Saturday, September 23, 2023

Asbery Dunigan/Buffington

Monday, January 30, 2012

Ezekiel Jackson Dunagan, Jr.

Ezekiel was a popular name among Dunagan families that came from the Ezekiel Dunagan (1771-1836) and Lydia Ann Brown union of 1792, in Jackson County, later known as Hall County, Georgia. A lot of people refer to this Ezekiel(1771-1836) as Ezekiel Jackson Dunagan but in reality he was known simply as Ezekiel Dunagan with no middle name given. Ezekiel had 19 children, 13 with Lydia and he named his 9th child Ezekiel Jackson Dunagan, born in 1811, in Hall County, Georgia, and died in 1881, and is buried on the old homeplace near the north Oconee River in the eastern part of Hall County Georgia.

This Ezekiel Jackson Dunagan (1811-1881) married Lucinda Thompson and listed in the 1850 Federal Census they had two sons: Ezekiel Jackson Dunagan, age 7, and Joseph F. Dunagan, age 4. By the 1860 Federal Census they had a total of five children:

E. J. Dunagan (17)
Joseph Dunagan (13)
Martha Dunagan (8)
William Dunagan (5)
Lucinda Dunagan (2)

Ezekiel Jackson Dunagan, Sr. was around 49 years old and probably two old for conscription into the Confederate Army, but the younger Ezekiel Jackson Dunagan, Jr. was 17 in 1860 and I found military records where he enlisted in 1862, as a corporal, in Company B, Georgia 24th Calvary Battalion, CSA. He also took a bride the same year when he married Nancy Evans in 1862, also of Hall County, Georgia. However, I could not determine if he saw any action in the war because the Calvary Battalion did not muster until 18 Feb 1864. It is possible that he served with what they called the Home Guard during this time but records are not very detailed.

The next time we find Ezekiel Jackson Dunagan, Jr. (1843-?) and Nancy Evans Dunagan, they were in Marshall, Mississippi. The 1870 Federal Census shows the following people living in the household:

E. J. Dunegan (28)
Nancy Dunegan (27)
Colley Dunegan (7)
Julia Dunegan (5)
Martha Dunegan (2)

Louis Dunegan (30) (Black)
Asbery Dunegan (20) (Black)

John Garoy (40)

The photo above was given to Hannah Barber-Abraham by her Grandmother, Mary E. Dunagan-Barber. Hannah states that she was told that this is Ezekiel Dunagan, the man sitting in the chair, and that the two young men on either side of Ezekiel are his sons by one of his slaves. Even though I did find in the 1820 Federal census that Ezekiel Dunagan (1771-1836) of Hall County, Georgia, owned four slaves, one black adult male, one black adult female and two black females under the age of fourteen, this photo could not be of this Ezekiel (1771-1836) because he died in 1836 and the still camera was not invented until 1837. I am not sure who the man in the photo is but you can see from the census of 1870 that there were two black men, Louis and Asbery, listed as living in the household of Ezekiel Jackson Dunagan and Nancy Evans Dunagan and they had apparently taken the Dunagan last name. There is no way to know for sure whether these two young men are descendants of the first Ezekiel Dunagan unless we were able to locate one of their descendants and test the DNA. However, it was not uncommon for former slaves to take the last name of the slave owner.

By 1880, still living in Marshall, MS, Federal Census shows the following family members living in the same household, the last name is spelled differently:

E. J. Donigan (35)
Nancy E. Donigan (36)
Julia E. Donigan (15)
Martha E. Donigan (12)
Mary E. Donigan (10)
Beulah E. Donigan (4)
Thomas J. Donigan (2)

Ezekiel Jackson Dunagan, Jr. and Nancy Evans Dunagan

I haven't been able to locate Ezekiel Jackson Dunagan and Nancy Evans Dunagan in the 1890 census but they are still living in Marshall, MS in 1900 and they had added a son, William Albert Dunagan (17), between the 1880 and 1900 census.

