Biography of Alexander Dunn
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Dunn, Alexander, Waddington, was born in Waddington, December 2, 1834. His father, John, Jr., was a son of John Dunn, who was born, educated and married in Scotland. This wife was Isabella Dunn, by whom he had a son and daughter. Mr. Dunn was a miller. Early in life he and his wife came to Canada. He was drowned while going from Ogden's Island to his home in Canada. His wife and children came to Waddington, where Mrs. Dunn died May 6, 1836. John, Jr., was born in Canada in 1802. He was reared and educated in the common schools of Waddington. He married Agnes Finlay, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, who came to Canada with her parents when a child. Her father died soon after coming to Canada. John Dunn and wife had seven sons and four daughters. He was a farmer, and owned about 300 acres of land. He died December 2, 1875, and his wife's death occurred July 28, 1886. Alexander Dunn was reared on a farm until seventeen years of age, and educated in the common schools of Waddington. He started in life as a clerk for Mr. McMartin, with whom he remained about two years. He also clerked for Geo. Dodds, Wm, T. Wilson and Walter Wilson in Waddington. He then went to Boston, purchased a stock of goods and engaged in the mercantile business in Waddington, where he carried on a successful trade for sixteen years. In the meantime he had purchased a farm of 126 acres in Waddington, where he now resides. He has since added to his original purchase, and at present owns over 300 acres of land. Mr. Dunn has followed general farming, but his principle business is dairying, having about thirty cows. February 11, 1858, he married Elizabeth, daughter of Wm. Rutherford, of Waddington, and they have adopted two children. In politics Mr. Dunn is a Republican. He and wife were members of the Presbyterian church, becoming such at its formation as Presbyterian. He was chosen elder at that time, and continued to act as such for the following twenty six years, when trouble arising on account of the minister being accused of falsifying, which reports being brought to the notice of the elders under sworn statements, they were as officers of the church in duty bound to bring the matter before the Preshytery for investigation, but through the unscrupulous efforts of the minister and his influence over other members of the Presbytery, they failed; their representations which were false, were presented to Presbytery in such a way as to compel the resignation of the elders under threats of deposition, which act was both unchristian and illegal, as there was not a charge brought against them.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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