. Mrs. Letitia T. (Campbell) Dunbar was born October 18, 1816, and
departed this life July 14, 1862. Her father, John Campbell, was a
native of Virginia, and was born in 1794. When but a child he came with
his parents to what is now Russell County, Ky., where he remained engaged
in agricultural pursuits all his life. John C. Dunbar remained with his
parents on the old homestead until he was twenty-five years old, during
which time he taught several terms of school. He and his brother, William
P., then bought a farm together on the Green River, near Neatsville, in
Adair County, upon which he remained until 1872, when he sold his interest
in the place to his brother and bought the farm of 291 acres on Casey
Creek, in the same county, upon which he has ever since resided, and
where he is extensively and successfully engaged in farming and stock
raising. He has also been for several years engaged to some extent in the
live stock trade, mainly buying and selling mules. He was married,
December 21, 1865, to Miss Mary J. Knifley, a native of Adair County, born
October 18, 1845. Eight children have blessed their union, as follows:
Mildred Volney, Joseph Sydney (deceased), Pinckney L., Cyrus W., Charles
(deceased), Sarah L., Perry H. and Omeira T. Both Mr. Dunbar and wife
are members of the Christian Church, she having been a member since her
fifteenth year. He is also a bright member of the Masonic fraternity,
and has been treasurer of his lodge. In politics he is a Democrat.
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