Here's my bio for Jonathan Dunham Jr. with more at:
I'm still trying to link this family to the human race, so would be interested if ever you find or hear of anyone else interested in his lineage. There are at least 2 children in this family, but the only one I know about, Albert Warren Dunham b. 1828 NY, died in the Mormon Battalion before he had children. Jonathan Dunham Sr. would be born before 1880, and could connect to one of the many Dunham lines of Connecticut, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. As Jonathan was such a prominent church, military, and civic leader in Nauvoo, I think its terrible that no one has made his lineage available yet. ~vt.
Jonathan Dunham 1800-1845
Jonathan DUNHAM was born 14 Jan 1800 in Paris, Oneida, New York. He ordained Archibald M. WILSEY an Elder in 1835 in New York, and soproves he was an earlier convert to the LDS Church. Jonathan preached the gospel on a mission in New York state 9 May 1836-1837. He preached in Indiana in July 1840 and 10 April 1843. He baptized and confirmed Elizabeth BAKER in 1841 at Switzerland County, Indiana.He resided at Kirtland Geauga, Ohio as a member of Kirtland Camp; His family was listed as 4 individuals. At Mansfield they were met by the sheriff and a deputy with a warrant for several of the brethren for Kirtland Safety Society money and Josiah Buterfield, Jonathan Dunham, Jonathan H. Hale, and Joseph Young were committed to jail. They were discharged by the court at noon the next day.
He was at Far West, Missouri in 1837-1839 as a member of Zions Camp in a company of over 60 wagons and nearly 400 souls, organized under the directions and leadership of President Joseph Young, Elias Smith, and Jonathan Dunham. They started from Kirtland on July 4, 1837, and arrived in Far West on October 20th. Jonathan Dunham was the Engineer. The business of the engineer was to go through the rich settlements and towns where he could buy provisions cheap and bring a wagon load to the camp each night.
The Silas Hillman autobiography page 13 relates the final surrender in Missouri, "Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, Sidney Rigdon, Lyman White and Parley P. Pratt were betrayed into the hands of the mob by Colonel Hinkle under the pretention that they wanted to hold a treaty or something of the like. When they went to meet the leaders o the mob, they were surrounded by armed men with bayonets fixed and marched into camp of the mobs, after which wewere called upon to deliver up our arms and leave the state imediately. Our arms were taken from us in a way we were not expecting: an alarm was given of an attack of the mob, we rallied out with the expectation of fighting them and were marched out facing them, but were ordered into a hollow square. Meantime the mob gathered around us and we were ordered by Colonel Hinkle to lay down our arms, which was done with the greatest reluctance, some throwing their arms down with much vehemence! Captain Dunham breaking his sword in three pieces over his knee before he threw it down, we were then marched back into Far West, surrounded by the mob, and were kept most of the day under guard of Bogard's men blacked up like Indians, after which we were kept n Far West and not suffered to go out without a written permit from the mob. We were in this situation some three weeks, if memory serves me right, and during his time a portion of the mob marched back to Adam-ondi-Ahhman, took the arms from the brethern there and drove them into Far West, and also the massacre of Haun's Mill took place. Families commenced leaving during the fall ad winter, and as fast as conveyances of any kind could be obtained, they all took their exit for the state of Illinois."
At the Quincy Illinois conference of the Church 17th March 1839, Brigham Young and the conference voted that Elder Dunham be reproved for his improper course of calling a conference at Springfield Illinois, and that he be advised to adhere to the counsel given him.
Later he was at Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois 1842-44.Jonathan performed the marriage 13 October 1841 for Rosetta DEAN and Sheperd GLAZIER at LaHarpe, Hancock, Illinois.
He was a Colonel in the Nauvoo Legion. He was appointed both superintendent of construction and armorer for the arsenal in the city of Nauvoo for the security of the public arms from June to August 1843.
In July 1843:"Elder Jonathan Dunham, a man of character and judgment, was appointed to visit the Pottawattamie Indians under the Pottawattamie guide Neotanah. The body of the Indian people were then settled on the Missouri river nearly due west some three hundred miles from Nauvoo. This portion of Elder Dunhams journal was incorparated within te narrative of the Prophet's autobiographical journal. The concluding paragraph of Dunham's journal expresses disappointment with his explorations, the object of which since his journey covered something like six hundred miles, and was attended by Indian guides both going and returning, was not "bee Hunting," but most probably prospecting a possible trail and locating resting places for the Saints when engaged in the coming westward movement."
On Feb. 21, 1844, a meeting of the Apostles was held at Nauvoo for the purpose of selecting a company to explore Oregon and California and select a site for a new city for the Saints. He and Phineas H. Young, David D. Yearsley and David Fullmer volunteered to go.
