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Fairfield/Edgefield SC 1770-1860s
Posted by: Lee Ann Gerhart Date: December 06, 1999 at 12:22:42
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I am looking for the ancestors of Green Berry Lee Dunkley of
Fairfield Co. SC (b. abt 1800), and a few other Dunkleys there
whom he is no doubt related to (John, Richard, another John, Sarah) as follows:

One of the potential ancestors of Green Berry Lee Dunkley (GBLD, for
short!) is John Dunkley. I have a lot of information on John Dunkley
(granted land on Broad River in SC in 1771). 1775 is that last year
that I see land transactions with John's name on them in Fairfield Co.
In a book called SC Baptists: Broadriver Baptist Church. John Dunkley,
Burkhalters Creek on Broad River, 1764 & 1777.

Richard Dunkley enters the record scene in 1797 when he sold the
same tract of land to Nathan Cook as was granted to John Dunkley in
1771, so I believe he is John's son. Richard is in various Fairfield
Co. SC land transactions as grantor, grantee, or witness from 1797 to
1809 when he sold some land he had purchased in 1807 to David Alston.
Richard may have been married to the daughter of John A. Arrick.

John Dunkley (Richard's son or brother?) enters the record scene in
1807 as a witness to Richard's land purchase refered to above. He is
also a witness of several transactions for the Richardson family
(usually David), and always appears as a witness with James Long, Jr.
This is significant because GBLD married Izette Long Richardson, the
sister of James Long, Jr. and the widow of William Richardson, brother
of David. Izette was a peer with John Dunkley, 16-20 years older than
her second husband GBLD. This John Dunkley is last seen in Fairfield
Co. records in 1809.

GBLD married Izette around 1821 and enters the records around 1822
when he and Izette deeded a slave to a minor named Jackson Richardson
who is probably her son, James Jackson Richardson. He and Izette
continue to be in the records until 1832 when they sell their interest
in land that Izette inherited from her father James Long, Sr. They sold
it to Henry Yarborough. The Yarborough's were neighbors and frequent
witnesses for both the Longs & Richardson's, too. William Y. was a
contemporary of John Dunkley's and Henry Y. is a contemporary of
GBLD's. Whethere they are related or not is unknown.

Some of Izette Long's family left SC in 1820's and went to Limestone
Co, AL and by 1830's were in Fayette Co. TN. In 1840 some went to MS
and some to TX. GBL Dunkley is found in Nacogdoches TX in 1839. He was
granted land and his daughter Izetta Elizabeth Dunkley married Robert
Merritt, who also had headright lands. In 1845, GBLD left TX and moved
to Lauderdale Co. MS and married Rebecca Elizabeth, the widow of James
G. Pringle (b. SC, but never in any of my family records from SC). They
named their first son John G. Dunkley.

John Dunkley, last seen in Fairfield in 1809 may be the John Dunkley
of Edgefield Co, SC. A John Dunkley appears there in the 1820 census as
age 26-45. In 1830, John Dunkley is age 50-60. Together, these would
indicate that he was age 40-45 in 1820 and 50-55 in 1830 and therefore
born 1775-1780, making him a contemporary to Richard if he is the same
John Dunkley as was in Fairfield. He may have been GBLD's father and
remarried when he moved to Edgefield. He is in the 1840 Edgefield
census, but I haven't pulled it yet. In 1850, his young wife, Obedience
is age 53 and the oldest child is Julia age 24. In 1860, Biddy
(Obedience) is 68 and head of household indicating he died between 1850
& 1860. Biddy is too young to be GBLD's mother, but John is not too old
to be his father. He may have been married to a Long or Richardson back
in Fairfield (if it is the same one).

Another reason I believe that the John Dunkley of Fairfield is the
John Dunkley of Edgefield is this. Neither Richard or John appear in
the Fairfield Census records. However, in 1790 & 1800, Sarah Dunkley is
in the census as head of household. In 1790, Sarah "Dunklin" has 2
males under the age of 16 (Richard and John?) and 3 females. In 1800,
Sarah "Dunkley" has one male 16-26 (John?), one female less than 10, one
female 16-26 and one female older than 45 (that would be Sarah, born
before 1755). In 1810, Sarah "Dinkley" is in Edgefield County with no
males, 3 females under 10, 1 female 10-16, one female 36-45, but that
can't be right if this is the same Sarah Dunkley.

I'm thinking the lineage may go something like this:
John Dunkley & Sarah (b. before 1750 to get land in 1771, died before
1790 for Sarah to be in the 1790 census alone) -- is he the one from
Halifax VA? What about Martha Wilson?
Richard Dunkley (b. before 1776 to get land in 1797)
John Dunkley (b. 1775-1780 -- although I've seen children witness)
(I think that Richard was the older one since he got the land and
emerges in documents sooner)

GBL Dunkley (b. 1800) could be the son of either Richard or John.
Richard seems to be close to the Longs, but John is close to both the
Richardsons and Longs as is GBL Dunkley's wife, so I tend to favor John,
but it could be either. I am sure that finding the source of Green
Berry Lee Dunkley's name may give a clue or two. He doesn't seem to
have inherited any property on his own, but I'm sure that the record is
not complete.

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