Note: Samuel #1 was born 11 May 1742 Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey Samuel #2 died 18 Feb 1824 Berkeley County, Virginia. I believe these two Samuel's are one and the same Samuel! This is the most likely connection for him. (This must be proven or disproven). Circumstantial evidence that he was the Samuel who was born in 1742 is: 1. He is noted as "away, and might not return in ten years" in his mother Mary Smith Dunham's 1784 New Jersey will. The will states that Samuel had a son named Jacob. 2. He was in Berkeley County, Virginia in 1783-1824 (perhaps as early as 1778), so that would fit the will's statement that he was away in 1784. 3. He named a child Mary (after his mother Mary Smith & Grandmother Mary Rolph) 4. He named one of his son's Benjamin (after his Grandfather Benjamin DUNHAM & brother Benjamin) and one of his daughter's Hannah (after his sister) 5. My dna test shows my line is definitely from Jonathan Singletary/alias Dunham's line and Samuel born 1742 is the only Samuel from Jonathan's line not accounted for. He settled in Back Creek Valley, Berkeley, Virginia between 1778 and 1783. This area was formally Frederick County. It became Berkeley County in 1772. Back Creek Valley was first settled in 1732- 1735. Jeremiah Smith and two friends explored Back Creek in 1730 and returned to their homes in New Jersey to prepare families to emigrate. Samuel and Hannah were members of Mill Creek Baptist Church in Gerrardstown, Virginia. He is not listed in the 1777 Berkeley County tax records. The first record of him is in 1783 where he is listed on the 1783 tax records of Berkeley County, Virginia: Samuel DUNHAM: 1 w tiltable, 3 horses and 1cow. He is listed again on the 1787 Virginia Census, Berkeley County, Virginia: Samuel DUNHAM: four horses, five cattle. He purchased 100 acres in 1788 and in 1790 350 acres. He purchased 117 acres on 13 June 1791. He appears on the Berkeley County Land Books in 1788, 1790, 1791, and 1796. Nine generations of his descendants have lived continuously in Berkeley County since 1781. That's 227 years! Many of them are still farmers. He was a farmer all his life, having a total of 614 acres and 11 rods of land in his estate. He had 12 children, seven boys and four girls. 72 grandchildren have been found. In 1810 he owned 2 slaves. Samuel DUNHAM of Berkeley County's first two recorded land purchases were made from men "of Washington County, Pennsylvania" There is a Land office treasury warrant # 377 that was issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia and recorded in Berkeley County, Virginia on March 11, 1794 to one Samuel DUNHAM as an assignee of "Smith Slaughter." The warrant goes on to describe the metes and bounds of the eleven acre 3 rods parcel, referencing among other adjoining properties Land owned by Samuel DUNHAM of Berkeley County, Samuel DUNHAM of Berkeley County, Virginia was a Baptist. 1810 Census of Berkeley County, Virginia: Page 553 Samuel DUNHAM 1 male 10-16 1 male 16-26 1 male 45 & over Females 1 45 & over, 2 slaves 1820 Census of Middletown, Berkeley County, Virginia : Page 195 Samuel DUNHAM 1 male over 45 1 female over 45 He was probably buried on his land and tombstone was of whitewashed rock and the cemetery has since been farmed over and lost. Sources: 1. Research by David Lee Dunham (authur of this book) 2. Research by Gratia Dunham Mahoney (professional genealogist) 3. Research by Tom Berg (a descendant) 4. LDS 5. Ancestry.com 6. Rootsweb.com, family trees, databases
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