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Edward Bartley Dulian/Doolen/Dulin b. ~1852, Missouri?
Posted by: Bill Johnson (ID *****4687) Date: January 12, 2003 at 10:27:52
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Various cousins and I are researching, and being mystified by, the above fellow. We know quite a bit about him but haven't a clue what his ancestry was. He was born in 1852, probably but not certainly in Missouri, and married Sarah Jane Moore of Illinois, living first in Boone County, MO under the name Edward Dulin and subsequently moving to LaSalle County, IL -- where the family name was, and remains, spelled Dulian.

Thing is, he was known to be illiterate, and the spelling of his last name was undoubtedly an improvisation. There are no Dulians in the census records before 1880. The family, as recently as my mother's generation, pronounced the name "DOO-len," leading to the conjecture that the original spelling was Dulin, Doolin, Doolen, etc. Accordingly I'm inquiring in the boards with similar spellings to see if anyone knows of an Edward Bartley D {insert spelling here}, or failing that, any marriages of a male Doolen/etc. to a female Bartley, as it is conjectured that his middle name was his mother's or grandmother's maiden name.

This ring a bell with anybody?

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