Hiram Dunkin / Duncan War of 1812







Hiram Dunkin and Olive Hill

The following is background information on Hiram Dunkin and Olive Hill Dunkin:

HIRAM DUNKIN – (son of Mark Dunkin, who was the son of Peter Dunkin, Schoolmaster, of Mecklenburg, Anson, Tryon and Lincoln Co. NC )

Born Oct 23, 1790 (from headstone, Refuge Baptist Church, Henderson Ct. NC and Duncan Family Bible*

Died 14 July 1867 (Pension records, War of 1812)

Married 6 Jan 1814 to Olive Hill.  Married  in Mountain Creek (Rutherford Co NC) (source pension records)

OLIVE HILL – Daughter of Charles Hill (b. 17 July 1771) and Katharine ? (b. 10 Jan 1774) (will of Charles Hill, Rutherford Co NC names son-in-law, Hiram Dunkin) – birth dates from Duncan Family Bible

Born June 16, 1797  Died Dec 13 1879 (tombstone, Refuge Baptist Church, Henderson Co NC and Duncan Family Bible)

Pension Record of Hiram Dunkin/Duncan

WAR of 1812            Soldier:  Dunkin, Hiram              Bounty Land

or Duncan, Hiram                     28.241-80-50

Numbers:                  Widow:  Dunkin, Olive              25.480-80-55

Wid Orig 1244

Wid Ctf. 1552

Service  Pvt. Capt Frost’s Co NC Mil

Enlisted Feb 1 1814        Discharged Aug 8 1814

Residence of Soldier  1851-1855 Henderson Co NC

Residence of Widow  1869 – 1871 Henderson Co (PO Hendersonville)NC

Maiden Name of Widow:    Olive Hill

Marriage of Soldier and Widow:  Jan 6, 1814  Mountain Creek, NC

Death of Soldier:  July 14, 1867  Henderson Co NC

Remarks:  Orig Ctf. of Disch. in brief

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United States of America, District of North Carolina – In the matter of claim for pension of Olive Dunkin widow of Soldier of the War of 1812.  Personally appeared John Hill before the undersigned US Commissioner and being duly sworn according to law says that he was present at the marriage of Hiram Dunkin to Olive Hill and that she is the surviving widow of Hiram Dunkin the said Hill further testifies that he knew them to live together as husband and wife up to the time of the death of Hiram Dunkin.  Signed John Hill

Sworn to and subscribed this 28 Aug 1871 – Thomas Gibbs US Commissioner

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United States of America District of North Carolina.  In the matter of Claim for Pension of Olive Dunkin widow of Soldier of War of 1812.

Personally appeared Louis Hill before the undersigned US Commissioner being duly sworn according to aw says that he was an eye witness to the marriage of Hiram Dunkin to Olive Hill and that she is the surviving widow of Hiram Dunkin.  HE further testafies that Hiram Dunkin died at his residence in Henderson County NOrth Carolina July 14 1867.  Signed Lewis Hill.

Sworn to and signed before me this 2nd Sept 1871   Thomas Gibbs US. Commissioner

State of North Carolina, Henderson County NC.

I C. M. Pace, Clerk of Superior Court for the County aforesaid do hereby certify that the official character of Thomas Gibbs whose signature appears both _? affidavit.  In witness where of I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my_? seal at office in Hendersonville this 4 Oct 1871  C. M. Pace

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United States of America District of North Carolina.  In the matter of claim for pension of Olive Dunkin widow of Soldier of the War of 1812

J. D. Stradley US Commissioner for said district do hereby certify that after careful investigation and personal knowledge I am convinced the witness W. H. Pace and Thomas J. Stepp of Henderson County and state of North Carolina at no time during the late rebellion against the authority of the United States adherd to the cause of the enemies of the Government giving their aid and comfort or excused the functions of my office —?  under any authority or pertencal? authority in hostility to the United States  Aug 16, 1871  Signed D. Stradley US Commisssioner, District of NC

(NOTE: No idea what connections the above has with this pension)

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(This page is a Form of a Declaration Claim 324.893 – will not transcribe)

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Form of a Declaration to be Made by the Widow of a Deceased Person who has had a Land Warrant, and desires another

State of North Carolina, County of Henderson SS

On this eight day of April AD 1869 personally appeared before me Henry C. Garren with and for the County and State aforesaid, Olive Duncan, aged seventy two years, a resident of Henderson Co, in the State of North Carolina who being duly sworn according to law, declares that she is the widow of Hiram Duncan deceased who was a private in the company* commanded by Capt______, in the _Regiment of_____commanded by unknown, in the war of 1812 (blanks not filled in)  that her said husband volunteered at Rutherfordton NC on or about the tenth day of February AD 1812 for the term of two years, and continued in actual service in said war for the term of fourteen days, and was honorabley discharged I think at Wadesborro NC at the close of the war, AD 18__.

She further states that she was married to the said Hiram Duncan in Rutherford County NC on the sixth day of January AD 1814, by one George Flack, a Justice of the Peace and that her name before her said marriage was Olive Hill: that her said husband died at his residence in Henderson Co on the fourteenth day of July AD 1867 and that she is now a widow.

She further makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the bounty land to which she may be entitled under the act approved March 1855.  She also declares that she has not received or applied for bounty land under this or any other act of Congress, except as above mentioned.

I hereby authorize and empower B. D. Hyam City Washington DC my Attorney, to prosecute this my claim, to receive any certificate or warrant which may be issued in my name, receipt for the same, and receive any and all moneys due thereon, giving unto ____full power to endorse my name on said certificate or warrant and to do any other act in my name necessary to the full and final settlement of the claim.

