Saturday, March 2, 2019

Court Records 1796-1802 Dunagan Men Charged

Anne Higgins found these court documents from 1802 showing Andrew Dunnigan, Ezekiel Dunnigan, Isaiah Dunnigan and Joseph Dunnigan were indicted and convicted of assault. I don't know the full story. I am still researching. However, this Joseph Dunnigan had to have been the father of Ezekiel, Andrew and Isaiah because Ezekiel's son Joseph would have been only 9 years old. This tells us that Joseph, the father of Ezekiel was involved in establishing the early settlement in Hall County GA along with his sons.

Response from Pat Dunagan:   Joseph was the dad  that went to Hall co.with his sons. From there he went too.Dickinson  Tenn. where the rest of the family had moved from Hillsborough N.C.. From  Dickinson he went to southern  Ohio and was a successful farmer. Joseph's sons were born in Hillsborough but Joseph  was born in  Virginia. Joseph  had many brothers.One of them was my grandfather. You are right about the name it is DUNNIGAN it got changed when they got to Jamestown(1710).. This happened a lot to the Irish  they could  not spell.Brad I'm telling you .You are going to be surprised  who we were . It is amazing  I know that through  the time that we  lived  in Limerick  Ireland  there were very few of us in this line. Pat

























Sunday, February 24, 2019

Pendleton "Jack" Dunagan Florida

William Abner Dunagan was a son of Hall County GA Ezekiel and Lydia Dunagan.

Anna Gaines Dunagan


 Anna Murphreesborough Gaines Dunagan was the daughter of Jefferson Jones Gaines and Emily Jane Pendleton. She married William Abner Dunagan, and they had the following children:

Montine M. Dunagan (1881-1966)
Jackson P. Dunagan (1883-1964)
Erasmus Dunagan (1885-1886)
Emily Lucinda Dunagan (1887-1984)
Albina Dunagan (1889 -
Ruby Dunagan (1891 - 1924)
Oscar Leon Dunagan (1899 - 1966)

 Anna Gaines Dunagan was related to General Edmund Pendleton Gaines. Gainesville Florida, Georgia and Texas are all named after him.
Edmund Pendleton Gaines (March 20, 1777 – June 6, 1849) was a career United States Army officer who served as one of its senior commanders during its formative years in the late 1700s and early to mid-1800s. Gaines was a veteran of the War of 1812, Seminole Wars, the Black Hawk War, and the Mexican–American War.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

My Mama's Accordion


Ida Lou Waldrep Dunagan pictured with Charles and Pat Tighe.

My mother loved playing her accordion which her dad purchased for her when she was a child in the 1920s. Interesting story on how this particular student model accordion came into our family's life.

A local man who played and taught accordion had a glass eye. One of his children knocked his glass eye off of the mantle and it broke into a thousand pieces. The man had previously talked to my grandfather Waldrep about accordion lessons for his daughter Ida Lou.

He contacted grandpa Waldrep and asked if he was interested in buying the accordion because he needed the money to replace his glass eye that had been broken.

And this is how this accordion came into our family. I bought mama a full size accordion when I was living in Washington, D.C., but she always preferred the smaller student model she had grown up with and learned on.

Monday, October 8, 2018

William Dunagan of Ireland

We have friends visiting  Ireland and they have sent pictures of St Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick. This is where the christening records of William Dunagan are reported to be. Your Dad had told me WILLIAM was christened or baptized there. Later at a reunion someone stated William was christened at a nearby church and his records transferred to St Mary’s when that church folded. We were at St Mary’s 25 years ago but that was before pictures could be taken over the phone.
So our friends Connie and Eddie Rollins were nice enough to send me these pictures taken yesterday. What a treasure and thought you might want to post these or share as it is early Dunagsn history. This is a special place.

From Mary Dunagan Karras


William Dunagan was born in 1670 in Limerick, Ireland, and we believe that this is the beginning of our American connection to Ireland and the family branch by which my family today descended from.William Dunagan is my 7th great grandfather. He was born in Limerick, Ireland,  and was baptized at St John Church Limerick Ireland which was later destroyed by fire. He would have been a young man about the time of the siege of Limerick in 1691. After the Irish defeat in Limerick, the Dunagan family lost everything and many left for the colonies in America soon thereafter.

