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Transcribed biography of Obadiah Dunham

OBADIAH DUNHAM was born in Otsego County, N. Y., September 26, 1809, and is one of the seven living children of eight born to Abner and Candace (Irons) Dunham. Mrs. Candace Dunham died in October, 1814 and Abner Dunham died in 1822. Obadiah was reared chiefly in Cooperstown, N. Y., and there learned the tailor's trade. In 1832, he removed to Ohio, and at Cardington was married, May 7, 1840, to Miss Sarah W. Winship. He changed his residence several times; came to Valparaiso in the latter part of 1844, and has since made it his home. Here, in 1848, he was appointed School Commissioner. He workedat his trade until 1850, when he was elected County Recorder by the Democrats. In 1855, he was elected Clerk of Courts, and served four years; he then engaged largely as administrator of estates and as deputy in county officials' offices, and for the past seventeen years has held the position of Deputy County Recorder. Mr. Dunham is an Odd Fellow and a member of the Encampment, and his wife is a member of the Presbyterian Church. They are the parents of four children, Ann E. (deceased), Charles N., George (deceased), and Mary E., the wife of E. F. White of Junction City, Kan. Charles N. married Sarah Church, in October, 1870; is a resident of Valparaiso, and is a machinest by trade. Mr. Dunham came to Porter County a poor man, but has realized a comfortable fortune, and is now living in retirement.

Source: Goodspeed, Weston A., and Charles Blanchard. 1882. Counties of Porter and Lake, Indiana: Historical and Biographical, Illustrated. Chicago, Illinois: F. A. Battey & Company. 771 p.
Page(s) in Source: 243

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