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Ancestors of Christopher Glen Colson

      46. Henry Clay Dunbar, born 14 September 1815 in Flemingsburg, Fleming Co., KY407; died 10 May 1897 in Worthan, Freestone Co., TX408. He was the son of 92. Alexander Dunbar and 93. Mary Polly Cooper. He married 47. Mary Amanda Brewster 18 February 1845 in Charleston, Coles Co., IL409,410.

      47. Mary Amanda Brewster, born 14 November 1825 in Illinois411,412; died 09 April 1869 in TX413.

Notes for Henry Clay Dunbar:
Index to 1860 Fed. Census, Henderson Co., TX:

DUNBAR HENRY C. page 043 Athens P.O. Federal Census Index TX39128723
DUNBAR ZACARY T. page 043 Athens P.O.

Index to 1880 Fed. Census, Runnels Co., TX:

DUNBAR HERNY C. page 628 E.D. 110 Federal Census Index TX289120937

Fort Chadbourne, Coke Co., TX Cemetery Records Show:
DUNBAR, Dora Mineriva      Dec 4, 1874      Sept 27, 1890     
Wife of W. S. Dunbar

1. William1 Dunbar was born Abt. 1630 in Scotland. He married Ann.

On May 22, 1650, William Dunbar a Scotsmen, and Richard Bennett, an Englishman and 38 other British, subjects landed in Virginia at the mouth of the Rappahannock, where' Lawson’s Creek joins that great river. This area was then called Northumberland. William Dunbar was the first of his family to come to Virginia. His wife, Ann, would follow him 11 years later. Wife, Ann Dunbar, arrived in Northumberland, (later Westmoreland Co.) VA on September 20, 1661 and they soon settled on a Westmoreland farm and later across the Potomac River in St. Mary’s County, MD. Some of the Dunbar’s moved to Loudoun County, VA, others to Madison County, KY, Boone County, MO and to Oklahoma and Texas. During this time they would intermarry with the Weedens of Westmoreland and Faquier Counties, VA. The Hedges of MD and Ky, the Fergusons who came from Scotland to NC.[FTM]


State of Illinois,
Coles County.

On this 4 day of November A.D. One Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty personally appeared before me, Clerk of the County Court, within and for the county and State aforesaid, Henry C. Dunbar aged thirty four years, a resident of Coles county, in the State of Illinois, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical Henry C. Dunbar who was a Second Lieutenant in the Company commanded by Captain W.W. Bishop in the third Regiment of Ill Volunteers commanded by Col. Ter's Forman in the war with Mexico declared by the United States on the day of A.D. 1846 that he volunteered at Charleston on or about the third day of June A.D. 1846 for a term of twelve months, and continued in actual service for the term of twelve months and was honorably discharged at New Orleans on or about 20th day of May A.D. 1847 as well appear by the Muster roll of said Company(Certificate of discharge not being here)

He makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining Bounty Land, to which he may be entitled under the "Act granting Bounty Land to certain officers and soldiers who have been engaged in the Military service of the United States," passed September 28th, 1850.
Henry C. Dunbar L.S.

Sworn to and subscribed before me the day and year above written, and I hereby certify, that I believe the said Henry C. Dunbar to be the identical man who served as aforesaid, and that he is aged as above stated.

In testimony whereof, I Enos Stutsman, Clerk of the County Court, within and for the county and State aforesaid, have hereunto subscribed my name, and affixed the official seal of said Court at my office in Charleston, Ill.


State of Illinois, Cole County. On this twenty first day of Oct. 1850 personally appeared before me the [ill] judge of the County Court of Coles County with in and for the State and county aforesaid Henry C. Dunbar aged thirty four years, a resident of Coles County, Illinois who being duly sworn according to law declares that this is the identical Henry C. Dunbar who was second lieutenant in the Company Commanded by Captain W.W. Bishop in the Regiment Commanded by Col. Ter's Forman the 3 Regiment of Illinois Volunteers in the late war with Mexico that he volunteered in the town of Charleston, Coles County Illinois on or about the first day of June 1846. That the company was seaived in to serv's on the 27 day of June at Alton Illinois by General Shields and after wards was inspected and sworn in to serv's by Col. Churchill on the 8 day of July [ill] that he remained with the Company except when detailed on extra duty until the Regiment was sent back by General Scott from Jalappa and returned to Orleans and mustered out of service on or about 21 day of May 1847.

He makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the Bounty Land to which he may be entitled under the act granting Bounty Land to sertin Officers and soldiers who have been engaged in the military service of the United States passed Sept. 1850

S.S. Henry C. Dunbar

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 21-day of October 1850 and that by certify that I know the aforesaid Henry C. Dunbar to be identical individual who served as afore said and that the facts set forth in the foregoing declaration is true .

S.S. ?


The petition of Henry C. Dunbar for a pension for services in the Mexican War of 1846 & 1847 was sent to the Pension Office a short time after Congress by a late act passed the Mexican Pension Bill allowing every soldier a pension of eight dollars per month. The petition set forth the following facts. That the said Henry C. Dunbar was Second Lieutenant in Company D. 3rd Regiment of Illinois Volunteers commanded by Col. Forman. The Company had the following officers, W.W. Bishop was Captain. John Adams was First Lieutenant. Henry C. Dunbar (the petitioner) was Second Lieutenant. ______ Jones was 3rd Lieutenant. All the officers of the Company are dead except the petitioner, Henry C. Dunbar. That the Company to which he belonged was a volunteer Company and volunteered in Charleston, Coles County, Illinois about the 20th of June 1846 They mustered Alton Illinois and were organized into Regiments about the first week in July 1846. That the 3rd and 4th Regiments were placed under the command of General Shields. That they landed at the mouth of the Rio Grande while the 1st and 2nd Regiments under Col. Hardin and Bissill were placed under General Wool. While we were encamped at the mouth of the Rio Grande awaiting orders from General Taylor, a great many of Gen. Shields Regiment were taken sick. That he (Said Dunbar) was ordered by General Shields to take the sick of both Formans and Bakers Regiments to Matamoras and place the sick in Hospital. There were about 160 persons on the sick list belonging to the 2 Regiments . Of the 160 sick nearly one third were dangerously sick. I was ordered to remain with them and see that they had attention. And that all those that the Hospital Surgeon pronounced unable to proceed and secured surgeon's certificate to that effect were to be discharged. All that are cured were to proceed and join the main Army while all those who died (he Dunbar) was to have decently buried. After remaining at the hospital about 2 weeks, some 65 of 70 in numbers were able to go & were sent to Camargo. About 40 in number died and the balance were sent home on surgeon certificate of disability. When he joined the main army eleven men accompanied him to Camargo. That he remained with the army until the Regiment was disbanded at New Orleans in May 1847. That he was in the battles of Vera Cruz and Cerro Gordo. And was mustered out of service as above at New Orleans. The officers were commissioned by Governor Ford of Illinois\

His commission together with other papers were misplaced during the late War. Mr. Dunbar is now 72 years old. The wife of Mr. Dunbar (I mean the late) who was his wife in [missing line] dead [ill] Mr. Dunbar is now nearly blind and a very poor m,an in worldly goods and unable to make a living. With the petition that was forwarded to the Pension Office in last January was a certificate made by William Wilson an older and respected citizen of Limestone County Texas stating that he saw Mr. Dunbar start to the Mexican War from said Coles County, Illinois and that he saw him when he volunteered fore the was. Mr. Wilson says that his brother Marcus Wilson was [ill] same camp with Mr. Dunbar and knows that the petitioner herein is the same Lieutenant Dunbar that was in the Mexican Army. The said Dunbar & said Wilson made affidavit to the foregoing facts in last December anticipating that Congress would pass such Pension Law. Soon after the pension Act became law Mr. Dunbar came before me a Notory Public in & for Limestone County Texas and made oath to the above facts in substance. Mr. Dunbar shoed to me letters from George H. Miller of Jasper [ill] Missouri & from Isiah Westen of Colorado addressing him as an Officer asking his assistance to get their. Mr. Dunbar kept a journal or diary of every day and every move of the 3rd Regiment of Illinois which was published in Pamphlet form in St. Louis and was read by thousands.