We do not know William Dunagan’s wife’s name but we know that he had the following children:

William Dunagan born 10 January 1702 in Limerick, Ireland
Thomas Dunagan born 16 June 1706 in Limerick, Ireland, died AFT 1782 in Surry County, NC
Timothy Dunagan born 1715 in Essex County, VA, died 1752 in NC

William Dunagan’s son Thomas is my 6th great grandfather and so begins our Dunagan family line in America.Two theories exist pertaining to Thomas Dunagan’s immigration to America. One source states he immigrated to VA in 1738, while another suggests he came to GA in 1732. However, the latter is obviously incorrect, in as much as GA was not settled until 1733, and at that time only by British subjects. He is believed to have moved to Orange County, NC, after 1740 or 1750, and then to Surry County, NC before 1767. He may have died as late as 1782.

Thomas married an Irish girl from Limerick named Sarah around 1726 and unfortunately this is all we know of Sarah. Thomas and Sarah had the following children:

Charles Dunagan born ? , died ABT 1813 in Orange County, NC
Thomas Dunagan born ABT 1727 in Ireland, died 1810 in Surry County, NC
John Dunagan born BEF 1730 in ? , died AFT 1780 in Surry County, NC
Joshua Dunagan born ABT 1737 in VA or NC, died ABT 1798 in GA
William Dunagan born 1738 in VA, died 15 Nov 1798 in Orange County, NC
Joseph Dunagan born 1740 in VA or NC, died 1810







Tuesday, September 18, 2018

GEORGE, Martha Berry (Heard), 83, of Zephyrhills, passed away Sept. 4, 2018

GEORGE, Martha Berry (Heard), 83, of Zephyrhills, passed away Sept. 4, 2018. She was born April 19, 1935, in Birmingham, Ala., to Lyman Brown and Ida Belle (Dunagan) Heard. She graduated from Transylvania University in 1957 and was a member of the First Christian Church and a lifelong church musician. Her daughter, Katherine Elizabeth (John) Mulholland of Freehold, N.J., survives along with her son, Harry Michael (Juliana) George of Boca Raton; four grandchildren, John, Grace, Diane and Susan. Her husband, the Rev. Dr. Lewis H. George, preceded her in death. Whitfield Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

My Patriot Forefathers by Darline Dunagan Scruggs

During the 1830’s my ancestor’s continued to be actively engaged in the building and establishing of Hall County Georgia. It had been sixty years since Joshua Dunagan and his brother Joseph Dunagan (my fifth great grandfather) had brought the first group of settlers into what is now known as Hall County Georgia. The site of their settlement was located near present day Gillsville and was known as Stonethrow. It was a remote frontier located in hostile Indian Territory and even though it has grown and prospered in those sixty years it still remained a remote area that required much from those who lived here during the 1830’s.

The occupation and livelihood of most of its population was chiefly agricultural. Life was hard and laborious work was required to survive and prosper. Social life was largely limited to church and church related social events. Occasional special events would find themselves on the calendar from time to time.

One such special event of the year was the celebration and observance of Independence Day. Hall County citizens gathered to enjoy good food, good company, and hear political speeches orated by the citizens and special guest. The first Fourth of July celebration recorded in Hall County was in the year 1833. The celebration began at the square at 11 o’clock with a procession headed by Major General Bates, his staff, and the officers of the day. They were escorted by the Gainesville Hussars to the Baptist Church where the many citizens were gathered. Reverend Parks addressed the group, followed by a reading of the Declaration of Independence by David C. Neal, Esq., after which an oration was given by Mr. James W. Jones.

The celebration continued into the afternoon with much of the activity held at the Limestone Springs. Limestone Springs was located at what we know today as the intersection of Green Street Circle and Thompson Bridge Road (named so because of the original covered bridges built by Andrew Thompson’s sons).
The dinner, which was prepared by Mr. Joseph Frederick, was enjoyed by the Gentlemen at the Springs. Presiding over the program was a Mr. Rueben Thornton and his assistant Madison R. Mitchel. Formal toasts were offered followed by volunteer toasts from the gathered guest.

There were many “Volunteer Toasts” given that day but for purpose of interest, I am only quoting those pertaining to the Dunagan family.

