DearJulie. I have been reviewing this post with Gary Dunaway (email@example.com) and Andrew and Janet Dunaway (firstname.lastname@example.org). We have participated in Gary's Dunaway DNA project and found each other related in varying degrees. Andrew and I directly and yet we cannot find out where we connect?
Write Gary Dunaway for info. Great DNA project.
I am sorry that I cannot connect any of the dots for your family of Dunaway's with mine. Read below. Maybe more info?
Here is a summation of my thoughts.
I had in my beginning years three mentors.James Dunaway of Florida and David Duniway of Oregon. and Rev. H. Clay Dunaway of TennesseeThey all have since died unfortunately, but before doing so laid out for me a
multitude of years and years of their research.David spent 11 years in the National Archive before moving back home to Oregon.Once there he started the Oregon State archive in Salem, Oregon.Today there is a
room called ?The Dunniway Room? dedicated to this wonderful man and his famousgrandmother, Abigail Jane (Scott) Duniway.She was a woman?s rights advocate and first woman to vote in Oregon for her efforts.
James Dunaway?s daughter, Elaine Baselice of Florida continues to grant me access to her fathers research notes.The Rev. H. Clay was gone before I could personally meet him, but his notes were part of what was
sent to me by David and James.
This now leads us back to who were the first Dunaway ís to set foot on the shore of America?To date there is no other documented area other then the Northern Neck Of Virginia in the mid- seventeenth century.
Referring back to the book by Elizabeth Clendening and S.Judson Dunaway called ?The Dunaways of Virginia?. It covers the lineage of a Darby Dunaway of Lancaster County, Virginia.I believe Darby was the brother of my ancestor, John Dunaway of Northumberland County, Virginia.Here is where it gets tough though. I cannot prove that this John and Mary (Eyes) Dunaway were my Ancestors. I am basing my conclusion on a chronology of generations of names and migration patterns.
Below, I have included the report of Ms. Merrill Mosher, a professional genealogist. After her work, her conclusion was the same as mine. She says, " It appears that the Westmoreland and Stafford County families probably do descend from John of Northumberland, given the usual migration patterns of the area and naming patterns of the family. It is possible that two generations intervene between Isaac and the John Dunaway of Northumberland County".
I have made other attempts to connect these generations from John and Mary (Eyes) Dunaway to my last known ancestor, Isaac and Mary Ann (Tolson) Dunnway and their son, Benjamin Dunnaway (other sons; Isaac, Levi, William, Thomas) of the Overwharton Parish in Stafford County, Virginia in the 1750's. To date, I cannot make a 100% claim to this ancestry. I make my connections based on many hundred of hours of serious research and a logical connection to this family - As there is no other families to connect too with these above stated perimeters.
I know, it is close 'but no cigar'. Sometimes in the span of three centuries you come to these road blocks of documentation or should I say, lack of it. Personally, I feel as Merrill feels that my Dunnaway's are 90% connected to John and Mary (Eyes) Dunaway based on real facts. But the FACTS are, I cannot fill in the gaps between these two or three missing generations conclusively. Frustrating
Here is what I know in brief of John Dunaway (Donaway). John was married to Katheryn Ize (eyes).There where 3 to 4 Dunaway?s that I am aware of that settled the Northern Neck of Virginia in the 1650-80 time period. John (Northumberland), Darby (Lancaster Co.), Stephen (Maryland), and Freeman. (title or name?) I wouldn't be surprised to find out that these Dunaway?s landed initially in the region of Kent Island in the 1640?s when it was thought to be Virginia.Later it was seized by a Lord Baltimore for the Maryland grants. Because of persecution, many fled south down across the Chesapeake Bay to the Northern Neck.
A John Mottrim seems to have lead the way. (In 1652 a Freeman Dunaway is said to owe John Mottrim 200 pounds of tobacco).I did find a Ship Captain named ?Ize? bring people into Charles City, Maryland in 1645. Remember, Katheryn Dunaway?s father was Dennis Ize.Is this the way maybe the Dunaway?s made their way across the Atlantic?I don't believe that all the Dunaway?s were indentured servants.In the book?Records of Indentured Servants and Certificates for Land. Northumberland County, Virginia 1650-1795? Compiled by W. Preston Haynie (Heritage Press 1996) I can find no other Dunaway records listing any Dunaway as Indentured.Contrary to this we find John Dunaway collecting his headright in 1667 and then again land from his father-inlaw, Dennis Eyes, another parcel of land. Dennis calling him his ?good friend?.Derby however seems to have been obligated to a Robert Beard of St. Maryís County, Maryland in 1674. In 1680 he was given his 50 acre of land at his end of his service for his headright along with that of his wifes too.Derby then moves to what is now Lancaster County, Virginia, in the Northern Neck of Virginia.
