Biography of Wilson Dungan
Madison County, Ohio Biographies





WILSON DUNGAN, an old and honored citizen of London, was, horn in Pennsylvania August 16, 1807. His father, Jesse Dungan, was born and raised on a farm about nine miles from Philadelphia, and :earned the trade of a stone cutter at the latter city. He married Jane Wilson, proprietress of the Red Horse Tavern, Philadelphia. They came to Madison County in September, 1809, locating on 320 acres of land in Range Township, six miles south of London. He had purchased this land in Philadelphia at $13 per acre. He resided there during life, and died August 16, 1823. Of their eight children, five are living, our subject the oldest of the latter. Mrs. Dungan subsequently married Joseph Pancake, a native of Virginia and a resident of this county. Mr. Pancake died September 15, 1853, and his estimable wife, the mother of our subject, July 30, 1863. Wilson Dungan was reared on the old homestead, living there till seventeen years of age. He then came to London and learned the cabinet and house carpenter's trade, manufacturing furniture, etc., for about twenty two years, and being engaged in both trades almost forty four years in all. About 1877. he sold out his stock and trade and retired from active business. On one occasion during this period, money was very scarce. Mr. Dungan made furniture and traded it for corn at 10 cents per bushel. He then sold corn at 8 cents per bushel (a loss of 2 cents a bushel to himself) to obtain the cash, which he then needed. For ten years he was engaged in hunting, and, during the season, was never out of dried venison. Mr. Dungan has been a faithful and consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for over half a century. He was formerly a Whig, but of late years has been a Republican. He once served as Marshal of the village. Mr. Dungan was married, in September, 1831, to Sarah Groves, a native of this county, and a daughter of David Groves. They had six children born to them, three living - Amanda, wife of William Rayburn, of Bloomington, McLean Co., Ill.; David M., a leading undertaker of Monmouth, Warren Co., Ill., for the past twenty six years; and Mary E., wife of John Duddy, a prominent dry goods merchant of London. Mrs. Dungan departed this life in the winter of 1872-73. Our subject resides in London, with his daughter and her husband.

From:
History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: W. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois
1883


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