History of Pickaway County
Source: History of Franklin & Pickaway Counties,
Illustrations and Biographical Sketches
Published by Williams Bros. 1880
* WAYNE TOWNSHIP
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OWENS, S. M.
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
An engraving, representing his present place of
residence as well as the old homestead, accompanies this sketch of
the Dungan family.
RESIDENCE OF GEO. DUNGAN, WAYNE TP., PICKAWAY CO., O.
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. Owens. William 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.