Here is in part what I have found out in my hiring of Ms. Merrill Mosher.
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How have you been? I am looking to once again contract you to do some follow-up research for me
while you are back in Virginia this coming August, Is this something you are still willing to do? If so, the following is some of what 1 am looking for.
I have enclosed a Family Group Record made from the information you had sent. I placed Samuel
Dunaway as father to Isaac instead of Abraham. You had indicated Abraham was most likely the
father of Isaacs too, Both are conjectures, so either name will work as a link to John Dunaway and
Kathryn (Ewes). Maybe we will stumble on something conclusive in this process.
I am curious about the Tolson Family and their relationship to the John Dunaway family of the
Northern Neck. Could you research the Maryland area, in particular Kent Island? Could the
Dunaway's have come down from this Island, too? In the book, Early Virginia Immigrants 1623-1666,
I found a Thomas Strowd being brought into Charles City by a John Ewes-Jr. Could this man be a
relative to Dennis Ewes and the means by which the Ewes and Dunaways got to this country? ln this same book, there is John Abraham being brought into James City in 1636, by a George Menfye. Dennis Ewe's wife was Hannah Abraham. Maybe they are another link to these families in the Northern Neck of Virginia.
I would like to have a plat map of the 17th-18th century Northumberland area around the head
waters of the Great Wicomico River, so I can locate the land of John Dunaway and his father-in-law. Dennis Ewes. I wonder if I could find the land as it is today. I sure would like to walk on it!
[Enclosures noted here in this report are in the PDF files I fowarded to you yesterday]
MERRILL HILL MOSHER, CG
DATE: 22 February 1998
REPORT TO: William Dunniway
Isaac Dunaway resided in Culpeper Co.. Virginia
Married: 25 May 1752 or 54. reportedly in Overwharton Parish,
Stanford Co.. Virginia.
Suspected father: Abraham Dunaway b. 1 Dec. 1680 Northumberland
Co.. VA. Son of John Dunaway. Abraham resided I 7 I 0 Westmoreland
BACKGROUND: Client Supplied above data. furnished report of 9 July 1996 of
researcher. F.B. Walters, notes of David Duniway on Fayette and
Clark Co.. KY. notes of H. Clay Dunaway, and various photocopies of'
OBJECTIVE: To determine parents of this Isaac Dunaway and to determine lines of
descent from John Dunaway of Northumberland County.
ASSIGNMENT: Review material furnished by client, and search and analyze my
personal library and various microfilmed records or all possible data
on subject and his suspected ancestors.
ANALYSIS OF PROBLEM
The client?s letter indicates that the marriage of Isaac Dunaway and Mary Ann Tolson took place
25 May 1 752 in Overwharton Parish but records of H. Clay Dunaway and the Walter's Report
give the year as I 754. Firm identification of the date and place of this marriage is important
because it gives the earliest location of Isaac Dunaway and forms the location on which research
must start to focus. Correspondence in the submitted material indicates confusion over the ''quick
rent rolls'' The term is *:quitrent'' not 'quick'' rent rolls. These are not available for the area of
the Northern Neck which includes Northumberland, Westmoreland and Stafford Counties.
Orange County, parent of Culpeper has tithable record (a form of tax record) available on
microfilm for 1736-82.
Stanford County records suffered a great deal of record loss in the late 1600's and early I700's, as
did Westmoreland County (the later residence of Abraham Dunaway) and Northumberland
County, the original county of settlement of this Dunaway family. In addition the court order
books of Culpeper County formed in I748 from Orange County and the residence of Isaac after
his marriages have many gaps. As as result it is often not possible to find all the connecting
evidence to firmly establish relationships. Records of Orange County largely survive but deeds
between 1 743 and I 759 show no Donaway/Dunaway/Dunnaway, etc., nor any Tolson mentioned
in any way.
Stafford County was taken as the earliest known county of residence of Isaac Dunaway and the
first research efforts centered there where a Daniel Dunaway shows in surviving records as a
resident. Further research was conducted in Westmoreland County and finally in
Northumberland County records.
Library of Merrill Hill Mosher for Stafford, Westmoreland. and Northumberland Counties and
statewide Virginia data through 1760.