The next census in 1910, shows Ezekiel Jackson Dunagan, widowed, living in Memphis, TN, with only two of his children:

Beulah Dunagan (28)
W. Albert Dunagan (26)


 1870- Asbery Dunigan age 19 (Is my g-grandfather Asbery Buffington working on the Dunnigan farm, the census list two black men, Louis and Asbery listed as living in the household of Ezekiel Jackson Dunagan. It was common for the census taker to only recorded the head of house surnamee; The face that Elizabeth Buffington is living next door is evident of their close relationship among the Evans, Dunigans, & Buffington as well as Asbery Buffington)

The Asbery Dunagan listed is my great grandfather Asbery Buffington. He was born a slave in the Buffington family in Hall County, GA and was transported to Marshall County, MS via wagon carvan with the family along with Cinn Buffington. Ezekiel Jackson Dunagan married Nancy Evans, daughter of Shopia Buffington and A.M. Evans. He was working on the Dunagan farm at the time, and as often was the practice, the census taker recorded black workers under the same surname as the head of house. I am a direct descendant of Asbery Dunagan/Buffington my DNA profile is on Ancestry. Please contact me at for more information.

This is what I know: Asberry Buffington born a slave abt. 1856 Hall County, Georgia d. 5/221947 Marshall County, Ms. 

1850 Hall County, GA Slave Census: Ellis Buffington had 29 slaves all listed as “B”. 

Massa Buffington had 5 slaves all listed as “B”.
1860- Hall County, GA Slave Census: W.J. Buffington had 5 slaves 1 “Mu” male age 12 (unlikely Asbery based on age).

Berrian Buffington had 11 slaves 4 Mu/males (The youngest is 15 therefore unlikely to be Asbery) ***There is a note B. Buffington Adm of 10 heirs)
Note by E. Pace - employer (can’t make out the word?) of Buffington owners. He had 20 slaves, 3 Mu/males, 1 Mu/male age 4 (This could be Asbery which leaves the question who are his parents? I’m looking for any information about his parents or siblings from Georgia).

-On the 1850 and 1860 Census William Buffington, Ellis Buffington, Berrian Buffington, A.M. Evans, T. ?. Dennigan, are all neighbors.
Sometime after the civil war about 1866, it is documented that some 30 families came from Hall and Jackson County, GA to Marshall County, MS in a caravan of wagons. Quite a few families came at that time including Buffington, Evans, Dennigan, Gilmore, Gilmers, and Littlejohns
Elizabeth Buffington, Berrian Buffington, William Ellis Buffington, A.M. Evans, E.J. Dunigan all came to MS from GA and bought slaves with them.

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Saturday, September 9, 2023

Donald Dunagan the voice of Bambi


Donald "Donnie" Roan Dunagan (born August 16, 1934) is an American former child actor and retired United States Marine Corps major. He is best known for portraying the young son of Baron Frankenstein in Son of Frankenstein and for providing the voice of young Bambi in Bambi (1942).

He served in Vietnam as a combat Marine Officer and was highly decorated. He never let people know about his acting gigs before joining the Marines.

Donnie Dunagan was descended from the same Dunagan clan that migrated into Georgia (Hall County)around 1790, and later into Texas.

William Dunagan was born in 1670 in Limerick, Ireland, and i 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 would have been a young man about the time of the siege of Limerick in 1691. After the Irish defeat in Limerick by the British, the Dunagan family lost everything and many left for the colonies in America soon thereafter.

Thomas Dunagan, the 2nd Earl of Limerick, and my 8th great grandfather was Williams father.

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.

Monday, August 14, 2023



Descendants of Ezekiel Dunagan Family Reunion

DATE:  OCTOBER 1, 2023

TIME: 12:00 - 3:00 pm Lunch 1:00 


 2145 Dawsonville Hwy.   

Gainesville GA 30501       


Bring enough food for your family plus some to share.


Call Michael Dunagan 

(770) 540-6770 with any questions 

Friday, February 10, 2023

Elizabeth Caroline (Betsy) Dunagan

 Elizabeth Caroline (Betsy) Dunagan, was the 11th child born to Ezekiel and Lydia Anne Dunagan of Hall County GA. b. 1816 d. 1907 at 91 years old. Married David Griffith Eberhardt b.1812 d.1882. They had 3 daughters and 1 son.

