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Michael Dunnell

Birthplace: France
Death: 1713 (72-73)
Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Pierre Dwinelle
Husband of MARY Mrs. DUNNELL; Mary Dunnel and Mary Dunnell
Father of John Dwinnell; Joseph Dwinell [Dunnel]; Dr. Michael Dwinnell; Magdalen (or Magdelen) Holgrove; Thomas Dunnell and 7 others

Occupation: French Huguenot who came to America after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685; settled in Topsfield
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About Michael Dunnell

Surname has also been reported to be:

Date and place of birth have also been (erroneously?) reported to be:

  • 1640 in Scotland
  • 1640 in England
  • 1640 at Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts
  • 1642 at Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts

French people were prohibited from settling in Puritan towns in colonial New England until the 1680s, so it is presumed that this Michael migrated there from the British Isles, and possibly was born there.

From an unidentified source: Michael, perhaps a French Huguenot refugee, came to Topsfield, Mass. before revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. Michael m. Mary (Reed?). He was a large landowner. Around 1660 he settled on the farm astride the old Salem Road, and the farm remained in the family ever since. His son, Michael, Jr., became Topsfield's first medical doctor. Michael (Sr.) will was proved in 03-1717.

Date of death might instead be 1717.


  1. The True Genealogy of the Dunnel and Dwinell Family of New England, Henry Gale Dunnel, M.D. of New York City, 1862
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Michael Dunnell's Timeline

December 5, 1670
Age 30
Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts
January 20, 1672
Age 32
Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts
December 16, 1674
Age 34
Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts
April 17, 1677
Age 37
Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
February 24, 1678
Age 38
Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 39
Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts, Colonies
Age 39
Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts
January 25, 1682
Age 42
Topsfield, Essex County, MA, United States