Northumberland County microfilms FHL- #0032638, 0032642
SUMMARY OF FINDINGS
I . George H. S. King's Parish Registers of Overwharton County Virginia show numerous listings
for members of both the Dunaway and Tolson families including the marriage of Isaac Dunaway
and Mary Ann Tolson in 1754 and the birth of Benjamin to that couple on 27 November I 757 as
reported by the client. The naming of the son Benjamin may be important. since one of the adult
male Tolsons in the county bears the name Benjamin Tolson (see later discussion). The earliest
Dunaway listing in the Overwharton parish Register was in I 740, although the parish register only
covers the years 1723 - 1758. The earliest Tolson listing is for a marriage in 174l . [Enclosure
Further research in abstract of surviving Stafford County records show a few records for a
Daniel Dunaway who paid cash to the estate of John Ancrom, deceased in 1737. Daniel also
appears in the estate account of George Brent in 1 746/47. A Jos:[eph] Dunaway appears in the
lists of voters for the election of Burgesses on 24 July 1758. [Enclosures #2. 3, 4]
No records in Stafford except the parish register ever mention Isaac. Other male Dunaways in the
county are Daniel Samuel Joseph. The death of Daniel Dunnaway is listed in the Overwharton
Parish Register as occurring on 1 December I 75 I . No will or administration is indicated in
extant Stanford County records.
Often accumulating data on the wife's family will provide clues that may help identify a problem
lineage. so all available data is included on Tolson?s in Stafford County records through 1767. A
Benjamin Tolson wrote his will on 27 January I 758 (probated 9 April I 764) which does not
mention a daughter, Mary Ann Dunaway, but does list a wife, Elizabeth who was probably the
Elizabeth Dunnaway who married Benjamin Tolson, 25 February 1752. She was possibly a
second wife since a Mary wife of Benjamin Tolson?s died 24 June 1748 in Overwharton Parish.
Elizabeth may have been the widow of a Dunaway. even possibly of the Daniel Dunaway who
had died in 1751, or she could be the sister of one of the Dunaway?s mentioned in the Parish
Register. [see Enclosures #2. 3. 4 mentioned above]
It is not probable that more data will be found on these families in Stafford County. since aII
extant county records have been searched.
2. As noted by you a warrant was issued to Abraham Dunaway of Westmoreland County on 20
June, 17I0. He assigned land to Ambrose Feilding of Northumberland Co. 79 acres in
Northumberland. Westmoreland County records were searched for references to Abraham
Dunaway. Several references are made to him in the Court Order Books. mostly for debt, but no
deeds exist in the extant records. Apparently he was a renter not an owner of land during his
residence in Westmoreland County.
'I'his Abraham Dunaway. as shown by Torrence?s Wills and Administrations [Encl.9l, died
intestate in Westmoreland Co. in 1727. No other Dunaway is found in the county in the period
before 1742. There is no evidence of any surnamed Tolson being in the county. AI I extant pre -
1742 records searched. No later records searched. [Enclosures # 5. 6. 7. 8. 9]
3. The first appearance of any of the surname in Northumberland County was a Freeman
Donaway who appears only once on I 3 April I652 judged to owe John Mottrom. Jr. two hundred
pounds of tobacco [Ençlosure 10].