The State of Texas
County of Limestone

I N. L. Waller a Notery Public in and for said county & State do hereby certify that the foregoing statements was made to me by the said Dunbar under oath and that I saw the letters referred to and that Mr. Dunbar is and old man nearly blind & needs assistance & that I am fully satisfied that he is entitled to a pension for services performed in Mexican War. I further certify that he is a gentleman of good standing in the community & that he is [ill]

S.S. N. L. Waller
Limestone Co. Texas

Affidavit dated 15 October 1873:

William Wilson stated in a sworn statement that "he has known said Henry Clay Dunbar in the Counties of Henderson & Limestone in the State of Texas continuously since the year A.D. one thousand eight hundred fifty three"

Henry C, Dunbar
Mrs. Laura Andrews

To all who shall see this presents Greeting. Know ye that any person legally authorized to celebrate the rites of Matrimony is hereby licensed to join in Marriage as husband and wife Henry C. Dunbar and Mrs. Laura Andrews and [ill] so doing this shall be his sufficient authority.
In testimony where of I A. G. Anderson Clerk of the District Court here unto subscribe my name and affix the seal of said Court this 28th day of June A.D. 1870

S.S. A.G. Anderson, Clerk

Texas to wit Freestone County.

This certifies that I Joined in marriage as husband and wife Henry C. Dunbar and Mrs. Laura Andrews on the 22d day of June A.D. 1870

S.S. T. J. Banner M.G.

The State of Texas
County of Freestone

I C.B. D Clerk of the County Court of said County do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of a marriage license as appears of record in my office in Vol. From 1865 to 1871 page 188 record of marriage license Freestone County Texas given under my hand and seal of office in office in [ill] this 3rd day of March 1898


State of Texas, County of Limestone

On this 15th day of October A.D. one thousand eight hundred and seventy three personally appeared before me Js B. Vallaudiugham Clerk of the District Court the same being a court record within and for the county and State aforesaid. Henry Clay Dunbar, aged fifty nine years, a resident of, ____________ county of Limestone State of Texas, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is married; that his wife's name was Amanda Brewster, to whom he was married at, Charleston, Cole Co., Ill on the 18th day of February, 1845; that he is the identical Henry Clay Dunbar who was enrolled in Captain W.W. Bishops company Formans (3rd Ill.) regiment Shield's brigade Pattersons division as a second Lieutenant at Alton Illinois on the _____ day of July, 1846, and was honorably discharged at New Orleans, La on the ______ day of June , 1847. That his personal description is as follows: Age, fifty nine years; height five feet seven ½ inches; complexion fair; hair, dark; eyes blue; that while in the service aforesaid, and in the line of his duty, he received the following disability, to wit: during the battle of Cerogorda [Cerro Gordo] Mexico on the 18th day of April A.D. one thousand eight hundred & forty seven he was detailed by Col. Baker who succeeded [Col. Forman lined through] Gen. Shields in the command of said brigade [3rd Illinois regiment lined through] to assist in removing the dead & wounded from the battle field of Cerogorda & while engaged in the discharge of that duty he was stricken down by the severe heat of the sun producing affection of the eyes that since leaving the said service, this applicant has resided in the counties of Cole Ill and Henderson & Limestone in the State of Texas, and his occupation has been a Farmer, that prior to his entry into the service above named, he was a man of good physical health, being when enrolled, a Second Lieutenant that now he is now entirely disabled from obtaining his subsistence from manual labor in consequence of his above named injuries received in the service of the United States; that he makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the invalid pension roll of the United States by reason of the disabilities above stated; that he hereby appoints Thomas J. Wilson of Mexica, Texas his attorney to prosecute his claim; that he has not received nor applied for a pension; that his post office is at Mexica, county of Limestone, State of Texas; that his domicile or place of abode is five miles north of the town of Mexica in Limestone County & State of Texas

S.S. Henry Clay Dunbar
S.S. Peyton Parker
S.S. F, M. Baites

Also personally appeared Peyton Parker residing at Groesbeeck and F. M. Bates, residing at Groesbeeck, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit and who, being by me duly sworn, say they were present and saw Henry Clay Dunbar, the claimant, sign his name (or his mark) to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of said claimant and their acquaintance with him, that he is the identical person he represents himself to be; and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

S.S. Peyton Parker
S.S. F. M. Baites
(Signature of witness)

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 15th day of October A.D. 1873
And I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration [ill] were fully made known and explained to the applicant and witnesses before swearing including the words "Col. Forman" & "3rd Illinois Regiment" erased and the words Gen. Shields & Brigade, added; and that I have no interest, direct or indirect in the pension claim.

