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Below is a family biography included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published by Biographical Publishing Co. in 1894.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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SAMUEL W. DUNAWAY. The subject of this sketch was born in Williamson County, Ill., August 2, 1841. His parents, Samuel and Julia (Tarpley) Dunaway, were natives of Virginia and of English descent. At an early day in the history of southern Illinois, the father cast his fortune among the residents of Williamson County, and there he met and married Miss Tarpley. They had a large family of children, seven of whom are now living.

Being a man of ceaseless activity and good judgment, Mr. Dunaway, Sr., amassed a comfortable fortune, which represented the result of his own industry and efforts, assisted by his excellent Christian wife. He was not penurious with his money, but generous and open-handed to a fault, and aided every worthy project that would enhance the prosperity of his community. He was engaged in the mercantile and real-estate business, and in his transactions was ever reliable and honorable, so that he won and retained the confidence of his fellow-citizens. In the progress and advancement of the county he was an important factor. Their first railroad was perhaps considered their most important step onward, and he was President of that road for many years.

Samuel W. Dunaway followed in his father’s footsteps in business. While pursuing his vocation at Marion, Williamson County, in 1863, he married Miss Virginia, daughter of Dr. J. P. Thorn, a Virginian by birth and a successful physician. Two children were born of the marriage, a son and a daughter. Always being an earnest advocate of education and higher improvement, Mr. Dunaway located in Carbondale that his children might have the advantages of the State Normal situated here. After graduating in this school he sent them east to school and to Europe.

In politics, Mr. Dunaway is an enthusiastic Democrat, though not a partisan. At the present time (1894), he holds the position of resident Trustee of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Illinois Normal. An active business man, progressive citizen and pleasant companion, he finds his greatest pleasure in his friends, his business and his home.

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This family biography is one of 679 biographies included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published in 1894.  View the complete description here: The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois

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