United States Census, 1880
Census 1880 District 268, Hall, Georgia, United States 
Birth 1812 Georgia, United States 
SpousesElizabeth C. Eberheardt
ChildrenLouisa C. Eberheardt, Mary E. Eberheardt, Susamn S. Eberheardt, David W. Eberheardt
David G. Eberheardt's Spouses and Children

11 March 1816
Gainesville, Hall, Georgia, United States
15 November 1907
Hall, Georgia, United States

Thursday, January 26, 2023



Douglas Paul Dunagan

March 21, 1953 - January 12, 2023

Mr. Douglas Paul Dunagan, age 69, of Armuchee, with deep sadness Doug was called home by Jesus on Thursday, January 12, 2023.

Mr. Dunagan was born in Gordon County, Georgia on March 21, 1953, to the late Clyde Dunagan and the late Irene Everett Dunagan. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Ken Dunagan (Nancy). He was raised in the Everett Springs Community and graduated from Armuchee High School. He was married to Angela Campbell on December 9, 1972. Doug was a member of Everett Springs Baptist Church where he was a devoted deacon and sang in the church choir. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Reserve. Doug was one of the owners and operators of Dunagan & Sons Logging Company that was started by his late father, Clyde Dunagan.  He enjoyed traveling in the United States. He was a devoted husband, father, granddaddy and Christian.  His generosity and love will be missed not only by family but many friends. 

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Angela Campbell Dunagan, Armuchee; daughter, Carman Woody (Robert), Calhoun; son, Chris Dunagan (Angie), Armuchee; four grandchildren; Blake & Gracie Dunagan of Armuchee, and Sadie & Coy Woody of Calhoun; sister, Yvonne Willingham (David); brothers, Tommy Dunagan (Becky), Alan Dunagan (Lissa), and Edwin Dunagan (Pam); numerous nieces and nephews, whom he loved.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 16, 2023, at 2:00 PM at Everett Springs Baptist Church with Dr. Stephen Drake officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00PM until the time of the service at the church. Interment will follow in the Everett Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Sunday from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Everett Springs Baptist Church, 2167 Everett Springs Rd., Armuchee, GA, 30105

The family would like to extend a very special thank you to all the healthcare givers who took care of Doug.

Sunday, December 11, 2022



by William Bradley Dunagan

The name Dunagan is both a royal and noble surname. Recorded in several spelling forms including O'Donegan, Donegan, Dunican, Dungan, and Doonican, this small Irish clan, divided into four branches or sept, originates from the 10th century kings of a region called Fernmhagh, in what is now County Westmeath in Ireland. As befits a "royal" family, their numbers, are quite small. In the 20th century only some two hundred families are recorded in the whole of Ireland. This was not so in the seventeenth century and earlier, when the O'Donegans held the manor of Kildrought.

Thomas Donegan, from this family being earl of Limerick, and creator of the 1686 Don(e)gan Charter, whereby the city of New York was passed by the Dutch to Britain. In the barony of Rathconrath, County Westmeath, over forty families called O'Donegan were recorded in the 1659 "Petty's" census of Ireland and there was also an appreciable number of nameholders in both County Cork and County Sligo.I found close DNA matches in four major areas: Cork County, Limerick, Dublin and Donegal. The County Cork sept were once a powerful clan in their own right, the area around the baronies of Orrery and Duhallow in North West Cork being known as "O'Donegans country". The Donegans were firm supporters of the Stewart monarchs. In 1691 the earl of Limerick supported the exiled James 11, the last king of Ireland, and paid for his support with the loss of his lands. Thereafter the clan seems to have gone into decline, and many holders of this name left for America, France and other destinations. This is where my family tree begins, or at least as far as I have been able to trace my roots back to this time in history.

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. He was born in Limerick, Ireland, and 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 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

Joseph Dunagan, (Sr)who married also a girl named Sarah. That is all we know about his spouse. They had the following children:

Joseph Dunagan born ABT 1760 in NC
Isaiah Dunagan born ABT 1770 in NC, died ABT 1813 in Madison County, IL
Ezekiel Dunagan born 16 May 1771 in Pendleton, SC, died 10 Mar 1836 in Gainesville, Hall County, GA
Abner Dunagan born 1773 in Orange County, NC, died 22 Sept 1852 in Habersham County, GA
Andrew Dunagan born 7 Aug 1775 in NC, died 21 Aug 1848 in Greene, IL
Patrick Dunagan born ABT 1783 in NC, died 1 Oct 1819 in GA
Tyre Dunagan born 1787 in Surry County, NC, died 4 Dec 1864 in Surry County, NC
Joshua Dunagan born ABT 1798 in Franklin County, GA, died 2 Dec 1844 in Lumpkin County, GA