S.S. J. B. Vallaudiugham
Clerk D.C.L.C. Texas

Adjutant General's Office
Washington, D. C. Nov. 21st, 1873


I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. ______, and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files of this Office.
It appears from the Rolls on file in this Office that Henry C. Dunbar was enrolled on the 27th day of June, 1846, at Alton, Ill in Captain W.W. Bishop's Co., 3rd Regiment of Illinois Volunteers, to serve 12 months and mustered into service as a 2nd Lieut. On the 27th day of June 1846 at _________, in Capt. W.W. Bishop's Co., 3rd Regiment of Illinois Volunteers, to serve 12 months. On the Muster Roll of said Company, of that Regiment for the months of March and April, 1847 he is reported Present for duty with B Co. ~ No evidence of wounds on Roll; the company was engaged in the battle of Cerro Gordo. ~ Mustered Out Roll dated N. Orleans, May 21, 1847 report him a 2nd Lt. "Mustered out honorably discharged with his Company that date." ~ ~ ~
Statements of this officer's service were furnished your Office March 26th and April 15th 1851 ~

I am very respectfully.
Your obedient servant
Assistant Adjutant General

Claim of Widow for Service Pension Under Act of January 29, 1887.

State of Texas
County of Freestone:

On this 2 day of June, A.D. one thousand eight hundred and ninety Seven, personally appeared before me, a Notary Public within and for the County and State aforesaid, Laura Dunbar aged 75 years, who being duly sworn according to Law declares that she is the widow of Henry C. Dunbar, the identical person who served under the name of Henry C. Dunbar, as a Lieutenant in the company commanded by Capt. Bishop, in the 3rd Regiment of Ill Vols, commanded by Bishop in the Mexican War; that he enlisted _____________ on or about the __________ day of __________, A.D. 18 ____, and was discharged at ________________, on the _________day of _______, A.D. 18 _____; that he also served in Capt Bishops Co. D Co., 3rd Regt., Ills Vols., from Ills ________, 18 __ , to _______, 18 ____; that he was engaged in the following named battles; _______________________ that he was not otherwise employed in the military or naval service of the United States; that he also served in the War of the Rebellion in Co., __________ Regt., ____________

That at the time of entering the service claimed for, her said husband was about 30 years of age, 5 feet [ill] inches in height, with blue eyes, black hair, fair complexion, by occupation a carpenter, and that he was born at ________, County of __________, State of Kentucky

That after leaving the service he resided at Charlestown, Ills about 8 years, at Henderson Co. Tex about 15 years, at Limestone Co., Tx about 15 yrs years, and at Wortham Freestone Co Tx 10 yrs

That she was married to him on the 22nd day of June, A.D. 1870, at Woodland Tex, by T.J. Banner, Minister of the Gospel under the name of Laura Andrews; that she had been previously married to Richard Andrews, who died on the 9th [marked out] day of April [marked out] Sept. A.D. 1866; that she had not been previously married ,~

That he said husband died at Wortham Tex, on the 10th day of May, A.D. 1897; that she has not since remarried.

That she is 75 years of age, and was born on the 6th day of October, A.D. 1822, at Newberry Dist. South Carolina.

That she has been disabled since A.D. 1885 by old age and the said disabilities were not incurred while voluntarily engaged or aiding or abetting the late Rebellion against the United States.

That she has been dependent for support (wholly or in part) since A.D. 1887, upon Henry C. Dunbar died not legally bound for her support; that she owns real estate as follows: none, and personal property as follows: none and her income from all sources except her own labor is none dollars per year.