W. D.  Morris & J. M. Heatherly (evidently witnesses)    Signature of Claimant  Olive Duncan, her mark

We Wm G. B. Morris and Leander J Gilbert, residents of Henderson County in the State of North Carolina, upon our oaths declare that the forgoing declaration was signed and acknowledged by Olive Duncan in our presence; and that we believe from the appearance and statement of the applicant, that she is the identical person she repressents herself to be, and is still a widow.

(signed)

Wm. G. B. Morris   & L. J. Gilbert

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A  Form 145427 92.382  Hiram Dukin, served as Duncan – Capt J. Frost, Col Pearson – rest illegible.

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Declaration to be made by a surviving Office or Soldier claiming additional Bounty Land.

Abstracted:  7 April 1855 – Hiram Dunkin age 64 – was private in company commanded by Captain John Frost in _Regiment of NC, commanded by Col Jesse Pearson.  He volunteered at Rutherfordton, NC on 10 Feb 1812 and was discharged at Salisbury NC on or about 13 day of Aug 1812—follows a statement from G. L. Edney and William M. Edney residents of Henderson Co NC stating they were acquainted with Hiram Dunkin.

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Bounty Claim form – no additional information

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Form for bounty land claim – abstracted:

28 March 1851 “personally appeared before me, a Justice of the Peace within and for the County and State aforesaid Hyram Duncan age sixty years, a resident of Henderson County State of North Carolina who being duly sworn according to law declares that he is the identical Hyram Duncan who was a private in the company commanded by Captain John Frost of the 9th Infantry Regiment of North Carolina Militia commanded by Colonel J. a. Dearson in the war with Great Brittain discharged by the United States on the 18th day of June 1812. That he volunteered at Rutherford Cove in the County of Rutherford and State of North Carolina on or about the 10th day of March 1812 for the term of two years and continued in actual service for the term of six months (which has been scratched out) and was honorably discharged at Salisbury in the State of North Carolina on the 8th day of August AD 1814 as will appear by certificate of discharge herewith presented…” form continues on – signed John Clayton, JP

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Back of previous page – Form dated 29 March 1851 “No 92 3 82 April 10/51 Hiram Duncan NC Mil 160 ac”

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92382 April 10/51 Hiram Duncan Capt John Frost 7 NC Mil in March 12 1812 3?? Jan 22 1852 Hiram Duncan and under Capt Frost from 1 Febryary to the 16 July 1814 B. F. Gallaher (signature) Warrant 28241 – (cannot read the rest)

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No 1244 Act of February 14 1871 War of 1812

Olive Dunkin Henderson Co NC widow of Hiram Dunkin Capt Frost NC Mil. Died 14 July 1867, Blue Ridge NC

Received April 10, 1871 B. D. Hyman, Presant Attorney

For service July 10 1871 – ? for death and cert. Wid’d ma & lay cirs??? Aug 11/71 sent cert in leiu of legal circ. Sept 19/71 letter from authority of office – loyalty circ, char circ recd. No endorsement ele 10 4/71 Oct 20/71 letter ??? 1/24/72 admitted Feb 1 Cert. OPFCA

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This page is a form: abstracted – “In the claim for pension of Olive Dunkin widow of a soldier of the War of 1812 under the Act of February 14 1871 No 1244 W. H. Pace and Thomas J. Stepp testify to the claimant’s loyalty.” Goes on as to the requirements of the certificate.

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This page is a form identical to page 14 except dated July 29 1871

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Back page of page 15 – signed by W. H. Pace and Thomas J. Stepp.

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This page is also a form. Declaration of Widow For a Pension dated 3 April 1871. Olive Dunkin age 74 and gives the same service information for Hiram as previously given. Last paragraph says ” that she was married under the name of Olive Hill to said Hiram Dunkin on the 6 day of January AD 1814 by George Flack at Mountain Creek NC, there being no legal barrier to such marriage; that her said husband died at Blue Ridge on 14 July 1867……” Signed Olive Dunkin (her mark) witnessed Andrew R. Shipman and Mar? Clark

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“State of North Carolina, Henderson County”" This day personally appeared before me Lewis Hill after being duly sworn declares and says that he was an eye witness to the marriage of Hiram Dunkin to the now surviving widow Olive Dunkin on the 6 January 1814 and that they lived together as man and wife until the death of the said Hiram Dunkin who died at his residence at Blue Ridge NC on 14 July 1867. Signed Lewis Hill. Sworn to and subscribed before me the 15 Jan 1872 CM Pace, CSC Henderson County NC

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Back of Widow’s pension form ” No 1552″ no additional information.

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(Discharge certificate)

“Salisbury, 8th day of August 1814. I certify that Hyram Duncan a Private in Captain John Frosts company of Infantry in the 7th Regiment of detached Militia from North-Carolina, in the service of the Unites Dtates, has performed his tour of service; and is hereby regularly and honourable discharged. Signed J. a. Pearfor? Colonel, 7th Regiment NC Melitia, U.States service.”

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Back of a form: “24893 Act March 3 1855 consolid. April 20, 1869. Olive Duncan, wid. Of Hiram Duncan Private Col. ____ NC Mil War of 1812 Recd.Wts. 28.241 – 80 Act ’50 8 25.480 – 80 – ’55 Lett June 21/69 RW Regecter signed B. D. Hyam, Prest.