Ezekiel Dunagan married Lydia Ann Brown in 1792.
Ezekiel had 19 children.*13 WITH LYDIA BROWN*

Joseph Ellis Dunagan (1793-1861)
Benjamin Dunagan (1795-1884)
Susannah Dunagan (1797- )
John D. Dunagan (1799-1857)
Abner Dunagan (1802-1851)
Anna Dunagan (1804-1857)
Delilah B. Dunagan (1806-1888)
Isaiah Dunagan (1808- )
Ezekiel Jackson Dunagan (1811-1881)
Andrew Foster Dunagan (1813- )
Elizabeth Caroline (Betsy) Dunagan (1816-1881)
Louisa B. Dunagan (1818- )
James Reid Dunagan (1821-1900)
Sophie Elizabeth Dunagan
Stephen Reid Dunagan
Daniel C. Dunagan (1829- )
Levi Jefferson Dunagan
George Washington Dunagan
Mary Jane Dunagan

The progenitor of most Hall County, Georgia residents with this surname was Ezekiel Dunagan, who in 1804 was living in and near the Wofford Settlement on the frontier of Georgia and the Cherokee Nation. The settlement was known as Joshua Darnigan's original settlers and Darnigan's new settlers. Listed in the group were: Joshua Darnigan, deceased; Joseph Dunagon, Ezekial Dunagan and Isiah Dunagan - more than likely father and sons.As a soldier in the War of 1812, Ezekiel Dunegin was listed in 1814 on the muster role as a spy for Fort Early, located in Jackson County, GA. The 1796 payroll of a detachment of militia infantry and US spies garrisoned at Fort Irwin at War Hill gives Andrew Dunningham, Joseph Dunagin (Spy) and Joseph Dunagin. William Stewart wrote in Gone to Georgia that Andrew, Ezekiel, Joseph and Isaiah Dunnigan (or those listed by the various spellings) were probably located in Orange County, North Carolina.

I also found this petition filed by Joseph Dunagan(probably Ezekiel's father but could be Ezekiel's brother, also named Joseph), Andrew Dunagan & Ezekiel Dunagan, spelled Dunnegane:

A PETITION FROM JOSEPH DUNAGAN, ET AL., TO GA GOV. JAMES JACKSON:Joseph, Ande and E. Dunnegane [sic] signed a letter addressed to "His Excellency James Jackson Govr., of Georgia, 13th September 1798," as follows: "We are induced from the peculiarity of our situation as Frontier citizens of Jackson and Franklin Counties to address your Excellency and implore your interposition in our favor. We beg leave to represent that we hold titles derived from Grants issued by the State of Georgia for lands which have proven to lie beyond the temporary boundary line, lately extended under the Superintendent of Col. Hawkins, Agent of Indian affairs for the United States - the lands we hold were granted between the years of 1783 and 1788. If your Excellency has the power of affording us relief we count with great confidence on receiving it."

Joseph Ellis Dunagan is my 3rd great grandfather, a veteran of the War of 1812, and was the first child born to Ezekiel and Lydia Ann Brown Dunagan. He married Lucinda “Lucy” Beall 15 Feb 1820 in Gainesville, Hall County, GA. Lucinda Beall's grandfather was Thadeus Beall, veteran of the American Revolution having served with George Washington and the Continental Army from the Colony of Maryland. Joseph and Lucy had the following children:

Fredrick Dunagan born 2 Nov 1824 in Hall County, GA, married Lanesa Kirbow, 22 Oct 1846.
Lydia Dunagan born 17 Feb 1826 in Hall County, GA, died 7 Apr 1891, married James Miller.
Ezekiel Dunagan born 15 Jan 1829 in Hall County, GA, died Feb 1906 in Hall County, GA, married Delilah Trotter, 26 Feb 1850. 2nd wife was Sarah Bryant(sister to F. Samanthra Bryant)
Martha Dunagan born 12 Dec 1830 in Hall County, GA, married John Highfield.
John Franklin Dunagan born 15 Oct 1832 in Hall County, GA, died 13 Aug 1890 in Hall County, GA, married Frances Samanthra Bryant.
Alphus Benton Dunagan born 17 Feb 1835 in Hall County, GA, married Nancy Beall on 29 Oct 1876
Mary Dunagan born 2 Jun 1837 in Hall County, GA, married John Short.
Elizabeth Dunagan born 1 Apr 1845 in Hall County, GA.

