While researching Elijah Dungan through census records, I find information that conflicts with the idea that he married Rachel Yanders first, then Mary Elizabeth Grimes Johnson.
Either Elijah Dungan was married to a totally different wife before he married Mary Elizabeth Grimes, or he was married to her first, then Rachel Yanders. Possibly this Mary Elizabeth Grimes is not the same Mary Eliz. who married Curtis Johnson. There certainly is a problem with dates, etc. If she had a child by Johnson in 1804, she must be older than Elijah Dungan who ws born in 1793. She may have lied about her age on the 1850 census, but his marriage to Rachel Yanders does not show up until the 1860 census.
In the 1850 census for Smyth Cty., VA, we find Elijah Dungan, occupation:mason,with a wife named Elizabeth, He is 57, making his birthdate abt. 1793 in VA. His wife Elizabeth, age 47, is born in Ireland. There is a George Dungan, age 31, probable son, living with them. The next person is likely George's wife, named Ann, age 32, b. VA. They have 2 children, Nancy age 2 and Peleg age 1, both b. in VA, Also living with them is Samuel Dennison, age 81, a laborer, b. VA.
Could this Elizabeth in the 1850 census be the same person as Rachel Yanders?
Elijah and wife Rachel are listed in the 1860 census for 1860 > Virginia > SMYTH > SEVEN MILE FORD P OSeries: M653Roll: 1377 Page: 869. He is 66 and she is 59. There is an Alfred Dungan, age 18, b. VA, laborer, living with them. Is he their son or perhaps a grandson???Elijah is a stone mason. All are bron in Virginia. Surname Given Name Age Sex Race Birthplace State County Location Year DUNGANELIGAH66MWVAVASMYTHSEVEN MILE FORD P O1860
In the 1870 census for Smyth Cty., VA, we find Elijah Dungan, age 77, no occupation, living with Elisha Dungan, age 44, and his wife Sarah A. age 39. This Elisha Dungan is the son of Jesse Dungan and Sarah Ann Hayes, making this Elijah Dungan his uncle.
1870 census record for Elisha Dungan. Elisha Dungan is listed in the census for 1870 > Virginia > SMYTH > MARION TWP Series: M593Roll: 1679Page: 40. He is 44, and wife Sarah A. is 39. Children are:Mary J. age 16, Nancy E. age 14, Sarah C. age 12. Thomas W. age 9, Jessee W. age 7, Emily F. age 5, Susan V. age 2, and finally Elijah Dungan, age 56, without occupation, born in Virginia as are all the rest of this family. Surname Given Name Age Sex Race Birthplace State County Location Year DUNGANELISHA44MWVAVASMYTHMARION TWP1870
Can anyone shed more light on the marriages of Elijah Dungan?