Mary Dunbar (Jones) (1748 - 1830)

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Birthplace: Weston, Massachusetts United States, Weston, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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About Mary Dunbar (Jones)

Mary Jones, born on July 11, 1748 in Weston MA and died on August 2, 1830 in Boston MA. Only grandparent Henry David Thoreau knew.


  1. on October 22, 1772 in Salem MA to Asa Dunbar, becoming Mary Jones Dunbar
  2. in 1798 to Captain James Minot / (conflict data from sources) Captain Jonas Minott and settled on his farm on Virginia Road, Concord. He died 1813.


  • In 1772, Mary Jones (1748-1830) had married with the Reverend Asa Dunbar (1745-1787). They had had two children in New Hampshire, first Charles Jones Dunbar in 1780 in Weston and then Cynthia Dunbar in 1787 in Keene NH. A month after the birth of Cynthia Dunbar, the Reverend Asa Dunbar died at the age of 41. In 1798, 11 years later, the widowed Mary Jones Dunbar remarried with the widower Captain Jonas Minot and brought her children from Keene, New Hampshire with her to live on his farm in Concord, Massachusetts. By this time all nine of Captain Jonas Minot’s children by his previous marriage were grown.
  • Cynthia Dunbar lived on the Virginia Road farm some 14 years before her marriage in 1812 to John Thoreau. Since her own father the Reverend Asa Dunbar had died a month after her birth, Captain Jonas Minot was the only father figure she knew. After Captain Jonas Minot died in 1813, Mary Jones Dunbar Minot asked Cynthia Dunbar Thoreau and John Thoreau to administer her “widow’s third” of the farm, but in 1818, less than a year after their 3d child David Henry Thoreau had been born there, they moved away.


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Mary Dunbar's Timeline

July 11, 1748
Weston, Massachusetts, United States
October 22, 1772
Age 24
Salem, Essex, MA
May 22, 1787
Age 38
Keene, Cheshire Co., NH
July 19, 1798
Age 50
Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
August 2, 1830
Age 82
Boston, Massachusetts, United States