[Data not important. Not copied]

That her post office address is No. __________ street, (city or town of) Wortham, county of Freestone, State of Texas.

S.S. Laura Dunbar

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 2nd day of June, A.D. 1897.

S.S. C.J. Turner
Notary Public, Freestone Co., Texas

Groesbeeck National Bank

The state of Texas
Limestone County

Two men state: "on oath that Richard Andrews died on March 10, 1881. They also state that they saw him after he was dead and helped to bury him."

Sworn and subscribed the 20th day of June A.D. 1898.


From: Mike Glenn

Sunday, October 08, 2000

Subject: Christopher Glen Colson ancestor website querry

Dear Mr. Colson,

I am researching my Dunbar/Walker ancestry in Illinois in the early 1800's, and while doing a surname search, your website came up with a match for a Sylvester W. Dunbar. He appears as a son of Henry Clay Dunbar and Mary Amanda Bruster in your ancestor list, and they were married in Coles Co, Illinois 2-18-1845.

I am focusing on this because I am searching for more info on the husband of my Rachel Walker, who married Sylvester W. Dunbar in Clay County, Illinois on 4-23-1831, according to the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index.

As you must know, families in the 1800's would often name their children after siblings. And Sylvester W. Dunbar is a name I have not seen anywhere else. Put that with the close proximity of Clay and Coles counties, and there could be a possible family tie.

I have noticed that you do not list parents of Henry C. Dunbar in your database. Is there any possible source or link that you might suggest I follow to find the parents and siblings of Henry C. Dunbar?

I would be most grateful for your reply,

Sincerely, Mike Glenn

From Marcia Ernst, Mar. 30, 2002

I'll copy the military records, hopefully, one day this week and get them off to you. I also have lots of research done by Jim Brown and others in a binder and will pull out some good stuff from that. We have much info on Sylvester W. Dunbar also. He was quite a character and was run out of Coles County and then later left Milwaukee because he was suspected of absconding with some money. His brother-in-law George R. Walker was the founder of Walker's Point, Milwaukee, WI.
We just recently found that Mary Polly Cooper Dunbar, mother of our group was living in Milwaukee when she died in 1841. We had her date of death but no location. Her date of death matched. This further links Sylvester to siblings Eliza, and Alexander.
Jim's email is
Another researcher is Lori Loebel a descendant of Sylvester.
Her email is
She recently found Sylvester's gravestone and sent me a picture. He died in Maquoketa, Jackson Co., IA. I assume you have seen my website at Rootsweb/ which has an abstracton of Henry Clay Dunbar's military record.

Have you seen the Brewster Genealogy page 690-691on Sylvester's daughter Martha M. Dunbar b. 1839 md. John Milton Judd son of James Judd and Amanda Brewster of Becket, Mass and then they died at Ripon, Wis in the 1880s. This Amanda was dau of Oliver Brewster. But coincidence or relative? I don't know. Your Mary Amanda Brewster, 1825-1869 was dau of Thomas Bruster/Brewster of TN?? Do you have more information on her?

Our Dunbars came from Monroe Co., Virginia (now West Virginia) and were in Giles Co.(Alexander may have been born in Giles Co., Va) , and maybe earlier from Stafford Co., Va. At least Mary Polly Cooper's family was from Stafford Co., Va. Alexander and Mary Polly Dunbar are in Fleming Co., KY by 1807. 1810 census in Fleming Co. then show up in Floyd County in 1820 but were there earlier in 1814/15. My Alexander P. Dunbar md Susan Frances Mason whose family was from Stafford Co., Va.
Are you still in contact with Mike Glenn? Lori Loebel sent me some good information on Rachel Walker and her brother George H. Walker. The Walkers figure in early with the Dunbars in Coles County and Clay County, KY. Their parents were George W. and Rebecca Walker originally of Lynchburg, Va and later Coles/Clay Counties, IL and then Milwaukee, WI.
Sorry this is so disjointed. I'm rambling so I'll close.
My step-mom's sister and family live in Klamath Falls... and your documentation is VERY impressive.

