Walter Dunn Sr. & Jr.
Craven-Lenoir County, NC



This home sits at the intersection of Cunningham and Dunn Family roads in the Tower Hill area, Kinston, NC. The Walter and Cynthia Dunn Cemetery sits in a field next to the home.


Walter Dunn Sr., 1751-before 1830
Walter Dunn Jr., May 15, 1788-Dec 26, 1850


Walter Dunn Jr. was the son of Walter Dunn Sr. and wife Sarah Patrick who lived in Craven County before moving to Lenoir County sometime before 1780. Walter Jr. married Cynthia Loftin Nov. 10, 1818, daughter of Shadrack Loftin, when she was 14 years old. A family story is that soon after their marriage, someone came to visit them and saw her playing in a tree with her dolls.


The Robert Potts families lived in the vicinity of the Walter Dunn Sr. and Jr. families as shown in deeds on this website. The 1781 deed from Stringer Potts to son Daniel Potts mentions the land was "on the north side of the Neuse River and on the east side of Jerico Branch".


1780 - Dobbs County Tax List - Walter Dunn (Sr), 400
District # 9 Harvey
Lenoir County - East of Kinston but north of Neuse River including Tower Hill Road vicinity, and Kinston north to Wheat Swamp and east of Snow Hill Road.


1780 - Dobbs County Provision Tax - Collected from Capt. Matts. Harvey's District
Walter Dunn (Sr), 400, 5 Oats


Dobbs and Lenoir County Court Records, 1768-1801 - DSCR 206.301.3
Jurors: March 1800
Wm. Easterling sh. - Joshua Taylor, Walter Dunn (Sr.), Joseph Taylor


Newbern Spectator October 16, 1841
State of North Carolina - Lenoir County
Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions - July Term AD 1841

Walter Dunn, Admr. of Walter Dunn, Sen. dec.
(Father of Walter Dunn 1788-1850)
Original Attachment levied, &c.

It appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that Richard G. Croom resided without this State. It is ordered that notice be given by public advertisement in the Newbern Spectator for six weeks, that the said Richard G. Croom appear before the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions to be held for the county of Lenoir at the Courthouse in Kinston on the first Monday of October next and replevy and plead to issue or judgment final will be entered up against him. Witness Louis C. Desmond, Clerk of our said Court at Kinston the first Monday of July AD 1841.
Lewis C. Desmond Clerk

Walter Sr. does not appear on the 1830 census and this court case may have been an effort to collect an old debt.


Lenoir County, NC Tax 1844 List

North Carolina State Archives - "Treasurer's and Comptroller's Papers, County Settlements with the State", Box 6. - A list of Taxable property in Kinston district for the year 1844.

1. Name of Taxpayers
2. White Poles
3. Black Poles
4. Number of acres
5. Value

Dunn John Q. no more information
Dunn Walter Senr. 13 b, 2081 a, $6763
Dunn (William) Walter Jnr. 1 w, 17 b, 950 a, $4089
Walter Senr. above 1788-1850


January 8, 1851 - Carolina Republican New Bern - In Lenoir County at the residence of John H. Coward on the 26th of last month, Walter Dunn, Sr. in the 63d year of his age.

(This was Walter Dunn 1788-1850 - he is referred to as Sr. as he had a son Walter - three generations of the name Walter).


Walter Dunn Estate Papers

At the time of his death, Walter had the two following tracts of land known by the name of the home place together with the Lewis C Desmond and Elizabeth Desmond land, bounded as follows:

Beginning at a black oak, Henry Tull's corner of the William Lovick land, also a corner of the Henry Blackland and runs North 60 East to the Wooten's Branch, then down the various courses of the same, to Jericho swamp, then down the meanders of the said swamp to the Daniel Desmond land, then with the line of that land South 28 East to the poplar branch, then up the various courses of the said branch to the William Croom land then with the Croom line South 79 West to a lightwood knol, a corner of the Croom land and home tract, then South 5 West to Henry Tull's corner of the lands bought of W B Rhem & wife, then a small branch, then down the meanders of the same to Rudy branch, then down Rudy branch to an oak, Shadrack Loftin's corner, then with Loftin's line to John C Washington's corner in a small branch, then down the courses of said small branch to Jericho, then up the meanders of Jericho to Henry Tull's corner of the Lovick land, then with his line to the beginning; containing by estimation seven hundred acres, more or less.


American Advocate Kinston July 10, 1856 - Notice
The Subscriber offers a tract of land lying just 3 miles from Kinston on the north side of Neuse River on the road leading from Kinston to Pugh's bridge containing 250 acres, 130 of which is cleared and in a high state of cultivation. Said land is better known as a part of the celebrated Town Hill plantation formerly owned by Walter Dunn, deceased. There is about 15 acres of land drained, deaded and under fence, which when cleared, will produce from 8 to 15 bbls of corn per acre. Now is the time to call and examine as the present crop on the land will itself speak for the fertility of it.
Ed. H. Chadwick
Kinston July 9, 1856


  • Walter Dunn Jr. & Tower Hill

  • Walter Dunn Jr. Bible

  • Walter Dunn Census & Neighbors

  • Walter Dunn Sr. & Jr. Deeds, 1808-1846

  • Dunn Family Re-Registered Deeds

  • Dunns in Lenoir County Record Book

  • Walter Dunn Estate Papers, 1887

  • Walter Dunn Estate Inventory

  • Cynthia Loftin Dunn Will, 1884

  • Dunn Family Cemetery

  • Shadrack Loftin Bible father of Cynthia Dunn

  • William Walter Dunn son of Walter & Cynthia Dunn


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