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History of Pickaway County
Source:  History of Franklin & Pickaway Counties, Ohio
Illustrations and Biographical Sketches
Published by Williams Bros. 1880



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THE DUNGAN FAMILY.  John Dungan was a native of Ireland.  He came to this country when quite small, and lived in Loudown county, Virginia, where he married Mary Titus, by whom he had eight children.  In 1802 he emigrated to Ohio, and settled on a tract of one thousand acres in the southern part of Wayne township, on Yellow Bud creek.  For this tract he exchanged one hundred acres of land in Virginia.  The family came in wagons and with pack-horses.  The children were:  William, Titus, Rebecca, Margaret, John, Jane, Nancy, and Patterson.  Mr. Dungan divided his farm among his children, after they became of age and married, giving to each one hundred acres.  To Titus he gave the homestead, consisting of one hundred and thirty-six acres, on condition that he should care for his mother during her lifetime.
     Titus Dungan married Jemima King, a daughter of William King, who settled in Wayne township, at Westfall, in 1798, and was the first justice of the peace in the township.  She was born in 1796.  After marriage they occupied the old homestead, until his death, which occurred in February, 1855, at the age of sixty years.  During his lifetime he held the office of township trustee nearly twenty years, and was often solicited to accept a nomination on the county ticket, but invariably declined, believing his duty to be at his home.  Their children were: William King, who was born Oct. 3, 1817; he married, and lived in the township until his death, Oct. 17, 1847; Mary Ann was born Aug. 27, 1819; she married John Kirkendall, and died Apr. 5, 1864; John was died Apr. 5, 1864; John was born Sept. 27, 1821, died May 2, 1841; Sarah J. was born Feb. 10, 1824, married Dr. Lewis Clarke, and died Sept. 28, 1845, leaving one child; Francis was born July 2, 1826, and died Aug. 6, 1828; Samuel Jefferson was born Jan. 10, 1829, adn died June 28, 1854; Harriet was born Mar. 3, 1831, married Henry Gearhart, and died Oct. 16, 1853; Elizabeth Nancy was born Dec. 27, 1833, married Jacob Wilson, and lives in the township, a widow; George was born Sept. 6, 1839, was married to Hannah Ettie Grove, Mar. 11, 1862.  She died Dec. 2, 1864, leaving one child, Mary Florence.  He married Harriet Blackburn, Sept. 3, 1867, by whom he has had five children, three of whom are living.  Hannah Ettie, John Titus, Jemima King, George Francis, and  William Allen, were the fruit of the second union.  John T. and George F. died when quite small.
     George Dungan has two hundred and thirty-two acres in the farm no which he lives, which is located near Yellow Bud station, on the Cincinnati and Muskingum Valley railroad.  He has three hundred and thirty-six acres in the home farm, located in the south part of the township. He has held the offices of infirmary director, township trustee, clerk and justice of the peace.
     An engraving, representing his present place of residence as well as the old homestead, accompanies this sketch of the Dungan family.



S. M. OWENS emigrated from Montgomery county, Maryland, to Ohio, in 1815, and settled in Jackson township, about three and a half miles north of Circleville.  He did not become a land owner until some five or six years after his settlement, when he purchased a small tract of land, which be improved.  He was married in Maryland, to Massy Ann McAtee, and had two children when he came to Ohio.  They were S. M. Owens and Mary A. OwensWilliam Owens died in 1832.  His widow survived him, living until 1841.
     S. M. Owens was born in Montgomery county, Maryland, Aug. 21, 1808,a nd came to Ohio with his father and mother in 1815.  His boyhood life was filled with no startling incident, but he did his share of pioneer work, and suffered the same privations and hardships that all had to undergo in that early day.  His school education was necessarily very limited, and was obtained by walking five miles through the wilderness to the nearest school-house, often frightened by the wild animals that frequented the forests.  As he became old enough  to do the hard work of the pioneer, he labored where he could obtain work and pay, which was but small in those days.
     In 1831 was married in Wayne township, to Miss Eliza Sullivan, and made his home with his father until his death, in 1832, when he took sole charge of his farm of one hundred and thirty-seven acres, of which his sister inherited one-half.  He purchased her interest, both himself and wife laboring hard to improve and add to their little farm in raising grain and stock.  They gradually accumulated property - slowly at first, but surely - until, at the present time, he has a large landed estate of more than one thousand acres.
     In due time children were born to them, which added to their cares, as well as their comforts.  They had thirteen children, ten of whom lived to maturity, and all but one of whom married.  Death has thinned their number, but they have loving remembrance in the grand-children they have left behind them.  On his seventy-first birthday, he had thirty-eight grandchildren, and tow great-grandchildren, a large number of whom gathered around him at this anniversary, in August, 1879.  Of his children, all but one- a daughter, who lives in Butler county, Kansas - settled in Pickaway county.  Mrs. Owens died Apr. 6, 1876, at the age of sixty-eight years.  She proved to him a faithful and loving sharer in all the hardships, cares and trials of life, administering the affairs of the household, and caring for the children who were born to them, in such a loving and gentle manner that they rise and call her memory blessed.  She was a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and her life proved to all about her that she lived up to the profession she had made.  Words alone cannot do justice to the memory of this most estimable, kind and loving wife and mother, and the true and faithful friend of all with whom she came in contact.




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