Biography of Michael Dunn
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Michael Dunn, an early settler in Mayville township, where he built up a homestead, was a native of County Tipperary, Ireland, and came to the United States in 1848, making the voyage on a sailing vessel which reached port after a voyage of six weeks. In the same vessel as a passenger was Miss Mary Ryan, to whom Michael was married in this country. Locating in Louisville, Ky., they kept a boarding-house there for railroad men, but subsequently moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. About 1859 or 1860 they landed at Brownsville from a steamboat and located on wild land in Mayville township, Mr. Dunn building a log house and commencing to clear his tract with a yoke of oxen. He had at first 80 acres, but subsequently increased the size of his farm to 240 acres, erecting good buildings. There he resided until 1877, when he moved to an 80 acre tract about two miles north and over the line in Caledonia township. He improved this latter place also and increased its size to 160 acres, making his home there until his death. His wife also died on the farm. They were faithful members of the Catholic church. They had two chlidren, Patrick and Bridget, the latter of whom married James Clifford.

The History of Houston County, Minnesota
Edited by: Franklyn Curtis-Wedge.
H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.
Winona, Minn. 1919


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