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Dunn, Socrates

SOCRATES DUNN, farmer, post-office Sheakleyville, son of James and Maria (Thompson) Dunn. The grandfather, Alex. Dunn, was a native of Eastern Pennsylvania. He settled in French Creek Township, Crawford County. He was a farmer and one of the early justices of the peace, appointed by Gov. Snyder in 1809. The father of our subject was born in Crawford County, and settled where the borough of Sheakleyville is now located in 1828. He entered the service of the United States in the War of 1812, at the age of twelve years. By occupation he was a carpenter, and was engaged for many years at that trade. He was the father of thirteen children: William T., Mary L., Alexander, deceased; Maria B., deceased; Socrates, Euphrates, deceased; Sarah C., Harriet, Hettie, James J., Arvilla, Julia, deceased, and Lucy, deceased. He was burgess of Sheakleyville, and filled the office of postmaster for eight years, and was a prominent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of that village. His wife died in 1865, and he in 1874. Our subject was born in June, 1831, and was reared on a farm. At the age of twenty-four he located on his present farm, lying within the borough of Sheakleyville, where he has farmed with good success. He was married in 1856 to Sarah, a daughter of Thomas D. Richardson, of Mercer County, by whom he had the following children: William J.; George E., deceased; Laura A., married Charles D. Ray; Hettie M., Charles T., Frank B., Sarah E. and Mary A. Mr. Dunn is a Prohibitionist, and one of Sandy Creek’s progressive farmers.


 

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