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Andrew Dunning

Birthplace: Olsten, Wexford, Ireland
Death: January 18, 1736 (71-72)
Maquoit, Brunswick, Cumberland County, Maine, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Brunswick, ME, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Susan Dunning
Father of Lt. James Dunning; Robert Dunning; William Dunning; Andrew Dunning and David Dunning

Occupation: Blacksmith
Managed by: Kerbon Heath
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About Andrew Dunning

Andrew is believed to have brought his family to Falmouth ME from Londonderry Ireland on the ship "Maccullum" in 1718. It is also believed that Andrew owned two negro slaves.

In 1722, the family held up in their fortified house as the settlement was destroyed by Indians in the Fourth Indian War (Lovewells War). From 8/14/1722 to 1/15/1723 Andrew Sr, Andrew JR, David and Robert were on the muster list of Capt John Gyles of Fort George in Brunswick ME.

From page 218 of Scotch Irish Pioneers in Ulster and America By Charles Knowles Bolton

... Colonel David Dunning was the son of Andrew Dunning, who was born in 1664, and came with his wife, Susan Bond, to the lower Kennebec, known then as Georgetown in Maine. After a year Andrew settled at Maquoit in Brunswick. He was a blacksmith, and died January 16,1736, aged 72 years. His children were James, Andrew, Robert, William and David. He and Andrew McFadden evidently were able, thrifty settlers, not unlike those led by McGregor, and they also were from the Bann Valley.

From page 99 of The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. "The Dunnings of Maine"

It is quite clear that the Dunning family of Brunswick came over with the so-called Scotch-Irish immigrants of 1717-18 from Londonderry, Ireland. The military enrolment of Andrew Dunning and his sons in 1723 declares that they came from Ireland. But, although sometimes called Irish, they were all Scotch, who had lived for one or two generations in Ireland.

1. Andrew1 Dunning, born about 1664, died at Brunswick 18 Jan. 1736 [?1736/7], aged 72 years. He married, according to tradition, Susan Bond, who perished in the burning of her house a year after her husband's death. A negro slave narrowly escaped death at the same time.

Andrew Dunning came to New England in 1717, and in that year bought lots in the town of Brunswick, as the records of the Pejepscot Company declare. The following year, as it seems, his family came over with the immigrants from the north of Ireland. His son, David Dunning, aged 86 in 1793, testified that he had lived in Brunswick "ever since I was a boy of twelve years of age." On 8 Oct. 1767 the same David Dunning deposed "that on or about the year 1718 I came first to Boston and in the same vessel with Mr. Andrew McFadden and his wife (who is now a widow) and that soon after we came to Boston we came down together in the same vessel to the eastern country; that the said McFadden and his wife went to live at a place in merry meeting bay called Somersett.—The deponent adds that he has lived in the town of Brunswick constantly ever since the year one thousand seven hundred and eighteen and within ten or fifteen miles of Somersett aforesaid."*

The ship Macculum, James Law, master, arrived at Boston from Londonderry, Ireland, 1 Sept. 1718. The same ship sailed from Boston to Merry Meeting Bay on 8 Sept. 1718. Rev. James Woodside in 1723 said in a petition that "he with 40 families, consisting of above 160 persons did in the year 1718 embarque on a ship at Deny Lough in Ireland in order to erect a colony at Casco Bay, in your Majestys Province of Main in New England. That being arrived they made a settlement at a place called by the Indians Pegipscot, but by them Brunswick, within 4 miles from Fort George, where he had a garrison house."

That garrison house was: built by the Pejepscot Company at Maquoit, on Middle Bay, in the southerly part of Brunswick. Near by Andrew Dunning bought his lots and built his house, on the farm occupied in 1878 by Patrick McManus. Here he lived as a blacksmith and farmer, "much respected for his integrity and uprightness of Character."

He was buried in the old cemetery near the first meeting house, on Main Street, a mile or so south of Bowdoin College, and his gravestone is said to be the oldest one in Brunswick and to have been made by his son James.

The inscription reads as follows: Here lyeth the Body of Mr Andrew Duning who departed this life Ianawary the 18th Anno Dom 1736 aged 72 Yre.


  • i. James,1 b. in 1691.
  • ii. William, b. about 1700.
  • iii. Robert, killed by Indians in 1724.
  • iv. Andrew, killed By Indians in 1724, aged 20. William Dunning of York was appointed administrator of his estate, 4 Oct. 1726.
  • v. David, b. in 1706.
  • Cf. Bangor Historical Magazine, vol. 6. pp. 38-39.

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Andrew Dunning's Timeline

Olsten, Wexford, Ireland
Age 27
Bann Valley, Olsten, Wexford, Ireland
Age 29
Ashburton, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Age 36
Olsten, County Wexford, Ireland
Age 40
Olsten, County Wexford, Ireland
Age 41
Wexford, Wexford, Wexford, Ireland
January 18, 1736
Age 72
Brunswick, Cumberland County, Maine, Colonial America
Brunswick, ME, United States