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Dunn, George H.
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 468-469


George H. Dunn, who after long years of active and honorable connection with farming interests in Pike county is now living retired in Perry, was born in Morgan county, Illinois, February 28, 1838. His parents were Harvey and Angeline (Milligan) Dunn and the family is of Irish lineage in the paternal line, representatives of the name having located in Providence, Rhode Island, prior to the establishment of American independence. Following the Revolutionary war they became residents of the state of New York and it was there that Harvey Dunn was born. In his boyhood days he went to Indiana and subsequently removing to Ohio was there connected with building operations. In 1837 he came to Morgan county, Illinois, locating at Meredosia and was connected with railroad construction on what is now the Wabash line. The year 1840 witnessed his arrival in Pike county and after engaging in general merchandising in Chambersburg for some years he sold out there and bought a farm in Chambersburg township whereon he remained until his death, which occurred when he was sixty-two years of age. He wielded a wide influence over public thought and opinion in Pike county and was called by his fellow townsmen to act as their representative in the constitutional convention of 1847. He filled various local offices and was an advocate of democratic principles, while his religious faith was that of the Methodist Episcopal church. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Angeline Milligan, was born in Massachusetts and was descended from Puritan ancestry. In early womanhood she accompanied her parents to Ohio, where she was married and her death occurred at the birth of her son, George H., of this review. She was a true Christian woman and, like her husband, belonged to the Methodist Episcopal church.

George H. Dunn acquired a public-school education in Pike county, to which place he was brought by his father in 1839. He early became familiar with the various duties that fall to the lot of the agriculturist and when twenty-one years of age began farming in Chambersburg township. Subsequently he purchased land and later added to the property until he had two hundred and sixty-five acres. He then sold out and bought a farm in Perry township, devoting his attention to general agricultural pursuits and stock-raising. For many years he was active in this work and in 1904 he put aside business cares and removed to Perry, where he now resides. Mr. Dunn has been married twice. He first wedded Miss Susan Dennis and their two children died in infancy. Her father, Clark Dennis, married a Miss Stought. On the 12th of November, 1890, Mr. Dunn was again married, his second union being with Mary Lackschiede, who was born in Perry township, October 29, 1861, her parents being William D. and Mary (Heberlain) Lackschiede, both of whom were natives of Germany. The father, who was born in Saxony, February 25, 1821, died February 24, 1903. The mother's birth occurred October 30, 1840, and they were married in Perry, Illinois. Of this union there were twelve children, namely: Mrs. Dunn; William D., who is now living in Seattle, Washington; Lou, who married Peter Swarts and resides in Hannibal, Missouri; Ellen, the wife of Harvey Browning, of Perry township; Henry, who married Lovey Morgan and is living in Perry township; Simon, who wedded Lizzie Hippie and is living in Perry township; Ida, who resides in the village of Perry; Malinda, the wife of Stanley Jones, of Perry township; George, who is living upon the old homestead farm; Matilda, who is with her mother; Rudy, at home; and Lewis, who died in infancy. The father came to America in 1854, crossing the Atlantic on a steamer to New York city, whence he made his way to Pike county. He located first in Mount Sterling and was employed by John Craven, while later he began working for John George. His first purchase of land comprised forty acres in Perry township and was a tract of wild timber. He first built a log house and as the years advanced he continued the further improvement of the property, to which he added until the farm embraced one hundred and twenty acres devoted to the cultivation of grain and to the raising of stock. He continued in business up to the time of his death. Both he and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal church and in politics he was a democrat.

Mr. Dunn has never been an aspirant for public office, but votes with the democracy. He is content to leave office-seeking to others, yet he keeps well informed on all the questions and issues of the clay. He was made a Mason in Perry lodge, No. 95, A. F. & A. M., in 1860, and he became one of the charter members of Perry chapter, R. A. M. He also belongs to the commandery at Pittsfield and in his life exemplifies the beneficent spirit of the craft which is based upon mutual helpfulness and brotherly kindness. He belongs to the Methodist Episcopal church and his membership relations are indicative of his life of uprightness and honor. His worth is greatly appreciated and his name is regarded as a synonym for integrity in all life's relations.

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