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Chronological problems in the Jeremiah Dungan - Deborah Drake marriage
Posted by: David Boles (ID *****0801) Date: August 19, 2010 at 08:17:30
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Deborah Drake, traditionally stated to have been the wife of Jeremiah Dungan of Bucks co, Pa, was b. 8 Jan 1686/7 [Monnette, First Settlers, 1930-4]. Their daughter Mary m. 6 July 1718 to Abraham Van Horn [Williams, Christian Berentsen Van Horn, 1911].

However, in 1732 the will of Clement Dungan named as executor his brother Jeremiah, and left a bequest to Mary, explicitly stated to be Jeremiah's youngest daughter [Justice, Ancestry of Jeremy Clarke, 1922]. Mary had sisters Martha and Susanna [Justice], and thus by Clement's testimony was at least a third child even if all of her brothers were younger than all of the sisters.

How is this chronology possible? It would seem to demand two consecutive marriages at about 13 year ages: Deborah Drake Dungan b. 1686/7, m. ca 1700 (at about age 13), followed by 3 daughters born about 1701, 1703, and 1705, the last of whom m. 1718 (at about age 13).

Any insights into the solution of this problem would be very welcome.

David Boles

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