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Descendants of Reuben Gunn

Generation No. 1

1. REUBEN1 GUNN was born Abt. 1752 in Germany, and died 1822 in Dickson County, TN. He married (1) MARY GOFORTH in Caswell County, NC. She was born 1755 in France. He married (2) NANCY JONES.

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Landed in Charleston, SC 1769
ID: I4026
Name: Reuben GUNN
Sex: M
Birth: ABT 1752 in Germany?
Death: 1822 in Prob Dickson Co., TN
Occupation: American Rev War Vet
According to Benjamin Jesse GUNN, Reuben GUNN has been noted to have German, Scotch, Welch, or Irish Heritage. Some evidence (not stated) seems to suggest that he was the son of a grand duke in Germany, born about 1752 and landing in
Charleston, S.C. in 1769. It should be stated here that, regardless of country of origin, that the Clan GUNN originated in the northernmost counties of Scotland. They emigrated to this location from the Scandinavian islands.
A GUNN Family History (unpublished) in the New Albany, Indiana Public Library paraphrases a book entitled, "The Gunns", by Robert R. GUNN published by Clem Moore's Print Shop in Crawfordsville, GA in 1925. This source states that the
name--GUNN--appears in Norwegian history first. King Olavo or Olaf, whose reign ended in 1237 had three sons, the oldest of whom was called GUNN. This son was sent over to Caithness where he occupied a castle at Walburg in eastern Clyth. He
kept his given name as the foundation of a new family and thus became the ancestor of the Scottish Highland Clan GUNN, in Caithness, the northernmost county in Scotland.
Another account related by Calder in his history of the Caithness indicates that a GUNN was banished from the Orkey Islands, then a part of Norway. He went to Caithness where he accumulated considerable power and wealth becoming the "Great
GUNN of Ulbstor". His descendants formed the Clan GUNN. Both accounts point to a Norse origin of the Gunn's.
The GUNN history is closely woven into the history of Caithness in Scotland. At Spittal, in Caithness, stones still standing mark the burying ground of many members of the Clan GUNN. The clan had a half dozen enemy clans including the Keith's,
Gordon's, MacKay's and the Southerland. Many attempts were made to exterminate the clan, but they fought vigorously and held on until law and order prevailed. The clan came to an end in 1819 when each member went his own way as an individual
GUNN. Some of the Gunn's left for America as early as 1635.
Complete Family Record, Descendants of Reuben GUNN....Rev. James DUNN by Benjamin Jesse GUNN. 1891 Ft. Scott, KS; Monitor Publications. House and Bindery. 114 pages. Reprinted by; University Microfilms, International; Box 1467, Ann
Arbor, MI 48106. 1-800-521-0600
Note: Reuben Gunn's family was born in North Carolina, raised in South Carolina, and emigrated to Tennessee in the early 1800's.
This is a what Benj. J Gunn wrote in his book published in 1891Titled: A RECORD OF THE DESCENDENTS OF REUBEN GUNN .
      The parentage and the nationality of Reuben Gunn is probably destined to remain unknown, four different branches of his family asserting, in turn, German, Scotch, Welsh or Irish parentage: but those who favor the first seem to have the best evidence. The son of a grand duke of Germany, born about 1752, he landed at Charleston, S. C. in 1769. But little is known of his life. He married a Mrs. Hudson, a French lady whose maiden name was Mary Goforth. Her daughter Rebecca Edwards, left a family that can not be found. Reuben Gunn's sons and daughter were born in North Carolina, reared in South Carolina, and emigrated to Dickson county, Tennessee, in the early part of the present century. There, after the mother's death. the father married Nancy Jones.
Reuben GUNN is listed in Pioneers of Dickson County, Tennessee by Carol WELLS. In July 1813, Reuben GUNN, Elisha GUNN and others were ordered to mark out a road from the road leading to Hickman near the widow BUGGS the best way towards the
mouth of Swan on Duck River that is to intersect a road marked out by Hickman County.
Note: The GUNN family lived in Dickson County, TN; Choctaw Co., AL; Washington Co., AL; Leake Co., MS; Independence Co., AR; Hempstead Co., AR and Van Zandt Co., TX.
HIST: DAR National Number 705417; Mrs. Rosa Inez Gunn Frazier; 1554 Elsworth Ave., Crofton, MD 21114 Through Abisha GUNN
HIST: DAR National Number 441520; Mrs. Essie Nicholas SMITH; Through Elisha GUNN
HIST: DAR National Number 499025; Mrs. Alean Chance Jablonsky; Through William GUNN
HIST: Certificate issued by the State Department of Archives and History of of North Carolina. An account of specie certificates paid into the Comptroller's Office by John Armstrong. Entry taken of land in North Carolina; Granted by Mebane and
Nicholas to Reuben Gunn.
HIST: North Carolina Revolutionary Army Accounts; Vol. I; Page 38; Folio 2. Entry taken of land in North Carolina; Granted by Mebane & Nichols to Reuben GUNN, 20 AUG 1783
HIST: Miscellaneous History of Morgan Co., IL. 1878, pg. 570.
Change Date: 1993

Married: ABT 1770 in Prob NC
Children of R
2. i.   CHARLES2 GUNN, b. 1781, North Carolina; d. December 11, 1850, Cape Girardeau, MO..
3. ii.   JAMES GUNN, b. May 30, 1783, North Carolina; d. June 20, 1866, Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
4. iii.   ABISHA GUNN, b. 1785, North Carolina; d. January 1864, Alabama.
5. iv.   ELISHA GUNN, b. 1787, North Carolina; d. April 06, 1846, TN.
6. v.   WILLIAM GUNN, b. 1789, Samson, NC; d. 1868, MO..
7. vi.   LAWSON GUNN, b. June 17, 1791, North Carolina; d. March 16, 1876, Dickerson County, TN.
8. vii.   JOHN GUNN, b. September 13, 1793, North Carolina; d. December 09, 1860.
9. viii.   MARY GUNN, b. April 12, 1797, North Carolina; d. December 28, 1852, Madison County, IL.

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