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Surnames: Dunlap, Boston, Follett, Lewis, Patrick, Christy, Rhode, Burch
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The Dunlap women cited in George W. Patrick's will were Rachel Dunlap Clay and Amelda
Dunlap Huff. Amelda Dunlap Huff was my maternal grandmother. Her name was precisely Viola
Amelda Dunlap Huff, born in 1861 in Mills County. Rachel was her sister who was born in
1860. Rachel first married Robert Suhr, and after his death she married Albert Clay.
Rachel is buried in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Anderson Township, Mills County, Iowa.
Viola Amelda Huff died in 1946 and is buried in the Clarinda, Iowa (Page County, Iowa)
They were the daughters of William Alexander Dunlap (1837-1905) and Sarah Abigail Lewis
William A. Dunlap was born in Clay County, Missouri, a son of James and Rachel (Jamison)
Dunlap, originally of Virginia. James Dunlap was born in 1794 in Rockbridge County,
Virginia, son of William (1767-1835) and Elizabeth (Coursey) Dunlap. Elizabeth Coursey,
daughter of James Coursey, was born in 1769 and died in 1851. James served in the War of
1812, and along with 6 or 7 of his siblings, migrated to Missouri in the 1820s. After his
wife, Rachel, died in Liberty, Missouri, James Dunlap and his 4 children moved to Silver
Creek Township in Mills County, Iowa in about 1856. The 4 children of James Dunlap were:
Martha Elizabeth Dunlap who married Andrew Boston, William Alexander Dunlap who married
Sarah Lewis, James Dunlap who married Sophronia Holloday, and Virginia Ann Dunlap who
married Warren King Follett. All of these families lived in Silver Creek Township in the
1860s and 1870s. Martha Dunlap Boston lived there until she died in the 1930s.
There is a lot more of the Dunlap history in Rockbridge and Augusta Counties in Virginia,
dating back to the 1740s, including information about Robert Dunlap and James Coursey who
served in the Revolutionary War.
George W. Patrick's wife was Roxanna Lewis, sister of my great grandmother, Sarah
Abigail Lewis Dunlap. George and Roxanna had no children which probably explains why G.W.
Patrick's estate was left to his nieces and nephews. Roxanna and Sarah Lewis'
parents were James and Eleanor (Burch) Lewis who moved from Knox County, Ohio to Andrew
County, Missouri in about 1845, and then to Mills County, Iowa in about 1853. James and
Eleanor Lewis' son was John B. Lewis, a merchant in Hillsdale, Mills County, Iowa and
in Tabor, Fremont County, Iowa. He married Demaris Kelly. John and Demaris Lewis'
children (who were nieces/nephew of Patrick's wife, Roxanna), Fay Lewis, Ruth Lewis
Rhode, and Cliff Lewis, were cited in G.W. Patrick's will. Ruth Lewis Rhode's
husband was Oliver Guy Rhode of Fremont County, Iowa. I do not know the exact relationship
between the Christy family members who were named in the will, but they may have been
children of another of the Lewis daughters, Ann Lew!
I have recently learned that James Lewis was probably a son of William Lewis and Rhoda
Conger of Knox County, Ohio. The Lewis and Conger families migrated to Ohio from Morris
County, New Jersey, after the Revolutionary War.
If your Dunlap family was not connected to any of the Dunlaps mentioned above, it should
be noted that Dunlap was a very common name and that at least one Dunlap unrelated to this
family lived in western Iowa in the last half of the 19th century. However, your
ancestress may have been related to one of James Dunlap's siblings who settled in
Missouri. James Dunlap's brothers in Missouri were: William, Robert, Alexander, and
Preston. His sister there was Winifred Dunlap Whitlock.