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When researching the DUNHAM family, please note that The Dunham Genealogy book by Isaac Watson Dunham (printed about 1907) has many errors. And most importantly the book’s presentedancestry of John Dunham, who is often referred to as Deacon John Dunham, is fictitious (not real/fake.)
Deacon John Dunham was NOT born in or from Scooby, Nottinghamshire, England, and Abigail Wood was not real!
Deacon John Dunham was first married to Susan Kaino/Cainhoe and secondly married to Abigail Balliou.
SEE AND READ the various well-researched and sourced articles that appear in The American Genealogist (TAG), a well-respected and scholarly genealogy/history journal. Here are just a few of them.
The American Genealogist (TAG) volume 73 (April 1998) page 101 – 104, “The Fraudulent Ancestry of Deacon John Dunham of Plymouth” by Paul C. Reed.
The American Genealogist (TAG) volume 71 (July 1996) page 130 – 133, “The English Origin and First Marriage of Deacon John Dunham of Plymouth, Massachusetts” with “Appendix: Abigail “Balliou,” second wife of Deacon John Dunham” by Robert Leigh Ward.
The American Genealogist (TAG) volume 30 (1953) page 143 – 155, “Notes on the Dunham Family of Plymouth, Mass.” by Mrs. John E. Barclay, Whitman, Mass.
The American Genealogist (TAG) volume 36 (1960) page 243 – 249, “Jonathan2 Dunham of Plymouth and Edgartown, Mass.” by Mrs. John E. Barclay, F.A.S.G., Whitman, Mass.
The American Genealogist (TAG) volume 44 (1968) page 218 – 223, “Five Jonathan Dunhams Untangled” by Mrs. John E. Barclay, F.A.S.G., Whitman, Mass.
The first TAG article listed here points out where the errors are in the lineage presented in Isaac Watson Dunham’s book and why it is impossible that Deacon John Dunham is a descendant. The second article listed, shows the true lineage of Deacon John Dunham as found in original records.
Since these articles were written in the late 1990s, the actual church records have been located by individuals in addition to the author. John Dunham and Susan Kaino’s marriage record can be found in the parish of Clophill in Bedfordshire, England. Susan’s christening record and her father’s burial record can be found in Clophill also. The christening of John and Susan’s first child, John Dunham, can be found in the parish of Henlow, in Bedfordshire, England. Deacon John Dunham’s own christening record was found in Pirton, Hertfordshire, England showing him to be the son of Richard Dunham. Richard was found to have died in Langford, Bedfordshire, England and he left a will which names a son John amongst other children. Some details can be found in the TAG articles, or naturally in the original records themselves which can be rented on microfilm from the LDS/Mormon’s through FamilySearch.
Just because something is printed in a book it does not make it true. Ask yourself, where did the author get this information. A good author will cite the sources. Even then, check the information against the original record to make sure the facts were used correctly.
See the Dunham-Singletary Family Connections organization. For more information on Deacon John Dunham and the Jonathan Dunham alias Singletary (who was found by DNA not to be a descendant of Deacon John.) The organization’s website is:http://www.dunham-singletary.org/mw/index.php/Main_Pagehttp://www.dunham-singletary.org/mw/index.php/Main_Page
Also, please note that Abigail Balliou and her parents were from ENGLAND as noted in her marriage record to John Dunham. Yes, her father had the name Thomas but her mother has NOT been identified. That they were Huguenot is a mis-identification which was suggested and disproved. See the article in The American Genealogist (TAG), "Dunham-Ball(i)ou/Billiou Note" vol 71 page 250.
A Common Mistake made is assuming she was a daughter of Thomas Balliou and Ann Amie. These two persons were in Belgium (which is NOT Zuid-Holland Netherlands). That Thomas is identified as having died in Belgium prior to the Abigail Balliou's 1622 marriage in Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands, where her father was Present and Living. (He was not noted as deceased in the record.) So those two Thomas' CAN NOT be the same person.
Another mistake made is that Ann Amie is identified as dying in Leiden but buried in Langerbrugge. Langerbrugge is not in the Netherlands it is in Belgium. It is highly unlikely that she died in one country and is buried in another. It appears the death place was altered to make the family fit with Deacon John's second wife Abigail Balliou.
These discrepancies clearly are a research RED FLAGS that something is highly wrong with the lineage that people keep repeating without researching in original records to prove or disprove what was stated by someone years before. If a genealogical work does not clearly state what original record a supposed fact came from or you have not seen that original record then you need to research it, not blindly repeat it.