Lenoir County, North Carolina
From the Walter Dunn Family Bible: William Walter was born 15 Jun 1832 the son of Walter and Cynthia Dunn [died 27 Apr 1907]. He married Susan H. Rountree 13 Feb 1860. Six children, Willie Charlie, Franklin Loftin, Maude Frances, Walter, Cynthia and "The Baby Boy" are buried in Dunn Cemetery - Tombstone Photos
Their remaining children were: Samuel Rountree, m. Mabel Sanders (his cousin); Francis Clyde, m. Ida Ellison and Robert Brown, m. Carrie Isler. North Carolina Wills by Alexander Martin
Maud Frances Dunn daughter of William Walter and Susan Rountree Dunn
1860 Lenoir County, NC Census - Kinston District
1870 Lenoir County, NC Census - William not found
1880 Lenoir County, NC Census - Kinston Township
NC Archives Lenoir County Deed Book Abstracts by Martha Mewborn Marble - Selected deeds from the existing Lenoir County Deed Books found at the Courthouse in Kinston. They include all re-registered deeds, deeds that refer back to earlier deeds and deeds that imply inheritance.
7 Dec 1850 Bk 2 p 554 Indenture Levi Hill and wife Mary to Richard W. King - $1150 for 161 acres tract NS Neuse adj main road leading from Kinston to Bell's Ferry, SE corner of Kinston, Walter Dunn Jr's line formerly Warren Kilpatrick's line being a part of the land set aside to James Aldridge in the division of the lands of Frederick Jones dec and being the lands conveyed by James Grace to Levi Hill and wife Mary by deed 7 Nov 1842. Levi signed and Mary used a mark. WIT: Nick Hunter, F. G. Griffin. Mary privately examined. Enrolled 26 Feb 1851, W. L. Loftin, ROD. Re-enrolled 22 Nov 1881, B. L. Taylor, ROD. NC Archives Lenoir County Deed Book Abstracts
5 Jan 1854 - Bk 7 p 213 Indenture - William W. Dunn to John Tull - $3,000 for 293 acres tract NS Neuse and known as Lot # 2 in the division of the lands of Walter Dunn, Sr., dec, adj Lot # 1, Flat Branch, up the river. Wit: Stephen White, W. B. Rhem. Enrolled 8 June 1854, Stephen White, ROD. Re-enrolled 9 Oct 1885, Geo. L, Hodges, ROD. NC Archives Lenoir County Deed Book Abstracts
15 March 1858 Bk 7 p 26 Indenture John Tull and Cynthia his wife to William W. Dunn for natural love and affection for our brother and $10 the late Walter Dunn Sr., dec by his Will submitted to the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions on Jan Term 1851 devised to Cynthia Dunn, widow of sd Walter during her life 2 tracts "the house tract together with the Lewis C. Desmond and Elizabeth land" adj Henry Tulls corner of the William Lovick land, corner of Henry Black land, Wooten Branch to Jericho Swamp, to Daniel Desmond land, to Popular Branch, William Crooms land, to the house tract, to Henry Tulls corner of the land bought of William B. Rhem and wife, Rudy Branch, Shadrack Loftin, John C. Washington, to Henry Tulls corner of the Lovick land 700 acres sd Walter Dunn in the next to last clause of sd Will devised the above lands after the death of his wife, Cynthia, to be equally divided between Martha Ann J. Dunn, William W. Dunn, Synthia Ann Dunn, Thomas F. Dunn, Almyoa R. Dunn and Melissa A. Dunn provided they all live to be 21 years old or marry the above children are his 6 youngest if they arrive at 21 or marry they are to receive their portion leaving the rest in common stock the sd Cynthia Ann Dunn has intermarried with the sd John Tull and we convey our share to him. WIT: Geo. Washington. Cynthia privately examined. Enrolled 30 June 1858, Stephen White, ROD. Re-enrolled 12 June 1885, G. L. Hodges, ROD. NC Archives Lenoir County Deed Book Abstracts
NOTE: It is not clear if this second deed was a re-enrolled deed or one to replace the original.
