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J D Dunn – excerpt from ‘Georgia Memoirs’

I D. DUNN, a prosperous farmer, and a man of remarkable mechanical talent
” and skill, is a native of Meriwether county, in which he was born in 1828; his
parents, William and Beddy (Johnston) – my third great aunt  Dunn, having settled in this county the
preceding year. Here his father, who was born in Jones county, Ga., in 1800,
built what is known as the Greeneville road. He was the son of Alexander and
Beddy (O’Neal)my fourth great aunt  Dunn, the former a native of Maryland and a soldier of the
revolutionary war. who, after residing in Jones county for a considerable time,
removed to Chambers county, Ala., where he passed the closing years of his
life. The wife of William Dunn was the daughter of David Johnston (my third great grandfather) , an early settler of Jasper county, Ga. The son, J. D. Dunn, was reared upon the farm, with the few advantages for education of that early period.

In 1850 he moved into Woodbury, Meriwether Co., where he, having learned the trade of carriage and buggy making, engaged in that business. In 1861 he enlisted in the militia under Capt Frank Strozier, and was elected adjutant After the war Mr. Dunn returned to his business in Woodbury, and has a large establishment and thriving trade carriage building.

He is also a skillful house carpenter, and has done some marvelously fine work in that line. The Robert E Lee Institute – Thomaston, GA, Upson Co., now a college of considerable note, is a monument of his mechanical skill. Mr. Dunn is a man of varied talents; he has been justice of the peace for eighteen years, winning the esteem of all with whom he has been concerned; has been a member of the democratic executive committee for the past two years, and withal has found time to oversee the affairs of his large and beautiful farm in the vicinity of Woodbury, and prove himself a practical farmer.

He is a member of the Odd Fellows and the masonic fraternity. In 1848 Mr. Dunn married Miss Catherine F. Findley, daughter of Riley and Catherine (Oliver) Findley, who were early settlers of this county, in which Mrs. Dunn was born Dec. 14, 1831.
Mr. Dunn and his wife are both active members of the Missionary Baptist church;
they were blessed with two children: John D. and Kittie P. On Jan. 5, 1891,
Mr. Dunn was bereft of his wife by death.