Usually listed as Dunagan, the 1850 Census shows Joseph Ellis as Dunegan. He was a wealthy farmer, his assets totaling over $10,000 in 1850.A HISTORY OF THE HIGHLY VENERATED JOSEPH ELLIS DUNAGUN, PROVIDED BY MS. SYBIL WOOD McRAE:"Joseph Dunagan, the first born of Ezekiel Dunagan, represented Hall County in the Georgia state senate for 23 years. An unknown friend of Joseph's penned the following tribute:March 16, 1888. THE LATE JOSEPH DUNNEGAN: "There are few men living in Hall County today that were here 60 years ago. Many who were here then have died, while others have moved away and have left their places to be filled by others. Among those who have gone, none were more highly respected than Joseph Dunnegan, an honorable, high-minded Christian gentleman who enjoyed the love and confidence of the people of his county to the day of his death. Mr. Dunnegan served his county in the State Senate for 23 years in succession; and was known by the members of both branches of the general assembly for all parts of the state, and was called by his friends the 'Old Constitution' from the vigilance with which he guarded the sacredness of the fundamental law of the state. He was a class eader and Exhorter in the Methodist Church, and when at the close of the sermon he rose to deliver an exhortation, he was sure to command the strictest attention. Mr. Dunnegan had a bright and pleasant smile, and everyone had a good word for him. When not engaged on his farm, Mr. Dunnegan would spend a portion of his time in mining. He would conduct his mining operations through the week, but on the Sabbath hold religious meetings among miners. Sometime after the opening up of the mines in California Mr. Dunnegan went to that land of gold. After some three years absence, he returned to his home with a snug sum in gold dust which he then had coined at the mint at Dahlonega. After remaining at home for a year or two he went to the Rocky Mountain gold region in quest of more gold. After the breaking out of the war in 1861 Mr. Dunnegan started for his home in Georgia, which he was destined never to reach for he was taken sick on the way and stopped some place in the state of Illinois. He died away from home among strangers who cared well for him and there they buried him. Thus lived and died one of Hall County's great and good men whose greatness consisted of his goodness."

John Franklin Dunagan married Frances Samantha Bryant on 22 Jan 1854 in Hall County, GA. Frances Samantha Bryant's grandmother was believed to be full blooded Cherokee Native American. They had the following children:

Alfred Benton Dunagan born Oct 1855, died 7 Sep 1931 in Jackson County, GA
Jeter Andrew Dunagan born 26 Aug 1856, died 3 May 1923 in Barrow County, GA
Joseph Alexander Dunagan born 8 Apr 1862, died 25 Dec 1949 in Barrow County, GA
John Marion Dunagan born 22 Mar 1869, died 14 Nov 1920 in Hall County, GA
Eveline Dunagan born ABT 1871, died ?
Amanda Dunagan born 22 Aug 1871, died 6 Dec 1943 in Hall County, GA
Lucinda “Lady” Dunagan born ABT 1874, died ?
Sarah Jane Dunagan born ABT 1867, died ?

John Franklin Dunagan enlisted as a private on 4 September 1862 in Company F, 43rd Infantry Regiment of Georgia. The Georgia 43rd Infantry Regiment, organized at Big Shanty, Georgia, in April, 1862, contained men from Cherokee, Pickens, Cobb, Hall, Forsyth, Jefferson, and Jackson counties. The unit moved to Tennessee, then Mississippi where they were placed under the command of General Barton in the Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana. It took an active part in the conflicts at Chickasaw Bayou and Champion's Hill, and was captured when Vicksburg fell. After being exchanged, the 43rd was assigned to General Stovall's Brigade, Army of Tennessee. It was prominent in the numerous campaigns of the army from Missionary Ridge to Nashville, and ended the war in North Carolina. In December, 1863, it totaled 283 men and 251 arms, and in November, 1864, there were 130 fit for duty. On April 26, 1865, the unit surrendered. 


The sons of John Franklin: (top l-r) Alfred Benton, Joseph Alexander
 and (bottom row l-r) Jeter Andrew and John Marion