Bk 9 p 442 Deed no exact date but around the 15th of March 1858 Samuel H. Rountree and Martha J. his wife executed a deed to William W. Dunn for $300 the late Walter Dunn Sr. dec by his Will probated Jan Term 1851 devised to Cynthia Dunn his widow for her life 2 tracts viz 1st the home tract together with the Lewis C. Desmond and Elizabeth Desmond land adj Henry Tulls corner of the William Lovick land, Henry Blackland, Wootens Branch, Jericho Swamp, Daniel Desmonds land, Poplar Branch, William Croom, the Croom home tract, Henry Tulls corner of the land bought of William B. Rhem and wife, Reedy Branch, Shadrack Loftin, John C. Washington of 700 acres Dunns Will specified after the death of his widow the land was the be divided between Ann J. Dunn, William W. Dunn, Cynthia Ann Dunn, Theresa F. Dunn, Almira R. Dunn, and Melissa H. Dunn, provided they all lived to be 21 or marry should any not live or marry then the rest to be divided equally between my youngest 6 children - the sd Martha Ann J. Dunn intermarried with the sd Samuel H. Rountree the Rountrees were pd $300 by William W. Dunn for their undivided interest. ____ Nov. 1885. WIT: Wright Sanders. Martha privately examined. Enrolled 30 June 1886, Geo. L. Hodges. NC Archives Lenoir County Deed Book Abstracts
18 Feb 1863 Bk 2 p 558 Indenture Anderson R. Miller to Richard W. King - $800 for 500 acres a tract adj to the eastern boundary of the town of Kinston, Caswell Street, sd King's line which he purchased of Hill and wife, A & NC RR being the land purchased by sd Miller of Walter Dunn on 7 April 1857. WIT: Henry R. Strong, N. Hunter. Enrolled 1 May 1863, Reubin Barrow, ROD. Re-enrolled 23 Nov 1881, B. L. Taylor, ROD. NC Archives Lenoir County Deed Book Abstracts
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19 March 1867 Bk 7 p 177 Indenture Warren L. Kilpatrick and Mary his wife to John R. Phillips - $400 for a lot in Kinston southern part of town, at the N corner of a lot formerly belonging to S. E. Davis, to a field formerly owned by Walter Dunn now Stubbs heirs, corner of a lot formerly owned by S. E. Davis of 1/2 acre it being the land conveyed by Jesse S. Fordham to Jno. Gooding on 19 May 1857 and devised by said Gooding by will to the said Mary Kilpatrick wife of sd Warren. WIT: R. W. King. Mary privately examined. Enrolled 14 June 1867, W. W. N. Hunter, ROD. Re-enrolled 15 Sept 1885, Geo. L. Hodges, ROD. NC Archives Lenoir County Deed Book Abstracts
6 Nov. 1871 Bk 9 p 31 Indenture David S. Davis to Jordan Smith - $50 for a lot in Kinston SS of John F. Wooten and being the land purchased by sd Davis from Walter Dunn on 21 March 1868 being Lot # 24. Enrolled 27 May 1872, Book 40, pp 195, 196, A. C. Wadsworth, ROD. Re-enrolled 5 March 1886, Geo. L. Hodges, ROD. NC Archives Lenoir County Deed Book Abstracts
24 Dec 1872 Bk 9 p 138 Deed Stephen Miller to Moses Miller no price given for a lot in Kinston adj Louisa Lawhorn, Jane Curtis, bounded on the N by Bright Street, on the E by Jane Curtis, on the W by Louisa Lawhorn, on the N by an extension of Bright Street and known as Lot # 22 in the Davis plat and being part of the lot sd Davis purchased of Walter Dunn. WIT: E. R. Page. Enrolled 31 Dec. 1872, James K. Davis, ROD. Re-enrolled 20 March 1886, Geo. L. Hodges, ROD. NC Archives Lenoir County Deed Book Abstracts
10 March 1873 Bk 9 p 156 Indenture Stephen Miller to Burton Austin - $25 tract in Kinston and known as Lot # 36 in the Davis Lots originally owned by Walter Dunn Jr. and sold by him to sd Davis, on extension of Shine Street. WIT: David S. Davis. Enrolled 18 June 1873, Book 41, pp 36, 37, James K. Davis, ROD. Re-enrolled 23 March 1886, Geo. L. Hodges, ROD. NC Archives Lenoir County Deed Book Abstracts