Northumberland County records contain a number of references to John Dunaway, Daniel Eyes
and alter about I 690 to Tolson?s. John Dunaway?s first appearance in Northumberland county
records is on 3 December 1666 when the Deed Book shows he and Thomas Gilbert bought land
from John Gibson. The deed shows his name first as Downham but release of Dower rights by
Elizabeth Gibson corrects the name to Dunaway. [Enclosures I I p3.,] The Court Order Book in
reference to this tract shows him as Donaway. [Enclosure I2]
A very interesting notation appears on 21 May 1667 which states that John Donoway is an
impotent man and is relieved of the levy in future years. The meaning of this is unclear and
cannot mean impotent in the same way it is now used because the parish registers which you sent
show him fathering children from 1668 through 1689 [Enclosure # 12 p.45]
On 20 May 1667. Dennis Ize (Eyes) gave a tract ?whereon I now live? to son-in-law John
Dunaway. [Enclosure 11 pp. 17- I8 Copy of original attached]
Six months later on 20 December 1667 he proved his own importation, receiving a 50 acre
headlight. This appears never to have used by him nor anyone else (Nugent. Cavaliers to
Pioneers vol 2, 3) [Enclosure 12 p. 54 Copy of original attached]
Several other recurrences appear. [Enclosures 13, I4] Duvall Virginia Colonial Abtracts, Series
2. Vol. 1 Northumberland County, Virginia 1678-17I3 p. 57, Shows that John Dunaway had died
by 21 May 1696. His estate was indebted to his Relict (widow) Katherine Dunaway. This book
also shows the first references to Tolson?s in the county. A John Tolson was administered on 18
March 1695/6 and Benjamin Tolson?s estate was to be appraised 20 May 1696. It is possible that
the name of the decedent was miswritten by the County Clerk and there may only have been one
death. At this time period March 25th was New Years Day and March was considered the first
month of the year. Therefore any date between January 1st and March 25th was often double dated
i.e. 1695/6. New Years was changed to January 1st in 1752. Therefore the date of John Tolson?s
administration only preceded the appraisal of Benjamin 's estate by two months. [Enclosure # I5]
The final Northumberland County document is a deed from Catherine. Abraham and Daniel
Dunaway to Tho: Moon. A John, Samuel and Joseph Dunaway appear to have a small claim on
the land also and also sign the deed. These appear to be alI the sons ofJohn Dunaway who
married a daughter of Dennis Eyes/lze. [Enclosure # 16 Copy of original attached] It appears
that the older sons did not have a full share of the subject property. This deed also gives
information that John Dunaway had a son Joseph who does not appear in the birth records as
abstracted by Beverly Fleet (sent by you). Dunaway?s continued to reside in Northumberland
County although Abraham appears to have migrated westward into Westmoreland and the few
extant records of Stafford show a Daniel Dunaway located there by 1737. This Daniel would
appear to be the son of John and Catherine although there is no direct evidence of this
Daniel Dunaway, born in Northumberland 15 March 1682 and appears to be the same man who
resided later in Stafford County. dying there in 1751. The Samuel and Joseph who also appear in
Stafford County may have been Daniel's sons or brothers. They would appear to be more logical
candidates for father of Isaac who married in Stafford County in 1754, particularly since Daniel
of Stanford had a son Isaac baptized in 1751 too young to be Isaac who married Mary Ann.
Insufficient evidence is available from the extant records to firmly identify Isaac Dunaway's
father. although Abraham Dunaway does not appear a likely candidate. It does not appear that
further research on this family would prove useful. It appears that the Westmoreland and Stafford
County families probably do descend from John of Northumberland. given the usual migration
patterns of the area and naming patterns of the family. It is possible that two generations
intervene between Isaac and the John Dunaway of Northumberland County.
The Tolson family of Stanford County also presents an enigma. Benjamin Tolson appears to be
the most likely candidate to be the father of Mary Ann Tolson but his will does not name her.
Possibly some disagreement had occurred or he may be a brother. rather than her father. Tolson
families appear in Northumberland County about 1695. There were also Tolson?s in Maryland
and this family would benefit from further research.
Merrill Hill Mosher
I have more questions concerning this DNA test results Gary and our connection along with Andrew's connection with us. The genetic pattern is there, but none of us can find that direct link to each other? I have tried in vain the find the connection with Andrew and his ancestor to me. Yet the DNA says we are directly related? I know most of my Dunaway family ancestors going back 100-150 years reasonably well, but here too there remains a generation block? Same with you?
Another thing that puts water on my mantra is the DNA migratorial patterns of the Dunaway Family I am said to be 100% connected to. It reaffirms the claim by Elizabeth Clendening and S.Judson Dunaway in the 1959 book ?The Dunaways of Virginia?, that the Dunaway's came out of Ireland/Scotland. This debunks my research on the name being Saxon and the line coming out of Southern England. It is hard to argue genetics.
What is puzzling to me about this DNA migratorial pattern is the absence of the Dunaway, Donaway, Dunnaway, Duniway, Dunniway name in these gaelic regions? You find many, many Dunnaway names in Southern England, but hardly any in Ireland or Scotland? Maybe after the Battle of Culloden and the Disarming Act that followed (After the defeat at the Battle of Culloden in 1746, all clan land was entitled to Royalty. In addition, clans were banned of wearing tartan for nearly 100 years. Anyone caught wearing it faced a heavy penalty - that of being sent in exile for up to seven years!), many of these gaelic Dunnaway families were sent into Southern England to work as little more than slaves. Many of course opted to flee to the Carolina and Virginia Highlands, while others were exiled. Of course, this all happened more than 80 years after the Dunaway's we are related too came to our shores. I am just trying to explain the absence of the Dunaway name in these Gaelic regions.
I am just rambling now. So many questions, so little time.
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