Name: Solomon DUNHAM 1
Birth: 1791 in Saratoga County, NY
Death: APR 1865 in Dupage/Kane County, Il.
Residence: Dupage County, Il.
Emigration: MAR 1835 To Illinois, by wagon with family
Occupation: Farmer, tannery, currier, boat runner
his father was from England. He was an American officer in the Revolutionary War. He had several sons and some were Tories on the British side. So brothers fought each other. His father died when Solomon was young. So Solomon learned tannery and currier and the shoemaker trade and was in the lumber business. He also ran a boat on the Hudson River. He was on a sail boat when the first steamboat plowed the Hudson. He ran a race with it.
He moved to Cattaraugus County NY where he also farmed.
March 1835 started in a wagon west with his family, wife and 7 children to St Charles Twsp, Sec 12. He bought 400 acres from Frances Perry, partly in DuPage Cty. HIs family stayed in Chicago with the Edmund Bartlett family while the men looked for a place to settle. It cost $1.25 rent for 10 days for 10 people.
He studied surveying and settled disputed of the claim jumpers.
Was the first Station Agent at Wayne Station on the Chicago & Galena Railroad. Built the first store there
Democrat, first County Commissioner, first Assessor in Kane County
- Harriet DUNHAM b: in New York
- Helen DUNHAM b: in New York
- Jane DUNHAM b: in New York
- Julia DUNHAM b: in New York
- Betsey DUNHAM b: 24 JUN 1819 in Erie County, NY
- Daniel DUNHAM b: 13 JAN 1821 in Erie County, New York
- Cordelia DUNHAM b: 11 MAR 1825 in Erie County, New York
- Emma DUNHAM b: AFT 1835 in Dupage-Kane County, Il.
- Mark W DUNHAM b: AFT 1835 in Dupage-Kane County, Il
- Title: History of DuPage County, Illinois by Rufus Blanchard, 1882
Page: p 200, 201, 209 B, p 270 A