JOHN DUNGAN, one of the oldest and most respected merchants at London, was born on Bradford Creek, in Range
Township, August 3, 1814. He was a son of Jesse Dungan, a native of Pennsylvania, who removed his family to Madison
County, Ohio, in September, 1809. He was a farmer through life, and died on the old homestead, in Range Township,
August 16, 1823. He married Jane Wilson at Philadelphia, Penn., who bore him eight children. Five of these children
are now living. Mrs. Dungan subsequently married Joseph Pancake, a native of Virginia, but residing here. Mr. Pancake
died September 15, 1853, and the mother of our subject July 30, 1863. John Dungan remained on the old homestead
till sixteen years of age. His educational facilities were those of pioneer days, and rather limited. At sixeen
years of age, he went to Midway and there learned the tinner's trade. He remained there a few years, and, on May
1, 1834, married Susan Blue, a native of Ross County, Ohio. On June 5, 1835, he came to London and opened a shop
for the manufacture of tinware. He subsequently commenced dealing in stoves, and afterward general hardware. His
trade increased slowly but steadily, and for thirty one years he enjoyed a large and remunerative trade. He had
commenced life poor, his only capital being two willing hands, good health and a large stock of tireless energy.
At the expiration of his thirty one years of mercantile life, he had accumulated means sufficient for old age and
its attending wants, and sold out to his son, James M. Dungan, and P. C. Cowling, with the intention of retiring
from the business cares of life. A. desire to assist his other sons induced him to engage in the furniture trade.
He sold out to one of them two years later, and subsequently engaged in his present business. In this latter enterprise
he has also met with fair success. Mr. Dungan has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for fifty years,
half a century, and is at present a Trustee in that body. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and the Republican
party. He served two years as member of the Village Council. Ten children have been born to himself and wife, six
living - Elmira, wife of Stephen Watson, President of the Madison National Bank of London; James M., engaged in
mercantile pursuits at Lima, Ohio; Martin W., dealer in furniture, London; Elizabeth; LeRoy S., with his father
in business; and Eliza, wife of Franklin N. Bebee, of Columbus. Mr. Dungan's oldest son and child, Jesse W., enlisted
in Company A, One Hundred and Thirteenth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was wounded at the battle of Kenesaw
Mountain June 27, 1863. One leg was subsequently amputated, from the effects of which he died on the following
anniversary of the nation's independence. Mrs. Dungan is also a member of the Methodist Episcopal denomination.
John Dungan has been a lifelong resident of Madison County, and an exemplary Christian in all his acts, both in
mercantile and social life. His integrity and sincerity in all business matters has never been questioned, and
his influence has ever been asserted for the right. He has always taken an active interest in the welfare of this
city. and is an enterprising citizen.
History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: W. H. Beers and Company
Madison County, Ohio Biographies
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