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Daniel Dunham

Birthdate: (37)
Birthplace: Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts
Death: February 18, 1677 (33-41)
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Dea. John Dunham, of the Plymouth Colony and Abigail Dunham
Husband of Mehitable Hannah Dunham
Father of Hannah Alden; Mehitable Hayward and Daniel Dunham
Brother of John Dunham, Jr.; Samuel Dunham, of Plymouth; Rev. Jonathan Dunham; Abigail Atwood; Hannah Rickard and 3 others
Half brother of John Dunham, Jr.; Humility Dunham and Rev. Thomas Dunham

Occupation: Surveyor of Highways
Managed by: Virginia Lee Hill
Last Updated:

About Daniel Dunham

Daniel Dunham was born about 1639 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.1 He died on Thursday, 18 February 1677 in Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.2,4,1

He was the son of Deacon John Dunham and Abigail Balliou.2,3,1,4

On 1 January 1668 Daniel, married Mehitable Hayward, daughter of Thomas Hayward.2,1

TGMB say he was b say 1639 m say 1670 Hannah _____ (Named in his will) [PCPR 3:2:102]) Mehitable not indicated. TGMB page 603.


From Dunham genealogy: English and American branches of the Dunham family By Isaac Watson Dunham. Page 301:


  • 2. I.—Hannah, named in honor of his sister, b. in 1671; m. in 1690; Joseph Alden, b. in 1669. He was the son of Joseph Alden and Mary Symmonds and grandson of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins. John Alden d. Sept. 12, 1687, when Joseph was 18 years old. Hannah d. in 1747.
  • 3. II.— Mehitable, named after mother, was b. in 1672; m. May 30, 1700, Joseph Hayward, who was b. Nov. 23, 1669. He was the son of John Hayward and Sarah Mitchell, dau. of Thomas and Experience Mitchell, who in 1638. resided in Duxbury. Joseph Hayward, d. in 1750.
  • 4. III. —Daniel, b. 1675; m. Elizabeth in 1695; resided in Dorchester. She was b. in Rhode Island.


Made a Freeman of Plymouth May 19, 1670. He was a surveyor of highways in 1671. The 'Dunham Genealogy' states that he married in 1670 a mehitable Hayward (daughter of Thomas of Somersetshire, England & MA.), born about 1643, but no record of this marriage has been found.

Daniel Dunham became a freeman in 1660 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.1 On 25 January 1668 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, Daniel Dunham was mentioned in the will of Deacon John Dunham.5,6 Daniel Dunham served in 1671 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, as the Surveyor of Highways.1

    • Dunham, Isaac Watson. Dunham Genealogy, English and American Branches of the Dunham Family. Norwich, Connecticut: Bulletin Print, 1907.
    • Ancestral File. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, 1994.
    • MacDonald-Hilton, Jack, letter. 17 January 1995, to Taylor, Susan. Personal Genealogical Collection; RR1, Box 308, Paw Paw, Morgan County, West Virginia.
    • Damvelt, Marine S.. "Dunham Family Groupsheets". Compiled 1995. Kalamazoo, Michigan.
    • Winsor. "Abstracts of the Earliest Wills in the Probate Office, Plymouth", The New England Historical and Genealogical Register volume VII (1853).
    • Pope, Charles Henry. The Pioneers of Massachusetts. 1900. Reprint Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1981.
  • Records from the Plymouth Colony
  • Info from Isaac Watson Dunham
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Daniel Dunham's Timeline

January 29, 1640
Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts
Age 29
Plymouth Colony
Age 31
Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Age 34
Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
February 18, 1677
Age 37
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts

Will dated Jan. 28, 1677, inventory of his estate being taken Feb. 18, 1677.

August 13, 1929
Age 37
August 13, 1929
Age 37
August 13, 1929
Age 37
December 13, 1929
Age 37