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Hugh Dunn, Sr.

Birthplace: Plymouth, Devonshire, England
Death: Died in Piscataway Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Piscataway Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States
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Son of John Dunn and Ann Dunn
Husband of Elizabeth Dunn
Father of Mary Bonham; Ann Elizabeth Runyon; Hugh Dunn Jr.; Martha Ann Runyon; Joseph Dunn and 8 others
Brother of Elizabeth Dunn; Anne Dunn; Jane Dunn; Martin Dunn; Nicholas Dunn, Sr. and 4 others

Occupation: Captain of NJ Militia, 9children
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About Hugh Dunn, Sr.

1.HUGH DUNN   Hugh Dunn was born in England.  It is not know when or how he emigrated.  In 1663, he settled in Dover, New Hampshire and was given a 10 acre lot on the Lamprey River.  Being made a free man indicates that he had either completed an indenture or an apprentice ship.

On July 18, 1664, he received a 20 acrey lot on the Lamprey River.  In 1666, Hugh sold his land in New Hampshire and moved to Piscataway, NJ, where he married Elizabeth Drake in 1670 or 1671.

Elizabeth Drake, a daughter of Francis and Mary (Walker) Drake, was born in England in 1648 and came to America with her family.   At the time of his marriage, Hugh bought 90 acres of land in Woodbridge, NJ.  He continued to live in Piscataway and was given a patent for 138 acres of land there in 1678.  He was one of the founders of the Baptis church is Piscataway in 1678.

Hugh died at Piscataway November 16, 1694 and his will was dated October 7, 1691.  His wife died later.   Children of Hugh and Mary (Drake) Dunn.  

  •   2.  (1). Mary                    b.Jan 19 1671/2 d.after   1705         m.Hezekiah Bonham  1690 
  •   3.  (2). Francis                 b.Mar 5 1673/4  d.young 
  •   4.  (3). Elizabeth               b.Mar 19 1675/6 d.after   1707         m.John Runyan  Jul 20 1692
  •   5.  (4). Hugh Jr.                b.Nov 18 1678   d.after   1724         m.Elizabeth Martin  Aug 9 1697
  •   6.  (5). Martha                  b.Jul 13 1681   d.young 
  •   7.  (6). Samuel                  b.Mar 22 1683   d.after   1723         m.Ester Martin  1704
  •   8.  (7). Jonathan                b.Jun  3 1688   d.young 
  •   9.  (8). Joseph                  b.Jan 20 1689   d.after   1730         m.Hannah Drake  1711
  •  10.  (9). Benjamin                b.Aug  1 1694   d.after   1728         m.Sarah Johnston  Aug 14 1719



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Birth Location Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey, USA Ireland

Hugh Dunn

Birth: 1650

Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey, USA

Death: 16 NOV 1694

Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey, USA

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John Dunn 1620 –

Ann Hickson 1629 –

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Elizabeth Drake 1653 – 1711

     Ann Elizabeth Dunn 
     1676 – 1756 
     Hugh Dunn 
     1678 – 1736 
     Martha Dunn 
     1681 – 1738 
     Hannah Drake Dunn 
     1681 – 1748 
     Joseph Dunn 
     1689 – 1748 

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Hugh DUNN, Sr. was a prominent figure in the affairs of Piscataway, New Jersey, as one of the four original grantees of a 40,000 acre tract in a grant dated Dec. 28, 1666.

The earliest record of "Hew DONN" is on the 1662 Tax List of Dover, NH, at Oyster River. In 1663 he was received as a freeman in Dover, and in 1664 he is listed in the Dover Town Records as having been granted 10 acres for a house he had built below the Lamprey River Lower Falls (New Market Twp.). In exchange the town took 10 acres from the 30 acres he possessed at Sandy Bank up the river a short distance above the falls (Town of Durham).

Many of the colonizers to Piscataway settled there in response to a document published in 1665 through the representative of the king and nobles, Sir Philip CATERET, which was known as the Concessions and Agreements of the Lords-Propietors. Some of the concessions offered were in the form of land grants, religious liberty and freedom in secular affairs.

Hugh DUNN disposed of his real estate in the Piscataqua region of New Hampshire and emigrated to New Piscataway in New Jersey along with three other original grantees: John MARTIN, Charles GILMAN and Hopewell HULL. His land holdings increased more in 1670-72 when he became the owner of 92 acres in the adjoining town of Woodbridge; however, his permanent home remained in Piscataway, Middlesex County. In 1678 he had a patent for 138 acres in Piscataway and added to it the next year.

Although the origin and parentage of Hugh DUNN have not been proven, he was born c.1640-42. He married Elizabeth DRAKE on Dec. 19, 1670 at Piscataway, and they had nine children. She was the sister of Rev. John DRAKE and the daughter of Captain Francis DRAKE and Mary WALKER, who were formerly residents of Portsmouth, N.H.

As well as being a planter, Hugh DUNN was also a militiaman, civil officer and churchman. He served on the first Grand Jury in 1684 of which there were 17 members. Along with five other men, and was instrumental in organizing the Baptist Church in Piscataway, where his brother-in-law, John DRAKE was minister for 50 years. He, himself, was one of three lay preachers.

Hugh DUNN died Nov. 10, 1694 leaving a Last Will and Testament dated Oct.7, 1691 and probated Dec.10, 1694 in Piscataway.

Submitted by Barbara Dunn Jones of Richmond, Texas

The Children of Hugh DUNN, Sr. and Elizabeth DRAKE were.

1. Mary, b.Jan 19,1671/2 m.Hezekiah BONAHAM in 1690.

2. Francis, b. Mar.5,1673/4

3. Elizabeth, b.Mar 19, 1675/6 m.John RUNYAN July 20, 1692

4. Hugh, Jr. b.Nov 18, 1678 m. Elizabeth MARTIN Aug. 9, 1697

5. Martha, b.July 13,1681

6. Samuel, b.Mar 22, 1683/4 m. Esther MARTIN in 1704

7. Jonathan b. June 3, 1688

8. Joseph, b. Jan 20, 1689 m. Hannah FITZ RANDOLPH in 1711

9. Benjamin, b. Aug. 4, 1694 m. Sarah JOHNSTON

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Hugh Dunn, Sr.'s Timeline

Plymouth, Devonshire, England
January 19, 1671
Age 21
Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey
March 5, 1674
Age 24
Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States
March 19, 1676
Age 26
Portsmouth, Old Norfolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
November 18, 1678
Age 28
Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, USA
July 13, 1681
Age 31
Piscataway Township, Middlesex County, Province of New Jersey