On Wednesday June 19th, 1844 the Legion were again on the ground, when it was publicly anounced that all property in the city was in the hands of the Major General (Jonathan Dunham) and would be disposed of at the best advantage for citizens and troops. The city being under the strictest order of martial law.
On he night of June 20, 1844, Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith , John Portineus Greene and Captain Jonathan Dunham left Nauvoo secretly, passed over into Iowa, where they remained till the 23rd in the afernoon, when they returned to the city. Joseph Smith wrote, "While I call up in remembrance before the Lord these men (Joseph B. Noble, Samuel H. Smith, Arthur Millikin) I would be doing injustice to those who rowed me in the skiff up the river that night, after parted with the lovely group--who brought me to this my safe, and lonely, and private retreat -- Brother Jonathan Dunham, and the other, whose name I do not know. Many were the thoughts that swelled my aching heart, while they were toiling faithfully with ther oars. They complained not of hardship and fatigue to secure my safety. My heart would have been harder than an adamantine sone, if I had not prayed for them with anxious and fervent desire. I did so, and the still small voice whispered to my soul: These, that share your toils with such faithful fearts, shall reign with you in the kingdom of their God; but I parted with them in silence, and came to my retreat. I hope I shall see them again, that I may toil for them, and administer to their comfort also. They shall not want a friend while I live; my heart shall love those, and my hands shall toil for those, who love and toil for me, and shall ever be found faithful to my friends. Shall I be ungrateful? Verily no! God forbid!" While Joseph Smith was incarcerated in Catharge jail, Joseph wrote an oficial order to Jonathan Dunham to bring the Legion and rescue him from being killed, but Dunham did not let a single man or mortal know that he had received such orders. After Joseph Smith was killed June 27th, Greene's feeble health deteriorated and he died 10 Sep 1844. Joseph Smith's death affected all the Saints to a great degree.
Saturday, July 6th, 1844, the Legion were paraded on the campground at the hour apointed and were addressed by Major General (Jonathan Dunham) and by his orders were dismissed until further orders were given as the war appeared to be at a close. The Legion were then called upon to return the powder and lead and the arms which had been distributed among them, at headquarters the next morning at 8 o'clock, after which the Legion dispersed.
In Dec 1844, Sunday 22nd, the 13th, 14th, and 15th quorums of Seventy were organized in Nauvoo, with Charles Bird, Jonathan Dunham and John Lytle as senior presidents.
In February 23 1845 Jonathan preached at a Sunday meeting held at Bishop Jonathan Hales and was followed by Sister Lucy Smith, the mother of Joseph Smith.
Norton Jacob was called at a general conference of the Seventies in the Nauvoo temple to act as one of the seven presidents of the fourteenth quorum because of the vacancy caused by the death of Brother Jonathan Dunham which occured 28th July 1845 in the west from Illinois (probably Iowa).
~by Vern Taylor 2007
Times & Seasons: Springfield, Illinois Vol. 1, p. 15; Lawrenceburgh, Indiana Vol 4, p. 157.
Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, p. 1306-1307.
Norton Jacob Autoiography, BYU, p. 18.
Samuel Richards Diary BYU, Bk2, p. 37.
Allen Stout Journal BYU-S p. 19.
Hosea Stout Dairy BYU-S p. 26.
HIstory of the Church Vol 3 Ch. 20, p. 283.
History of the Church Vol 4 Ch. 34, p. 582.
History of the Church Vol 5 Introduction, p. 27
History of the Church Vol 5 Ch. 5, p. 109
History of the Church Vol 5 Footnotes: "I have seen much delightful country, but the prospect for bee hunting is not as good as I could wish."
Jonathan Dunham's journal is located in the Historical Department of the LDS Church.
Nauvoo : Block 112, Lot 1 tenant
Kimball 1st: 25 1/16 of an acre
70's Record p 222
Westward Migration of the Mormons, p 122
[S33] LDS - Seventies: Early Seventies, Black, Harvey Bischoff, Compiler and Editor, p 222
[S185] Book - Profile of Latter-day Saints of Kirtland, Ohio and Members of Zion's Camp, 1830-1839; vital stats and sources, Backman, Milton V., Jr., Compiler, (Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 1982), Members, p 22, p 124
[S22] LDS - Early Mormon Records, , Vol 1, p 89
[S5] Book - Heart Throbs of the West, 12 vols., Carter, Kate B., compiler, (Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1939-1951), p 268
[S34] Book - History of the Nauvoo Legion in Illinois, Sweeney, John, Jr., (MA Thesis, Brigham Young University), in Illinois, p 87
[S6] LDS - Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:1830-1848, 50 vols., Black, Susan Easton, Compiler, (LDS Church, Salt Lake City, 1990), 1830-1848 by Susan Easton Black, Vol 14, p 661
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