[U.S. Army Historical Register, 1789-1903, Vol. 2

Alphabetical List of Officers of the Regular Army (From Its Organization, September 29, 1789, to 1903) Who Were Killed or Wounded in Action or Taken Prisoner, With Date and Place.
page 50
Dunbar, Henry C., 2 lt 3 Ill inf.]

More About Henry Clay Dunbar:
Burial: Worthan, Freestone Co., TX414

  Notes for Mary Amanda Brewster:
Bruster, Elizabeth married Frost, Samuel on 26 Jul 1843 in Coles County, Illinois.
Bruster, Vienna married Lawrence, Robert on 05 Mar 1845 in Coles County, Illinois.
Bruster, Jesse R. married Janes, Sarah on 18 Oct 1848 in Coles County, Illinois.
Bruster, C. L. married Heddins, James on 22 Feb 1850 in Coles County, Illinois
[ database, Illinois marriages to 1850] Possible sisters of Amanda's

1840 Federal Census: Coles Co., IL

      Davis, pg. 196
      Thomas, pg. 195

1850 Federal Census: Coles Co., IL., Muddy Precinct, Page #: 085;

      David, age 26, Farmer [Possible brother of Amanda's]
      Elizabeth, age 18

David Bruster, Company L, 5th IL Cavalry
pension index: Matilda E. Bruster, widow
[ database]
Children of Henry Dunbar and Mary Brewster are:
  i.   Sylvester W. Dunbar, born 24 November 1846 in Illinois415; died Abt. 1875416
  ii.   Zachary Taylor Dunbar, born 16 February 1847 in Illinois417; died 1865418
  iii.   Mary Lee Dunbar, born 21 November 1848 in Illinois419; died 1850420
  iv.   Thomas Alexander Dunbar, born 08 April 1851 in Illinois421
  v.   Permelia Dunbar, born 26 June 1853 in Texas422
  23 vi.   Ann Levica Dunbar, born 05 March 1855 in Henderson Co., TX; died 25 May 1920 in San Simone, Cochise Co., AZ; married (1) Joseph Madison Lindly Abt. 1878 in TX; married (2) Charles Howard Yarbro Abt. 1911 in NM.
  vii.   Henry Clay Dunbar, born 24 August 1858 in Texas423
  Notes for Henry Clay Dunbar:

Dunbar, Henry C, w, m, 21, single, raising cattle, Texas, Ky Ill
Martha J, w, f, 19, sister, single, keeping house, Texas, Ky, Ill

  viii.   Martha Jane Dunbar, born 09 January 1861 in TX424,425; died 15 April 1915426,427; married James Nelson Lindly 18 July 1880 in Runnels Co., TX428,429; born 21 March 1857 in Limestone Co., TX430,431,432; died 20 February 1915 in Fort Chadbourne, Coke Co., TX433.
  Notes for Martha Jane Dunbar:

Dunbar, Henry C, w, m, 21, single, raising cattle, Texas, Ky Ill
Martha J, w, f, 19, sister, single, keeping house, Texas, Ky, Ill

  More About Martha Jane Dunbar:
Burial: Fort Chadbourne, Coke Co., TX434

  Notes for James Nelson Lindly:
J. N. Lindly, is listed in the 1910 Federal Census for Lincoln Co., NM.

Cemetery records from the Old Cemetery at Fort Chadburne list a Joe Lindly, b. Jul. 13, 1853; d. Jan. 30, 1915, possibly a brother of James Nelson Lindly??? James' uncle Joseph Madison Lindly also lived at Fort Chadburne at this time. Joe Lindly, most likely a relative of Joseph Madison and James Nelson Lindly had a son, James M., b. Oct. 29, 1879; d. May 26, 1913. His wife was M. V. (unk) Lindly. Cemetery records also list a E. J. Lindly, b. Aug. 22, 1909; d. Apr. 2, 1929 and Thomas A. Lindly, b. Feb. 1, 1903; d. Apr. 13, 1967.

[The Old Fort Chadbourne Cemetery is located south of US Highway 277, 2.2 miles east of the junction of that highway and State Highway 70. It is also about 1 1/2 miles from the ruins of Fort Chadbourne. Surveyed April 14, 1974 by Mrs. Mike Lomas and her mother, Mrs. T. M. Wylie.]

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