Carl Dunn of USA believes that his Joseph Dunn is the grandfather of my William Dunn. This is yet to be proven. Joseph Dunn was buried at St. Peter's Church, West Buckland on 9 Nov 1791.

"In Memory of Joseph Dunn of Higher Beer in the Parish of Filleigh, who Departed this Life the 6th Day of Nov, 1791 aged 61 years. Also Elizabeth his wife who Departed this Life the 25th Day of June 1792, aged 55 years".

Carl Dunn has prepared a booklet of descendants of Joseph Dunn of East Buckland and Filleigh in Devon (1730-1791), and his grandson, also Joseph Dunn (1799-1875) of Bratton Fleming, North Molton, St. Clair County, Missouri, USA, South Molton, and Carver County, Minnesota, USA. Copies may be found at Tree House, Exeter, Devon Carver County Historical Society, Waconia, Minnesota, and Canby, Minnesota Public Library, or contact Carl Dunn, 1908 River St, Burlington IA 52601, USA.

Descendants of Joseph Dunn

1 Joseph Dunn b. abt 1730 d. 6 Nov 1791 
  m. 2 Apr 1758 Elizabeth Gould b. abt 1737 d. 25 Jun 1792 
  2 John Dunn b. abt 1758 d. 29 Nov 1833 
    m. Charity *Unknown b. abt 1765 d. 10 Aug 1820 
  2 Catherine Dunn b. abt 1760 
  2 Mary Dunn b. abt 1762 
  2 Elizabeth Dunn b. abt 1764 
  2 Joseph Dunn b. abt 1765 d. 14 Feb 1845 
    m. 04 Nov 1793 Hannah Jones 
    3 Joseph Dunn b. 16 May 1799 
      m. abt 1821 Susannah Courtis       
      m. Hannah Snell 
      4 *Unknown Dunn 
      4 *Unknown Dunn 
      4 *Unknown Dunn 
      4 Thomas Jones Dunn b. abt 1865 
    3 William Dunn 
    3 Mary Dunn 
    3 Elizabeth Dunn 
  2 George Dunn b. abt 1768 
  2 William Dunn b. abt 1772 
  2 Samuel Dunn b. abt 1775 
  2 Thomas Dunn b. abt 1778 
  2 Henry Dunn b. abt 1781 



Sacred to the memory of John Dunn of this Parish, who departed this life on the 29th day of November 1833, aged 75 years,

Also to the memory of Charity, the wife of the abovementioned
John Dunn, who departed this life on the 10th day of August 1820, aged 55 years.



I received the following E-Mail from Carl Dunn on 4 July 1997:-


Subject: your web page

Cousin Peter,

This is your probable cousin, Carl Dunn - we haven't talked lately. I just upgraded my computer systems, have a 486 processor and 28.8 k modem, and now can access the web through internet.

One of my first searches was to find your pages (which I did on the first search) and looked at what you had. Very well done and impressive. I also noted my name (the only one) under other Dunn researchers. Thanks.

I haven't written to occupant of Higher Beer yet. Have been working on another of my ancestral families (Shepherd from here in US). Have a database of about 1600 descendants of 2 brothers born in 1760 time frame, with current contact with 9 other descendants doing research - this is all US, which is not necessarily easier to search than in England, as there are no census or vital statistics records in early 19th century.

Looking at your William Dunn and Jane Huxtable, I find that they have children named Joseph, William, George, John, Mary. and Henry. All of these names were also names of children of Joseph Dunn (ca. 1730-1791) of Higher Beere. It could be coincidence but I think there is a connection. Of the sons of Joseph (born ca. 1730) we have John (b. 1758), George (b. 1768) and William (b. 1772), as possible parents of your William (md. to Jane Huxtable). My Joseph (b 1765) is not likely, and Samuel died young, and Thomas (b. 1778) and Henry (b. 1781) appear to be too young.

In your Swimbridge baptisms, Elizabeth 1764, and William 1772, are the children of the Above Joseph Dunn (ca. 1730) and wife Elizabeth Gould. The other children were baptized in West Buckland.

We may have discussed this before, but there are several parishes not in the IGI nor have the parish registers been microfilmed. I believe that Charles is one as is High Bray. I have had good results from hiring Mr. John Langdon to do searches for me. He has an email address, I believe he charges 6 pounds an hour plus copying costs and mailing costs. Just earlier this year, he documented the parents and grandparents (including marriages, but not all parents of the grandparents) of my great grandmother, Anna Snell, who married Joseph Dunn (the 3rd). These families resided around Bow, Zeal Monachorum, Clannaborough, Crediton, and vicintiy.

At any rate, both of us have Dunn ancestors in the same area who were renters of farms. Got to be a connection.

Until later, Carl Dunn


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