JOHN C. DUNN, a highly respected citizen of Washington township, was born in Blackford county, Ind., August 8, 1840, and is the son of Thomas and Sarah (Reasoner) Dunn, the father having been born in Pennsylvania in 1812, and the mother in Ohio in 1815. Thomas Dunn emigrated with his parents to Virginia when a boy, remained there a short time, and accompanied them to Henry county, Ind. He lived with his parents until he was of age, and then learned the carpenter's trade. About this time he entered eighty acres of land in Washington township, Delaware county, which he afterward traded for another eighty acres in the same township, in section 10. This was about the year 1842. In 1865, he bought the Cumberland mills in Grant county, and operated them until the time of his death, which occurred in November, 1881. This enterprising man also owned an interest in the Elizabeth mills in Washington township, now operated by his son, John C. He likewise owned eighty acres of land in Jefferson township, Grant county, and forty acres in Washington township, Delaware county. This property was cleared by his own industry and good management. He filled the office of township trustee for sixteen years, and took a very active part in politics, always supporting the republican ticket. He and his wife were members of the Presbyterian church, in which faith she lived and died in 1890.
John C. Dunn's boyhood days were spent upon the farm, where he acquired a thorough knowledge of farming. He enlisted in 1862 in the Eighty-fourth Indiana infantry for three years, and during the war, all of which time he served except one month, taking part in the Atlanta campaign, and was in the following battles: Buzzard's Roost, Pulaski, Duck river, Franklin and Nashville. In the last named battle he was wounded in the knee by a minie ball, and was in the hospital for five days. He was mustered out in June, 1865, having served throughout the entire war. He has never made application for a pension. Upon his return home he worked for his father one year in the mills, and then traveled for a few months in Iowa and Illinois and the northern part of the state.
Mr. Dunn was married May 19, 1870, to Sarah Horner, born in Darke county, Ohio, in 1843, daughter of Andrew and Nancy (Walker) Horner, natives of Pennsylvania. Her father was a farmer of Grant county, Ind. Mrs. Dunn died February 22, 1891, and was buried in Elizabethtown cemetery. She was the mother of one child, Della, wife of William R. Janney, a farmer of this township. Mr. Dunn married again October 25, 1892, the maiden name of his wife being Clara E. Irwin, born in Clinton county, Ohio, October 30, 1852. She is the daughter of Joseph and Nancy (Killian) Irvin; the father having been born February 24, 1817, in Fayette county, Ohio, and the mother in Clinton county, Ohio, April 11, 1825. The father was a cabinet maker, and followed that trade all his life. In the year 1856 he settled at Atlanta, Logan county, Ill., where he remained until his death, which occurred December 22, 1888. He was an active member of the Christian church, and was the deacon in that body for years. Mr. Irvin was a strong supporter of the republican party. His widow is living with her daughter, Mrs. Dunn.
J.C. Dunn is a deacon in the Presbyterian church, and his wife is a member of the Christian church. In politics he is a republican, and always takes a lively interest in election. Mr. Dunn has been in the milling business since 1866; first in Cumberland, and then in the Elizabeth mills; being now owner of the latter, and doing an excellent business. He also owns a store at that place, where he sells all kinds of merchandise. In addition to this property he owns fifteen acres of land adjoining the mills, and is in very prosperous circumstances.
A PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF DELAWARE AND RANDOLPH COUNTIES, IND., A.W. Bowen & Co. 1894