“By Joseph Dunnagan Esq. – ‘May that patriotism that animated the Heroes of the Revolution be perpetuated in the hearts of their descendants, and may peace and good will abound among every portion of our Citizens, from Main [sic] to Misourie [sic].’ “
“By Joseph Dunnagan Esq. – ‘The protective system; originally advocated by some Southern men, and now strange to tell, the same men are the foremost to advocate unconstitutional measures to get rid of.’ “.
“By Mr. B. Dunnagan – ‘Detested be every…pendant such as the palmetto flag, with all that rally round them, but let all true hearted Americans rally round our star spangle banner emblem of our Union, and long may it wave o’er the land of the free and home of the brave.’ “.

The Independence Day festivities were the spotlight of the political season, the following account is of the 1840 celebration in Hall County Georgia. The celebration began that morning with an assemblage of the citizens at the Court House and a walk to the Academy Spring, where they heard a reading of the Declaration of Independence by Joseph Dunagan and a speech by T. C. Hackett. Keeping with tradition, they partook of an appetizing meal prepared by Wiley Sledge. The preset toasts were once again delivered followed by the volunteer toasts. As said before, many toasts were given that day, but I will quote those only from the Dunagan family.

“By James McClesky [husband of Anna Dunagan], a revolutionary war soldier, May the Lord, with the breath of his mouth, destroy that evil spirit that is now about to enter into the hearts of some of the offspring of our noble soldiers, who fought and bled under the flag of the U.S. and declared themselves independent of Great Britain on this ever memorable day.”
“By James McCleskey – Georgia; On the first Monday in November, she will load her big gun with Democratic principles, wadded with Republicanism, and leveling it at Federalism, will blow Wm. H. Harrison sky high.”
“By Benjamin Dunagan – Maj. Croghan; who so bravely defended Fort Stevenson, contrary to orders of cowardly commander. May he ever be esteemed by the American people as a hero and patriot.”
“By Jas. R. Dunagan – A strict construction of Federal constitution is the sheet anchor of this Government.”

The Dunagan’s of Hall County Georgia have been actively involved in the community and its government since their arrival here in the 1790’s. That tradition continues even today. Callier Daniel ‘Danny’  Dunagan, the third great grandson of the aforementioned Joseph Dunagan resides today  as mayor of Gainesville. Sandra Dunagan Deal, wife of Governor Nathan Deal and the third great granddaughter of the aforementioned Joseph, is the honored First Lady of Georgia.

May we always remember the great men from whom we came and do honor to them as they did us. I pay tribute to my forefathers and those whom have fought, served, and labored to build and preserve this great nation of ours.

Joseph Dunagan – He came into Georgia about 1790 and built Dunagan or Donnegan Station in old Franklin County Georgia. A leader among the settlers, he and his brother Joshua lead the settlers into Indian territory where they established the first settlement known as Stonethrow.

Ezekiel Dunagan – A pioneer and founding settler of Hall County, Georgia and a veteran of the War of 1812. Ezekiel served as a spy during the war and his name can be found on the roster hanging in the Georgia State Archives.

Joseph Ellis Dunagan – “Old Constitution” a Georgia State Senator representing Hall County for 23 years and a valiant and staunch defender of the Constitutions of the United States and Georgia.

John Franklin Dunagan – A Civil War Veteran who was also taken prisoner during the war.

Joseph Alexander Dunagan – Born in 1862 while his father was fighting in the Civil War, he was too old to fight in WWI. He came from patriotic men and he raised patriot men.

Lester Commie Dunagan – A proud American who was a veteran of WWI

Lester Commie Dunagan Jr. – My father, who fought bravely in WWII and continued his service to his country for the remainder of his life. Serving as First Sergeant in the Georgia National Guard till retirement, serving as Commander of the Paul E Bolding Post of the American Legion and serving as State Commander of the Georgia American Legion, he was the most patriotic man I have ever known.

Matthew L. Scruggs- Continuing the tradition is my son who served in the United States Air Force and the Air National Guard with a tour in Iraq. His service left him disabled and hero always in my book.

This is just one line of the great defenders of freedom from which I descend. I am honored to be able to trace my roots back to the beginning of our Great Nation and say those were my ancestors. It is to them and men like them that we owe our freedom!

*Information on the Fourth of July Celebration was taken from newspaper microfilm found in the Hall County Library and was transcribed as written.*