JOHN H. DUNATHAN, merchant and mayor, Spencerville, was born in Sidney, Shelby Co., Ohio. March 13, 1836, eldest
child of Robert H. and Mary E. (Porotzman) Dunathan, the former a native of Franklin County, Penn., the latter
of Montgomery County, Ohio. They were the parents of nine children, four now living: John H., David P., Jacob B.
and Edmond P. Robert H. Dunathan came to Mercer County in 1840, died in 1873, his wife having preceded him in 1855.
Our subject was raised on a farm, and made agriculture the principal occupation of his life until 1873. when he
embarked in mercantile business at Deep Cut, Auglaize Co., Ohio, dealing more or less extensivel in grain and produce.
In the spring of 1882 he removed his business to Spencerville, and a year later took in as partner J. H. Taft,
under firm name J. H. Dunathan & Co. Our subject was married. October 13, 1858. to Mary A., daughter of Thomas
Upton, of Mercer County, born in April, 1842, by whom he has eight children: Elizabeth F., Margaret B., Hettie
A., Thomas R., Harmon, Susan, Edna and Clarinda. While a resident of Auglaize County Mr. Dunathan served as justice
of the peace twelve years, and as county commissioner five years, offices he filled with honor to himself. In the
spring of 1883 he was appointed to fill the office of mayor of Spencerville, and was duly elected to that office
at the ensuing election. In politics Mr. Dunathan is a stanch Democrat.
History of Allen County, Ohio
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