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Below is a family biography included in The History of Brown County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1883.  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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NATHAN S. DUNN, P. O. Sardinia, proprietor of Cincinnati and Eastern Hotel, Sardinia, was born in Washington, May 29, 1844. His father, Henry Dunn, was a native of Franklin, and his mother Lydia Purdum, of Washington. Henry Dunn’s parents, Henry and Nancy Dunn, were natives of the “Old Dominion,” and emigrated to Brown County among the early pioneers, and settled in Franklin. In 1836, they moved to Illinois, and the following year returned to this county. Mr. Dunn died in May, 1865, and Mrs. Dunn in 1859. Henry Dunn, Jr., was reared to manhood in Brown County. He filled the office of Trustee of Washington Township for six years, and was a stanch Republican. His death occurred October 6, 1867, his wife having preceded him in October, 1857. Mr. Dunn was an earnest and active member of the M. E. Church, and was prominently identified with it and its missions till his death. He assisted in organizing the church of his neighborhood, and aided liberally in its erection. He was the father of four sons and two daughters, of whom our subject is the eldest. He was reared on a farm. When only eighteen — August 12, 1862 — he enlisted as a member of Company E, Fiftieth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He served in the Western Department, and fought at Perryville, and other engagements, and May 29, 1864, he joined Sherman, on his Atlanta campaign, and participated in all the chief engagements, including the siege of Atlanta, where he was disabled by having his foot partially amputated by a cannon ball. He was confined in a hospital till March 17, 1865, when discharged. He served as Corporal till August 3, 1864, when he was appointed Sergeant, and acted in that capacity till discharged from the service. After his discharge, he engaged as clerk for McIntyre & Dunn, with whom he remained till 1867, when he was married, and took charge of the Marshall House, which he has since run with success, providing first-class accommodations to the traveling public. November 14, 1867, he was married to Miss Rebecca J. Marshall, daughter of William and Rebecca Marshall, and a sister of Maj. L. G. Marshall, formerly of Georgetown. Mrs. Dunn was born near Georgetown July 18, 1837. Mr. and Mrs. Dunn are members of the M. E. Church, and highly respected and esteemed in Sardinia.

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This family biography is one of 992 biographies included in The History of Brown County, Ohio published in 1883 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Brown County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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