27 Dec. 1873 Bk 5 p 286 Indenture Caroline Williams to Clara Thomas Williams for love and affection for her daughter several tracts in the eastern part of the town of Kinston one tract on NS of the extension of Caswell Street formerly the east corner of B. W. Quinn's lot, to ditch formerly Walter Dunn and J. H. Stevenson's lot and being the lot conveyed to sd Caroline by J. H. Stevenson and wife M. A. on 8 July 1869 another tract SS of the extension of Caswell Street, R. W. King, J. H. Stevenson, Louisa Davis, Louisa and John Davis, F. Bunn of 4 1/2 acres being the land conveyed to sd Caroline by J. H. Stevenson and M. A. his wife on 15 April 1870. Signed by mark. WIT: James K. Davis, Wm. R. Becton. Enrolled 10 Dec. 1874, Book 42, pp 150, 151, James K. Davis, ROD. Re-enrolled 7 Feb. 1884, B. L. Taylor, ROD. NC Archives Lenoir County Deed Book Abstracts
1 Jan 1875 Bk 3 p 43 Indenture John Tull and wife Winnie R. to Leander Faulkner - $1016.50 for 141 acres tract NS Neuse adj W. W. Dunn, James Faulkner and William Faulkner. Winnie was privately examined. Enrolled 11 Jan 1875, Book 42, p 22, James K. Davis, ROD. Re-enrolled 22 Dec 1881, B. L. Taylor, ROD. NC Archives Lenoir County Deed Book Abstracts
22 April 1875 Bk 6 p 13 Deed Stephen Miller to Walter Dunn, Jr. - $200 for several lots adj Missionary Baptist Church (colored), Methodist Episcopal Church (colored), Leroy ?? Lawhorne, Robin Williams a David Davis lot near eastern limit of Kinston, S of John F. Wooten Lots #3,4,5,6, and 1/2 of 7, Lots # 10, 19, 18, 33, 34, 35, 27. WIT: J. B. Webb. Enrolled 24 Oct. 1884, B. L. Taylor, ROD. NC Archives Lenoir County Deed Book Abstracts
11 Nov 1875 Bk 2 p 560 John W. Collins and wife Sarah. E. Collins to Richard W. King - $400 for several lots one tract adj town of Kinston, South Street, Henry Hines, sd King formerly Stubbs line, - 1/4 acre being the plot conveyed by Franklin Brown and wife Nancy A. to sd Collins by deed 9 Jan 1877 (sic) another lot adj to the town of Kinston adj Sarah Bunn and her children, Caroline Williams formerly J. H. Stevenson's line sd land was deeded to sd Caroline Williams by J. H. Stevenson and wife in a deed registered in Book 37 page 507 and part of the land was deeded by sd Stevenson to sd Williams in Book 38 p 551, adj Walter Dunn, Collins, Caswell street, East Street and being the land conveyed by Alexander Nicol and Susan E. his wife on 23 June 187?????. WIT: Horace West. Registered 11 Nov 1875. James K. Davis, ROD. Re-enrolled 23 Nov 1881, B. L. Taylor, ROD. NC Archives Lenoir County Deed Book Abstracts
8 March 1878 Bk 2 p 562 Deed Wright Quinn of Duplin Co to Richard W. King - $100 for 1 acre tract NS Neuse, SS of the town of Kinston adj sd King, Sidney Quinn alias Hudson, and John R. Phillips being the land conveyed by Walter Dunn to Wright Quinn on 27 Sept 1859 extension of Queen Street adj Sidney Quinn alias Hudson, sd King, John R. Phillips line formerly J. H. Jackson's land. WIT: J. A. Pridgen. Enrolled 20 March 1878, B. L. Taylor, ROD. Re-enrolled 23 Nov 1881, B. L. Taylor, ROD. NC Archives Lenoir County Deed Book Abstracts
28 Nov 1879 Bk 1 p 197 William Henderson Washington to Julia Ann Hawkins - $5 lot #19 adj Sylvester Lawhorne, Walter Dunn. WIT: John A. Pollock. Enrolled 14 April 1880 B. S. Taylor, ROD. NC Archives Lenoir County Deed Book Abstracts
6 September 1881 B 4 p 519 Indenture Henry D. Tiffany and wife Caroline C. of Westchester County, NY to Dr. H. O. Hyatt - $475 for a lot in Kinston being the SE part of Lot # 31 and being the lot conveyed by W. C. Loftin to Walter Dunn Jr. and by Walter Dunn Jr. to Adoloph Cohen by deed 13 April 1866 beginning at the NW corner of Caswell and Heritage Streets and running N with Heritage Street to the River and then down the river to Caswell street. Caroline privately examined in New York. Enrolled 2 May 1883, B. L. Taylor, ROD. NC Archives Lenoir County Deed Book Abstracts
