Dunn Family Collection, 1824-1916

Descriptive Summary

Title
Dunn Family Collection, 1824-1916
Creator
Dunn Family
Extent
1/2 box, 3 folders, 224 items. 108 letters, 116 tax receipts.
Subjects
Civil War-Missouri-Palmyra-1861-1865
Creath, Jacob, Jr.,1799-1886-Relating to
Creath, Prudence (Dunn) Rogers, 1798-188?
Disciples of Christ
Dunn, James R.,1802?-1881
Dunn, Mary (Rogers) d.1857
Dunn, Zachariah James, 1842-1918
Farms & Farming-Missouri
Farms & Farming-Illinois
Grayson County
Grayson County-Businesses,1824-1911
Grayson County-Tax Receipts,1824-1911
Nelson, Calvin
Nelson, Family-Dewitt Co.,Ill.
Palmyra, Missouri 1848-1884
Stoner, Porter J.
Thomason, Silas
Ward, William E.
Finding Aid Author
Archives Staff
Repository
Western Kentucky University

Collection Overview

Biography / History
At age seven, Mary Rogers (d. 1857), daughter of James Rogers [Rodgers], moved with her family from Virginia to Nelson County, Kentucky. Mary married Vincent Dunn, and they had several children; three of which were: Prudence (1798-188?), James R. (1802?-1881), and Vincent (b. 1811). After the death of her husband in 1811, Mary moved to Grayson County. Prudence's first husband was a Mr. Rogers, and they lived in Bowling Green, Missouri. Her second husband was the Disciples of Christ minister Jacob Creath, Jr. (1799-1886). They lived in Palmyra, Missouri, where she managed the farm and reared the children while he served as an itinerant preacher. Meanwhile, James and his wife Elizabeth resided on a Grayson County farm with their family of several daughters and son, Zachariah James (1842-1918).
Scope and Content
This collection consists of letters, 1832-1916 (108 items), of the Dunn family of Grayson County, Kentucky, written chiefly to James R. Dunn, his mother, and his son. Sixty of the letters from Prudence (Dunn) [Rogers] Creath contain comments on her husband's evangelistic travels, farming in Missouri, the Civil War, her steamboat trip from Kentucky to Missouri in 1868, and family affairs. The other letters, primarily about farming in Illinois and family matters, are from Grayson Porter of Illinois, William E. Ward of Caneyville, Kentucky, and members of the Dunn, Rogers, and Nelson families. Additionally, there are miscellaneous family tax receipts, 1824-1911 (116).

Contents of the Collection

Letters of Prudence Dunn (Rogers) Creath.

  • Box 1, folder 1

To: James R. Dunn (brother).

  • Box 1, folder 1a
Letters, 1832, 1838 (2), written from Bowling Green, Missouri, to Dunn atHartford (Ohio County), Kentucky, and Leitchfield (Grayson County),Kentucky, by Prudence Dunn Rogers.
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To: Dunn, Grayson County, Kentucky.

  • Box 1, folder 1b
Letters, 1849-1859 (9), written from Palmyra, Missouri, after Prudencemarried Jacob Creath, Jr.
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To: Sarah Dunn (sister), Grayson County,Kentucky.

  • Box 1, folder 1c
Letter, 1840, written from Bowling Green, Missouri, by Prudence DunnRogers.
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To: Mary Dunn (mother), Grayson County,Kentucky.

  • Box 1, folder 1d
Letters, 1848-1854 (12), with all letters except the earliest one writtenfromPalmyra, Missouri.
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Letters of Prudence Dunn (Rogers) Creath.

  • Box 1, folder 2

To: James R. Dunn (brother), Grayson County,Kentucky.

  • Box 1, folder 2a
Letters, 1860-1884 (29), written from Palmyra,Missouri.
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To: Sally (sister), Breckinridge County,Kentucky.

  • Box 1, folder 2b
Letter, 1881, written from Palmyra,Missouri.
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To: Zachariah Dunn (nephew), Grayson County,Kentucky.

  • Box 1, folder 2c
Letter, 1862, written from Palmyra,Missouri.
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To: John A. Dunn (nephew), Grayson County,Kentucky.

  • Box 1, folder 2d
Letter, 1867, written from Palmyra,Missouri.
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To: Nephew.

  • Box 1, folder 2e
Letters, 1881-1883 (3), written from Palmyra, Missouri, presumably to herKentucky nephew(s).
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To: My Dear Children.

  • Box 1, folder 2f
Letter, 1884, written from Palmyra, Missouri, to Kentuckykin.
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