25 Feb. 1886 Bk 8 p 336 Deed John Tull and W. R. his wife to Albert L. Rountree - $6,500 for 290 acres tract adj Henry Tull, John Tull, upper end of the Bright sein beach, on Neuse River, Flat Branch being part of the old Dunn tract drawn by W. W. Dunn and 30 acres of that part drawn by Mrs. Theresa F. Chadwick. Signed John and Winnie R. Tull. Winnie privately examined. Enrolled 17 March 1886, Geo. L. Hodges, ROD. NC Archives Lenoir County Deed Book Abstracts
Contributed by Bill Dunn
Newspaper Clipping - Wednesday May 1 (1907) - Mr. Dunn Succombs to Injuries
As a result of severe burns received Friday in a woods fire Mr. William W. Dunn is reported to be dying at his home a few miles from the city. Since two o'clock this morning he has been unconscious and his physician offers no hope whatever for his recovery. Face and throat, arms, hands and legs were badly burned and from some of the affected parts the skin peeled off in shields and the patient suffered excruciating agony.
The accident, or occurrence, by which Mr. Dunn received his probably fatal injuries is most horrible to contemplate. He is past the three score years and ten and has for the past few years suffered lapses in temporary mental aberration, and at such times he has a mania for setting fire to woods. He wandered from the home Friday afternoon and laboring under the hallucination that a certain piece of woods needed burning off set fire to it and was soon surrounded by the flames from the burning undergrowth. In his feebleness he tried to crawl to a point beyond the fire and in so doing was burned until he was overcome and sank exhausted to the ground.
The smoke attracted attention from the house and a woman, suspecting the cause, hastened to the place and found Mr. Dunn lying on the ground in the condition described. She summoned assistance and got him to the house and sent for medical aid. Mr. Dunn was rational and gave a tolerably coherent story of the occurrence which may be the cause of his death.
Mr. William Dunn is the father of Messrs. S. R., R. B. and F. C. Dunn of this city. He was for years prominent in county politics and represented Lenoir in the legislature besides being for several terms clerk of the court of the county. He was always a Republican in his politics and a leader of strength and ability in his younger days. He has a large and prominent family connection.
Mr. Dunn is between 70 and 75 years of age and for a number of years past has been in very feeble health.
Mr. William W. Dunn, who was fearfully burned in a wood fire near his home Friday, died Saturday evening as a result of the burns. He never regained consciousness Saturday, after sinking into that state, and died free from suffering.
Mr. Dunn was a member of the Masonic order belonging to the Chapter, Council and Blue Lodges, and the funeral Sunday afternoon was with the honors of the order. The burial took place at Maplewood cemetery, this city, and a large crowd attended. Rev. P.B. Hall conducted the ceremony.
Mr. William W. Dunn was born at the old homestead, near the city, June 17, 1832, hence he would have been 75 years old this coming June. He was the surviving one of a family of 11 children. In 1860 he was married to Miss Susan Rountree and as a result of the union nine children were born, all of whom are dead but three, Messrs. S. R., R. B. and F. C. Dunn.
Mr. Dunn was elected to represent this county in the legislature during the civil war and at the expiration of his term joined the home reserves, organized to protect the property and lives at home. After the war he served two terms in the house of representatives and one in the senate, besides holding other offices in the county. He was a power in politics in this county and was considered one of the strongest debaters of his day.
(Sons: Samuel Rountree, Robert Brown and Francis Clyde Dunn)